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  • Homer is a unique place on earth that attracts a wide diversity of people to live and work here. Collectively, we are responsible for determining and maintaining the quality of life that fulfills the needs of the vast majority of our residents....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:29pm
  • In spite of evidence to the contrary, I believe most people can make good decisions if provided with good information. My only intent when first seeking political office in 2012 was to test this belief. Unlike the other five candidates running for City Council this year, I’m running on my record ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:28pm
  • Members of the City Council serve the community, and I would be honored to represent the residents of Homer in this capacity. I believe I bring several skills to the position: listening, objectivity, the ability and interest to delve below the surface of issues, and an understanding of how decisions...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:27pm
  • JUNEAU — A trio of Juneau businesses will be discounting coffee drinks for all customers the day after the municipal elections. These discounts, however, come with a catch: they are contingent on voter turnout. On Oct. 7, Coppa, GonZo and the Rookery will match the voter turnout in their respectiv...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:22pm
  • There are a number of important issues facing the citizens of Homer today but none more important than electing the two best candidates to City Council leadership for the next three years. Spending must be reined in and the budget must be balanced. And listening to the voters of Homer and giving the...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:21pm
  • 1. Has the borough struck the proper balance between sales tax and property tax? Are changes to the tax structure needed? ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:34pm
  • Troopers have stopped actively searching for an Anchorage man who’s been missing since Sept. 22....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:21pm
  • In the long-running Ken Castner v. City of Homer case, the Homer City Council on Monday approved a $42,500 settlement with Castner and his attorney. The council met in executive session to consider a settlement offer from Castner’s attorney, Stephan Williams. Castner said he will receive $100 in t...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:20pm
  • Editor's note: The photo caption has been corrected to identify the Wiard brothers properly. It’s called compounded complicated grief — when one loss follows another. And another. When a person doesn’t have time to process the first shattering before the next one happens....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:19pm
  • Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check; only criminal activity will be checked. All information will be kept confidential. To complete the process, visit the school district’s web page at ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:14pm
  • It’s Homecoming Week at Homer High, and that means celebrating Mariner spirit every day. All week long, students have shown their school pride at themed spirit days: ’Merica Day, PJ Day, Twin Day, Class Color Day, and Blue and Gold Day. On Friday, the school invites the whole community to come o...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:13pm
  • Chapman School Oct. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough community meeting at 3 p.m. Contact Michele Turner at 714-2165. Oct. 8: Homer Electric Association community barbecue at Chapman, 5 p.m. Contact Joe Gallagher at HEA for more info. Oct. 20:...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:13pm
  • She walks slowly, but Angelica Haakenson is walking. Twelve-year-old Angelica of Anchor Point lost both her legs in a car accident on Christmas Day of 2014. After months of convalescence in Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage and physical therapy, s...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:12pm
  • A man witnesses described as “dressed like a pirate” faces a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, following an incident last Friday evening at the Homer Ferry Terminal. Homer police arrested Bret Herrick, 54, on the charge. No one was injured, and Herrick did not resist arr...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:09pm
  • It looks like Southcentral Alaskans will have a new way to get their sugar fix, thanks in part to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. The state economic development corporation’s board approved participation in a $6.9 million loan Sept. 24 to finance an East Anchorage retail ce...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:38am
  • Alaska Realtors holding convention at Land’s End  Members of the Alaska Association of Realtors are in Homer this week for the group’s annual convention. The convention theme is “Charting Your Cosmic Course.” Convention events are happening at Land’s End Resort and go...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:37am
  • Gov. Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker are the featured speakers at the Southern Peninsula Senior Summit, to be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Homer Senior Center. The Walkers speak at 2 p.m....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:35am
  • Area residents armed themselves with the legal information they’ll need as they age during an elder law clinic on Tuesday at the Soldotna Public Library. Greg Peters, an elder law program director for Alaska Legal Services, travels all over the state to give presentations to Alaska’s aging popul...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:34am
  • The Port MacKenzie rail line extension is nearly two-thirds complete, but there is currently no funding for future work. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Manager John Moosey said the borough has about $500,000 available for the approximately $303 million endeavor. “Segment 5 is close to being complete, b...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:33am
  • The Alaska Marijuana Control Board accepted draft regulatory language on Sept. 24 that would ban cannabis social clubs, unable to establish any regulations around a license type that was not specified in the ballot initiative that legalized cannabis. The existence of cannabis social clubs will now d...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:33am

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