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  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is crowdsourcing for a second year to assist with budget development. Superintendent Sean Dusek and Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones held a crash course on the sources and uses of available funds for the fiscal year 2017, broadcast with Microsoft Lync v...

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 8:35am
  • To hear Richard Wilson “Toby” Tyler tell it, he hasn’t done anything award-worthy.  The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust disagrees.  Calling him a “prolific local artist, gardener supreme, scourge of invasive species and champion of the natural world,” the trust’s board presented T...

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 8:34am
  • If you’ve spent more than 10 minutes out on the end of the Spit any time in the last few weeks, the odds are pretty good that you’ve seen at least one large marine mammal — a tail flipping up as a humpback dives for feed, maybe, or a fountain of water shooting up from a blowhole....

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 8:22am
  • Gov. Bill Walker on Friday encouraged two diverse Homer audiences not to overreact or panic as the state makes some changes and figures its way out of a budget deficit of about $3.5 billion. Contrary to “Alaska being on the rocks,” as one BBC reporter said during a recent interview, Walker said,...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 3:13pm
  • If you thought election season was over, think again.  On Monday night, the Homer City Council passed resolutions for two more elections over the next two months: on Nov. 3, a run-off between Heath Smith and Beau Burgess for the second available seat on the city council (see story this page...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:50pm
  • A Nov. 3 run-off election will determine whether political newcomer Heath Smith or incumbent Beau Burgess is the winner of the second open seat on the Homer City Council. Donna Aderhold was the clear winner of one of the two open seats on the council, garnering 46 percent of half the total votes, wh...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:49pm
  • Over the course of one day, the first woman documented to have driven solo across the contiguous United States spent 11 hours digging her car out of mud and then shot a charging coyote.  The year was 1915, and the woman was silent-movie star Anita King. She was undertaking the journey along the...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:25pm
  • Whales swim through Kachemak Bay on Wednesday morning. Longtime residents report more humpback and Minke whales have stayed in Kachemak Bay longer than anyone can remember....

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:18pm
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory will host the annual Haunted Hickory food drive on Oct. 29. The annual event, which dates back to when the Coast Guard Cutter Sedge was homeported in Homer, is sponsored by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory each year around Halloween.  Since i...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:35pm
  • Grade-school students from nearly 30 Kenai Peninsula schools got up close and personal with the fish Alaska is known for last week at salmon egg takes on the Anchor River and in Seward and Bear Creek.  The egg takes kicked off the 16th season of Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon in ...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:08am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting input from interested persons at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled for Oct. 15, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. at a school near you, via MS Lync. For inform...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:05am
  • Last Thursday, Oct. 8, the cafeteria at Paul Banks Elementary School was crowded with a dog sled, a claw machine, several ball games and even more castles – and dozens of ecstatic 6-year-old engineers. First- and second-graders were participating in a nationwide Cardboard Challenge, which invited ...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:03am
  • Homer and well-known Alaska chefs Kirsten and Mandy Dixon are featured in the season premiere of “Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking.” The show airs at 1:30 p.m. on KAKM/Alaska Public Media. ...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:41am
  • HEA schedules work  in McKeon Flats area Homer Electric crews will be making system improvements in the McKeon Flats area in October that will require scheduled power outages for residents in the Halibut Cove, Peterson Bay and China Poot Bay areas in order to c...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:37am
  • Homer photographer, author and master gardener Brenda Adams will be a featured speaker at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, the second largest garden show in the United States. The show is celebrating its 25th anniversary Feb. 17-21 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle....

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:46am
  • Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article, which appeared in the Oct. 8 edition of the Homer News, said Alaska Center for the Environment and Cook Inletkeeper filed for instream flow reservations, in addition to Chuitna Citizens Coalition. ACE and Cook Inletke...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:46am
  • Commercial fishermen operating more than three miles from shore have until today to get a mandatory dockside safety exam from the United States Coast Guard. Boats that are out of the water or tied up for the winter will need one before resuming operation next season. The dockside exams have been vol...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:42am
  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks will begin a study designed to encourage high school-age girls to consider geophysics and technology science careers through summer academies. The National Science Foundation is funding the three-year, $1.1 million project, called BRIGHT Girls — short for Budding...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:40am
  • The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is asking for proposals on how to spend $2.2 million in federal disaster funds geared toward salmon research in Cook Inlet and the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. The funding opportunities will be welcome in wake of state budget cuts that claimed the Chinook Sa...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:39am
  • ANCHORAGE — Two drill vessels employed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska’s northwest coast have safely departed Arctic waters for the Pacific Northwest. The 572-foot Noble Discoverer, owned by Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, reached Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands on Sunday afternoon. After a Co...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:38am

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