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  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will receive $1.2 million more from the state than originally estimated for the current school year. Unexpected enrollment increases in the Connections Home School Program and number of intensive needs students floated the extra funding. “Students who qu...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:19am
  • Homer Electric Association (HEA) is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors. The cooperative’s board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area....

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:07am
  • The night before entrepreneurs across Alaska were able to apply for marijuana business licenses, the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly affirmed its local regulations. With a few exceptions, marijuana businesses in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will be regulated similarly to the way the state has chosen...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:07am
  • Panel advances national checks  for pot business applicants JUNEAU — A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would allow regulators of Alaska’s up-and-coming legal marijuana industry to obtain national criminal history checks on those applyin...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:05am
  • Three Homer High School students sit on a peak of academic achievement as part of the top 10 percentile of students in the country. Each year, about 50,000 students are picked out of the 1.5 million students who enter the National Merit Scholarship Program as semifinalists or commended students. Fro...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:55am
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward....

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:32am
  • A new beach policy passed at the Feb. 8 Homer City Council meeting came back for reconsideration at Monday’s meeting. On a move for a do-over by council member David Lewis, the council made one change — allowing vehicle use for seasonal coal picking at the Mariner Park Beach — but otherwise le...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:17am
  • Editor's note: The article has been changed to correct the name of Walter Swearingen and to clarify his medical situation regarding pain medication. Had Irwin Ravin been alive Monday to see the Homer City Council debate commercial cannabis in the city, he might have been amazed to hear the ...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:09am
  • City-owned Anchorage Municipal Light and Power and Chugach Electric Association agreed to purchase ConocoPhillips one-third interest in the Beluga River Unit gas field for a total of $152 million. Under the agreement ML&P will own 70 percent of the unit share and Chugach will take the remaining ...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:34am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — State Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers has announced his retirement. He cited personal reasons for his decision in an email to department staff Tuesday. His retirement will be effective March 1. He says Deputy Commissioner Marty Rutherford will serve as acting commissioner. ...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:33am
  • It took the community of Homer to shape Clinton Edminster into the entrepreneur and nonprofit director he is now at age 25.  In January, Edminster received the Generation NEXT Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business award, an accolade which he credits to his Homer upbringing....

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:31am
  • Duff Mitchell is doing his damndest to get Alaska’s capital off of fuel oil. The director of Juneau Hydropower Inc. announced plans for a seawater-sourced district heat system for Downtown Juneau Feb. 9 at the Juneau Economic Development Council’s annual Innovation Summit. The science behind the...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:28am
  • The number of guides and guiding businesses in Alaska is staying stable but the percentage of nonresidents is still climbing. Since the state saw a drop in guide participation in 2009, the numbers have stabilized, according to the 2014 license and logbook data published by the Alaska Department of F...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:26am
  • Women in Alaska earned about 79.1 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earned in 2014, according to an analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The analysis, which compared the median weekly earnings for women in various careers across the state, found that women earned a median of $7...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:21am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District   Public budget meetings to address school funding Feb. 23: Homer High School Library, 5:30 p.m. Parents, staff, students, business partners, community members and elected officials are invited to attend ...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:02am
  • In late January as Homer artist Desiree Hagen worked to finish her installation at Bunnell Street Arts Center, she sat surrounded by a tsunami of paper scraps. While many artists add media to create things — paint to canvas or clay to throwing wheel — Hagen, 31, is like the sculptor who looks at...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 10:14am
  • Paul Banks Elementary School Principal Eric Pederson kisses Guinevere, the pig, at the end of the school’s month-long Wild West-themed Read-a-Thon on Feb. 3. The story that went along with this year’s theme stated that Guinevere was stolen by bandits and in order for her safe return, the...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:58am
  • Homer students competed with others throughout the Kenai Peninsula in the school district’s Battle of the Books. The competitions took place via telephone or videoconference. The winners go on to state competition Feb. 22. Students in different grade levels compete in four different categories: th...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:48am
  • Homer Middle School Mathletes competed in the MathCounts chapter meet Feb. 13. Eighth graders Jonathan Raymond, Marina Carroll, Ruby Allen and seventh grader Larry Dunn played on the official HMS team and took seventh place in the team round. Marina Carroll and Larry Dunn led the Homer team with the...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:46am
  • Homer’s Winter Carnival last weekend combined the wacky and inventive with some wishful thinking. Despite the dreary, and periodically wet, weather, the Sunny-Side Up theme took over Homer for some light-hearted fun.  Parade goers saw a creative turnout for the floats this year, which used th...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:35am

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