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  • Warm thaws are common during coastal winters, but the season was unusual not only for record warmth but also for its persistence and being the second very warm winter in a row.  The extreme temperatures could influence fire risk, erosion and wildlife. Rainfall this spring will be a big factor i...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:20pm
  • For the employees of the Homer Harbor, the job comes with one of the best perks around: a glorious view of the harbor, Kachemak Bay and the glaciers and peaks of the Kenai Mountains.  At the old office on the west side of the harbor, that scene might not be as obvious. From the new Homer Harbor...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:17pm
  • Make money? Spend money? If the answer to either question is “yes,” then Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover might be a good idea. Sponsored by the Homer Ministerial Association, the Total Money Makeover with presenter Chris Hogan is April 18 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre.  ...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:38pm
  • The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is now accepting applications from sportfishing businesses in Cook Inlet for $4.6 million in disaster relief funds from the 2012 salmon season. The commission has $4.6 million to be distributed to sportfishing related businesses showing losses during th...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:34pm
  • Roland Maw has been charged in Montana following an investigation regarding residency issues. Jim Kropp, chief of law enforcement for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, confirmed that the state has charged Maw, who owns property near Dillon, with seven counts of affirming to a false statement in ord...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:33pm
  • Dr. Sarah Spencer of South Peninsula Hospital is now accepting referrals for the treatment of addiction to prescription pain pills or heroin, the hospital announced this week in a press release.  Dr. Spencer, a South Peninsula Hospital medical staff member, is currently the only provider in the...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:32pm
  • JUNEAU — Where does your food come from? Where does your kid’s school lunch come from? Ninety-five percent of the time, the answer is a barge. Lia Heifetz, owner of Grow Southeast and Food Security Coordinator for Southeast Conference, hopes to increase security in the region through production ...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:30pm
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would temporarily restrict participation by a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker. The vote followed a failed attempt by legislative leaders and Walker to reach an agreement. The vote wa...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:28pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — A federal judge says the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine can serve a subpoena on an Internet services provider to preserve emails from a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee and an attorney who has represented Pebble critics. Attorneys for the Pebble Limited Par...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:27pm
  • A bill that has been filed and failed every year since 2009 that would create a priority for personal use fishing seems to be getting legs this year. Senate Bill 42, also called “The Alaskans-First Fishing Bill,” would prioritize personal use fisheries when restrictions are impl...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:26pm
  • Due to the increase in the energy rate and the Cost of Power Adjustment, Homer Electric Association monthly residential service bills will reflect an average increase of nearly $13 starting May 1 — including the first rise in energy rates since 2013. The estimate is based on the average HEA member...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:25pm
  • Homeric Traders celebrated its one-year anniversary this week by having a grand re-opening April 1 and showcasing 12 new vendors to the shop. Ken Sprague and Nickie Knight, owners of Homeric Traders located at 1130 Ocean Drive, say they hope this new shift to featuring local artists and designers wi...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:24pm
  • In its second go-round of interviewing city manager candidates, the Homer City Council dipped into its own employee pool: Matt Clarke, deputy harbormaster, and Katie Koester, community and economic development coordinator. After interviews at a special meeting Tuesday, and in a unanimous decision, t...

    Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:05am
  • Homer Animal Friendsneeds gently used towels; basic cleaning supplies (mop, bucket, Swiffer, pet safe cleaners, broom/pan); computer/lap top; cash register; copy machine; heavy duty shelving; ladder; a wall mountable TV for Homer Dog Trainers; and volunteers Contact:...

    Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:54am
  • The Homer City Council on Monday introduced an ordinance creating a Cannabis Advisory Commission. Sponsored by council member Beau Burgess, the commission would be a nine-member body that advises the city manager and council on regulating cannabis and the operation of cannabis facilities....

    Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:28am
  • I  have given March the lions share of my thinking this winter. March does not agree with me. Not ever. But I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could make it work in my favor.  I could find a way to burn through it. So I looked up from the end of my nose to see what I could see and lo, the...

    Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:27am
  • S outh Peninsula Haven House is holding its annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony and silent auction Friday. The event will be held at Second Star Lodge on Kachemak Drive beginning at 5 p.m. Julia Person, a former Haven House employee and board member, is one of the volunteer coordinators for ...

    Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:25am
  • A free public workshop, titled “Climate Change in Our Backyard,” will be held March 28 at the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus near Soldotna. It offers a forum for learning, asking questions and discussing local resilience. The main topics will be flooding frequency, stress to salmon, ...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:59pm
  • After public hearings, hundreds of letters and dozens of people testifying, the Homer City Council on Monday passed the final roll for the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District.  With a project cost of $12.3 million, 3,787 parcels will be assessed $3,262.77 for each parcel’s share of ...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:58pm
  • Fishing by himself at an undisclosed location he described as “out in the water,” Kodiak fisherman Mike Olsen pulled in 30.40-pound winter king on his skiff, Sea Alaska, to win $27,762 in the 22nd annual Homer Chamber of Commerce Winter King Tournament. “Fishing is fishing. It’s a matter of ...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:57pm

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