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  • Dr. Rob Downey, center, director of the Functional Medicine Clinic, poses for a photo with Dee Dahmann, left, clinic manager, and Mike Tupper, right, clinic supervisor, at an open house Jan. 7 for the new clinic. Not shown is clinic assistant Carol Comfort. The clinic opened last week. The p...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:02am
  • BP is cutting 4,000 jobs worldwide and some of those reductions will be in Alaska. An intra-company email obtained by the Alaska Journal of Commerce sent to BP Alaska employees Jan. 12 states that the company plans to reduce its total in state workforce by 13 percent. All employees should know their...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:57am
  • Forming a local option zone may soon be easier for residents who want more control over what businesses can move into their neighborhoods. Local option zones are areas in which the majority of residents have control over what businesses can be established there. The code was last revised about 15 ye...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:52am
  • With less than two months before the state will accept marijuana business applications, the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Marijuana Task Force is still debating whether to set additional restrictions. The task force has not yet reached a set of recommendations for the borough assembly. Several members...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:50am
  • Standard & Poor’s Jan. 5 downgrade of Alaska’s credit ratings, which caught many state leaders by surprise, was triggered by upcoming bond sales, according to an analyst from the ratings agency. Gabe Petek, Standard & Poor’s primary Alaska analyst, said in an interview that the agency ...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:50am
  • Parents of Homer teens listened attentively, and some a little anxiously, as three teens and two adults broached the awkward topic of discussing sex with their kids.  The night’s goal, however, was to make this topic a lot less scary and uncomfortable for everyone....

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:49am
  • Most Kenai Peninsula Borough Schools are not in session in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day on Jan. 18. Chapman School Jan. 14: Quarter 2 awards, 2 p.m. Jan. 19: Students of the quarter lunch at the Cheeky Moose, 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19:...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:48am
  • The students of Chapman School’s third and fourth grade class get to give Chapman Principal Conrad Woodhead and Kenai Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek pies in the face as a reward for raising the most money in the district in suppport of the Bethel School. The fundraiser ran Dec. ...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:47am
  • Interested applicants still have time to apply for the open Board of Education District 9-South Peninsula seat that serves some areas of Homer, Nanwalek, Port Graham and Seldovia. The deadline has been extended until Jan. 20 at 5 p.m., because no one applied prior to the previously set Dec. 29, 2015...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:43am
  • Sixth-grade West Homer Elementary School student Delilah Harris beat out 26 fellow students at the school’s Geography Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Theo McDonough, a fifth grader, took the runner-up spot. Delilah will advance to the state competition on April 1 at the Egan Center in Anchorage, competi...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:43am
  • Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy continued until next month a case involving alleged helicopter hunting on the Discovery TV reality show “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”  Wilma TV, Atz Lee Kilcher and his wife Jane Kilcher are charged with using a helicopter to hunt black bear in the ...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:37am
  • For schools on the Kenai Peninsula, schools with students in poverty is more of a norm than an anomaly. The road to achieving educational goals is often more difficult at these schools than for schools with affluent populations. Students have different concerns, more heavy than passing a test or fin...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:29am
  • A high tide of 21.1 feet fills up Beluga Slough on Monday as the sun sets at 4:32 p.m. Homer gained 22 minutes of daylight this week compared to last Thursday....

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:27am
  • Monday morning, Bruce Turkington slept in late. After almost 41 years working at Spenard Builders Supply, including 34 years as general manager, Turkington, 64, put in his last day Friday at Homer’s local building supply store. That included handing over operations to the new general manager, long...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:20am
  • The city of Homer faces a problem similar to a business owner with a leaky roof. Does the business fix the roof or, anticipating future growth, build a larger building and take out a bigger loan to pay for it?...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:18am
  • Homer Police continue to investigate an armed robbery last week of a Baycrest Hill gas station. In the second armed robbery in two weeks, a man held up at gunpoint the Short Stop Tesoro gas station on Jan. 6.  According to a Homer Police press release, at about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 6, a white man wa...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:16am
  • With legislators and their staff packing their bags and heading to Juneau this weekend, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, expect a challenging second regular session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. ...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 8:14am
  • Editor's note: The story has been updated on Jan. 11 to add new information about video images police released on Monday. Those images have been added to this story. In the second armed robbery in two weeks, a man held up at gunpoint the Short Stop Tesoro gas station late Wednesday night. According ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:32pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s minimum wage increased by a dollar an hour, to $9.75, as of Jan. 1. The state labor department estimated 12,000 jobs in Alaska paid less than that before the change. For those working full-time at minimum wage, the department says the increase will mean about $2,000 in add...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:34am
  • Anna Frost has joined the Homer News staff as a reporter and photographer.  Frost moved to Homer from Whittier, Calif., where she studied journalism with an emphasis in writing and publishing at Biola University. She completed her major courses in December and, with only a few general education...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:34am

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