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  • Acting Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell announced Wednesday that the 2013 permanent fund dividend (PFD) will be $900. Applications from 670,865 Alaskans were received, a decrease of approximately 7,000 applications from 2012. The first dividends will be paid Oct. 3, when approximately 507,000 appl...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:54pm
  • A harbor porpoise skeleton hangs from the ceiling at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The Marine Mammal Camp at Peterson Bay articulated the skeleton this summer as part of learning about marine mammals. CACS also holds its annual CoastWalk kickoff at 5:30 p.m. today at its Smokey Bay Way hea...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 8:35am
  • ANCHORAGE — The number of plane crash fatalities in Alaska has more than tripled this year, yet the number of light plane crashes has fallen. As of Tuesday, there were 32 fatalities in crashes this year in the state. Clint Johnson, head of the Alaska region for the National Transportation Safety B...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 8:10am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly makes its annual visit to Homer on Tuesday, meeting in the Homer City Council chambers. The afternoon schedule includes a Finance Committee meeting at 3 p.m., Lands Committee at 3:15 p.m., Policies and Procedures Committee at 3:30 p.m. and Legislative Committee a...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 8:10am
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    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:56am
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice last week reached a settlement with Safeway to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerants nationwide, the EPA announced in a press release. Safeway, the second-largest grocery store chain, agreed to pay a $650,000 civil penalty...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:51am
  • Homer Police last week charged a Canadian man with shoplifting wine from a local liquor store — very expensive wine, it turns out. Eric Laurence, 37, of Montreal, Quebec, faces two counts each of second-degree theft, a felony, and two counts of third-degree theft. Police arrested Laurence and he i...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:44am
  • The welcome mat was rolled out for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board’s annual visit to the southern peninsula on Monday....

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 5:08pm
  • In discussions at its work session on Monday, the Homer City Council leaned toward selecting the Homer Education and Recreation Complex building lot as the site for a proposed $15.3 million public safety building that would include a fire hall, police station and jail....

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 5:06pm
  • Lower Kenai Peninsula voters won’t have national or state elections to worry about this fall. When we go to the polls on Oct. 1, this time around, as the late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill said, all politics is local. In the city of Homer election, a slate of four candidates run for two 3-yea...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 5:05pm
  • It is unclear when the wreckage of the F/V Six will be pulled out of Cook Inlet, however a U.S. Coast Guard-led team cleared the vessel of any remaining oil-based pollutants on Tuesday. While there was a sheen on the water, there were no fuel or oil-based products left in the vessel’s tanks by the...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 4:46pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Sept. 18: Classes released 90 minutes early for teacher and instructional support staff to collaborate. Bus schedules will be adjusted to early release time.   Chapman School Today: Socce...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 2:02pm
  • Sharon Needham’s recent shopping list for a Saturday breakfast went something like this: 25 dozen eggs, three three-pound packages of sausage, two boxes of Krusteaz pancake mix, a few bottles of syrup, several jugs of milk and five different kinds of juice. Then there was some grated cheese, torti...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 2:01pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — A new research ship designed for arctic waters will take longer than expected to reach Alaska. The National Science Foundation’s 261-foot Sikuliaq was to reach Seward in January. Its departure from a shipyard in Marinette, Wis., is two to three months behind schedule as builders...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:20pm
  • The REC Room will be the location of the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours (formely the Chamber Mixer) from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 19. This is an opportunity to meet REC Room staff and youth and mingle with other business owners. The evening will include refreshments, door prizes, music by ...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:20pm
  • Homer residents and visitors will get the chance to find out what “from farm to table” means during Homer’s first Taste of Homer. Everyone is invited to bring their appetites to the event which will be from 4-10 p.m. Sept. 21 at Wasabi’s Restaurant....

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:19pm
  • Independent sources of Interior electricity are in the hands of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Alaska Environmental Power LLC, a small wind farm near Delta Junction, filed an informal complaint Aug. 23 with the commission against Golden Valley Electric Association’s proposed power purchase a...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:16pm
  • The U.S. Coast Guard has approved Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s annual recertification, it announced in a recent press release. Recertification allows CIRCAC to continue “representing the citizens of Cook Inlet in promoting safe marine transportation and oil facility operations...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:15pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Nearly 40 Alaska fishermen protested Sept. 4 outside an Anchorage Walmart store, upset with a decision by the company about how it buys seafood. Holding signs like “Buy American? Start with Alaska Salmon” and “Walmart should be WILD about sustainable ALASKA SALMON,” the protest...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:11pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough last week introduced an ordinance to increase the number of its employees in the 911-call center as a way to save money. The move, once negotiations with the state are complete, would allow the borough to take up to eight employees — six dispatchers and two supervisors ...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:10pm

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