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  • An Alaska Air Transit charter flight with one pilot and seven passengers landed with wheels up late Saturday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident, said director of operations Dan Owen. The Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded, but did not treat or transport anyone. The incident closed ...

    Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:04pm
  • While current educators and support staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District kept their jobs this year, it is unlikely to happen next year. To renew its employment contracts the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education approved cuts to existing programs and services, about $1.8 million...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:52am
  • ANCHORAGE — Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program has cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to begin drilling for oil and gas off Alaska’s northwestern coast this summer. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Monday approved the multi-year exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea for Shell a...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:37am
  • ANCHORAGE — An aging baby boomer population and a stagnate birthrate have caused Alaska’s population to fall for the first time since the 1980s recession. The population dropped by 61 people between July 2013 and July 2014 for the first time since 1987-1988. More people left Alaska than arrived ...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:34am
  • ANCHORAGE — Marine surveying will start again this summer near Alaska’s coastal communities in a wide-reaching effort to improve communications by laying a $700 million fiber-optic cable linking Europe and Asia through the Arctic Ocean. The Alaska Dispatch News reports lingering sea ice in Canad...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:34am
  • ‘Get To Know Homer’ training set for May 20 The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will host the annual “Get to Know Homer” summer tourist season kick-off training on Wednesday, May 20, at the chamber. ...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:33am
  • After two days of meetings in Kenai City Hall between Kenai administrators and regional and national officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, the two parties presented an agreement to share the cost of a study crucial to a collaboration between Kenai and the Corps to halt bluff erosion....

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:31am
  • Bidding was modest in the state’s annual Cook Inlet areawide lease sale held May 7, a symptom of low crude oil prices and a limited regional market for natural gas. The state Division of Oil and Gas auctioned seven oil and gas leases May 7 to three companies. Hilcorp Energy LLC and AIX Energy LLC,...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:30am
  • The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has given approval for a $30-million financing package that will allow BlueCrest Energy to begin drilling and development at its Cosmopolitan offshore oil project in Cook Inlet. BlueCrest will have construction of onshore facilities under way in...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:28am
  • Congressman Don Young, never a friend to environmentalists but never before a foe of fishermen, is coming under fire for his proposed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary tool used to manage federal fisheries....

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:22am
  • Homer Electric Association customers should see rates stabilize in the near future, general manager Bradley Janorschke said at HEA’s annual meeting last Thursday in Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre. “The good news is I honestly think things are stabilized,” he said at a presentation at th...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:20am
  • Occupational Endorsement Certificate, medical office coding Colleen M.

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:56am
  • Dream big. Persevere in your dreams. Make mistakes. Stay involved in your community. Be the new storytellers.

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:55am
  • It was all about money during a four-hour meeting at which Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members heard about funding schools, flooding and animal control....

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:49am
  • Though far from a done deal, the Homer City Council took the first step toward creating a 2.5-percent bed tax when it approved on introduction Ordinance 15-13. That ordinance goes up for second reading and a public hearing at the May 26 regular meeting. Council member David Lewis introduced the meas...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:45am
  • After using up the April juror pool and dipping into May jurors, a jury was finally seated last week in the Demarqus Green murder trial. The testimony phase of the trial began last Wednesday at the Homer Courthouse with Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran presiding. The trial is expected to contin...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:45am
  • With the Alaska Legislature still in recess and leaders trying to craft a balanced budget, it all comes down to a compromise, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, told the Homer City Council on Monday night. Stevens and Rep.

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:41am
  • Ask birders to list their top-10 favorite shorebirds and quickly their picks diverge. You might find five birds in common, like the popular and common western sandpipers, but then birders start throwing in birds like turnstones and snipes. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival guide lists 38 shorebird...

    Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:21pm
  • Paul Banks Elementary School held its Art Extravaganza last Friday, with displays of art, music and hands-on project. ...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:00pm
  • At West Homer Elementary School last Friday for its Writers’ Fair, parents were invited to listen to students read during the fair, with judges also listening and commenting. The writings and associated art also were displayed at a First Friday reception that night. ...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:37pm

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