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  • Hospice of Homer begins its annual training for end-of-life and visitor volunteer programs next month. Training sessions will be: • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5; • 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7; • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11; • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12;  ...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:08pm
  • An omission in Homer’s city code has prompted a proposed revision of where heliports can and cannot be allowed.  While most helicopters land and take off at the Homer Airport, another frequent landing spot is the pad on the roof of South Peninsula Hospital when medevac flights deliver or tran...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:07pm
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI Morris news Service - alaska It sounds like the beginning of a joke — a businessman, a pastor and a rancher presented their views on local government to a full house of area residents. While the audience did have some laughs following various comments fr...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:04pm
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    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:01pm
  • Robin Schmidt of the Social Security Administration’s office in Anchorage will be in the Homer City Hall Cowles Council Chambers on Sept 18 to give a presentation on “Understanding Social Security” from noon-1:30 p.m. From 1:30-2:30 p.m., there will be a “mySocialSecurity” present...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:59pm
  • Having doubled its inventory in six years, the Homer Fire Station was running out of space in 1980. “Even when all the pumpers, tankers and trucks had nice homes, there would not be any room for other important activities: fixing the equipment, drying the hoses, training the volunteers,” Fire Ch...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:58pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — The Alaska Railroad Corp. is reporting revenue growth of more than 4 percent in the last fiscal year, despite declines in petroleum and coal shipments.Railroad revenue rose 4.3 percent between July 2013 and July 2014, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:20am
  • Southern Kenai Peninsula residents traveling north of Kenai are reminded that field work for the Alaska LNG project is being conducted in Nikiski south of Mile 23 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Work to characterize the geophysical conditions began this week and is scheduled to end by mid-November. Those...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:19am
  • JUNEAU — The proposed Alaska Marine Highway System schedule for the summer 2015 season has been placed on the AMHS website for public review. These documents can be accessed through a link on the homepage at FerryAlaska.com or directly through the following address: ...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:18am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Alaskans will find out the size of their Permanent Fund dividends next week.Gov. Sean Parnell is set to announce the amount on Sept. 17 in Anchorage.Dividends are distributed annually to Alaska residents who meet certain requirements, with the amount based on a five-year average of t...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:17am
  • As paving season peaks, getting asphalt to construction sites across Alaska has become more complicated and expensive since Flint Hills Resources closed its North Pole oil refinery.The real price of asphalt oil has spiked about 20 percent over last year — about $150 per ton — for construction pr...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:15am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.Roughly 10,000 Alaskans receive federal subsidies to help pay their premiums, and increases for those individuals...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:13am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen.In July, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned fish under a federal law that allows the governme...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:07am
  • As the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska, Kerry Long is focused on one word: safety.The fact that other topics sometimes overshadow the agency’s core mission of promoting safe flying is a testament to how effective the FAA is and should not be forgotten, he said.“I’m pl...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:04am
  • ANCHORAGE — A permit covering storm-water runoff does not apply to coal falling from a conveyor belt into Resurrection Bay at Seward, a federal appeals court ruled Sept. 3.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tim Burgess and ruled...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:57am
  • KETCHIKAN — The Ketchikan City Council has voted against supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana.Council members voted last week to approve a resolution opposing the general election ballot proposition that would legalize marijuana in Alaska. The resolution urged voters to reject Bal...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:55am
  • Fairbanks utilities are investigating ways to simplify and encourage conversion to natural gas when it becomes available.Interior Gas Utility board chairman Bob Shefchik told the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors Aug. 25 that the goal of a conversion working group...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:50am
  • Signs of fall are in the air. This is the time of the year when I start getting questions about how much longer the Homer Farmers Market will be going. I always love to point out that it will go through the month of September and then continue as long as our dedicated farmers are willing to keep com...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:48am
  • Due to some extra paperwork, construction on a Sterling Highway erosion mitigation project was delayed to next construction season.The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities had planned to begin work at Milepost 153.3 of the Sterling Highway as early as spring 2014, Jill Reese, DO...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:44am
  • Homer Police are seeking suspects in the armed robbery on Thursday of the Wagon Wheel on Ocean Drive. According to a police press release, a man at about 1:40 p.m. Sept. 4 entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the register. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount ...

    Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:18pm

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