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  • The board of directors of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has unanimously voted to oppose a proposed borough-wide bed tax. The chamber board’s decision follows last week’s forum, sponsored by the chamber to educate its members and the public on the tax. The decision came in time...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:20pm
  •  ANCHORAGE – Ravn Alaska, formerly Era Alaska, has announced the launch of a new website. The ongoing rebranding process is still under way, and the website reflects the company’s new identity and provides a more user-friendly browsing experience, according to a press release.  “We...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — A state official says a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the last of the unions representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers. Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer said the state and Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association planned to go o...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A union representing about 150 clerical and operations workers at one of Alaska’s largest utilities has served notice it could call a strike by the end of the week. KTVA reports members of United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367 made the official notificatio...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • BETHEL (AP) — Donlin Gold and the Kuskokwim Corp. have agreed to terms on land-use rights for a proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver of Bethel. The price tag wasn’t disclosed. But the deal gives the Native corporation, which owns the surface estate, rights to some construction contracts and sets...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:29am
  • WASILLA — Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation June 20 aimed at simplifying vehicle registration for Alaskans with older cars. House Bill 19 gives individuals the option to permanently register their personal vehicles that are at least eight years old. It also gives personal trailer owners the opt...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:28am
  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in May at 6.4 percent. Likewise, the national rate was stable at 6.3 percent for the month, according to the state Labor Department. The state’s adjusted rate, which works to account for seasonal employment swings, has hovered within a 0...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:27am
  • A drill rig likely will be starting work again later this year near Anchor Point.  BlueCrest Energy Inc. plans to begin drilling at the offshore Cosmopolitan oil and gas discovery in Cook Inlet, company officials say. Wells will be drilled from onshore, at high angles, to reach the Cosmopolitan...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:25am
  • Are you manic yet?   It’s summer in Alaska. Lots of light, things growing fast, always getting ready for the next thing. You can see the signs of manic farmers down at the Homer Farmers Market in the huge savoy cabbage and kohlrabi, the delicately arranged flowers and herbs, the carefully bag...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:20am
  • The Cool Juicy Bus, a smoothie and juice drink stand located in a 1960s school bus, reopened Monday at a slightly new location on Pioneer Avenue next to Alaska Wild Berry Products. The bus was closed a week when the city enforced a section of city code prohibiting food stands from being located “i...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:19am
  • The State Medical Examiner positively identified Paul Baylink, 46, as the person killed in a Rainbow Court house fire on June 13, Homer Police announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon. An autopsy was done on June 17, but police have not received the report and do not know the cause of death, s...

    Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:10pm
  • What is all this talk about a Kenai Peninsula Borough bed tax? A forum tonight, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, will help answer that question for chamber members and the public. The forum will be held at the Best Western Bidarka Inn at 6:30 p.m....

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:52pm
  • Alaska Wildlife Troopers on June 11 cited an Anchorage commercial fisherman for retaining lingcod during a closed season while on a commercial halibut fishing trip in Cook Inlet. Christopher Moore, 53, also was cited for not properly displaying his vessel number plate and for making a false statemen...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:45pm
  • Homer Police last week arrested a Homer man for stalking after a woman reported the man had started to become aggressive and controlling, vandalized her bicycle and sent her threatening text messages.  Police arrested William O. Daugherty, 49, on Pioneer Avenue at about 12:05 a.m. June 22 short...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:44pm
  • It may be summer vacation, but a large number of Homer area youngsters just completed one more week of school last Friday. Vacation Bible School at Faith Lutheran Church, that is. “We’ve had 101 kids, ages 3-12,” said Gretchen McCullough, the church’s director of Christian education....

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:40pm
  • From 5 to 7 p.m. today, the Pratt Museum holds an event celebrating a $900,000 grant it received in the state capital budget. The money will give a major boost to the museum’s capital funding campaign for a new museum building. ...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:39pm
  • The city of Homer has settled with two of three property owners who filed claims in a sewer line backup that pushed raw sewage into three homes on the north shore of Beluga Lake in January 2013. Homeowner Steve Bambakidis accepted a $45,000 settlement and homeowner Ken Halpin accepted a $250,000 set...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:39pm
  • Less than a week after one of his primary opponents, Joe Miller, spoke in Homer for Father’s Day, last Thursday Dan Sullivan visited town for two public meetings and some boots-on-the ground campaigning. Sullivan, 49, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, is running against Mille...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:26pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A judge in Anchorage is conducting a trial in a voting rights lawsuit filed by several Alaska villages that alleges the state has failed to provide accurate, complete translations of voting materials into Alaska Native languages. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the case wen...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:24pm
  • Condominium owners once again are expressing their concerns over the city’s assessment of condos within the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District. Margarida Kondak of the High Tide Condominium Association on Monday read a letter signed by numerous condo owners to the Homer City Council ask...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:15pm

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