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  • The fight over the proposed Pebble mine at times makes politics look tame. That impassioned battle resumed on Capitol Hill Nov. 5 when the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology heard from those on the front lines of both sides. The committee also received testimony from former Maine senat...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:32am
  • kenai Peninsula Borough School District All KPBSD schools will release students early on Wednesday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving break. There will be no school on Nov. 26 and 27.    Last spring, third- through tenth-graders took a new assessment, Alaska Measures Progress, for...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:46am
  • Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to show that Eddie Wood was at West Homer Elementary School for two weeks, not a month, from Nov. 2-13. Long-time Homer artist Eddie Wood’s November residency at West Homer Elementary School culminated with a goofy, imaginative...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:45am
  • S aturday may be the Sabbath, but there’ll be very little resting going on at the Homer United Methodist Church on Nov. 21.  That’s when the Kachemak Bay Lions Club is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Basket packing event, and a little help is needed....

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:31am
  • No Kachemak Bay Campus programs are on the chopping block. That’s the good news delivered by University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen during a visit last week to Homer. KBC, the branch campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, also won’t see changes to its popular Kach...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:25am
  • The cause of an unusual number of dead and dying otters winding up on Homer beaches remains unexplained, but preliminary results suggest toxins from harmful algal blooms and stress from bacterial infections might be contributing to the deaths. Infections also might cause otters to forage in shallowe...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:23am
  • In less than two weeks, Homer citizens vote in a special election that will decide the fate of the city’s 2016 budget. Last month, City Manager Katie Koester submitted to the Homer City Council, and the council introduced, its budget for next year. Homer follows a calendar fiscal year, with the bu...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:20am
  • The sentencing for an Anchorage man guilty of murder has been postponed and moved to Homer after a communication mishap. Demarqus Green, 23, was found guilty in May of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the 2012 shooting of Demian Sagerser, then 40. Green’s defense attorney had ar...

    Wed, 11/18/2015 - 1:27pm
  • Editor's Note: This brief has been changed to reflect the correct day of the Business After Hours event. NAPA to host Nov. 19 Business After Hours event Kachemak Auto Parts/NAPA will host the next Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After H...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:56am
  • Morris News Service — Alaska Alaska Airlines significantly increased its capacity and improved its on-time performance in October, according to a monthly operational report released Nov. 3. The mainline carrier reported a 12.3 percent increase in passenger traffic on a 13.2 percen...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:55am
  • Snow has fallen across much of Alaska, and winter tires could be more important than ever this season. Cuts to the state operating budget have forced the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to eliminate 35 surface transportation maintenance positions and abolish overtime for wi...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:54am
  • Alaska once again led the nation’s seafood output in 2014, according to a recently released report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. According to the administration, or NOAA, Alaska led all states in sheer volume of U.S. seafood landings with 5.7 billion pounds valued at $1...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:52am
  • Seafood producers were hoping U.S. consumers would have cheaper salmon this year, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  The $8.99 per pound of Alaska sockeye the U.S. consumer pays at a minimum in Anchorage isn’t making its way back down the chain to the fishermen, whose overall pay has be...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:49am
  • A group of Bristol Bay fishermen have started a petition to have a mediator from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development intervene between Bristol Bay fishermen and the processors to negotiate a fair price prior to next season after being paid a base price of 50 cen...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:48am
  • There is a good chance the 63 unhoused students at Kachemak Selo School will get a new building. The K-12 Kachemak Selo replacement school is ranked as the top priority on the Alaska Department of Early Education and Development preliminary FY17 school construction grant money list. The initial agen...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:38am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District   Last spring, third- through tenth-graders took a new assessment, Alaska Measures Progress, for the first time. AMP replaces the Standards Based Assessments and tests language arts and math skills. District and school results were releas...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:38am
  • As they went to Anchorage to compete in a tournament at West Anchorage High School last weekend, each member of the Homer High School DDF team had three words on his or her mind: drama, debate, and forensics. DDF is a statewide competitive activity that tests high school students’ ability to perfo...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:37am
  • If your Saturday night plans are still up in the air, Hospice of Homer’s annual “Preparing for the Holidays” auction promises a trifecta of attractions: a good time, plus a way to get ahead on your holiday gifts and help out the community at the same time....

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:19am
  • A man witnesses said dressed like a pirate and acted strangely in a Sept. 25 incident at the Homer Ferry Terminal won’t be prosecuted on a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony. In court documents filed Oct. 28, assistant district attorney Craig Sparks dismissed the charge agai...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:15am
  • It’s not easy to be homeless in Alaska in November. That was the verdict among approximately a dozen people who spent Saturday night in WKFL Park as part of Homer High student Casey Marsh’s senior project, “The Triple H’s of Homer.” Temperatures sank to 28 degrees and the activists working...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:14am

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