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  • The trial date for two brothers charged with sexual assault has been rescheduled. In a hearing held May 28 at the Kenai Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman set a new trial the week of Aug. 4 in Homer for Anthony Resetarits, 22, and Joseph Resetarits, 19. The trial had been set to start this...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:39pm
  • At first glance, the Kachemak Shellfish Mariculture Center looks just like any other building on the Homer Spit.  But what’s going on inside is a far cry from the restaurants, galleries and fishing charter businesses found on the Spit. For years, most of the oyster seed, or spat, for Alaska...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:33pm
  • At first glance, the idea of a Kachemak Bay Water Trail seems bizarre. Is that a long, skinny canal like in France? Do buoys bob in the bay showing the exact path a mariner would take to go from Bear Cove to Seldovia?...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:29pm
  •   ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 191-foot fishing boat suspected of using an illegal high seas drift net to catch a half-ton of salmon in the North Pacific was detained by the U.S. Coast Guard last week and turned over Tuesday to Chinese authorities. The Yin Yuan was spotted by a Canadian aircraft h...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:24pm
  • BETHEL (AP) — The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. has begun employee layoffs that were announced in May. KYUK says corporation officials began notifying employees on Monday. Corporation officials have said 100 workers will be laid off and another 50 open positions will not be filled. Another 50 posit...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:23pm
  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has been selected as the 2013 504 Lender of the Year — Alaska region by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Evergreen Community Development Corp.  The SBA 504 loan program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing designed for small businesses and was est...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:22pm
  • The Seldovia Bay Ferry resumed its fifth season of operation May 23 and will run through Tuesday, Sept. 2. Operating Thursday through Monday, the Kachemak Voyager will run the same schedule as last year, departing Seldovia at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Homer (Ramp 7) at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. An extra...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:22pm
  • Vic Fischer, a territorial legislator, delegate to Alaska’s constitutional convention and state senator, will speak about the “owner state” concept  and why Alaskans need to retake control of public resources during a “March for Alaska” event planned for 11 a.m. June 14 at WKFL Park o...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:21pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Six Alaska Native corporations have pledged at least $500,000 to fight efforts to repeal the state’s new oil tax structure. The coalition, “No One on One,” is joining other business-supported organizations in opposing the referendum, scheduled for the August primary ballot. Anoth...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:21pm
  • NOME (AP) — Western Alaska fishermen hoping for improved king salmon runs in 2014 will be disappointed again, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The department is forecasting another dismal year for kings and has scheduled meetings in Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, and K...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:20pm
  • A record number of drill rigs were at work on the North Slope this winter. According to weekly working rig data compiled by Baker Hughes Inc., drilling reached a peak of 17 rigs during the week of Feb. 28, traditionally the busiest time for the North Slope. Baker Hughes, which has compiled national ...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:20pm
  • Several northern communities should see more vessel traffic and infrastructure work this summer as construction of a new submarine fiber optic network continues. Arctic Fibre is a Canadian entity building a new telecommunications network from Japan to Britain, with Anchorage company Quintillion part...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:18pm
  • A company that hopes to build underwater river turbines as a clean power alternative to diesel in Alaska villages has unveiled a prototype due to be tested in July. Ocean Renewable Power Co., based in Portland, Maine, showed off its RivGen Power System last week in Anchorage. The device built with b...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:16pm
  • In April, dozens of local citizens, businesses, non-profits and government agencies came together to participate in the Ninth Annual Electronics Recycling Event, a program of Cook Inletkeeper.  Electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of our nation’s waste stream. Electronics may be sa...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:15pm
  • Greetings from the Homer Chamber of Commerce. In May, we kicked off the 28th annual Jackpot Halibut Derby and want to remind you that when visiting friends and relatives ask if it’s “worth it” to spend $10 on a derby ticket, make sure you give a resounding “YES”!...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:14pm
  • The night before the last Market the wind howled and even snow fell, an abrupt reminder that this May was unseasonably warm and not to be taken for granted.  And though the day was brisk and windy down at the Homer Farmers Market, vendor booths were still stocked with lush greens, garlic and on...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:33pm
  • Buccaneer Energy, an independent Cook Inlet explorer with high hopes but skimpy resources, saw those hopes come crashing down May 31. The company filed for bankruptcy protection that day in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in south Texas. The company has been fighting a rear-guard action on finances almost s...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:28pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A federal judge heard oral argument earlier this week in the lawsuit regarding whether Cook Inlet should be in a federal salmon management plan. Alaska has managed its own salmon since statehood, and neither party is questioning that. But the United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Coo...

    Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:00am
  • Taking a day off for the Memorial Day holiday, the Homer City Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday night, with a light agenda that was relatively noncontroversial and a meeting that was less than 90 minutes long.  Public testimony came from an Old Town resident thanking the city for expl...

    Thu, 05/29/2014 - 9:58am
  • Work is now underway to update the City of Homer’s Capital Improvement Plan. Community organizations are invited to contact the city manager’s office by June 30 to request that particular projects be included in the new CIP. The Capital Improvement Plan is a 6-year planning document for major ac...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:27pm

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