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  • David Stammen of Sidney, Ohio reeled in his first halibut aboard a Homer Ocean Charter boat on Tuesday, June 21 — followed by 12 more over the course of his fishing trip on Tuesday and Thursday, June 23. “It was amazing, other than the fact that you’re just about falling off the boat,” David...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:42pm
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski paid a visit to Homer on Saturday, June 25, where she visited the Homer Farmers Market, talked with locals, and chowed down on a local favorite — Alibi’s halibut taco — in the early afternoon. Murkowski stopped in Homer on her way to the BlueCrest Energy’s ceremonial open...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:42pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, the Alaska governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state’s oil wealth, but he kept enough money in place to award everyone a $1,000 payout. Gov. Bill Walker had said recently that all budget-cutt...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:05pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s cabinet is finally whole again. Walker introduced Anchorage attorney Jahna Lindemuth as Alaska’s new attorney general at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Lindemuth replaces former Attorney General Craig Richards who resigned abruptly June 23 citing personal reasons. Walke...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:44pm
  • After the state issued its first marijuana growing permits on June 9 and 10, nine local cultivators were approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday. Many expect to have crops ready by the end of the year....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:30pm
  • I just so happened to be in Glennallen last week and stumbled upon their Wednesday Farmers Market. I get all giddy when I see homegrown vegetables, I’m funny that way, so my husband and I had to start up a conversation with the one vendor who had veggies....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:44pm
  • BlueCrest Energy ceremonially opened their Hansen Production Facility, an oil wellpad on the shore of Cook Inlet near Anchor Point....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:43pm
  • Many of us know well traveled people. Perhaps they spent a year studying abroad, or a month rambling across Asia, backpacking across Europe, or working in an orphanage in South America. Maybe — as is the case of one red chair — they are slowing checking off every state in the union. The Red Chai...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 9:08am
  • If an intravenous drug user goes into The Exchange at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center to dispose of their used needles, they can receive a “safer injection kit,” condoms, Narcan overdose response kits, free rapid HIV and Hepatitis C tests, and other health-related information. They ...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:19pm
  • Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy set bail and conditions of release on Wednesday for Stephen R. Boyle, 43, a Homer man charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Boyle is the deputy fire chief for Kachemak Emergency Services. At his hearing yesterday, Kenai Peninsula ...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:18pm
  • A group of Homer residents and visitors gathered around the gazebo in WKFL Park on Friday evening and read the names of the 49 people who died in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida early in the morning on June 12....

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:18pm
  • Downtown Homer will see two big road projects for summer 2018, a rehabilitation and drainage improvements for Lake Street between East End Road and the Sterling Highway, and repaving of Pioneer Avenue from Lake Street to the Sterling Highway. Of the two, Lake Street see the biggest changes, with the...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 2:14pm
  • An invisible line near Clam Gulch Tower means the landowners on the north side are likely paying a few dollars in property taxes each year and those on the south side are likely paying hundreds to the borough’s two hospitals....

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 2:13pm
  • A Homer business, Nomad Shelter, which crafts custom yurts, has been approved as a manufacturer for the federal government’s high tunnel program....

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:38am
  • It’s over, but not done. At 11:46 a.m. Sunday, the Alaska Senate adjourned the fourth special session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. Forty minutes later, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation stating that the fifth special session will begin on July 11. On its agenda will be three items: Using t...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:20am
  • The values of some oil and gas properties in the Kenai Peninsula Borough jumped in the most recent state assessment, producing about $1.1 million more for the borough in property taxes. Much of that increase comes from the Nikiski area, where the tax values for the year increased by approximately $5...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:20am
  • ANCHORAGE — A national environmental group is asking federal fisheries officials to block a drilling company’s plans for offshore hydraulic fracturing in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. The Center for Biological Diversity says fracking by BlueCrest Energy will threaten endangered beluga whales. The group...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:30am
  • Within a few weeks drivers passing between Anchor Point and Ninilchik may see a new feature on the coastline — BlueCrest Energy’s 30 foot-tall drill rig, scheduled to be erected soon on the oil company’s wellpad around Mile 151 of the Sterling Highway....

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:29am
  • The Homer Farmers Market is in the perfect location. Very few markets have the good fortune of a permanent location so that tents and infrastructure can stay up all summer. That means that instead of just a pop-up tent village, our Market booths are more permanent, hand built, and full of personalit...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:29am
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — The bill to restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund to help pay for government could be too optimistic about the market, the head of the corporation that manages the fund told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial board Tuesday. Angela Rodell, the CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:29am

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