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  • JUNEAU — After receiving an influx of written public comments asking it to hold an upcoming meeting in Kenai, the Board of Fisheries has scheduled a day of public comment during a work session. The board will meet in the Kenai and Soldotna area for its work session from Oct. 18-20, 2016, it decide...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:52am
  • By the time the Alaska Board of Fisheries holds its next meeting on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries, it will have been nearly 20 years since its members have chosen to do so on the Kenai Peninsula. During the last day of the board’s work session in Juneau, members set the schedule for its next cycle of...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:51am
  • Health care spending leveled off for the state of Alaska in the last fiscal year, bucking a trend of dramatic cost increases over the previous decade. “We’re expecting the (health care) cost trend for fiscal year 2014 will be pretty flat and we’re hoping that will continue into 2015 with even ...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:47am
  • Having begun serving the Homer area in 1976, Peninsula Funeral Chapels opened Homer Funeral Home on Diamond Ridge Road in 1986.  “Just because someone lives in Homer doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get the same services we provide in Kenai,” said owner Tim Wisniewski of making available to ...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:35am
  • Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, an organization that represents about 70 percent of the fleet, has launched a program to help the next generation of crabbers get into fishery. The program takes a minimum of 10 percent of any block of crab IFQs for sale and offers it to active captains a...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:31am
  • More than 1,000 Alaska fishermen will share in $7.5 million worth of payments to mitigate the 2012 fisheries disaster in Cook Inlet and on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Executive Director Randy Fisher said the checks were mailed Oct. 17....

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:30am
  • With all of the absentee and questioned ballots counted in Kenai Peninsula Borough elections, Mike Navarre has emerged as the winner of the race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, according to the borough’s unofficial results. In Homer, after the city canvass board reviewed absentee and other ball...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:07pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Today: The Great Alaska ShakeOut “Drop, Cover and Hold On” earthquake drill, 10:16 a.m. Oct. 20: School board, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers, Soldotna, 7 p.m. Oct. 21: Fifth annual Kenai Peninsula College Fair, Soldotna Sports Center, 10 a.m.-2...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:07pm
  • One minute the hallways at Chapman School in Anchor Point were empty. The next, with the fire buzzer going off loud and clear, the school came alive with students orderly and very quickly pouring out of their classrooms, into the hallways and out the door....

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:06pm
  • Seven Homer High School students have been selected as “Mariners On the Move,” a program in with each HHS faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were honored at an Oct. 10 celebration catered by the schools culi...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:04pm
  • A prosecutor with the Anchorage office of the Alaska Department of Law, Criminal Division, has taken over review of a September 2012 sexual assault of a teenage boy at an East End Road drinking party. Anthony Resetarits, 22, and Joseph Resetarits, 20, had been charged with second-degree assault in t...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:04pm
  • Staff report The green thumb and creativity of Fireweed Academy students was recognized at the charter school’s Harvest Festival, Sept. 25, 2014: Best in show: 1. Leif Restad’s “Mouse Hunt,” 2. Beatrix Strobel’s “Gary the Gryphon,” 3. Maggie Mae Gaylor...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:02pm
  • In Fireweed Academy the sixth-graders are currently reading a book called “Touching Sprit Bear.” It involves a boy who rips a hole in the community and is helped by circle justice, but apparently Cole, the main character in the book, doesn’t want to change. He gets hurt really bad and that is ...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:00pm
  • A 17-year-old girl suffered head and facial injuries in a Tuesday afternoon two-car crash at Main Street and the Sterling Highway. Homer Police Sgt. Lary Kuhns said the girl, the driver of a Chevrolet Blazer heading north on Main Street, did not appear to wear her seatbelt and hit her head on a wind...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:57pm
  • Celebrating 30 years as sister cities, the Japanese city of Teshio gifted representatives of Homer, including the Homer City Council, with “happi coats,” garments frequently reserved for festivals. Amidst an evening of budgets, ordinances and resolutions, the coats, which arrived in time for the...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:54pm
  • What do people on the lower Kenai Peninsula like to do for fun? What activities do they enjoy for cultural enrichment? What facilities would people like to see improved or built? Should Homer explore new ways to fund and support those activities?...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:51pm
  • Raise high the windsock, sculptor Anchorage artist Rachelle Dowdy, right, installs her fanciful loon sculpture with windsock at Bishop’s Beach Park on Monday. Assisting her are Michael Walsh, center, of Bunnell Street Arts Center, and Public Works Director Carey Meyer, lef...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:47pm
  • Although only two cases of Ebola virus disease have been diagnosed in the United States, both in Dallas, Texas, South Peninsula Hospital and local health providers have started training and developed guidelines in the event patients in Homer develop possible Ebola symptoms.  Ebola is unlikely t...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:43pm
  • Although only two cases of Ebola virus disease have been diagnosed in the United States, both in Dallas, Texas, South Peninsula Hospital and local health providers have started training and developed guidelines in the event patients in Homer develop possible Ebola symptoms.  Ebola is unlikely t...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:43pm
  • Go to a play, shopping, an art opening or any public gathering, and you might notice something about south Kenai Peninsula residents: many of them have a bit more gray hair and wrinkles. If it seems like many lower peninsula residents were born a few decades before the millennium, that’s right. We...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:41pm

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