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  • There is always more to learn. I found this out after years of making kombucha at home and trying to explain to people how a scoby makes kombucha.  The scoby is a culture, I would say. It ferments the sugar in the tea. You put that scoby in tea and in a week or two you will have kombucha. The s...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:32am
  • Bristol Bay’s late-arriving sockeye run has contributed to a healthy commercial harvest of more than 47.6 million sockeye statewide, though some fisheries have yet to heat up with strangely behaving tardy returns. Statewide, the sockeye harvest has already surpassed the 2014 total and on the conte...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:31am
  • ANCHORAGE — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has named a new university president after a monthslong search for the right candidate. The Alaska Dispatch News reports  the university announced Tuesday that Jim Johnsen would replace retiring University of Alaska President Pat Gamble. J...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:28am
  • JUNEAU — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska’s Division of Elections. Mallott asked for and accepted the resignation of Gail Fenumiai on Friday, said Claire Richardson, a special staff assistant to Mallott. Fenumiai will be replaced by Nome city manager Josie Bahnke, who ...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:26am
  • Two members of the Discovery Channel reality TV show, “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” have been charged with using a helicopter to hunt black bear in the filming of an episode of the popular Homer-based show.  Atz Lee Kilcher, 40, and Cristina Jane Kilcher, 40, both face one charge each of unl...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:24am
  • With an agenda rivaling a contractor’s punch list of things to do before freeze up, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting plowed through a 26-item agenda. ...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:19am
  • The Kevin Bell Arenaneeds stacking chairs with sled bases as skating aides during public skates.  Contact: info.kevinbellarena@gmail.com   The R.E.C. Room (Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op)needs four large plastic tote storage bins wi...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:18am
  • Tip of the Spit • Flat-bottomed sea stars litter the beach and dangle from pilings during very low tides • Sea birds — including black-legged kittiwakes, glaucous-winged and mew gulls, and sheerwaters — gather near the metal “dolphins” where the Homer Grind Shack discharges fish...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:17am
  • Recognizing some citizen reluctance to the idea of funding a public safety building that could cost as much as $30 million, the Homer City Council on Monday rejected a proposal to appropriate $621,000 for a 35-percent design of a new police and fire building. It did pass on a 5-1 vote an amended ord...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:07am
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that occurred Tuesday around 6:30 p.m had its epicenter on the west side of Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park, 58.8 miles northwest of Homer and approximately 44 miles southwest of Mount Redoubt Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazard we...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:04am
  • In 1966, when Daisy Lee Bitter, then a middle school science teacher in Anchorage, first brought a school group down to Homer for a daylong marine science field trip on the Spit, the group came by chartered DC-3 twin-prop airplane. Bitter was eager to show her students the incredible diversity of ma...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:02am
  • At life’s most difficult times, hospice caregivers offer valuable help. Yet hospice relies on the community for help in return. Volunteers and donors make it work....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
  • In a meeting with an 8-page agenda and 26 items, the Homer City Council on Monday met until 10:10 p.m. — “my longest city council meeting yet,” first-term member Catriona Reynolds described it....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:55am
  • Most area moths are small, with wingspans of about an inch. But catching them with a digital camera macro lens gives us an opportunity to see their intricate, beautiful and sometimes bizarre details up close. Little is known about Alaska’s moths, so this area may harbor some biological rar...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:25am
  • Bristol Bay lived up to its reputation for unpredictability as a bizarre late rush of sockeyes has surged into fishermen’s nets nearly a week past the historical peak, with enough still coming to potentially surpass the 20-year average harvest by several million fish....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:19am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling in litigation over the initiat...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:18am
  • With Alaska Medicaid cut by $51.9 million in this year’s state budget, Kenai Peninsula Medicaid providers are seeing the first financial effects of the underfunded program in the elimination of annual increases to their Medicaid reimbursement rates....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:09am
  • Running a small business is tough, with national surveys showing high attrition rates. Homer certainly has turnover and challenges for entrepreneurs. Adrienne Sweeney is one local business person who recently earned a formidable edge. This spring she completed a prestigious national program for busi...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:08am
  • Running a small business is tough, with national surveys showing high attrition rates. Homer certainly has turnover and challenges for entrepreneurs. Adrienne Sweeney is one local business person who recently earned a formidable edge. This spring she completed a prestigious national program for busi...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:07am
  • Those hoping to get in on the ground floor of Alaska’s legal marijuana industry now have a supporter. The Alaska Marijuana Industry Association announced it is open for business July 9 during a briefing at The Boardroom workspace in downtown Anchorage. Alaska Marijuana Industry Association preside...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:05am

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