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  • An alleged armed robbery at the Wagon Wheel on Ocean Drive last week wasn’t a robbery at all, but an inside job, Homer Police said in a criminal complaint filed at the Homer Court on Sept. 10. Police charged Tommy Lee Neal, 19, with third-degree theft and making a false report, both misdemeanors. ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:09pm
  • Tall, lanky and almost always smiling, Frank Vondersaar could be seen volunteering for nonprofits from the Salvation Army to the Pratt Museum. When campaign season rolled around, the name of Vondersaar, a tireless Alaska Democratic Party member, frequently could be seen on the ballot. Most recently ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:05pm
  • Soggy basketMavis Muller, with torch, prepares to light “Grow,” this year’s Burning Basket, Sunday night at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Despite a steady drizzle, about 200 people showed up for the annual community art celebration.Now in its 11th year, Muller has coordinated building basket...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:45pm
  • Getting to Tuesday’s Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center candidate forum at Wasabi’s on East End Road past Kachemak Drive could be a metaphor for politics itself. Wasabi’s is in the construction zone, and like East Enders know, that means a long wait, trying to avoid getting splattere...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:39pm
  • Messages decorate the side of “Grow,” this year’s Burning Basket at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. The basket was burned at sundown on Sunday. Despite a steady drizzle, about 200 people showed up for the annual event. Artist Mavis Muller faciliated the community art project with help from vol...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:35pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Questions have been raised about when the Legislature would get involved in approving a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region if a ballot initiative passes this November.The initiative says in addition to permits, a final authorization would be needed from the Legislature for an...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:25pm
  • Furie Operating Alaska’s platform has arrived in Alaska from Texas.The platform was built in Ingleside, Texas, this summer. On June 4 it left Corpus Christi, Texas, traveled through the Gulf of Mexico, went through the Panama Canal, sailed north through the Pacific Ocean and arrived in Kachemak Ba...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:24pm
  • Buccaneer Energy Ltd. and its family of subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in May, leaving millions worth of unpaid bills in Alaska.The Australia-based independent’s debt in the state is more than $2.1 million, according to a list of Buccaneer’s 30 largest unsecured creditors filed with the U.S. ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:22pm
  • JUNEAU — BP Alaska, a major player in the state’s oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year.BP’s business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp,...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:19pm
  • Marketing efforts for the Alaska LNG Project have formally started, passing another major milestone.State Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash accompanied BP officials to Asia on the first formal sales trip for the giant project earlier this month. “These were BP’s meetings. They set them u...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:17pm
  • Moving alongA project to replace floats in the Homer harbor is right on schedule, according to Homer Harbormaster Brian Hawkins. With A float being worked on, and float I removed, floats F, G and H temporarily are islands. “The crews are working seven days a week and at least 10 hours a day. They ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:13pm
  • Effective Sept. 30, the Alaska Communications Homer store at the corner of Greatland Street and the Sterling Highway will close. Customers will still be able to get wireless service and wireless products just at they had at the Homer store through Horizon Satellite on Heath Street, an authorized Ala...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:09pm
  • Oysters? Wine? Cardamom-scented braised short ribs? Get your ticket to the second annual Taste of Homer and toast the changing season with food and drink samples from more than a dozen local vendors. “It’s a showcase event,” said Amy Martin, chief organizer and owner of the Vagabond Cafe. “S...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:03pm
  • After a year as executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Jim Lavrakas has announced his resignation, effective Oct. 15.“When I accepted the role ... I did so with a sunset clause, knowing that I would one day want to return to my ‘retirement’ role of being a fish...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:53am
  • Each booth down at the Homer Farmers Market is only 10-by-10 feet.  Pouring out of the booth are incredible amounts of produce and crafts, food and flowers.But even all that doesn’t show the different things that go on the rest of the week in the lives of our Market vendors.  The contrib...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:49am
  • An alleged armed robbery at the Wagon Wheel on Ocean Drive last week wasn’t a robbery at all, but an inside job, Homer Police said in a criminal complaint filed at the Homer Court on Sept. 10. Police charged Tommy Lee Neal, 19, with third-degree theft and making a false report, both misdemeanors. ...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:22pm
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    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:37am
  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is searching for Alaska’ top youth volunteers of 2015. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply by Nov. 4.The application is available at spirit.prudentila.com and nassp.org/spirit. Paper application forms can be requested by calling 877-525-8491....

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:55am
  • Four Homer High School students are among 16,000 named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program:• Evan Boyer;• Patrick Latimer;• Jayce Miller;• Jonas Noomah.The students now compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered in the ...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:53am
  • Paul Banks Elementary School celebrates “Paul Banks Day” on Sept. 16. During a 1 p.m. assembly, author Dotty Cline will present her new book “Paul Banks: Alaskan Music Man.”Banks was a custodian at East Elementary for 17 years, writing and playing songs for the students to perform. The schoo...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:52am

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