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  • Don’t be surprised to hear the haunting refrain of bagpipes as musicians gear up for the upcoming Kachemak Bay CeltFest at Karen Hornaday Park. On June 19-20, kilts, fiddles and Celtic heritage will abound as the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club puts on the two-day CeltFest and Highland Games.  ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:28am
  • According to local author Janet Klein who interviewed Dena’ina elder Peter Kalifornsky before his death in 1993, Dena’ina sea otter hunters used to gather at the base of the Spit prior to their hunt. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:23am
  • “Would you tell me please which way I ought to go from here?” Alice asks the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” to which the Cheshire Cat replied, “That depends a good deal on where you want to go.”  That’s the question the Homer Advisory Planning Commission ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:20am
  • A formal ceremony that celebrated the end of an era also served as a bon voyage party for the 17 crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island.  She set sail Wednesday morning on a 7,000-nautical mile journey from Homer to Baltimore, Md., to the Coast Guard yard where she will be decommiss...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:16am
  • Homer residents who listen to public radio will hear no reporting from Fairbanks after July 1. On Monday, public radio station KUAC-FM announced it is leaving the Alaska Public Radio Network due to the cost of the service and large budget cuts from the state. KUAC is partially funded by the Universi...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:57am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has hired Jan Knutson as its new visitor center manager and events coordinator. Knutson, 72, has been visiting and consulting in Alaska since the 1970s. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:53am
  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in Sitka to cut by 25 percent the amount of halibut that pollock and cod trawlers can catch in the Bering Sea. On paper, that’s good news for halibut fishermen, who have been demanding a cut in halibut bycatch. In reality, ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:51am
  • Alaska Airlines grew its reach again in May, but also watched its on-time performance continue to slip. The mainliner under Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc. reported a 10.3 percent increase in traffic on a 12.1 percent year-over-year capacity increase, according to Air Group’s May operational r...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:47am
  • It’s steady as she goes for the first quarter of 2015 at Alaska’s financial institutions, with consistent gains in total asset and net income growth for all but a few of the state’s leading banks and credit unions. Like 2014, interest rates are low in the first quarter of 2015, and consumers w...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:46am
  • Longtime Homer gardener Steven Veldstra is the new owner of the Wagon Wheel at 1506 Ocean Drive. Veldstra, who was 14 when he started, worked at the Wagon Wheel for 15 years. He then started and grew the Dutch Boy Landscaping business for 19 years.  After selling Dutch Boy Landscaping, he and h...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:32am
  • The future of Alaska’s certified seed potato production is up in the air following this year’s legislative session. The Plant Materials Center’s Potato Program through the Alaska Division of Agriculture was approved for one time increment funding, and will require legislative  action to c...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:30am
  • The effects of state funding cuts will crop up in student meals across the Kenai Peninsula during the upcoming school year. The Alaska Division of Agriculture’s Farm to School program and the Alaska Department of Commerce’s Nutritional Alaskan Foods in Schools programs will receive little to no ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:29am
  • FAIRBANKS — State services like the pioneers’ homes, the aerospace corporation and the agriculture division are among Alaska’s least important, according to participants in a budget conference held by Gov. Bill Walker. Those were the only three services identified as low priority Saturday duri...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:13am
  • Alaska State Troopers have arrested one man charged in a Ninilchik robbery, but seek another suspect in the June 4 incident. Troopers have filed an arrest warrant for Clarence S. Hock, 23, and issued a wanted poster today. On Saturday morning, troopers arrested without incident a companion of Hock, ...

    Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:02pm
  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted employment rate nudged up 0.2 points in April to 6.7 percent. The national rate was 5.4 percent, according to the state Labor Department. Unadjusted unemployment — the rate that doesn’t account for seasonal job swings — was 7 percent, down from 7.5 percent in Mar...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:44am
  • ANCHORAGE  — A health insurer is asking state regulators for a second large rate increase for its Affordable Care Act plans. Alaska Public Radio Network reports Premera Alaska is seeking a 39 percent hike for 2016 from regulators. Last year’s increase was 37 percent. Premera has about 8,000...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:43am
  • ANCHORAGE — The head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has resigned because of undisclosed health concerns. The departure of chief executive Mike Burns was effective Monday. The fund’s chief financial officer, Valerie Mertz, was appointed by the corporation board Monday as acting executive dire...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:42am
  • Anchorage artist Garry Kaulitz has been named the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award, an- nounced May 19, recognizes an artist with stat- ure and a history of creative excellence....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:40am
  • Agriculture support programs on the Kenai Peninsula will soon be feeling the effects of statewide budget cuts. The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District is slated to lose thousands of dollars in state funding if the 2016 fiscal year operating budget passes as it stands. “This is already a don...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:33am
  • I have to apologize. It seems I have boasted about our local farmers so much that I may have aided in the creation of a false impression — an impression that we have plenty of local food if we just get down to the Homer Farmers Market and buy it.  I hate to say it, but there are probably only...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:31am

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