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  • Members of the Alaska Democratic Party get their chance to vote for their party’s presidential candidate when the party holds meetings statewide on Saturday morning. Unlike the Republican Party’s presidential preference poll, held on March 1 in which party members voted on a ballot, Democrats se...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:26am
  • Following the filing earlier this month of an application for an initiative petition that would ban commercial cannabis, Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson last Thursday granted permission for the initiative backers to begin collecting signatures....

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:24am
  • With a citizen group seeking an initiative to ban by vote commercial cannabis in the city of Homer, Kachemak City, the government to the north and east of Homer, won’t put a similar question to the voters. In a 5-2 vote, the Kachemak City Council rejected an ordinance that would have called an ele...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:23am
  • The 2016 Winter King Salmon Tournament champion, Eric Holland, only told the crowd during the Saturday evening awards ceremony that he caught the winning fish “in the ocean.” ...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:21am
  • Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is looking to update its imaging capabilities with some new equipment if the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gives it the green light....

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:29am
  • While more women are turning up soil in the agriculture industry, they are unearthing a unique set of challenges. Some are looking for new methods to cultivate and market their products a little differently than their male counterparts, while others are seeking ways to balance raising a family and r...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:28am
  • On Christmas Eve, when they could have been enjoying a day off, the small, dedicated crew of Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs H20 shows up at work to demonstrate their newest piece of equipment: a machine that fills water bottles....

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:25am
  • Despite pessimistic oil and gas outlooks, two companies are conducting seismic data-gathering activities on the Kenai Peninsula this spring and another is planning more exploration work....

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:20am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was found to be 100 percent compliant in ensuring students without exemptions are vaccinated. Superintendent Sean Dusek announced at the March 8 Board of Education meeting that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services sampled 800 immunization re...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:46am
  • With less than a month from the vote, Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education members report they plan to approve the school district’s budget — though not without uneasiness. Spending for next year has been reduced by $4.5 million from the current fiscal year, and further allocations or cuts...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:45am
  • The Nutritional Alaska Foods to Schools, or NAFS, pilot program that brought locally sourced foods to school meal menus will not continue into the 2016-2017 school year. The loss of funding results from budget decreases related to the state’s current fiscal crisis, according to Jenny Martin, legis...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:44am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District March 14-18: Most schools are on spring break, no school. Fireweed Academy (3-6) March 29: Field trip - Mud Bay Homer High School April 9: Prom. Linda Stubber...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:43am
  • A bulldozer sits by a new mouth of Beluga Slough at Bishop’s Beach last Thursday afternoon. Landowners at Munson Point, the subdivision on Ocean Drive Loop at the mouth of the slough, got a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to relocate the slough mouth and mitigate erosion near their pro...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:43am
  • As people near death, there can be a forced intimacy, said Pastor Lisa Talbott of Homer United Methodist Church. For the elderly or those with terminal illness where death is expected, the last conversations with the dying can help ease the passing. It’s the time for healing and resolution to say ...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:33am
  • A Homer woman who died on March 12 is suspected to have died of a drug overdose, Alaska State Troopers said in a press release. Audra Lamson, 26, died at South Peninsula Hospital after troopers and medics from Kachemak Emergency Services and the Homer Volunteer Fire Department went about 12:15 a.m. ...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:29am
  • In an unanimous decision at a March 9 meeting of the Kachemak Bay State Parks Board, the citizen advisory group recommended denying a permit to Norse Flight to land helicopters within Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park. The Anchorage company applied for a permit to land at up to 11 si...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:28am
  • Wintertime events that bring high numbers of tourists to Homer equal revenue spikes in local businesses for more than just a weekend.  Events attracting one-time visitors provide the opportunity to showcase the town’s recreational sporting events and activities such as fishing and skiing, whi...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:26am
  • After three ordinances and four Homer City Council meetings, the council on Monday wrapped up its work on whether commercial cannabis activities should be allowed in the city.  In a unanimous decision, it approved on reconsideration an ordinance regulating by zoning district the cultivation, ma...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:19am
  • The Alaska Food Policy Council recently awarded its first Food Hero awards at its semi-annual Food Festival & Conference. The awards were presented to Kyra Wagner of Homer for her individual contributions to Alaska’s food system and to the Tyonek Tribal Conservation District for its Tyonek Gro...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:27pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker issued an administrative order on Feb. 29 establishing a mariculture task force for shellfish and sea plants. Walker’s order responds to both economic and ecological concerns. The release touts the potential economic benefits to coastal communities and the Alaska fishing industry....

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:26pm

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