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  • In the case of an outbreak, the Kenai Peninsula Borough schools will call on the superintendent to work with health organizations to develop a plan of attack. The Board of Education approved a policy change to clarify who would be responsible for the organization and response to an epidemic within t...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:25am
  • The Board of Education has started 2017 fiscal year budget discussions. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration brought a development calendar before the board during the Aug. 5 worksession and stressed the need to improve operational and instructional efficiencies....

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:23am
  • When the state inducted a new class of luminaries into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame, the Kenai Peninsula had the chance to celebrate two of its own as they were recognized for their imprint upon the history of high school athletics. Dave Schroer and Roger Steinbrecher are two of nine new indu...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:17am
  • Homer resident William R. “Willy” Dunne has filed to run for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly seat in District 9, South Peninsula. So far, Dunne is the only candidate to file for that seat. Because of term limits, District 9 assembly member Mako Haggerty cannot run for re-election. Candidate...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:09am
  • FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members are set to vote on a tax proposal on marijuana sales next week, but members can’t agree on how much to charge. The assembly is having a special meeting on Aug. 20 to vote on a tax proposal about what tax rate to put before the voters on t...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:08am
  • Surveillance video and a chance encounter with a man sleeping in a stairwell at the Kachemak Center led to the arrest of that man, Patrick B. Jensen, 29, of Cordova, on charges of second-degree burglary and second-degree theft, both felonies.  Homer Police allege Jensen broke into Homer Electri...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:06am
  • Why hasn’t the killer of Mark Matthews been brought to justice? Two years after someone killed a Homer man near a popular downtown trail, that’s a question Matthews’ brother asked. “Those cops, they’ve got that place wired. They have to know who did this,” Mike Kohel, one of three siblin...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:05am
  • Traditional veterans organizations like the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars have long advocated for U.S. military veterans and their families. This month, two events seek to expand the network to veterans beyond traditional organizations....

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:00am
  • A man upset that he’d been sold a defective phone card allegedly knocked over displays and threatened to shoot Safeway employees in an incident the morning of Aug. 6. Homer police arrested Steavin R. Martin, 30, on second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal mischief...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:54am
  • Two fishermen in Seldovia at about 8:30 a.m. last Saturday reported finding a body on Backer’s Island, a small island at the mouth of Seldovia Slough. ...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:53am
  • In this climate-changed world, there are reasons to get sentimental about ice. It is old, for one. Our local sheet — the Harding Icefield — was formed more than 23,000 years ago. And it is disappearing. But it’s not ice George Tyrer feels nostalgic about. It is the 32-year-old ice-making machi...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:48am
  • A Discovery Channel reality TV star facing a charge of using a helicopter in a bear hunt suffered injuries from a fall about 6 a.m. Monday morning at Otter Cove in Kachemak Bay.  Atz Lee Kilcher, 38, had to be medevaced by LifeMed helicopter from the scene to a hospital, Alaska State Troopers s...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:41am
  • In his 1968 essay, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” philosopher Garrett Hardin posed a dilemma. When someone uses a commonly held resource, it’s in the individual’s best interest to maximize use of that resource, what he called “the commons.” Yet when they do, a tragedy happens: the commons...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:37am
  • What do you get when you mix 15 teenage girls, a church camping trip and a hot, muggy day?  Girl power is what you get, and a lot of it. It was supposed to rain all day on June 4 in Seldovia, when 15 girls began the long trek from their campsite to the road where they would be caravanned to the...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:53am
  • Superintendent’s Welcome Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year! Our district is very excited to have all our students, staff and parents back in school. We have had a busy summer at the district office in preparation for this year, and are now able to implement many blended le...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:48am
  • Wells Fargo names  Martin its Alaska  volunteer of the year Wells Fargo has named Homer business relationship manager Cinda Martin as its Alaska Volunteer of the Year for 2015. Wells Fargo will donate $1,000 to the Homer Community Food Pan...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:43am
  • AUGUSTA, Ga. – William S. (Will) Morris IV has been named chief executive officer of Augusta-based Morris Communications Co., the parent company of the Homer News. The appointment was announced Aug. 1 by his father, William S. (Billy) Morris III, 80, and is effective immediately. Will Morris succe...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:41am
  • Alaska veterans and active service members have a new option for seeking treatment of the invisible scars inflicted by combat. Taya Kyle, widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, helped dedicate the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital in Anchorage July 28....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:40am
  • State aviation officials and industry leaders are looking for ways to ease the burden of the state’s 247 rural airports on the general fund. Revenue from the rural airports with scheduled service and airports nearby the hubs covered less than 25 percent of their own operating cost over recent year...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:24am
  • Shell is drilling in the Chukchi Sea. The semi-submersible Polar Pioneer “spudded” the Burger J well at 5 p.m. July 29, company spokeswoman Meg Baldino said. Meanwhile, an ice-management vessel sent to Oregon for repairs is now en route after police cleared protesters that were blocking the vess...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:24am

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