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  • Hours ahead of Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, Ken Castner and Ginny Espenshade submitted to the city petitions with what they believe are enough signatures to ask voters to weigh in on whether Homer should be a home-rule city. In November, Castner and Espenshade took their interest in turning Homer int...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:11pm
  • First, an Outhouse Race update: The Otter Room stepped up to compete this week, which presents Homer with the awesome possibility of seeing “Fractal Mic” used as a hood ornament. We’re also expecting an entry from Land’s End, which seems almost like cheating considering that their own Food a...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:01pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly has set a vote on a city labor law for November. The vote will determine whether a law will remain in place that limits municipal employees’ right to strike. The law also limits raises to the rate of inflation plus 1 percent and eliminates binding arbitrat...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 2:53pm
  • The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance will appeal the state’s decision to reject its proposed ballot initiative that would ban setnetters in Cook Inlet. In November, AFCA submitted signatures asking for voters to consider banning setnetting in the urban, nonsubsistence, areas of the state —...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 2:52pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — A Fairbanks utility that provides steam heat to downtown businesses has been given the go-ahead to increase its prices. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Regulatory Commission of Alaska will let Aurora Energy increase its rates by 43 percent. Customers will now pay $15 pe...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 2:52pm
  • The members of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and Alaska USA Foundation joined forces to donate a total $49,300 to 17 food banks in Alaska, Washington and the high desert region of California as part of the credit union’s annual “Cash and Cans” food drive. ...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 2:51pm
  • Kenai Peninsula issues won’t be the only decisions before the Alaska Board of Fisheries as it considers the Northern District during its two-week Upper Cook Inlet meeting that began Jan. 31. Northern District streams primarily flow through the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and that area contains the ...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 2:46pm
  • Each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu, according to online information provided by flu.gov. That’s equal to about $7 million per year in sick days and lost productivity. Staying healthy is no small matter for employees and employers. In Homer, employers, both large a...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 2:45pm
  • The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is waging an informational campaign against persistent rumors online and in social media that Alaska seafood is tainted by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown caused by the massive March 2011 earthquake in Japan. While the...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:09pm
  • With more than 230 regulatory proposals, several pages worth of suggested changes to the Cook Inlet finfish fisheries, nearly 500 written comments and several hundred pages of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, opinion and reports, the seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries will ha...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:07pm
  • Homer Winter Carnival is only two weeks away, and Genny Miller has been working closely with the Lions Club on reviving the Mr. Homer Pageant. There is still time to submit candidates, but please move fast. If you know a fun Homer resident that deserves to be dragged out on stage and be, well, let...

    Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:00am
  • Teacher, principal, woodworker, musician and consummate volunteer: Peter Larson, a man everyone called a natural-born leader, died Monday afternoon at his Homer home. Surrounded by family and music, Larson, 73, died Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, of neuroendocrine carcinoid, a rare form of can...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 6:04pm
  • 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

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