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  • It has been three weeks since legislation to scale back Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit program took a big step backwards to the House Rules Committee. In the meantime Rules chair Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, has put forth two very similar versions of House Bill 247 that would all but eliminat...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:15am
  • The Marijuana Control Board enacted a policy decision April 27 that will hurry along the licensing process that has been slowed since the state started taking applications Feb. 24. The board voted 4-1 to allow its Executive Director Cynthia Franklin to declare license applications complete before st...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:14am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has voted unanimously to ask the public to comment on draft regulations allowing recreational marijuana users to enjoy pot products inside retail stores. The regulations are the first of their kind in the United States and are a rough equivalent to the n...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:12am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District   Chapman School  May 6: Community potluck retirement party for Donna Austin and Linda Brady in the Chapman gym, 6 p.m. Bring a dish and memories to share.   Fireweed Academy (all grades...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:36am
  • Chapman School is honoring retiring teachers Donna Austin and Linda Brady with a community potluck retirement party at 6 p.m. Friday. Community members, including current and former students and their parents, are invited to share a dish and a story at the Chapman School Gym, according to Chapman Sc...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:31am
  • Three long-time Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College professors said their goodbyes as they left their offices and retired from their full-time positions. Professor of English and communications Beth Graber, associate professor of history and political science Michael Hawfield and assistan...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:01am
  • How to begin retirement after more than three decades responding to emergencies? By “doing all those things I didn’t have a chance to do because I had a full-time-plus job,” said Elaine Grabowski who, on Saturday, wrapped up 32 years with the Homer Volunteer Fire Department.  Monday morni...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:45am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s only residential detox facilities for opiate addiction have closed due to a federal regulation change. The 14-bed Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage and the 16-bed Gateway to Recovery Detox Center in Fairbanks are no longer accepting patients withdrawing from opioids, though...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:39am
  • Kenai Peninsula Food Hub members in the Homer area picked up their first orders on Wednesday from the Kachemak Community Center.  Different from a farmers market, which can be a social outing as well as a shopping trip, the food hub allows consumers to place an order online a few days prior and...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:38am
  • The Bradley Lake hydroelectric power plant is one step closer to approval for an amendment to the Bradley Lake hydroelectric power plant that would allow the plant to divert water from Battle Creek to Bradley Lake....

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:34am
  • Ptarmigan Arts will host this month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. The event will be from 5:30-7 tonight at the gallery, 471 E.  Pioneer Ave. This is an opportunity to enjoy some refreshments and networking after work. There will be plenty of door prizes.  For more inf...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:21am
  • Most state employees will give up some, but not all, pay increases in the latest round of union contracts before the Legislature for approval. Nearly 75 percent of executive branch employees will forgo cost of living allowance, or COLA, raises under the three-year agreements negotiated with the Labo...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:20am
  • Founded in 1974, Bay Welding Services and Bay Weld Boats has developed a reputation for building sturdy, seaworthy aluminum boats. While aluminum has its merits as marine material, it also presents a design challenge. How does a boat builder add some color and flair to shiny metal? The solution? Add...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:15am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Consumer confidence has fallen to a five-year low as Alaksa continues to struggle with a weak oil sector, budget cuts and a contentious legislative session. The first quarter of 2016 is a low point for consumer optimism, which has fallen every quarter since the second half of 2014...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:05am
  • Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were invited to an April 20th celebration catered by the HHS Culinary Arts classes. Fourth quarter winners were, from left, Aurora Shadle, nominated by ...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:55am
  • The Kachemak Bay Campus — Kenai Peninsula College recently announced the following students have completed their training this semester to earn their state certification as a certified nursing assistant. KBC’s certified nursing assistant class was taught by adjunct instructor Halee Bradshaw, RN,...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:53am
  • Chapman School  May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten screening. Fireweed Academy (all grades) May 1: May Day celebration at Little Fireweed, 12-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. May 4: Early release day; school out at 1:3...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:51am
  • If you like prizes and fun, the annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair at Homer High is the place to be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The free event aims to promote healthy living to kids and teens, as well as other family members. The event will feature more than 30 booths and stations with hands-on act...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:51am
  • Homer’s teens want the community to stop making assumptions about them, and they’re using art to get everyone’s attention. The group of teens involved in Homer’s Lead On group is hosting an event to kick off a media campaign focusing on the negative effects of stereotyping from 6-8 p.m. Frid...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:50am
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward. The Homer Mariner Footb...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:41am

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