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  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District All KPBSD schools will have winter break from Dec. 19 through Jan. 3. School will start again on Jan. 4. Happy holidays! Chapman School Dec. 14-18: Information Services Week. Chapman School would like to thank...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:27am
  • Outside of an entomology conference, you couldn’t find a group of people happier to see several dozen bugs than the packed audience in Mariner Theatre last Thursday afternoon.  Nearly every seat was filled for Paul Banks Elementary School’s performance of “A Bugz Christmas,” a musical a...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:26am
  • The Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club sponsors two $1,500 scholarships for the spring 2016 Kachemak Bay Campus semester. Application packages must be received by Dec. 30.  Applicants must attend the Kachemak Bay Campus and demonstrate the best combination of financial need, academic achievement, c...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:25am
  • I  can’t type the word “home” without an “r” on the end of it. Our family has made Homer our home for more than 30 years and I am sure that is why.  We are fortunate to have both our sons home for the holidays again this year. Since the Other Fisherman and I married 38 years ago ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:50am
  • Reality TV star Atz Kilcher withdrew last week an application to lease state land in the Fox River Flats for an art and music wilderness camp. Candace Snow, a natural resources specialist with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, said Kilcher pulled his application on Dec. 10. ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:45am
  • In a status hearing held in Homer District Court on Monday, Judge Margaret Murphy rejected a motion for dismissal filed by lawyers for Wilma TV in a case involving alleged hunting with helicopters associated with the Discovery Channel show, “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:44am
  • In a courtroom filled with artists and supporters of Homer’s annual Burning Basket project, the 18-year-old Homer man accused of destroying this year’s basket on Tuesday pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal mischief. After accepting blame, Elias Graham said he had wanted earlier to make resti...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:41am
  • Homer Police this week arrested a man in another armed home invasion, the second this month.  No one was injured in an incident about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in which police allege James Peltier, 57, of Anchor Point man entered a Lakeside Drive home with a shotgun and then chased after two men who r...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:33am
  • McNeil Canyon Elementary School students Charity Martin, Wynne Reed, Breyan Cathey, Neviya Reed and Kappa Reutov pose in their rag doll costumes for the school’s performance of “A Holiday Moosical” on Dec. 10. Forty students participate in the school’s Drama Club and showed off what ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:28am
  • The Christmas Bird Count is a very special day for birders. One whole day devoted to birding — sunup to sundown, working in a team to count all the birds in the Homer area. Then, after dark, meeting with the other participants to compile what was seen. Finally a big, warm potluck meal further incr...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:27am
  • Ready or not Alaskans, here comes reality: higher taxes, more of them and a smaller dividend. Gov. Bill Walker last week unveiled his long-range fiscal plan for the state. It includes a personal income tax as well raising nearly every state industry tax in the face of yearly budget deficits approach...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:25am
  • While they might not agree on all aspects of Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed fiscal plan, Homer area business owners and public officials concur that Alaska’s current situation cannot be sustained. “I’m not surprised. They’ve been talking about that for a long time,” said Beth Wythe, Homer...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:23am
  • Advance tickets for the opening weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” went on sale at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Homer Theatre. Tickets for a special premiere at 9 p.m. Dec. 17 sold out in two hours, said theater manager Colleen Carroll. Some people waited an hour to make sure they were in...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:49am
  • The Alaska Legislature’s Legislative Council has postponed a decision on its expensive Anchorage offices. In a presentation Friday, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak and chairman of the council, presented information declaring that staying in the Legislature’s newly remodeled Fourth Avenue Legislative...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:47am
  • The 2017 Upper Cook Inlet meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries will be held in Anchorage, as planned and as usual. The board made the call by a 5-2 vote at the tail end of its Bristol Bay finfish meeting, also in Anchorage. Only two board members, commercial fishermen Sue Jeffrey and Fritz Johns...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:28am
  • Alaska’s independent power producers are claiming victory over regulatory changes that they say will encourage investment in renewable energy projects. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska on Nov. 20 finalized revisions to state regulations pertaining to how electric utilities calculate their cost ...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:25am
  • On Friday, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska ruled that Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska can sell 2 billion cubic feet of gas unexpectedly discovered in its underground storage facility, and that the profit will be divided between CINGSA and the four utility companies that use it for storage....

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:16am
  • Halibut fishermen can expect fairly flat, if slightly lower quotas in most areas if commissioners settle on the “blue line” catches at next month’s International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting, set out last week at the interim meeting in Seattle. The blue line is the level of catch that re...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:11am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District    All KPBSD schools will have winter break from Dec. 19-Jan. 3. School will resume on Jan. 4. Happy holidays! Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 14: APC meeting in Room 103 at West Homer Elementary....

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:18am
  • Longtime school board member Sunni Hilts (District 9) retires this month. (See story, page 1.) Thus, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking applicants to fill this vacant school board position through October 2016. Applications are online at kpbsd.k12.ak.us, and will be acce...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:16am

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