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  • In a 4-2 vote against, the Homer Advisory Planning Commission last week did not pass a motion to reconsider the Quiet Creek subdivision preliminary plat. Commissioner Larry Slone, who voted to recommend approval of the plat, had moved for reconsideration after the planning commission recommended app...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 6:02pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer With 30 years experience in firefighting, Jim Dycus, formerly of Atlanta, Ga., has been hired as the new chief for the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Service Area. “We’re real excited to have him on board,” said Mako Haggerty, a mem...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 6:01pm
  • A Soldotna truck driver hauling drilling mud was killed Wednesday in a crash near Mile 9.5 East End Road.  Trevor Cunningham, 29, was ejected from his truck. Kachemak Emergency Services medics took him to South Peninsula Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Next of kin have been notified, Al...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 6:00pm
  • What would Brother Asaiah do? That question is at the heart of a dilemma many small cities would love to face. Where’s the best place to put a donation of an $18,500 work of art by one of Homer’s finest sculptors?  The issue will be on the agenda of the Homer City Council Monday night when ...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:55pm
  • A Soldotna truck driver hauling drilling mud was killed today in a crash near Mile 9.5 East End Road. Trevor Cunningham, 29, was ejected from his truck. Kachemak Emergency Services medics took him to South Peninsula Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Next of kin have been notified, Alaska State...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:00pm
  • Student News John Walsworth, a Homer High School senior, has been nominated by U.S. Rep. Don Young for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. This is the first step in acceptance. Walsworth must now go through the acceptance process.    ...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:28pm
  • Micah Mershon has won West Homer Elementary School’s National Geographic Geography Bee contest, and Josiah Raymond is the runner-up in the school event. Mike Hawfield, history professor at Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula college-University of Alaska Anchorage, volunteered as the questioner. T...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:26pm
  • Since her birth seven and a half years ago, Brooke Shafer has been steadfast in keeping her dark brown hair long. Really long. Past-your-waist long. “She used her hair like a powerful whip,” said Gibby Bachiochi, Brooke’s Brownie Girl Scout leader and the librarian at Chapman School, where Bro...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:25pm
  • Criminals who forged fraudulent checks appearing to be from Homer Senior Citizens Inc. pushed through $10,000 in checks before the nonprofit corporation closed its account. Six checks went through, and the senior center knows of at least 25 fraudulent checks people tried to cash or use to buy items ...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:54pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will have its annual membership meeting at noon Monday at Wasabi’s, 59217 East End Road....

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:22pm
  • The AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income in Alaska through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Programs. Membership in AARP or being a retiree is not necessary to use this free service. Among the 27 sites where assistance will be availab...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:22pm
  • JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has come out against the proposed Pebble mine, calling the massive gold-and-copper project “the wrong mine in the wrong place for Alaska.” In a statement released by his office Monday, Begich said he has long supported Alaska’s mining industry and believes cont...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:20pm
  • JUNEAU — A government report indicates a large-scale copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region could have devastating effects on the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and adversely affect Alaska Natives, whose culture is built around salmon....

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:18pm
  • JUNEAU — Rep. Beth Kerttula announced Tuesday that she is resigning from the Alaska Legislature for a fellowship with her alma mater, Stanford University. Her resignation will take effect Friday. She said she stepped down as minority leader Tuesday, which also was the opening day of the new legisl...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:12pm
  • By Becky Bohrer The Associated Press JUNEAU — Fall-back options, such as large cuts in capital budgets, imposing state sales or income taxes or cutting Permanent Fund dividends, may not eliminate future deficits, according to a newly released analysis by the Legislative F...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:11pm
  • An open house last Friday offered visitors a chance to tour the new Independent Living Center offices and take a peek inside the remodeled building that most recently was the Pioneer Building Pizzeria. Building owners Harmon and Polly Hall purchased the building at 265 E. Pioneer Ave. in 2012 from S...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:10pm
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission made the hard choice last week and slashed quotas in several areas. The quota for the commercial longline fishery in Alaska waters is 16.75 million pounds, a drop of 23 percent from 2013. Here is the commercial quota breakdown by area: • 2C, Sou...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:06pm
  • By Molly Dischner Morris News Service - Alaska  SEATTLE — Commercial and charter halibut fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula will see a reduced catch in 2014 under limits announced Jan. 17 at the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s annual meeting. The commissio...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:47pm
  • From Chapman School preschoolers noted for behaving responsibly and kindergarteners recognized for being caring to the school’s basketball team and straight-A students, Chapman’s K-8 student body received certificates and loud applause Tuesday.  Undaunted when the lights temporarily went ou...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:50pm
  • Student News: Dana Olesch of Homer has been named to the Beloit College dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list a student must carry a semester grade point average of 3.4 or higher and take a minimum of three letter-graded cour...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:50pm

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