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  • There’s nothing quite like a Paul Banks Elementary School readathon. Each year faculty and staff put their heads together to come up with a challenge that sends the school’s pre-k through second-graders into a reading frenzy. This year, the youngsters’ reading will result in clues to help loca...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:13am
  • That was the question Chapman students in pre-k through first grade explored last week as the 2013-2014 school year reached its 100th day....

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:12am
  • Move over fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. At Chapman School, it’s the fourth-graders that know how to use their A, B and C’s. At the school spelling bee on Jan. 30, the top three finishers were fourth-grade students: • First place: Kimberly Abbott; • Second place: Andy Nelson; a...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:10am
  • OK, People. It’s time. Homer Winter Carnival is here, and everything it’s always been is back, plus four new crowd-pleasers we hope you’ll enjoy. Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, The Mariner Theater and Homer Lions Club host the “Mr Homer Pageant.” (Yes, “pageant.”)  Then Friday, my f...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:05am
  • An Anchor Point woman stopped with a mobile phone in her lap was charged with driving a motor vehicle with screen device operating — the official charge for the offense of driving while texting or driving while looking at a computer screen.  Ruth Rodriquez, 23, was arrested on the charge and ...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:33am
  • A trial scheduled this week in the case of Anthony Resetarits and Joseph Resetarits has been delayed until the week of April 7. Anthony Resetarits, 21, and Joseph Resetarits, 19, are charged with one count each of second-degree sexual assault stemming from an incident at a September 2012 East End Ro...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:32am
  • The National Weather Service Alaska on Wednesday issued a red flag warning for the western Kenai Peninsula from 6 p.m. today through midnight Friday. A red flag warning means that critical fire conditions are imminent.  “Residents are encouraged to check your local conditions and consult with...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:31am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 17-year-old Palmer boy has been arrested after leading officers on a 63-mile chase on the Parks Highway that ended near Willow. Troopers say the pursuit began when troopers tried to stop the teenager for erratic driving, speeding and failure to dim head...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:29am
  • Homer Police are investigating two Pioneer Avenue break-ins that happened sometime between last Friday evening and Saturday morning. The break-ins happened at the Salvation Army store and J & B Smokehouse. Both businesses are within a block of each other, with the Salvation Army just west of Pio...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:29am
  • Does a police officer have a duty to confirm there is sufficient probable cause to stop a driver? That’s the question raised in a motion filed by an assistant public defender on behalf of a Homer woman charged with driving under the influence. However, because the Kenai District Attorney’s offic...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:29am
  • Strap on your seatbelt. This 2014 Homer Winter Carnival, with its “dancing in the streets” theme, promises to be action-packed with a combination of the best events from years gone by and the addition of some new-this-year excitement. The fun begins today and continues through Sunday, s...

    Wed, 02/05/2014 - 5:40pm
  • Although Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials have been exploring a new state partner for the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the prospect of declining budgets for the Division of Sport Fish, its current home, does not mean the reserve will close or move. “That’s not th...

    Wed, 02/05/2014 - 5:39pm
  • A little thing like no snow wasn’t enough to stop Sunday’s Ski For Women, an annual event benefiting Haven House. Changing ski boots for running shoes, a crowd of about 75 people of all ages — some in strollers, some pushing strollers — showed up at the snow-free Homer High School track and ...

    Wed, 02/05/2014 - 5:38pm
  • At first glance, a natural gas transmission line to serve about 700 Funny River Road area properties looks like a small-scale version of the Anchor Point-Homer gas transmission line.  Like the lower Kenai Peninsula project, the Funny River project on the central peninsula near the Kenai River h...

    Wed, 02/05/2014 - 5:30pm
  • The Board of Fisheries meeting to regulate the Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery kicked off at the Egan Center in Anchorage on Friday with staff reports. Some lower Kenai Peninsula attendees were unexpectedly late, hampered by a wreck just north of Cooper Landing that closed the road for several hours...

    Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:05pm
  • Cleanup of drilling cuttings, hydraulic fluids and other potentially hazardous waste continues at the site of a truck crash last week near Mile 9.5 East End Road that killed a  Soldotna truck driver hauling drilling cuttings. Trevor Cunningham, 29, was ejected from his truck in the crash on Jan...

    Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:11am
  • With the second year of the 28th Alaska Legislature having started last week, Homer’s legislators are looking at a session missing some of the controversy of last year, particularly with the passage of Senate Bill 21, a bill changing Alaska’s oil tax structure.  The session started Jan. 21,...

    Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:09am
  • Middle school teams from Chapman, Homer Middle School and Vozensenka traveled to Nikiski to battle against Kenai, Nikiski and Soldotna last week. Vozenenka’s highest placer was Max Kuznetsov at 85 pounds; he placed second. Dia Martishev placed fourth at 100 pounds, as did Nikit Anufriev at 138 and...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:47pm
  • Student News Hannah Baird of Fritz Creek has been accepted at Cornell College, a private liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and has earned the Presidential Scholarship. Laura Louise Wayne Delehanty of Homer has been named to Juniata...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:46pm
  • It wasn’t just the students at Paul Banks Elementary School that celebrated school spirit day. The faculty and staff got into the act, too, with a human pyramid built by (bottom row, from left) Principal Eric Pederson, school custodian Eric Benson and aide Daniel Bunker; (second row, from left) te...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:45pm

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