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  • Homer Police on Tuesday increased the reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered Mark Matthews last summer.  Matthews, 61, was found dead July 28 by the side of the Poopdeck Trail between Hazel Avenue and Pioneer Avenue. The reward earlier ...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 6:20pm
  • Staff report Not trusting email, texts or tweets, Chapman School kindergarteners took a more traditional route this holiday season and wrote letters to Santa in hopes of giving the jolly old man hints at what they’d like to see on Christmas morning. Some are quite detailed, down t...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:45pm
  • Student News Homer resident Alivia Erickson graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing on Dec. 14. She was one of 800 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies at the evangelical Christian university with a campus, onl...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:42pm
  • Homer High School senior John Walsworth has been selected as one of 104 student delegates to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program and attend the 52nd annual Washington Week, March 8-15. It is sponsored by the United States Senate and funded and administered by the Heart Foundation. ...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:40pm
  • Giving his reindeer a break before their busy Christmas night flight around the world, Santa has partnered with Pathfinder Aviation to fly to Todd and Mary Kate Green’s home at 1.5 Mile Ohlson Mountain Road on Dec. 21, and the public is invited. “Santa will fly in at 1 p.m. and there will be a c...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:36pm
  • Individuals and families in the Kenai Peninsula Borough who sustained flood damages to their primary residence and-or personal property earlier this year can obtain information about state disaster assistance by calling 1-855-445-7131 between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday or by v...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:34pm
  • Eighteen-year-old Jakob Easton isn’t your typical teenager. This could be seen in his broad spectrum of hobbies — dance, longboarding, motorcycles and surfing — and also witnessed in his entrepreneurial business adventures in his later teen years, which included selling fishing lures he collec...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:33pm
  • The glimpse at Kodiak’s king crab fishery currently on exhibit at the Pratt Museum has opened the door on a slice of Homer’s history and a glimpse at what the future may hold. At a related event beginning at 5 p.m. today, Megan Murphy will describe related research in Kachemak Bay. Two Alaska De...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:28pm
  • After 12 years of owning and operating Echo Lake Superior Meat and Processing, located on Kalifornsky Beach Road, Jim and Sharon Clark, along with business partner Randy Yost of Anchorage, have added a new location: Ninilchik Trading, formerly Ninilchik General Store....

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 4:41pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the seventh in the Morris Communications series, “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”    It’s a lesson every elected official in Alaska learns firsthand sooner or later, and Gov. Sean Parnell got a fresh reminder...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 4:09pm
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its meeting last week on Lower Cook Inlet issues with a change in boundaries for the Port Dick salmon seine fishery, a couple of tweaks to the groundfish fishery and an awareness-raising discussion about the state’s response to federal plan...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 3:59pm
  • The oil tax law touted as guaranteeing Alaska a bigger slice of the profits pie when oil prices rise may well have boomeranged. A “progressivity” formula in the current law, known as ACES, ratchets up tax rates on oil profits sharply when prices rise. But it works the other way too. When oil val...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 3:55pm
  • Homer Police on Tuesday increased the reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered Mark Matthews last summer. Matthews, 61, was found dead July 28 by the side of the Poopdeck Trail between Hazel Avenue and Pioneer Avenue. The reward earlier had be...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 12:36pm
  • The Women’s Missionary League of Faith Lutheran Church is raising funds to purchase an “all-terrain-chair” for a wounder soldier. The chairs cost $13,000-$17,000 and come with a lifetime warranty. The fundraising campaign runs through Dec. 31. Make checks payable to The Independence Fund Inc. ...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 5:19pm
  • Lacking a mechanism to allow grazing on the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s 2,500 islands comprising 3.5 million acres, the refuge is asking for public input on how to end cattle grazing on two of those islands, Chirikof and Wosnesenski. Two open-house meetings are scheduled to gather p...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 5:18pm
  • With hopefuls standing by, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center announced Dec. 10 that Homer resident Peggy Brown was the winner of the annual truck raffle.  Doug Waclawski, principal of Homer High School, won the ATV raffle.  Nyla Lightcap also was a winner, taking home $1,000...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 5:18pm
  • North to Ninilchik, south to Seldovia and everywhere in between, neighbors are reaching out to neighbors in the holiday spirit of joy and giving. Maybe it’s a visit with Santa, complete with a stocking of goodies. Maybe it’s leaving a dollar or more in a collection kettle. Maybe it’s making a ...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 5:17pm
  • In a unanimous vote, the Homer Advisory Planning Commission last week approved a conditional-use permit to allow a 160-foot microwave tower to be built on Easy Street off Skyline Drive. The commission initially had voted 4-2, one vote shy of the supermajority city code requires to approve conditiona...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 5:16pm
  • After listening to public testimony and making a handful of amendments, the Homer City Council, minus council member Beau Burgess who was excused, passed the city’s 2014 budget on Monday.  The amendments included: • $19,000 for the Homer Foundation, to come from budget surplus; • $20,000 ...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 5:15pm
  • Homer area residents, both young and old, gathered at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center tree-lighting last week, to visit with Santa and let him know what they wanted to find under the tree come Christmas morning. ...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 5:13pm

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