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  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce October Business After Hours event, formerly the chamber mixer, will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Homer Inn & Spa, 895 Ocean Loop Drive. The evening provides an opportunity to tour the spa, enjoy chocolates and light libations. ...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:25am
  • The Seldovia Bay Ferry has set its final sailing date of the season for Friday. On that day, the ferry is recognizing “Locals’ Day” with a special 2 p.m. departure time from Seldovia, giving Seldovians extra time in Homer to shop, recreate or have an early dinner.  Passengers also will ge...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:25am
  • JUNEAU — No one from Alaska has enrolled in the new health care exchange, and a U.S. senator wants weekly updates on future enrollments. Glitches have been reported since the exchanges went live Oct. 1. Exchanges are online marketplaces where individuals can browse for insurance, to be in complian...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:23am
  • Dave Gerard was one of the local Homer Electric Association members to stop by the co-op’s Homer office Friday for Membership Appreciation Day, complete with a drawing for a $50 energy credit, sandwiches, snacks, beverages and cake. A similar event also was held at the Kenai office. ...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:22am
  • Buccaneer Energy Ltd. is having its share of problems with its Cook Inlet offshore exploration. The company has pulled its Endeavour jack-up rig off a planned offshore exploration location in Cook Inlet because of delays in setting up for the well. Buccaneer cited a pending Oct. 31 state deadline fo...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:21am
  • South Peninsula Hospital announces the opening of a specially designed treatment gym in the hospital’s pediatric therapy clinic. The versatile, kid friendly space is complete with an adaptive climbing wall, interchangeable swings, a jumpoline and a one way mirror for parents to observe their child...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:18am
  • Bering Sea crab fishermen are getting pounded from all sides. In addition to the potential multimillion dollar market hit from missing the beginning of the red king crab season as a result of the government shutdown, the opilio crab quota is down 19 percent, at 54 million pounds. Th...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:56am
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER Morris News Service - Alaska While the battle over the Affordable Care Act had the federal government shut down, health care industry experts and affected groups gathered in Anchorage Oct. 4 to discuss the future of health care in Alaska. The State of Refo...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:52am
  • West Homer Elementary School student Katlin Cudaback gets a little help from classmates as she scales a wall at Ageya Wilderness Center, where the fifth- and sixth-grade students worked on teambuilding and leadership while studying a natural history unit about plants, birds and animal tracking....

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:56am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Oct. 18: Inservice, no school.   Chapman School Oct. 21-25: Scholastic Book Fair. Oct. 22: Basketball at Nikolaevsk, 3:30 and 5 p.m. Oct. 23: Basketball ...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:53am
  • Homer was once a place Kari Dendurent came for vacations. Now, as Homer Middle School’s principal, the southern peninsula has become her home. “Since I moved to Alaska, we’ve come to Homer on weekend trips, to go fishing,” said Dendurent. Now that she and her partner, Jared Kane, are residen...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:46am
  • After certifying the results of the Oct. 1, election, the Homer City Council swore in two council members at its regular meeting Monday. Raising his right hand, first-time city council member Gus VanDyke swore to “impartially perform all duties of the office which I am about to enter, according to...

    Wed, 10/16/2013 - 4:18pm
  • Plastic bags are back. Apparently to stay, since most of them are non-biodegradable.  Since we’ve got them, what can we do with them in addition to carrying purchases from the store to our homes? One approach is to reuse and recycle them, while others propose making reusable shopping bags mor...

    Wed, 10/16/2013 - 4:09pm
  • Editor’s note: In this two-part series, the Homer News looks at the history of Old Town and its roots as a cultural and economic center of historic Homer. Next week we’ll look at the changes planned for Old Town and its challenges....

    Wed, 10/16/2013 - 4:02pm
  • Online reviews of Bay View Inn praise its “excellent,” “amazing” and “breathtaking views.” Its cleanliness, price and outdoor eating areas also rate high. Those were written before its owner and former Homer City Council member Dennis Novak died in 2011. Now, that once popular haven for ...

    Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:30pm
  • Registration for the Tustumena 200 will open at 8 a.m. Oct. 15. The T200 entry fee is $250 for early entry and $350 after Jan. 15. The T100 entry fee is $150.   The T200 is limited to 40 mushers. The T100 is limited to 15 mushers. A wait list will be created for each race. The start order will ...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:58am
  • Let there be no doubt about it: Fishing season isn’t over. Just ask the cash-winning anglers in the 17th annual Homer Elks Winter King Salmon Derby.  In spite of a little wind and choppy water, 117 entrants signed up for the two-day event, according to Mike Parish, the derby committee chairma...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:58am
  • The State of Alaska has created a database with more than 8 million acres of land listed in it to speed up the process of Alaska Native Allotment Act claims. The database, which will be shared with the Bureau of Land Management, is expected to help Alaska Natives whose claims have not been fulfilled...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:39am
  • Although Homer city officials said they hoped the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence would moor at the Deep Water Dock this winter, the rig has moved to English Bay near Port Graham, Dean Gallegos, executive chairman of Buccaneer Energy Limited, said in a press release on Tuesday. The Ende...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:38am
  • The final ballots were reviewed Tuesday and numbers show voters re-elected Mayor Pat Porter to serve the city of Kenai. Porter received 633 total votes, and candidate Bob Molloy came in at 600, for a 33-vote difference. At the close of the Oct. 1 Election Day, Porter had a 32-vote lead on Molloy. Th...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:52pm

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