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  • They might not have been born when it happened, but ask the fifth- and sixth-grade students at Fireweed Academy about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and related topics and they can give you answers. Better yet, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 3-5 p.m., visit the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center where ...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:44pm
  • • Held an executive session to consider legal advice on how to proceed in a lawsuit won by Ken Castner challenging how the city assessed condominiums in the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District.  In public comments before the executive session, Castner criticized the city for filing ...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:32pm
  • For once, it wasn’t déjà vu all over again at a Homer City Council meeting. Unlike in October 1990, when angry veterans came to protest reconsideration of putting an American Legion Auxiliary veterans memorial in WKFL Park, this Monday when another decision about putting a monument in the park c...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:31pm
  • The sign on a Homer Senior Center wall indicates the location of “Strong Women.” Follow the arrow and that’s exactly what you’ll find: a group of women meeting three times a week to improve their health through the “Strong Women” program. Developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson and her colleagues...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:17pm
  • At its annual meeting Jan. 22, South Peninsula Hospital Inc. board of directors elected new officers: Thomas Clark, president; Kelly Cooper, vice president; Bernadette Wilson, secretary; and Matt Hambrick, treasurer. The board conducts regular monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month i...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:15pm
  • In the latest version of a Homer City Council attempt to repeal a seasonal holiday on sales taxes for nonprepared food, the council on Monday night came one vote short of putting on the ballot the question of if voters wanted to repeal that holiday. The motion got three votes, with council members B...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:14pm
  • Dozens of people and nearly as many dogs walked the beach on the Homer Spit on Saturday. The temperature rose even higher than the sign at Alaska USA, hitting 55 — the highest temperature for Alaska and warmer than Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga....

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:14pm
  • 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

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