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  • Homer’s Church on the Rock has a singular purpose: “To do what we can to help strengthen homes,” said Pastor Aaron Weisser. “It’s a conviction of mine that strong homes make for a strong community.” That’s the reason the church invited internationally known relationship expert, Dr. Gar...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:44pm
  • Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and City Manager Walt Wrede took center stage at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s luncheon meeting at the Alibi on Tuesday. Their state-of-the-city report provided an overview of 2013, a “really good year” for the city, according to Wythe, and plans for...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:43pm
  • Hearing on Monday that the city took in $400,000 more in revenues than it spent in 2013, the Homer City Council got back to basic services and passed two actions to support the Homer Volunteer Fire Department, including adding funds to build a heated, four-bay fire station on Skyline Drive at the no...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:42pm
  • Soriba Fofana, right, drums during a farewell dancing and drumming presentation last Saturday at Bunnell Street Arts Center as other drummers play. Fofana did an Old Town Artists in Residency with his wife, Shelley Fofana. They taught dancing and drumming workshops during their residency, with works...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:38pm
  • Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, delivered some promising news regarding funding for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve to a standing-room crowd last Friday at the Cowles Council Chambers, City Hall. “I think we’ll get that funding back,” he said. “I’m going to shoot for getting it all back...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:27pm
  • In other action Monday night, the Homer City Council also discussed spending $31,000 for a 6-page section about Homer in the next edition of “North to the Future,” a book published by Wyndham Publications, Kirkland, Wash., that includes information on Alaska’s history, state agencies, economy ...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:52pm
  • A stranded adult male sea otter found on the Homer Spit last Thursday had valvular endocarditis, a heart condition caused by a bacterial infection that has plagued Kachemak Bay sea otters since 1998. A beach walker reported the sick otter, and officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ka...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:52pm
  • The Homer City Council on Monday postponed action until no later than August on a resolution approving an intergovernmental agreement with Kachemak City regarding wastewater services.  Before the regular meeting, at the request of Mayor Beth Wythe, the council met in executive session to consid...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:50pm
  • Students at Paul Banks Elementary School, a K-2 school on East End Road that also offers a preschool program, are known as “Peanuts.” However, there’s nothing  peanut-sized about their love of reading. Between Feb. 3 and Feb. 26, a short-two-week stretch, the youngsters read a total of 20...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:52pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: McNeil Canyon Elementary School March 17-21: Swim lessons, grades 2-3. March 18, 20: Learning lab. March 19: Bus driver appreciation day. March 20: Drama clu...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:51pm
  • The Kachemak Bay Running Club will hold its annual fun run-walk, membership meeting and club elections on March 28. All runners, walkers and community members are welcomed to participate, sign up and join the fun. The run-walk begins and ends at Beluga Lake Lodge; start time is 5:30 p.m. The members...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:48pm
  • The 21st annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, is set for March 22, with lines in the water at 9 a.m. and lines out at 4 p.m. Fish need to be weighed at tournament headquarters by 6 p.m....

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:48pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — A bill pending in the Alaska Senate would strip state ferry workers of their cost-of-living adjustment. The Alaska Public Radio Network reports the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, has said his goal is to get ferry workers in line with the rest of state government...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:06pm
  • “Meet, Explore, Discover” is the theme of the Homer College, Career and Job Fair being hosted at Kachemak Bay Campus’s Pioneer Hall on Pioneer Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4. People of all ages are invited to attend and find something interesting at this bi-annual event. Looking for a c...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:06pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and the city of Homer’s Planning and Zoning Office will sponsor a workshop titled “Signs for Thriving Businesses.” The free workshop will be offered March 18 and repeated April 3. On both dates it will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. On March 18 the workshop will be at...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:06pm
  • It isn’t that it hasn’t had any space, but now Child and Family Services, a part of South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services, has a space of its own. “We’ve transformed the old PRIDE building into a new facility to serve the youth in our community,” said Dave Branding, SPBHS’s chief ex...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:04pm
  • Oral argument in the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance appeal of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s decision to not certify a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetting is scheduled for April 22 in Anchorage. The alliance, or AFCA, wants to ask voters whether to ban setnets in urban parts of the sta...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:01am
  • The Environmental Protection Agency set a potentially unprecedented process in motion when it began work on Feb. 28 to preemptively block Pebble mine as an effort to protect Bristol Bay fisheries. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a formal statement the agency was initiating action to invoke i...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:59am
  • A bill is currently making its way through Congress that could save a world of hassle and possible expense for smaller boat fishermen. The bill creates an exemption to a regulation that would require an EPA permit for vessels less than 79 feet long for such discharge as bilge water and other common ...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:58am
  • JUNEAU — Lawmakers will increase school funding this year — but with the majority of the session in the books, no one is saying by how much. In the fight over the per-student Base Student Allocation, the final result likely will be a compromise between Republican and Democratic proposals. School...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:49am

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