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  • If weather can predict election outcomes, Saturday’s sunshine bodes well for Ballot Measure 1, which seeks to repeal the state’s oil and gas tax structure as established in Senate Bill 21 and approved by the Legislature in 2013. “The turnout today is phenomenal. The weather is phenomenal. Whoe...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:45pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The state announced Monday that it had reached tentative agreement on a new, three-year contract with the largest union representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers. Terms must be approved by the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific and the state Legislature. A Department of ...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:41am
  • The United Fishermen of Alaska, the largest statewide commercial fishing industry trade association representing 36 member organizations, announces the re-election of Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as president...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:40am
  • The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust will host this month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today. The mixer will be at KHLT’s office at the end of Klondike Avenue on Poopdeck Platt’s original homestead, a 3.47-acre lot in the heart of Homer. Parking is ava...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:40am
  • A Kenai Peninsula Borough-wide bed tax may be headed to the October municipal election ballot. But first the borough assembly has to consider whether to pose the question to voters. After hearing from multiple members of the public at its Tuesday meeting, the assembly voted to hold two public hearin...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:35am
  • There are changes afoot at Homer Senior Citizens Inc. “We’re redesigning the whole kit and kaboodle,” said Executive Director Keren Kelley. “That means we’re looking at defining and strengthening activities that are presented to the participants so we can make sure we’re doing cognitive,...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:16am
  • Isis Fischer wanted to dance. She squatted, stamped her feet and arched her back, and stared at Rolly Rivas, whose bell-wrapped feet matched the rhythm of the Mount Susitna drummers and singers gathered around a skin drum in the large gathering space of the Dena’ina Wellness Center. Rivas spun aro...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:15am
  • Seeing all those plants at the Homer Farmers Market can be a real inspiration. Whether it’s the aroma of those succulent herbs, the promise of budding beauty from the flowers or your competitive side that gets going when you see all the produce like greens or cucumbers or onions that is already co...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:06am
  • If it’s summer, it’s roadwork season in Alaska. From widening to repaving, new culverts to new bike paths, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities crews are making their presence known.  Rehabilitation of East End Road, from mile 3.75-12.1, is among those projects in progr...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:01am
  • One person died in a house fire in downtown Homer this morning. When firefighters arrived, the home on Rainbow Court was fully engulfed in flames. Before firefighters arrived, a neighbor tried to get in to save the home’s single occupant, but was unsuccessful. Firefighters also were unable to save...

    Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:58pm
  • Fire crews in about an hour contained a 1-acre wildfire that started Wednesday in a yard close to a home in the village of Nikolaevsk, 10 miles east of Anchor Point. Andy Alexandrou, a spokesperson with the Alaska Division of Forestry, said a quick response from 19 firefighters with the Anchor Point...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:12pm
  • News of a family of four missing from their north Kenai residence for nearly two weeks has been unsettling for residents who described the neighborhood as quiet with transient people who don’t live in the area long. “We don’t know everybody in our building much less buildings down the street,...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:42am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Fair has made some changes that will delight music and carnival enthusiasts. Brian White, an award-winning country music artist from Oklahoma and the band Home Free, a country vocal group that won this season’s “Sing Off” on NBC, will perform at the Ninilchick Fairgrounds A...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:35am
  • Maria Fourier sings and plays the ukulele on the Homer Harbor boardwalk last Thursday afternoon....

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:33am
  • Tourists this season could bring more than money to the area. With a high number of measles outbreaks in the Lower 48 from Jan. 1 to June 6, Kenai Public Health Center Nurse Manager Charlie Barrows said Alaskans should be aware of the virus, especially during the summer travel season. “We don’t ...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:31am
  • With June 2 the deadline to file as a political party candidate for the Aug. 19 primary election, and with redistricting drawing new election district boundaries, some communities have moved from one district to another. The ballot also will be a mix of familiar, as well as some unfamiliar names.&nb...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:30am
  • With the KBBI Public Radio broadcast off, most visitors gone and the Homer City Council adjourned, few might have noticed a post-meeting session. As Mayor Beth Wythe closed the regular meeting, she reminded council members to meet upstairs in the conference room. “What meeting?” Wythe was asked....

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:29am
  • By DAN BALMER MORRIS NEWS SERVICE Alaska State Troopers stumbled upon  a marijuana grow house during an investigation of a separate incident in Kasilof last month. While troopers attempted to locate a wanted person at a residence, they detected the odor of marijuana co...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:28am
  • The Alaska Division of Forestry reported that as of noon Tuesday, the Funny River Fire’s growth remains minimal with smoldering in areas along the Kenai river near Torpedo Lake and along the fire’s eastern flank. Fire resources are continuing to monitor the fire, mop up and repair suppression im...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:10am
  • The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies marks the Carl E. Wynn Nature Center’s opening for the season with a community potluck and celebration at the center from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday. The center is located at 1.5 mile East Skyline Drive. For more information, call CACS at 235-6667. ...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:09am

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