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  • The U.S. Coast Guard will test advanced technologies including unmanned aerial and undersea vehicles for monitoring an oil spill in arctic ice in an exercise planned for September, the agency announced Aug. 15. Tests of an oil recovery system, a skimming device, also will be deployed near ice and te...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:27pm
  • The White House is setting arctic policy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is investigating locations for an arctic port. Hundreds of ships per year are passing through the Northern Sea Route over the Russian Arctic. And, until the Kulluk grounding, oil exploration in Arctic waters was ramping up. T...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:27pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital might have modern patient rooms, a birthing center, a Long Term Care home, state-of-the art radiology and imaging equipment, and a medevac helicopter pad, but until now it lacked a facility that might seem essential for healing — a quiet place to sit, meditate or pray. Tha...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:25pm
  • By KYRA WAGNER FOR THE HOMER NEWS Have you got your zucchini picked out for this weekend? It’s the Homer Farmers’ Market’s big Zucchini Festival this Saturday so you will need a nice big zuke to enter into the Zucchini Races at 1:30 p.m. Or just bring your garden vegg...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:18pm
  • The Kenai River kings seem to have met their escapement goal after all, but it was still the lowest return on record. Through Aug. 15, 17,028 kings were enumerated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s DIDSON (duel identification sonar), slightly more than the bottom of the sustainable escap...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:17pm
  • At Paul Banks Elementary School’s meet-the-teacher event Monday afternoon, the parking lot was crowded and hallways were filled with excited students and their parents, grandparents and siblings. For some, like Aiden Clark, there was excitement over being a first-grader, but he still took time to ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:36pm
  • A Utah man remains in serious condition at Providence Medical Center, Anchorage, after being injured in a car and motorhome collision last Friday afternoon. Kelly Hicks, 51, was taken by medevac to Providence after first being treated at South Peninsula Hospital....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:30pm
  • A Homer man convicted of attempting to sexually abuse a girl under age 13 faces new charges related to the same victim. Corey Rosano, 36, pleaded guilty in February on an amended charge of attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and received a sentence of eight years in prison with six suspe...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:29pm
  • For Traven Apiki, a 2012 Homer High School graduate, maintaining a close relationship to the outdoors and encouraging others to do the same is essential. “Everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve always been able to see water from my house or been able to walk to it within minutes,” he said. “That’s ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:25pm
  • Due to a new policy to be adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, students may soon be able use electronic devices during school time. Officials at KPBSD have been working since last spring to create the policy and have heard from site councils and schools. The policy committee had t...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:23pm
  • The prosecution withdrew a plea agreement last Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59. Martushoff had been charged with one count of first-degree arson, a class A felony. A change-of-plea hearing scheduled for July 29 had been continued to Aug. 8 and then Aug. 14, but on ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:18pm
  • On a drizzly Saturday afternoon at WKFL Park — a park donated to Homer by Brother Asaiah Bates, another combat veteran turned peace activist — Father Roy Bourgeois spoke quietly of his journey to social justice.  “I don’t know what can be more important than working for peace and justic...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:17pm
  • Sure it rained on Friday. And yes, the wind blew. But no, it didn’t stop the Kenai Peninsula. When the gates opened at 9:30 a.m., the public, performers and vendors were ready for some fun. Rain was exactly what Deb Greeson of Alaska Crystal Cache in Anchorage had planned for. “We know it genera...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:16pm
  • Six Kenai Peninsula schools, including three on the lower peninsula, have earned a five-star rating, the highest available, under a new state accountability system. With Alaska receiving a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind, results of that system developed by the Alaska Department of Educ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 4:56pm
  • With the closing of the filing period for city of Homer and Kenai Peninsula Borough candidates in the upcoming Oct. 1 election, four Homer residents have thrown their hats into the ring for two city council openings. Seldovia resident Sunni Hilts will be running unopposed for re-election to KPB Scho...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 4:55pm
  • Sherry Bess’ canine companion, Mayberry, receives a blessing from Reverend Lisa Talbott of Homer United Methodist Church at The Blessing of the Animals on Saturday....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 3:39pm
  • The U.S. Coast Guard has approved Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s annual recertification, allowing the organization to continue its mission of representing the citizens of Cook Inlet in promoting safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in the inlet. The council learn...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:03pm
  • Winter sports have an undeniable tourism draw for Alaska, but a recent effort in Anchorage could increase that economic impact several times over. In June, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to consider a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:01pm
  • SOLDOTNA — As several hundred people crowded around, waiting to get into the glass, steel and aluminum space housing the Kenai Peninsula College — Kenai River Campus’ new Career and Technical Education Center, Spencer Litzenberger had a different idea. The Blazy Construction Inc. worker knows ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:59pm
  • Buccaneer Energy Limited has identified a new gas zone at the Cosmopolitan well drilled by the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence off Stariski Creek and north of Anchor Point in lower Cook Inlet. The well tested 16 million cubic feet daily of natural gas....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:59pm

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