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  • Gearing up for its fifth season, the Seldovia Bay Ferry has announced it will begin operation May 23 and continue through Sept. 2. The 150-passenger M/V Kachemak Voyager will provide quick, 45-minute trips between Homer and Seldovia twice a day. Operating Thursday through Monday, the ferry will run ...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:04pm
  • During the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period, which began Oct. 1 and ended March 31 for coverage starting in 2014, uninsured Alaskans obtained health insurance though the ACA’s Marketplace. With the deadline passed, certified application counselors at SVT Health and Wellness will continue ...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:52pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The head of the state’s largest labor union said his organization would oppose any move by lawmakers to raise the minimum wage ahead of a vote by Alaskans, fearing legislators will gut the law like they did 12 years ago. Under Alaska law, if lawmakers pass a bill that is “substan...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:47pm
  • JUNEAU — A House committee’s rewrite of Gov. Sean Parnell’s education bill includes additional money for schools but also a plan for addressing the teachers’ retirement system that has raised concerns with Parnell administration officials. Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell said she was very...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:46pm
  • JUNEAU — House Speaker Mike Chenault on Monday said he plans to propose allowing out-of-state residents to serve on the board of directors of a corporation that could play a key role in a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska....

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:45pm
  • Dr. Ross Tanner of the Diabetes and Lipid Clinic of Alaska will present on managing diabetes and pre-diabetes at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Seminar Room. Participants will learn ways to manage diabetes and pre-diabetes with diet, exercise and medications, and lear...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:42pm
  • Municipal leaders throughout the state say they are pleased with the development of the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board, but participation concerns remain. The concerns were expressed in a Monday press release. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said while establishing the board ...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:42pm
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider one of three recently submitted emergency petitions regarding Upper Cook Inlet salmon management. South K Beach Independent Fishermen’s Association and the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association, or KPFA, submitted three petitions asking the board to ...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:41pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer From exploring a career to actually finding a job, the Homer College, Career and Job Fair has the bases covered. “Everybody is encouraged to attend,” said Kim Frost, student and enrollment services coordinator for Kachemak Bay Campus, ...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:34pm
  • The 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery wrapped up last weekend with the fleet of 48 seiners going slightly over the 16,333 ton quota. It was a sharp contrast to the 2013 season when more than half the quota was left in the water because the biomass had spawned out; those herring are harvested ...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:33pm
  • A Homer business known for its fleece clothing, outdoor gear, upholstery and fisheries products and a full-service boat shop has been named Made in Alaska’s “2013 Manufacturer of the Year.”  NOMAR, located on Pioneer Avenue, will be honored in Anchorage later this month at the same time t...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:32pm
  • The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fish and Game on Wednesday restored $175,000 in operating funds for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. The budget now goes to the Senate Finance Committee. That committee holds hearings today at 4 p.m. at the Homer Legislative Information Office on the Operating Bu...

    Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:54am
  • At an awards banquet last Friday at the Homer Elks Lodge, South Peninsula Haven House honored four people. “We are so honored to celebrate some of the most devoted, inspiring and passionate leaders in our community,” said Jessica Lawmaster, Haven House executive director.  Receiving awards ...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:05pm
  • The Homer Legislative Information Office will hold the following teleconferences on Saturday. Public testimony will be taken at each. The LIO is located at 270 W. Pioneer Ave.  For more information, contact Charlene at 235-7878. 9 a.m.: Initiative hearing on “An Act to Tax an...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:02pm
  • More than 800 people fill the Homer High School gymnasium for One Lord Sunday, which took place March 16. Dr. Gary Chapman was the guest speaker. He spoke on “Dealing Effectively with Our Failures,” from his book, “When Sorry Isn’t Enough.” Chapman, an internationally known relationship ex...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:02pm
  • The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fish and Game last week restored $175,000 in operating funds for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. The budget now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.  That committee held hearings last week at the Homer Legislative Information Office on the Operating Budget...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:00pm
  • A gift of a bronze bust of Brother Asaiah Bates was withdrawn by donor John Nazarian on March 14, but a resolution remained on the Homer City Council agenda to accept it. As a formality, the council at its Monday regular meeting voted 6-0 to reject the offer. Nazarian, 76, of Los Angeles, was a frie...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:59pm
  • It’s been a dozen years since Homer annexed the upper hillside in the Skyline Drive area, but finally the area got one of the things the city promised new residents when it expanded city limits: better fire protection.  In an ordinance that passed without objection, the Homer City Council at ...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:58pm
  • Alaskans can double their Permanent Fund Dividend this year when they share part of their PFD through the Pick.Click.Give program. The deadline to apply for the dividend is Monday. Thanks to the Alaska Community Foundation’s 2014 Double Your Dividend Sweepstakes, 10 lucky Alaskans who share part o...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:52pm
  • With today marking the 50th anniversary of what has become known as the Great Alaskan Earthquake, Alaskans are even more mindful of what it takes to prepare....

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:31pm

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