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  • The state of Alaska Homer Recorder’s Office temporarily will be closed for scheduled leave beginning Monday, March 2. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 12. Alternate recording will be done in Anchorage.  Mail recordings to: Anchorage Recorder’s Office   ATTN: Homer/Seldo...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:12pm
  • On the Kenai Peninsula, many residents have turned their hobbies into a successful, growing businesses. While transitioning from a hobby to a business has some pitfalls, it’s not without advantages, according to some local experts. Businesses that have grown out of a hobby can be found all across ...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:10pm
  • How easy is starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula in 2015? Due to improving technology and more resources to assist prospective business owners, it’s never been easier, according to many around the community. To start a business on the Kenai, a person must get a state of Alaska business licen...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:08pm
  • The Board of Education will be asked to approve the 2015-2016 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget on April 6, and must submit the finalized version to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly by May 1. Currently the projected budget totals just more than $167 million, with a $6.5 million defi...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:07pm
  • An Alaska lawmaker wants to eliminate the program that provides tax credits for films produced in Alaska. However, the bill, from Sen. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, would not get rid of the state film production office. The state’s film production tax credit program was created in 2008. It allowed film...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:07pm
  • The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has kicked off a short, 15-day comment period for people to weigh in on the proposed Chuitna coal mine across Cook Inlet that would result in a strip mine through the Chuitna watershed. The mine is being proposed by PacRim, a Delaware corpo...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:06pm
  • JUNEAU — Major transportation projects are being put on hold, or remain in limbo, as the state of Alaska deals with the fallout of declining oil prices and the changing priorities of a new administration. But other projects, such as the recent $25 million Brotherhood Bridge replacement project in ...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:06pm
  • BlueCrest Energy plans to resume drilling at the Cosmopolitan oil and gas deposit near Anchor Point this summer, BlueCrest CEO Benjamin Johnson said. The company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed a Memorandum of Terms with WesPac Midstream LLC to help finance development of gas resources at Co...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:04pm
  • State geologists have increased the amount of natural gas they believe can be economically produced from known fields in Cook Inlet.  In a recent study, the state Division of Oil and Gas concluded there may be 440 billion cubic feet more gas in the inlet’s gas fields than previously estimated...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:04pm
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s minimum wage increased to $8.75 an hour Tuesday, giving a pay increase to thousands of workers. Voters in November overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour, effective Jan. 1. Because the state constitution calls for ballot measures ...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:03pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s shakeup of the Alaska Board of Fisheries is off to a rough start.  Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is currently investigating Roland Maw — nominated by Walker to a seat on the board to replace former chair Karl Johnstone — over holding resident licenses in Montana whi...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:01pm
  • Southern Kenai Peninsula residents will be able to testify by teleconference on Kenai Peninsula Borough Ordinance 2015-02, prohibiting the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities in the area of the borough outside of cities, during the Borough Assembly’s Tuesday meeting. A teleconference sit...

    Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:31am
  • There will be a Christian women’s conference next weekend at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer.  The two-day event is being coordinated by women from different churches in Homer and Anchor Point, but with a common goal — encouraging other women in their faith....

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:19pm
  • A Kenai man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for causing the death of a Washington, D.C., tourist killed in a 2010 Memorial Day weekend car crash near Anchor Point.  Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran sentenced Alfred Jones, 51, to 13 years with three years suspended on a manslaughte...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:18pm
  • Editor’s note: In this two-part series, the Homer News looks at what Ballot Measure 2 means. This week we look at what happens next Tuesday, when pot becomes legal in the home. Next week we look at what happens next as the state works to regulate the marijuana industry....

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:16pm
  • D espite gray skies, there were brilliant smiles last weekend as residents turned out to celebrate the Homer Winter Carnival and its “warm winter hearts” theme, a nod to Valentine’s Day. Parade Winners The Homer Winter Carnival parade entertained spectators up and down Pioneer Avenue...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12pm
  • With Chris Johnson of Anacortes, Wash., withdrawing from the pool of applicants for Homer city manager, the list has been narrowed to Carey Meyer, Homer public works director, and Jeffrey Trinker, executive director of support services, city of Rosenberg, Texas, the city announced in a press release...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:46pm
  • A Homer condominium owner last week got a judge’s order to serve city officials and ask them to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of court. Ken Castner, who owns one of three business condos in the Kachemak Bay Title Company Building, served papers on the city Feb. 13....

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:41pm
  • Lack of snow isn’t enough to stop Anchor Point residents when it comes to their annual Snow Rondi. Snow or no snow, the Rondi kicks off Saturday morning and events are planned through Sunday. The theme — “let loose” — is the perfect reminder that when it comes to fun this time of year, Hom...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:30pm
  • As an on-going benefit for Angelica Haakenson, an 11-year-old Anchor Point girl who lost her legs from injuries in a Christmas Day wreck on the Sterling Highway, Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services volunteers are selling “Angel Kits,” roadside emergency kits for a suggested donation...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:27pm

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