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  • Alaska Wildlife Troopers earlier this month charged three Wasilla fishermen with taking an overlimit of 32 halibut on a July 3 fishing trip out of Anchor Point.  Vasilie Martosheff, 32, Iakov Ivanov, 29, and Nekolay Malahoff, 44, all face charges of taking an overlimit of halibut and violating ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:12pm
  • Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center, will close as of July 31, the board of directors announced this week in letters to the editor of both of Homer’s weekly newspapers.  Current director Chelsea White confirmed the closure, but referred questions to Lolita Brache, president of the board. Whit...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:12pm
  • Call it HPL-CSI. That’s Homer Public Library-Crime Scene Investigators.  In the case of a stolen skateboard, library staff last week screening security videos helped identify a person suspected of taking a 13-year-old boy’s custom, handmade, longboard-style skateboard. In a twist in the cas...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:11pm
  • In February, after neighbors in the Noview Avenue area protested putting Smallpond Childcare on their street, the Homer Advisory Planning Commission fell a vote short of approving a conditional use permit, CUP, needed to build.  The commission voted 4-2, with commissioners Roberta Highland and ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:10pm
  • By Shannon Reid For the Homer News On a clear day, the majestic volcanoes of Iliamna and Redoubt can be seen from Homer across Cook Inlet.  Those views could lead visitors and newcomers to wonder: What would happen if one of the volcanoes blew?...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:10pm
  • Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect that Chris Story is not running for Homer City Council, but has not decided if he will be a candidate for mayor.    Candidate filing for the Oct. 7 municipal election, both the city of Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, ope...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:07pm
  • Homer Physical Therapy introduces its newest staff member — Maggie Goedeke.  Originally from Kansas, Goedeke is a graduate of Wichita State University’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. She also has a bachelor of fine arts in music theatre from Wichita State University. She also has d...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:49pm
  • Let there be no question: There are salmon in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, known by locals simply as the Fishing Hole.  After several years of dismal salmon returns, king and silver salmon have been putting smiles on anglers’ faces and the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has t...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:56pm
  • Don Barney of Primeville, Ore., had plenty of reasons to smile fishing July 18 with Capt. Chris Andrews of Alaska Coastal Marine aboard the Nautilus II. Two hundred and fifty reasons, to be exact. Barney’s 10-pound halibut won’t put him in first place in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, but the ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:54pm
  • The annual Kenai Peninsula Summer Music Festival starts Monday with noon time concerts in Homer and Kenai-Soldotna. Upcoming Homer concerts are Monday at Don Jose’s, Tuesday at Land’s End Resort, Wednesday at Two Sisters Bakery and July 31 at the Pratt Museum. The Madison String Quartet and frie...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:47pm
  • Author Barbara Martin and artists Cherise Hyslip and Marsha Oberlender sign their books from 1 to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Bear Trax Gift and Gallery on the Homer Spit. Hyslip illustrated Martin’s book, “Offense Get Off of My Fence.” The book teaches children and adults how ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:45pm
  • Like a good salmon run that keeps coming back stronger and stronger, Salmonstock, the three-day celebration of salmon and music, returns for its fourth year at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Last year the festival drew 5,500, and this year organizers expect it to top that and sell out...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:44pm
  • In its 20th year, the Homer Breast Cancer Run is doing something different. The Aug. 10 event begins at 9 a.m. at Mariner Park during a low, minus 4.3 tide and participants will have the option to run, walk or bike a 1-mile or a 5-mile loop on the beach. Strollers and dogs on leash are welcome. Loca...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:16pm
  • In a repeat of the 2010 Hoka Hey motorcycle challenge, about 75 Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders left Key West, Fla., on Sunday and are headed to Homer.  This time, though, they’re riding for glory and not for a $500,000 prize for the first rider to hit Coal Point at the end of the Homer Spi...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:13pm
  • The incessant noise of the crowded Sterling Highway running through Soldotna faded quickly in a gravel lot behind Pizza Boys and the Shops Around the Corner Saturday where a group of five white tents clustered around a makeshift courtyard. Ella Fitzgerald sang about bringing her sweet daddy home as ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:04pm
  • Who would have thought that those flamboyant peonies down at the Homer Farmers Market could get you a trip to the White House? Well, Rita Jo Shoultz has never done anything half way.  Now she can add to her long list of achievements that she is a finalist for the White House Champions of Change...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:01pm
  • You just can’t keep a good bar down. Yeah, that was the story in 1976, when the Club Bar rose from the ashes after a fire destroyed it. That was the story in 2007, when after three years Alice’s Champagne Palace, its name since 1980, once again reopened. That was the story in 2009, when after a ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:56pm
  • After, well, who knows how many years exactly, a new Homer Harbormaster’s Office is finally going to happen. “The city has had a new harbormaster’s office on capital improvement lists for quite some time, but the actual planning and design of this has occurred in the last year,” said Carey M...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:39pm
  • Since the early days when the Peterson Bay Field Station opened in 1983, visitors to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies environmental education center started their trip off with a little exercise. After arriving by boat from Homer, visitors got off at a floating dock and then onto a raft. Hauli...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:35pm
  • Eileen Becker was clear about her reason for organizing Tuesday’s debate between Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell. “As a staunch Republican, my main objective is to get rid of (U.S. Senator Mark) Begich. I’m up front about that,” said Becker....

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:30pm

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