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  • After five years of debate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically modified salmon for food. The AquAdvantage salmon, produced by Massachusetts-based biotechnology company AquaBounty Technologies, is the first genetically modified animal approved for food in the United States. Th...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:25am
  • Diana Jeska of the Homer Community Food Pantry, left, accepts a check from Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Homer branch manager Alita Mahan. Alaska USA Foundation recently announced that Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members contributed $76,300 to support community food banks during the an...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:21am
  • Boat owners should be bracing for a new round of regulations for older boats more than 50 feet in length.  The Alternate Safety Compliance Program, part of the U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2010, is due to take effect in 2020, which seemed far into the future when it was first propose...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:19am
  • The summer of 2015 was a hard one for our native trees. Lack of snow and unusually warm dry weather early in the spring put spruce trees into stress mode. So for the first time in our part of the world, the Spruce Aphid (Elatobium abietinum) originally from Europe, has found its way to our ...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:07am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District All KPBSD schools will release early today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving break. There will be no school on Thursday or Friday. Happy Thanksgiving! Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 18-Jan. 3: Holiday ...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:42am
  • Each year two Alaska schools are honored as a National Title I Distinguished School. This year, Chapman School in Anchor Point was recognized for exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. Nikolaevsk School in Nikolaevsk was recognized for significantly closing the achievemen...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:41am
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward. Center for Alaskan Coas...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:35am
  • Planning panel holds hearings on subdivisions; discusses pot regs The Homer Advisory Planning Commission holds two public hearings at its next meeting on Dec. 2. The commission also continues discussion on regulations regarding cannabis. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Cowles Co...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:29am
  • Homer’s book clubs often lead to intense discussion among small groups, but it’s not often that a book leads to a wider town conversation. This fall on Sept. 18 the Friends of the Homer Public Library held what could be called a mega book club: a standing-room only talk at the library on Atul Ga...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:28am
  • The Healthcare Task Force is warily moving forward with Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s proposal to hire a consultant on rural health care....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:25am
  • With the vote on Proposition 1 looming next Tuesday, the Homer City Council had many of the issues in that question on its agenda at Monday’s regular council meeting. The Nov. 23 meeting was the last council meeting before the election and the council’s Dec. 7 meeting, when the council will pass...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:24am
  • Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to show that the vast majority of homeless students on the peninsula are unsheltered but a few who are either over 18 or staying with a parent and a victim of domestic violence are sheltered at South Peninsula Haven House; and that t...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:21am
  • NAPA to host this evening’s Business After Hours event Kachemak Auto Parts/NAPA will host today’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. The mixer is from 5-6:30 p.m. at the auto parts store, located at 3545 Main Street. There will be plenty of do...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:39am
  • Managers are concerned that pressure on the Kenai River could increase if the Alaska LNG project goes through. The project is still tentative and will not receive a final ruling until 2018 at the earliest, but if it does go through, the borough could see an influx of as many as 5,000 workers for the...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:38am
  • Alaska Communications System Group Inc. revenue is down after selling off its wireless business to its fellow Alaska telecom GCI, but net income through nine months has sharply increased. Net income through three-quarters of the year for Alaska Communications was $12.6 million compared to just $2.6 ...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:37am
  • General Communications Inc. had another strong quarter in terms of revenue, particularly broadband subscribers and tourist season roaming fees, but the company is still absorbing last year’s major purchase of wireless business in its bottom line. GCI reported $19.9 million in net income in the thi...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:36am
  • JUNEAU — Eight attorneys have applied for the upcoming vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court. Justice Dana Fabe has announced plans to retire June 1. Fabe was the first woman appointed to serve on the court. The Alaska Judicial Council released the names of the applicants and biographical informatio...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:35am
  • Brian Nerland will retire from KeyBank at year-end and Commercial Banking Executive Lori McCaffrey will succeed him as Alaska market president. With his retirement, Nerland will complete a 30-year career at KeyBank in Alaska and will transfer leadership to McCaffrey, whom he hired 20 years ago to wo...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:35am
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists are predicting a fairly robust commercial harvest of around 4.1 million sockeye salmon in Upper Cook Inlet next season, 1.1 million over the most recent 20-year average. It is nearly 60 percent lower than the historical high harvest of 9.5 million sockey...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:34am
  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will hold its final meeting of 2015 from Dec. 7-15 at the Hilton in Anchorage. The council just released its final agenda for that meeting as well as a public comment deadline of Dec. 1. Apart from routine final action on harvest guidelines, the council w...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:32am

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