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  • Editor's Note: This story has been edited to correct Bob Enea's name.  A phone call from former crew member Jim Herbert informed David and Dennis Fry that the boat they fished on in the 1970s with their father was the Western Flyer — the vessel on which author John Steinbeck took the...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:52am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The minority leader of the Alaska House said Wednesday that if his caucus isn’t satisfied with changes to the state’s oil and gas tax credit program, it will be hard to justify going into a major state savings account to help cover state costs. Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Ancho...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:33am
  • A proposed change in Alaska’s senior exemption on property taxes has been deleted from Senate Bill 210 by the Senate Finance Committee.  In his weekly newsletter, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, announced the committee deleted language which moved exemptions for seniors and disabled military veter...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:32am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that as much of an optimist as he is, he doesn’t see state legislators wrapping up work on all the pieces needed for a fiscal plan by the scheduled end of the regular legislative session Sunday.  ...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:32am
  • A proposal by Homer Mayor Beth Wythe to fund at $600,000 a community recreation center that died at the March 29 Homer City Council meeting came back in a different form on the agenda Monday night. Wythe had proposed a grant that would come out of city reserves, but council member David Lewis upped ...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:29am
  • “If you had to summarize the arts in Homer, two words: Mary Epperson,” retired Homer High School teacher Mark Robinson said on Mary Epperson Day, a big celebration of her life at the Homer Council on the Arts In June 2014. Called the “creative heart of Homer,” Epperson, 93, died after a shor...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:28am
  • For people addicted to opiates — or any other substance — there are many barriers to successful recovery, despite the quality of resources that may be available. In Homer, not only is there a lack of care for existing addicts, but there also is a lack of a coordinated approach to prevention....

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:22am
  • Alaska’s tourism industry should be a bright spot in 2016 as other sectors of the state’s economy face uphill battles.  The final tally of cruise passengers, which often make up more than half of all visitors to the state, is expected to be up about 2 percent over what was a strong 2015, ac...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:51am
  • The end of winter in Homer marked the beginning of a short but sweet season for Homer residents Anna Meredith and Jake Beaudoin.  In the small window of time between the spring thaw and budding leaves, usually between 15-24 days, Meredith and Beaudoin collect sap from approximately 600 Kenai bi...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:50am
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released statewide forecasts for salmon, and 2016 promises fewer fish than last year’s price-deadening sockeye glut.  Statewide, ADFG said 2016 will see a drop in the total salmon harvest, led by an especially sharp decline in pink salmon. Projection...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:34am
  • JUNEAU — A House fisheries committee advanced a rewrite of Gov. Bill Walker’s fisheries tax bill on Tuesday, diverting half of the potential revenue into a seafood marketing fund. The bill, one of six proposed taxes on industries from Walker, could raise an additional $18 million in revenue by a...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:32am
  • Homer stands out as a major contributor to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser, due to the efforts of Gina Pelaia and her team, the Rolling Realtors.  The Homer community’s Big Brother Big Sister branch held the event on April 2 and had seven teams part...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am
  • Homer High School’s track team finished the Big C Relays Meet in Anchorage on April 1 and 2 with three athletes in sixth place spots. The team has a week’s break before heading back up to The Dome in Anchorage for the Pro Whit Meet on April 15 and 16. Jack Ritcher, Anna Brock and Lauren Everts c...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:47am
  • Homer High School’s prom on Saturday will be bedecked with sustainable decorations from the Homer community.  In collaboration with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the prom committee is using marine debris art made by Homer artists from items collected during beach cleanups, said Center f...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:41am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District AMP testing has been cancelled district-wide. Chapman School  April 12: Child Find at Chapman. Call to set up appointment. April 15: Track meet at Kenai, 3 p.m. May 3: Ti...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:38am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska education department announced Friday that it is canceling its computer-based statewide student assessments this year, citing technical disruptions and concerns with the validity of the results....

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:37am
  • The Legislature must take strides to reduce the deficit, but the transition will be smoother if it is a multi-year process, according to a new analysis....

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:24am
  • JUNEAU — Public smoking restrictions that recently passed the Alaska Senate could hurt proposed cannabis cafes in the state, a sponsor of the initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in Alaska said Friday. In a release, Tim Hinterberger said the bill would undermine the current regulatory ...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:13am
  • This month marks the 10th anniversary of Homer’s Kevin Bell Arena. That milestone will be celebrated Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. It will be a day packed with skating, a hockey skills competition, a barbecue, figure skating performances and even a referee contest....

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:09am

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