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  • ANCHORAGE — It was tough to find anyone who was more excited than Sen. Lisa Murkowski at Dan Sullivan’s election night party. Warming up the crowd before Sullivan entered as final vote tallies were still rolling in, and with the Republican challenger maintaining a lead over incumbent Sen. Mark B...

    Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:09pm
  • The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, holds public scoping meetings at noon today in the Nanwalek Tribal Community Center and at 7 p.m. at Homer Middle School. BOEM is exploring holding an oil and gas lease sale, sale 244, in federal waters of Cook Inlet. ...

    Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:04pm
  • Snow or no snow, it’s becoming that time of year when resources get stretched a bit thin. Summertime employment comes to an end, hours of darkness outweigh hours of daylight, temperatures drop and the holiday season arrives.  For some, it takes a helping hand to make it through the months ahe...

    Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:03pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Sign up. That’s the message Susan Yeager, Alaska director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, delivered to lower Kenai Peninsula veterans during a September talk for the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club.  Fill out the VA’s form 101...

    Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:02pm
  • Veterans Day may have been a holiday for some, but not for state Elections workers, who continued to count early and absentee ballots cast in the Nov. 4 general election. By day’s end, the independent team of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott still lead Gov. Sean Parnell and his running mate, Dan Sull...

    Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:57pm
  • Editor's Note:  Last week, the Homer News looked at erosion affecting residents of Judy Rebecca Court in the Baycrest Subdivision. This week, the causes of erosion throughout Homer and its possible impacts are explored. ***...

    Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:55pm
  • Homer Veterans Day ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Homer Elks Emblem Club Veterans Memorial at the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue.  A parade then proceeds west on Pioneer Avenue to Main Street, south on Main Street to the Sterling Highway, and then east on the highway to th...

    Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:34am
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    Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:02am
  • More than four years after a 2010 Memorial Day weekend car crash killed a Washington, D.C., woman, a Kenai man last week pleaded guilty to manslaughter for recklessly causing the death of Kathleen Benz, then 25. At a hearing Oct. 30 at Kenai Superior Court, Alfred Jones, 51, entered guilty pleas for...

    Thu, 11/06/2014 - 8:42am
  • Homer’s oldest church didn’t start out with large numbers, a good band, or even its own building. Instead, it started with just a few homesteaders gathering together for Sunday services.   Because travel was harder — there weren’t as many roads in the late 1930s — some would meet in d...

    Thu, 11/06/2014 - 8:38am
  • A Homer man injured in a Diamond Ridge house fire on Oct. 29 has been released from a Seattle hospital and is recovering at the home of his son in Kansas. According to Melinda Taylor, a neighbor and friend of Keith Kohler, the man who lost his home at the corner of Diamond Ridge Road and Stratus Roa...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:09pm
  • Since May, Gee Denton and her neighbors, Scott and Carolyn VanZant, have battled to save their Baycrest Subdivision homes from the ravages of erosion. The sensitivity of these hillside properties, located on the Kachemak Bay side of the Sterling Highway as it climbs to the top of Baycrest Hill, is w...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:07pm
  • Legalized marijuana, a raise in the minimum wage and protection of Bristol Bay fisheries all appear to have won in unofficial results for the three ballot measures in Tuesday’s election. Yes votes for Ballot Measure 3, raising the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015, and Ballot Measure 4...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:02pm
  • They’re back. With all precincts reporting, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, will be the southern Kenai Peninsula’s voices when the Legislature convenes in January.  The big races in Alaska — for U.S. Senate and governor — were still too close to call, however...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:58pm
  • With remodeling going on around him, Terry Yager, owner-broker of Kachemak Group Real Estate, formerly Re/Max of Homer, is settling into his new office space at 320 W. Pioneer Ave.  Active in the local real estate scene since 1995, Yager operated the Re/Max franchise from 512 E. Pioneer Ave. Ho...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:24pm
  • In addition to Alaska LNG project managers, and planners from Trans-Foreland Pipeline Company, Nikiski landowners will soon have another group of surveyors knocking on their doors as contractors from DOWL HKM begin testing area wells....

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:21pm
  • Homer Electric Association will update residents on the current state of its Grant Lake hydroelectric project in a public meeting today at the Moose Pass Community Hall. HEA has been planning a hydroelectric installation at Grant Lake since August 2009, when it received a preliminary study permit fr...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:20pm
  • The Municipality of Anchorage is looking to recoup up to $340 million in the two lawsuits it has against contributors to the failed Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project. Outside municipal counsel Bennett Greenberg said at an Oct. 28 Alaska U.S. District Court hearing in Anchorage that the ...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:18pm
  • The popularity of an event is evident when it needs to move to a larger venue. Homer Electric Association’s Energy and Conservation Fair is the perfect case in point. “For the last several years we’ve used West Homer Elementary School, which was fantastic and the staff there was wonderful, but...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:17pm
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System has released its 2015 summer schedule. Reservations are now available for booking at FerryAlaska.com. Release of the 2015 summer schedule followed the public comment period held in September. The comment period is an opportunity for communities and individuals to rev...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:17pm

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