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  • If there’s a poster child for a city street that needs work, that would be Waddell Way. At Lake Street, Waddell Way starts as a rough pothole-filled road that looks like the Ho Chi Minh Trail after a Vietnam War B-52 bomb run. A sign at the east end warns away drivers: “Not city maintained; trav...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:02pm
  • The Betster has been in Homer so long that when typing the word “home,” inevitably a finger taps an extra “r” so the sentence comes out like “Homer is where the heart is.” Isn’t that a bumper sticker? Do other people have this issue? ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:57pm
  • Feeling February’s chill now that the temperature has dropped?  Warm up with the 61st annual Homer Winter Carnival today through Sunday. This year’s theme, “Warm Winter Hearts,” overlaps with Valentine’s Day, and offers plenty of memorable activities for those in — or out of — lov...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:12pm
  • Heart-shaped cards. Heart-shaped boxes of candy. Heart-shaped balloons. All trappings of heartfelt celebrations centered around Valentine’s Day. For Melanie Miller and her husband, Ron, their heart reminder comes in the shape of their 18-month-old daughter, Chloe, who was born with a congenital he...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:46pm
  • At two recent meets, one in Homer and one at Dimond High School in Anchorage, the Homer High School DDF — Drama, Debate and Forensics — team, coached by Amy Johnson, earned an impressive amount of awards.   Homer meet, Jan. 23-24: Public forum debate, second place: Robert H...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:40pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Feb. 24: Public school district budget meeting, Homer High library, 5:30 p.m. Contact Lassie Nelson, 907-714-8838. Chapman School Today: Jumprope assembly, 2:30 p.m. ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:37pm
  • Inspired by a “Pirates — Seek Treasure in a Good Book” theme, pre-K through second-grade students at Paul Banks Elementary School set a record with their 2014 readathon: 160,650 minutes read since Jan. 12, said teacher Wendy Todd, an organizer of the event. Maybe it was the theme. Maybe it was...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:35pm
  • Once again, Homer High School was named “most employable school” in Kenai Peninsula Borough School District CTSO, Career Technical Student Organization, competition.  “I think Homer is going on year five as most employable school,” said Dan Bohrnsen, coordinator of this year’s competi...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:34pm
  • There were some tough words going into the final round of the West Homer Elementary School spelling Bee on Feb. 4. Word caller Gary Thomas challenged the youngsters with words like ipso facto, edification and skirmish for example. It was a seven-letter word that boosted fifth-grader Emma Sulczynski ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:32pm
  • A new partnership between Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, or ASMI, and Princess Cruise Lines will bring more Alaska seafood onboard Princess’ Alaska cruises. Princess Cruise Lines will serve a variety of Alaska cuisine onboard, including king crab, king salmon and fresh halibut. ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:19am
  • Once again the Kenai Peninsula Borough has been awarded “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for its budget. This is the 21st year that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, or GFOA, has given the award to the borough, which annually demonstrates the s...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:18am
  • Enstar Natural Gas company has begun work on a gas transport pipeline alongside Bridge Access Road in Kenai. According to Enstar communications manager Lindsay Hobson, the 16-inch diameter pipeline will lie four to five feet underground and run four miles, connecting Enstar’s Cook Inlet facilities...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:16am
  • JUNEAU — A state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would exempt Alaska from daylight saving time, a measure that its sponsor said would be good for the health of state residents. The bill, from Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, would exempt Alaska from the annual time change beginning in...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:09am
  • ANCHORAGE — Walmart announced on Jan. 28 the launch of an in-store brand, The Alaskan, for sale in every Alaska Walmart Supercenter and 20 Washington stores, as well as 14 additional products of wild Alaska cod, salmon, rockfish, sole and crab to its general stock. The new items are on shelves jus...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:06am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has announced the appointment of Karen Zak as its new executive director. Zak is a 15-year resident and business owner in Homer and brings a wealth of knowledge of Homer and tourism industry, the chamber said Monday in a press release. “I love promo...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:01am
  • ANCHORAGE — Former Interior Gas Utility chair Bob Shefchik has taken the reins of the Interior Energy Project.  Shefchik notified IGU leadership and the Legislature Feb. 9 that he would be resigning from his post as the head of the utility board Feb. 10.  With Shefchik as the project lea...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:59am
  • The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is bringing its safety drill conductor workshop back to Homer Feb. 21 at the Bidarka Inn. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and covers cold water survival skills, man overboard recovery, flooding control, firefighting, abandon ship ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:56am
  • The turnaround in Cook Inlet oil and gas production in recent years is one of the big success stories for Alaska. It has come at a hefty expense, however, to the state treasury. It turns out that inlet producers are being heavily subsidized by the state of Alaska, consultants to the state Legislatur...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:51am
  • Jeffery Trinkera Employment: Executive director of support services, city of Rosenberg, Texas, 2013-present; assistant economic development director, Rosenberg, 2010-13; management assistant, city of Sugarland, Texas, 2008-10.  Education: Bache...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:07pm
  • In an almost unheard of action on Monday night, the Homer City Council voted not to go into executive session. Routinely, the council votes to go into executive session without discussion.  With council members Catriona Reynolds, Gus VanDyke and Bryan Zak voting no, and David Lewis and Francie ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:06pm

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