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  • A drug prescribed to treat the symptoms of opiate withdrawal has started showing up in court reports as being abused. In two separate incidents late last month, Homer Police and Alaska State Troopers charged two people with crimes suspected to be related to abuse of Suboxone, the brand name of bupre...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:04am
  • An Anchorage man collapsed and later died on May 23 at a Ninilchik campground. According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, at about 9:20 p.m. troopers received a report that Henry Baldwin, 77, had collapsed and needed medical assistance. Ninilchik Emergency Medical Services medics responded...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:02am
  • For Sen. Lisa Murkowski, there aren’t many topics hotter than the Arctic these days, especially as the U.S. steps into the chairmanship role of the Arctic Council this year. Alaska’s senior senator spoke last week about why discussing Arctic issues should be a nationwide priority. The Arctic Cou...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:58am
  • ANCHORAGE — The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a federal appeals court decision that said coal falling into Resurrection Bay from the Alaska Railroad’s loading system in Seward violates the federal Clean Water Act....

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:56am
  • Because of issues with vehicle access to the Homer Middle School track, Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society fundraising and awareness event, has been moved to West Homer Elementary School.  The time and date have not changed. Relay for Life starts with opening ceremonies and a survivors...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:45am
  • After issuing a wanted poster on Monday for a Homer man charged in a June 4 Ninilchik Beach robbery, Alaska State Troopers have not yet caught Clarence S. Hock, 23. Troopers have arrested another man wanted in the robbery, Sean Carpenter, 25. Troopers apprehended Carpenter on Saturday at his Homer h...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:44am
  • About 100 people on land and sea last Friday afternoon protested the upcoming Northern Edge 2015, a joint military exercise running June 15-26 in the Gulf of Alaska. A flotilla of about a dozen boats from big seiners to a man in a kayak cruised off the Homer Spit while an enthusiastic group on shore...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:42am
  • People come to Homer every year to have some kind of vacation adventure. There is always something for the adventurous down at the Homer Farmers Market.  If you are an adventurous grower, go ahead and try some okra, pepper or tomatillo, even watermelon or cantaloupe starts for your greenhouse. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:38am
  • Don’t be surprised to hear the haunting refrain of bagpipes as musicians gear up for the upcoming Kachemak Bay CeltFest at Karen Hornaday Park. On June 19-20, kilts, fiddles and Celtic heritage will abound as the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club puts on the two-day CeltFest and Highland Games.  ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:28am
  • According to local author Janet Klein who interviewed Dena’ina elder Peter Kalifornsky before his death in 1993, Dena’ina sea otter hunters used to gather at the base of the Spit prior to their hunt. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:23am
  • “Would you tell me please which way I ought to go from here?” Alice asks the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” to which the Cheshire Cat replied, “That depends a good deal on where you want to go.”  That’s the question the Homer Advisory Planning Commission ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:20am
  • A formal ceremony that celebrated the end of an era also served as a bon voyage party for the 17 crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island.  She set sail Wednesday morning on a 7,000-nautical mile journey from Homer to Baltimore, Md., to the Coast Guard yard where she will be decommiss...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:16am
  • Homer residents who listen to public radio will hear no reporting from Fairbanks after July 1. On Monday, public radio station KUAC-FM announced it is leaving the Alaska Public Radio Network due to the cost of the service and large budget cuts from the state. KUAC is partially funded by the Universi...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:57am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has hired Jan Knutson as its new visitor center manager and events coordinator. Knutson, 72, has been visiting and consulting in Alaska since the 1970s. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:53am
  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in Sitka to cut by 25 percent the amount of halibut that pollock and cod trawlers can catch in the Bering Sea. On paper, that’s good news for halibut fishermen, who have been demanding a cut in halibut bycatch. In reality, ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:51am
  • Alaska Airlines grew its reach again in May, but also watched its on-time performance continue to slip. The mainliner under Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc. reported a 10.3 percent increase in traffic on a 12.1 percent year-over-year capacity increase, according to Air Group’s May operational r...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:47am
  • It’s steady as she goes for the first quarter of 2015 at Alaska’s financial institutions, with consistent gains in total asset and net income growth for all but a few of the state’s leading banks and credit unions. Like 2014, interest rates are low in the first quarter of 2015, and consumers w...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:46am
  • Longtime Homer gardener Steven Veldstra is the new owner of the Wagon Wheel at 1506 Ocean Drive. Veldstra, who was 14 when he started, worked at the Wagon Wheel for 15 years. He then started and grew the Dutch Boy Landscaping business for 19 years.  After selling Dutch Boy Landscaping, he and h...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:32am
  • The future of Alaska’s certified seed potato production is up in the air following this year’s legislative session. The Plant Materials Center’s Potato Program through the Alaska Division of Agriculture was approved for one time increment funding, and will require legislative  action to c...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:30am
  • The effects of state funding cuts will crop up in student meals across the Kenai Peninsula during the upcoming school year. The Alaska Division of Agriculture’s Farm to School program and the Alaska Department of Commerce’s Nutritional Alaskan Foods in Schools programs will receive little to no ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:29am

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