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  • KODIAK (AP) — The body of a Homer man missing in Kodiak since Feb. 22 has been recovered. Kodiak radio station KMTX reports the body of 27-year-old Mihay Kalugin was pulled Friday night from Kodiak’s St. Paul Harbor.Kalugin was a crewman on the fishing vessel Competition. A Homer relative, Alexi...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:42pm
  • Plans for a controversial hydroelectric plant are available for public examination in their most detailed form to date. On March 27, Homer Electric Association, working through its subsidiary Kenai Hydroelectric, submitted a draft of its license application for the Grant Lake hydroelectric project t...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:50pm
  • Citing a family member’s health issues, Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jim Dycus has resigned from his post. Dycus submitted his resignation to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre on March 26, with an effective date of April 17. Navarre confirmed last Friday that he received...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:49pm
  • Paul Banks Elementary School parents and friends packed the Mariner Theatre last Thursday for  the school’s spring performance, “Drums Alive!” ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:14pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will not be handing out any pink slips this spring. At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, all non-tenured contracts were approved for the 2016 school year. Roughly 70 contracts were signed off on and roughly 30 non-tenured teachers were moved to tenure...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:11pm
  • The Board of Education on Monday passed the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s $165.6 million fiscal year 2016 operating budget. The board discussed the final revisions proposed by Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones during a worksession Monday. The process began in October 2014. Included i...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:07pm
  • It WILL snow. Do not fear it. Our environment needs water and snow is one way to get it. However much we get won’t last long. Think of it as adding nitrogen to the soil. Think of it as a plus. Or don’t think about it at all.  The greenhouse is providing sufficient shelter for the tomatoes, ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:02pm
  • KENAI — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has criticized the City of Kenai’s proposal for a road in a wetland near the Kenai River....

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:09am
  • The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities wants feedback on plans to move the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing. DOT released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement March 29 with four alternatives to improve traffic flow and increase road capacity on a 13-mile s...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:05am
  • ANCHORAGE — Six Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic offshore drilling on Monday boarded a drill rig as it was transported across the Pacific Ocean toward Seattle, where it will be staged for drilling on Shell leases in Alaska waters. The 400-foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:00am
  • SOLDOTNA — A better rapport between the city of Soldotna and local businesses could result in a healthier economic environment. That was Soldotna Director of Economic Development and Planning Stephanie Queen’s message during a Tuesday Soldotna Chamber luncheon. Queen highlighted the importance o...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:51am
  • Bad weather and a lack of markets has led to a basic shutdown of the Pacific cod season for state-waters pot boats before it really got started, at least for Homer boats. “We’re not even close (to catching the quota),” said Jan Rumble, area management biologist for the Alaska ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:48am
  • Alaska’s current budget crisis can easily be blamed on the plunge in oil prices, which are less than half what they were nine months ago, but some responsibility should be laid at the door of the state’s citizens, who are largely disconnected from state spending decisions — except to spend mor...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:47am
  • In a harsh rebuke to how the city of Homer assessed condominiums, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet on Friday afternoon ordered the city to comply with his Jan. 6, 2014, order in Ken Castner v. City of Homer where he called that method “arbitrary and unreasonable.” “It is hereby orde...

    Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:54pm
  • The Ninilchik School gym has been used for lots of events: ball games, holiday celebrations, talent shows, musical performances and graduations to name a few. None have ever packed the room quite like the event of Sept. 24, 2010: the school’s 100th anniversary.  Everybody from Ninilchik Schoo...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:34pm
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    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:25pm
  • Hospice of Homer has been awarded a $24,955 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. The funds will purchase up-to-date technology.  “With a robust technology infrastructure, hospice staff efficiency will increase resulting in more effective service provision. As the need for Hospice of Homer prog...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:10pm
  • A Homer City Council member has questioned the propriety of having the police chief sit as a member on a proposed nine-seat Cannabis Advisory Commission.  At the council’s March 23 meeting, council member Beau Burgess introduced Ordinance 15-07 creating a Cannabis Advisory Commission, but he ...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:22pm
  • Searchers found a 3-year-old boy missing for about 45 minutes last week in the best possible place — inside the boy’s home.  The boy’s parent notified Alaska State Troopers about 4:30 p.m. on March 23 that the child had gone missing while playing outside near the home in the Bonnie Avenue...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:20pm
  • Warm thaws are common during coastal winters, but the season was unusual not only for record warmth but also for its persistence and being the second very warm winter in a row.  The extreme temperatures could influence fire risk, erosion and wildlife. Rainfall this spring will be a big factor i...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:20pm

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