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  • JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers say they will continue working on marijuana bills over the interim. Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, said the House Judiciary Committee, which she chairs, will work on a bill that would update state crime laws to reflect marijuana legalization, including a discussion o...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:59pm
  • Homer Animal Friends needs a volunteer staff to spend a few hours at our new store. Donations of gently used towels and a ladder also needed.  Contact: 235-SPAY (7729)    Homer Community Food Pantry needs ca...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:36pm
  • A retired Atlanta, Ga., firefighter has been hired to replace outgoing Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Jim Dycus.  Al Terry, former captain with the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, will start on May 18. Dycus, also a former Atlanta firefighter, resigned March 27 a...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:02pm
  • Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge announces Kara Zwickey has been hired as as the new visitor center manager at the refuge’s headquarters, Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.  She replaces Marianne Aplin, who was promoted to visitor services supervisor for the refuge.  Zwicke...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:02pm
  • Homer News staff took home 10 2015 Alaska Press Club Awards at a banquet last Saturday held in Anchorage. The awards are for work done in 2014. Former Homer News reporter McKibben Jackinsky retired with distinction with six awards, including first-place awards for education and business reporting. J...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:59am
  • With the new Homer Harbormaster’s office nearing completion, other improvements on the north side of the harbor also are coming along. The improvements are part of a $4.8 million project that included replacement of floats on the south side and construction of a new Ramp 3....

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:51am
  • JUNEAU — Despite a legislative impasse over Medicaid expansion, a Department of Health and Social Services division is working to eliminate a longstanding backlog of Medicaid applications across the state by July, the deadline Gov. Bill Walker’s administration gave early on for expansion. That w...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:47am
  • There was a record turnout for Cook Inletkeeper’s 10th Annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event held Saturday at Spenard Builders Supply....

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:34am
  • Red king crab fishermen in Nome parked their snowmachines today after a record harvest of around 95,000 pounds. That eclipses the previous record harvest of 62,000 pounds set in 2013 and is 12 times the long-term average of 6,900 pounds. The winter fishery takes place through the ice, and people rid...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:31am
  • Two consultants to the state Legislature have warned that Gov. Bill Walker’s quest for an expanded state-led natural gas pipeline could undermine the larger industry-led gas project in which the state also is a partner. “The state and its commitment has become a major risk factor for the Alaska ...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:11am
  • With the last bit of work to be done this afternoon, the west end of Kachemak Drive should open tonight. Kevin Jones, the local manager of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Homer area, said another load of rock and jute matting needs to be put in on a rebuilt slope where...

    Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:18pm
  • The city of Homer and Ken Castner last Friday agreed to a stay of a judge’s order enforcing a decision in Castner’s favor regarding the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District. On April 3, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ordered the city to cease its method for assessing condom...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:28pm
  • Spring is the perfect time for cleaning up after all of winter’s accumulation, and from April 27 to May 2, the youth from HoWL, a local outdoor education organization, plan to do just that in the streets and parks of Homer. ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:27pm
  • Mary Epperson, right, visits with Joy Steward, left, at a reception on Sunday at AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse and Tavern celebrating the establishment of the Mary Epperson Endowed Student Support and Scholarship Fund at Kachemak Bay Campus....

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:25pm
  • The history of Alaska State Parks Chief Ranger Roger MacCampbell’s career mirrors that of lower Kenai Peninsula state parks. Among his milestones are: • Helping build the park system in the post-Alaska Pipeline budget boom of the early 1980s; • Weathering budget cuts in the mid-1980s Alaska re...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:21pm
  • Operated by Seldovia Village Tribe, the M/V Kachemak Voyager and the Seldovia Bay Ferry starts its summer schedule on May 21. The ferry between Homer and Seldovia leaves Seldovia at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and leaves Homer from Ramp 7 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The last sailing f...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:20pm
  • After a lengthy debate about the morality of taxing food, funding for public schools, revenue for local cities and questioning voters for a third time on a change to the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s food sales tax structure, the issue has again been put to rest after the borough assembly voted to kil...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:16pm
  • Workers this week began digging out about a 70-foot wide collapsed section of the west end of Kachemak Drive and getting permits to repair a slide that shut down the road about a half-mile from its intersection with the Homer Spit Road. Repairs may take as long as two weeks, said Carl High, maintena...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:14pm
  • It takes a special place — and a special person — to host a whole crew of children and their parents for an afternoon.  On April 4, more than 200 kids and parents attended Family Farm Day, sponsored by Nature Rocks Homer and hosted by Mossy Kilcher and Seaside Farm. Kilcher began hosting th...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:08pm
  • The annual “Safe Kids Fair” is taking a new twist this year, expanding the umbrella of topics to include health and wellness In addition, the fair will offer attractions for both young and older children. Titled “Safe and Healthy Kids Fair,” this year’s event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sa...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:06pm

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