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  • For schools on the Kenai Peninsula, schools with students in poverty is more of a norm than an anomaly. The road to achieving educational goals is often more difficult at these schools than for schools with affluent populations. Students have different concerns, more heavy than passing a test or fin...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:29am
  • A high tide of 21.1 feet fills up Beluga Slough on Monday as the sun sets at 4:32 p.m. Homer gained 22 minutes of daylight this week compared to last Thursday....

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:27am
  • Monday morning, Bruce Turkington slept in late. After almost 41 years working at Spenard Builders Supply, including 34 years as general manager, Turkington, 64, put in his last day Friday at Homer’s local building supply store. That included handing over operations to the new general manager, long...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:20am
  • The city of Homer faces a problem similar to a business owner with a leaky roof. Does the business fix the roof or, anticipating future growth, build a larger building and take out a bigger loan to pay for it?...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:18am
  • Homer Police continue to investigate an armed robbery last week of a Baycrest Hill gas station. In the second armed robbery in two weeks, a man held up at gunpoint the Short Stop Tesoro gas station on Jan. 6.  According to a Homer Police press release, at about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 6, a white man wa...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:16am
  • With legislators and their staff packing their bags and heading to Juneau this weekend, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, expect a challenging second regular session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. ...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:14am
  • Editor's note: The story has been updated on Jan. 11 to add new information about video images police released on Monday. Those images have been added to this story. In the second armed robbery in two weeks, a man held up at gunpoint the Short Stop Tesoro gas station late Wednesday night. According ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:32pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s minimum wage increased by a dollar an hour, to $9.75, as of Jan. 1. The state labor department estimated 12,000 jobs in Alaska paid less than that before the change. For those working full-time at minimum wage, the department says the increase will mean about $2,000 in add...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:34am
  • Anna Frost has joined the Homer News staff as a reporter and photographer.  Frost moved to Homer from Whittier, Calif., where she studied journalism with an emphasis in writing and publishing at Biola University. She completed her major courses in December and, with only a few general education...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:34am
  • Despite the scanty state spending expected in 2016, this year’s state capital budget may provide funding for long-deferred upgrades to Kenai’s wastewater treatment plant. Built in 1981, Kenai’s wastewater plant discharges into Cook Inlet from an outlet in the Kenai beach mudflats. The ammonia ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:32am
  • JUNEAU — The president and CEO of the Alaska Aerospace Corp. said Monday that the board of the state-owned corporation has recommended it pursue becoming a private company. Craig Campbell said the recommendation has been delivered to Gov. Bill Walker, who has not yet said how he would like to proc...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:31am
  • With the Alaska legislative session beginning Jan. 19, many residents are holding their breath to see how legislators will address the budget concerns. About a third of Alaskans wants the governor and Legislature to address the economy, and another third are looking for discussion on the budget and ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:30am
  • Those cushy state jobs are going to be a little harder to come by after Gov. Bill Walker’s administration instituted a state hiring freeze and travel restrictions Jan. 5 for all executive branch departments. Walker said during a press briefing that measures mostly already in place to restrict hiri...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:29am
  • What a long, strange trip it’s been — and that was only year one. In his first year in office, Gov. Bill Walker faced unprecedented state budget deficits; an obstinate Legislature, which would eventually sue him; an historic presidential visit; and an oh so precarious state economy, all the whil...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:28am
  • Homer Electric Association decreased its rates starting Jan. 1, while an unresolved proposal that may raise them remains suspended until July. The cost of power adjustment price that HEA members pay for a kilowatt-hour of electricity was about 7 cents. On Jan. 1 it dropped to about 6 cents. For a me...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:27am
  • Oil prices continue to lurk at less than $40 per barrel, and despite hope for a legislative salve, Standard & Poor’s is lowering the state’s debt rating.  S&P lowered Alaska’s general obligation debt from AAA status to AA+ and lowered the state’s appropriation-backed debt and Al...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:25am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Most KPBSD schools will have a vacation day on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day. Chapman School Jan. 14: Quarter 2 awards, 2 p.m. Jan. 15: Wrestling Tournament, TBA Jan. 25: S...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:54am
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    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:53am
  • The price to use Kenai Peninsula Borough School District-owned pools may rise soon. Administrators are developing a proposed list of fee increases that must first be approved by the Board of Education. Any changes would stand for the next two-to-three school years to offset the expected funding cuts...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:51am
  • Sprout Family Services is hosting a focus group to understand community perceptions of Sprout and learn where parents with children ages 0-5 get information on child development and parenting. The agency is looking for parents of children ages 0-5, including those who are less familiar with Sprout, ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:36am

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