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  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Nov. 20: 90-minute early release.   Chapman School Today: Basketball Nikolaevsk at Chapman, 3:30 and 5 p.m. Nov 8: Basketball Homer at Chapman, girls 4 p.m., boys 5:30 p....

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:23pm
  • What do fifth- and sixth-graders know about electricity? For starters: • It needs a complete circuit for the energy to flow. • If you break the current, the electricity stops. • You need to have a conductor connected to what you want to power. • You need a power source. • Your battery has ...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:21pm
  • The Alaska Department of Natural Resources holds an open house 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center to discuss the revision process of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Management Plan. DNR has started the planning process to revise...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:18pm
  • The 70th anniversary of the World War II military campaign in the Aleutians will be the focus of a Veterans Day program, presented by Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, the even...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:17pm
  • At 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the Philippines, its epicenter only eight miles from where Homer resident Berna Brown and her son, Nathaniel, were staying with family. “About two hours after the incident, she called me,” said her husband, Malcolm Brown, who was in Homer...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:15pm
  • A break in a cast-iron water main line disrupted city water service in the Homer downtown area on Monday and Tuesday. City crews have repaired the line, and service should be back to normal, said Public Works Director Carey Meyer. “By the end of today we should have mains flushed and pressure rest...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:12pm
  • JUNEAU— The State Officers Compensation Commission on Wednesday advanced a proposal recommending pay raises for Alaska’s governor, lieutenant governor and principal department heads. The panel also recommended that deputy commissioners who replace commissioners in their departments without a bre...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:09pm
  • In response to the Tech Connect burglary and other recent crimes involving drugs, a citizen crime prevention organization, Kenai Peninsula Crime Group, has formed. It holds a meeting to discuss how people can work to address crime from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fr...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:05pm
  • Homer Police last Wednesday charged another person in relation to the Oct. 21 Tech Connect burglary. Elizabeth DeArmoun, 49, faces charges of third-degree theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said DeArmoun received a set of stolen Dr. Dre wireless headphones worth $280, allow...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:04pm
  • From the beach, the walls of this naturally created amphitheater rises 100 or more feet. Cottonwood trees, where eagles occasionally perch, cling to a portion of its rim. Gurgling water can be heard making its way down the vertical slope and flowing through a growth of alder toward Cook Inlet. ...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:55pm
  • This year marks 60 years since the Korean War came to a close. Veterans of that war, La Fayette “Willy” Wilson and Earl Miller, residents of South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care facility, recently shared with the Homer News their memories of military service and the lives they’ve lived ...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:52pm
  • The sun sets behind the Chigmit Mountains across Cook Inlet last Friday as seen from the bottom of Main Street in Old Town. While it’s not Mallory Square in Key West, Bishop’s Beach often attracts people to watch sunsets....

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:49pm
  • An effort to gather enough signatures to put before votes the choice of making Homer a home-rule city is underway. According to Melissa Jacobsen, deputy city clerk, nine petition packets have been distributed. “Right now my book has only one signature, my own,” said Ken Castner, who, along with ...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:47pm
  • The University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus will receive $2.5 million for the growth and expansion of its fisheries technology degree program. The grant will foster the training and job preparation of a fisheries workforce in communities from Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea. ...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:35pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has reset the drawing for the 2013 car and ATV raffle to 6 p.m. Dec. 10. It will be held at the Best Western Bidarka Inn.  Car raffle tickets are $100 each, ATV tickets are $35 each and combo car-ATV tickets are $130 each. Every 20th car raffle t...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:35pm
  • Homer Electric Association holds its fifth annual Energy and Conservation Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at West Homer Elementary School. ...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:34pm
  • Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crown Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to the Cook Inlet have arrived.  Legend has it that a man waiting on the bank of the river heard the bird sing, hurried down to the river w...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:32pm
  • By William S. Morris III Chairman and CEO/Morris Communications Co. For many years we have watched the ebb and flow of salmon in Alaska’s waters; in particular, the great king salmon and the world’s greatest salmon fishery, the Kenai River. Salmon of all types play a ma...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:19pm
  • United Cook Inlet Drift Association is holding a series of meetings to prepare its members and other upper Cook Inlet salmon fishermen for the upcoming Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings. The goal is to encourage them to sign up to give informed testimony at those meetings, which ta...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:05pm
  • Signs have been taken down, furniture moved out and the doors shut on Alaska Ferry Adventures and Tours. As of Oct. 31, the 27-year-old business has closed for good.  General manager Pat Merrill, 60, said she’s retired, but of the other seven employees, “They all went to the unemployment li...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 2:04pm

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