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  • Spring is the perfect time for cleaning up after all of winter’s accumulation, and from April 27 to May 2, the youth from HoWL, a local outdoor education organization, plan to do just that in the streets and parks of Homer. ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:27pm
  • Mary Epperson, right, visits with Joy Steward, left, at a reception on Sunday at AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse and Tavern celebrating the establishment of the Mary Epperson Endowed Student Support and Scholarship Fund at Kachemak Bay Campus....

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:25pm
  • The history of Alaska State Parks Chief Ranger Roger MacCampbell’s career mirrors that of lower Kenai Peninsula state parks. Among his milestones are: • Helping build the park system in the post-Alaska Pipeline budget boom of the early 1980s; • Weathering budget cuts in the mid-1980s Alaska re...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:21pm
  • Operated by Seldovia Village Tribe, the M/V Kachemak Voyager and the Seldovia Bay Ferry starts its summer schedule on May 21. The ferry between Homer and Seldovia leaves Seldovia at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and leaves Homer from Ramp 7 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The last sailing f...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:20pm
  • After a lengthy debate about the morality of taxing food, funding for public schools, revenue for local cities and questioning voters for a third time on a change to the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s food sales tax structure, the issue has again been put to rest after the borough assembly voted to kil...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:16pm
  • Workers this week began digging out about a 70-foot wide collapsed section of the west end of Kachemak Drive and getting permits to repair a slide that shut down the road about a half-mile from its intersection with the Homer Spit Road. Repairs may take as long as two weeks, said Carl High, maintena...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:14pm
  • It takes a special place — and a special person — to host a whole crew of children and their parents for an afternoon.  On April 4, more than 200 kids and parents attended Family Farm Day, sponsored by Nature Rocks Homer and hosted by Mossy Kilcher and Seaside Farm. Kilcher began hosting th...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:08pm
  • The annual “Safe Kids Fair” is taking a new twist this year, expanding the umbrella of topics to include health and wellness In addition, the fair will offer attractions for both young and older children. Titled “Safe and Healthy Kids Fair,” this year’s event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sa...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:06pm
  • Opinions abounded during the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission’s “Homer on the Move!” trail symposium last Saturday. With more than 17 different user groups represented, and more than 40 people in attendance, there wasn’t a shortage of ideas or suggestions about the importance of the ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:05pm
  • On March 27, Parker Lowney, a student in Brandon Young’s sixth-grade class at West Homer Elementary School, earned 11th place in the state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The first step in qualifying for the state competition was winning at the school level, something Parker did ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:52pm
  • A West Homer Elementary School teacher is one of five Kenai Peninsula Borough School District educators who have been selected as 2014 BP Teachers of Excellence.  Judy Gonsalves of WHES joins Jacob Doth of Nikiski Middle-High School, Shannon Dwyer of Skyview Middle School, James Harris of Soldo...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:51pm
  • On April 14, six Homer High School students attended Paul Banks Elementary recess. The high school students, Sam Draves, Drew Brown, Ian Lowe, Patrick Rainwater, Sheldon Hutt and JJ Sonnen, were allowed to miss one period of class to visit the elementary school. They helped teach younger students ne...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:45pm
  • A Homer High School student has won second place and $1,100 in the 25th annual Caring for the Kenai environmental competition for his volcano eruption preparedness kit. “The road to development is always rough, but I plan to take my idea to the fullest level of implementation so when the next erup...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:33pm
  • The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District invites Kenai Peninsula farmers to a workshop covering all aspects of using the Truax No-Till Seed Planter.  This workshop is required for anyone who wishes to rent the planter during the 2015 season. The workshop will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, M...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:06am
  • HOUSTON (AP) — Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with inve...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:06am
  • When was the last time you thought about money? Chances are, it was probably today, since most adults deal with money — in one way or another — on a daily basis. We pay bills and buy groceries. We consider money when weighing job opportunities, determining where we’ll live, and when, or for so...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:02am
  • This summer, students from all across Alaska will experience what it takes to run a business. From July 18-25, 65 high school students will meet at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage to participate in Alaska Business Week, a weeklong learning event organized by the Alaska State Chamber of Commer...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:00am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the teachers and support staff unions have reached an impasse in collective bargaining negotiations. The Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association have been jointly conducting contract discussions with ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:53am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Highway System was thrown a life preserver April 18 when a committee restored $1.75 million in spending. The conference committee, responsible for patching together a final budget from House and Senate versions, effectively reversed a cut to the ferry system made in the ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:50am
  • Livestock for sale and slaughter is a growing market on the Kenai Peninsula. The interest in organically grown, healthy meat is a national trend that locals are picking up on, said Heidi Chay, district manager for the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District. “They are healthier products, you kn...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:48am

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