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  • Of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s assembly districts, District 9 on the lower peninsula is one of the largest. At 3,400 square miles, as a Supercub plane flies, it spans 80 miles east to west. It includes some of the borough’s most remote and sparsely populated areas: Razdolna, Voznesenka, Kachem...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:26pm
  • At a Town Hall meeting last week to discuss city of Homer budget options, about 50 people heard City Manager Katie Koester propose ways to bridge a $1 million fiscal gap in the 2016 budget. Citizens and the Homer City Council have three choices in balancing next year’s budget: • Cut city service...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:26pm
  • Our city of Homer, in my opinion, is one of the best places to live. Now, I’ll admit, I didn’t always feel this way. The lack of opportunities for young families combined with weather that was and is sometimes undesirable created in me a storm of discontent.  As I grew up and started a fami...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:33pm
  • FAIRBANKS — Thousands of Alaska residents are without power after a major snowstorm socked the Fairbanks area and forced a grocery to store frozen food outside. The National Weather Service says 11.2 inches of snow fell in Fairbanks through early Wednesday. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports t...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:32pm
  • Voters will have another shot at taking steps to reduce crime in Nikiski when they head to the polls on Oct. 6. Proposition 2 seeks to create a law enforcement service area following the same boundaries as the Nikiski Fire Service Area, including a section on the west side of Cook Inlet.  A yes...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:31pm
  • As if it were cemented in time, the earliest memory of my entry to Homer, in 1974, is canvased onto the outside wall of the bathrooms at Paul Banks Elementary School. That mural is an enduring legacy to the imaginations of a wide-eyed group of 3rd-5th graders. ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:30pm
  • Homer is a unique place on earth that attracts a wide diversity of people to live and work here. Collectively, we are responsible for determining and maintaining the quality of life that fulfills the needs of the vast majority of our residents....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:29pm
  • In spite of evidence to the contrary, I believe most people can make good decisions if provided with good information. My only intent when first seeking political office in 2012 was to test this belief. Unlike the other five candidates running for City Council this year, I’m running on my record ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:28pm
  • Members of the City Council serve the community, and I would be honored to represent the residents of Homer in this capacity. I believe I bring several skills to the position: listening, objectivity, the ability and interest to delve below the surface of issues, and an understanding of how decisions...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:27pm
  • JUNEAU — A trio of Juneau businesses will be discounting coffee drinks for all customers the day after the municipal elections. These discounts, however, come with a catch: they are contingent on voter turnout. On Oct. 7, Coppa, GonZo and the Rookery will match the voter turnout in their respectiv...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:22pm
  • There are a number of important issues facing the citizens of Homer today but none more important than electing the two best candidates to City Council leadership for the next three years. Spending must be reined in and the budget must be balanced. And listening to the voters of Homer and giving the...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:21pm
  • 1. Has the borough struck the proper balance between sales tax and property tax? Are changes to the tax structure needed? ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:34pm
  • Troopers have stopped actively searching for an Anchorage man who’s been missing since Sept. 22....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:21pm
  • In the long-running Ken Castner v. City of Homer case, the Homer City Council on Monday approved a $42,500 settlement with Castner and his attorney. The council met in executive session to consider a settlement offer from Castner’s attorney, Stephan Williams. Castner said he will receive $100 in t...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:20pm
  • Editor's note: The photo caption has been corrected to identify the Wiard brothers properly. It’s called compounded complicated grief — when one loss follows another. And another. When a person doesn’t have time to process the first shattering before the next one happens....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:19pm
  • Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check; only criminal activity will be checked. All information will be kept confidential. To complete the process, visit the school district’s web page at ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:14pm
  • It’s Homecoming Week at Homer High, and that means celebrating Mariner spirit every day. All week long, students have shown their school pride at themed spirit days: ’Merica Day, PJ Day, Twin Day, Class Color Day, and Blue and Gold Day. On Friday, the school invites the whole community to come o...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:13pm
  • Chapman School Oct. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough community meeting at 3 p.m. Contact Michele Turner at 714-2165. Oct. 8: Homer Electric Association community barbecue at Chapman, 5 p.m. Contact Joe Gallagher at HEA for more info. Oct. 20:...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:13pm
  • She walks slowly, but Angelica Haakenson is walking. Twelve-year-old Angelica of Anchor Point lost both her legs in a car accident on Christmas Day of 2014. After months of convalescence in Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage and physical therapy, s...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:12pm
  • A man witnesses described as “dressed like a pirate” faces a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, following an incident last Friday evening at the Homer Ferry Terminal. Homer police arrested Bret Herrick, 54, on the charge. No one was injured, and Herrick did not resist arr...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:09pm

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