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With 295 out of 441 precincts reporting: “No” votes on Ballot Measure 1 are leading 63,239 to 59,879 “Yes” votes.

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  • You just can’t keep a good bar down. Yeah, that was the story in 1976, when the Club Bar rose from the ashes after a fire destroyed it. That was the story in 2007, when after three years Alice’s Champagne Palace, its name since 1980, once again reopened. That was the story in 2009, when after a ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:56pm
  • After, well, who knows how many years exactly, a new Homer Harbormaster’s Office is finally going to happen. “The city has had a new harbormaster’s office on capital improvement lists for quite some time, but the actual planning and design of this has occurred in the last year,” said Carey M...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:39pm
  • Since the early days when the Peterson Bay Field Station opened in 1983, visitors to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies environmental education center started their trip off with a little exercise. After arriving by boat from Homer, visitors got off at a floating dock and then onto a raft. Hauli...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:35pm
  • Eileen Becker was clear about her reason for organizing Tuesday’s debate between Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell. “As a staunch Republican, my main objective is to get rid of (U.S. Senator Mark) Begich. I’m up front about that,” said Becker....

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:30pm
  • JUNEAU — More than 100 Juneau residents filled the Mendenhall Valley Public Library Monday evening for a question and answer session with four state leaders on the oil tax referendum voters will decide on next month....

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:33pm
  • This time of the year is full of color with flowers in blossom everywhere. When cutting flowers from outside, or better yet the ones you get from the Homer Farmers Market, let me tell you how to make flowers last better in a vase. First, recut the stems, making sure to cut them at an angle so there ...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:25pm
  • NOME (AP) — Volunteers are in the process of building a new corral for a reindeer herd on St. Michael Island.The first fence posts were put up July 10, about three miles from the community of St. Michael. Construction is expected to completed by late July, KNOM reported.The herd is jointly owned b...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:24pm
  • FAIRBANKS — A cooperative market in Fairbanks has received national recognition.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Co-Op Market Grocery and Deli was named the co-op startup of the year in 2013.General manager Mary Christensen accepted the award at the Consumer Cooperative Management Associ...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:23pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — The state of Alaska is agreeing to share the preliminary costs to explore a water-system expansion in North Pole, where a refinery spill decades ago continues to contaminate groundwater.The agreement covers the expense of developing the design, cost estimate and construction sched...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:21pm
  • ANCHORAGE — An Alaska state House-Senate committee has approved a $500,000 budget for new furniture at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office that is being remodeled, but lawmakers themselves will make do with old furniture from storage and state surplus when they move in next year.The budge...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:19pm
  • After strong years of expansion, rehabilitation and construction projects, Soldotna is planning to devise a new list of improvements for its airport.This summer, the city received a Federal Aviation Administration grant for updating the list of capital projects with a new master plan.Soldotna Munici...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:17pm
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI Gov. Sean Parnell named the members of the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board last week.Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will serve on the board, which aims to discuss potential impacts of the proposed Alaska Pipeline Project to Alaska boroughs and cities.With Ni...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:15pm
  • Well-known Homer chef Chef Mandy Dixon will  represent Alaska in the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2 in New Orleans. She is one of 18 chefs from throughout the United States competing for the crown honoring the best seafood chef in the nation.Louisiana Lt. Gov. ...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:12pm
  • As part of an in-port maintenance period this week, the Homer-based Coast Guard Cutter Hickory conducted a top-end overhaul of the port-side main propulsion engine for the first time since the cutter was commissioned in 2003.The crew of the Hickory took advantage of scheduled maintenance time this m...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:10pm
  • JUNEAU — The Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s weekly luncheon was much more crowded than usual July 10 with one of the state’s hottest topics on the agenda. The issue up for discussion? The “More Alaska Production Act” or “The Giveaway,” depending on which side you ask....

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:05pm
  • JUNEAU — The decision Alaska voters make on an oil-tax referendum next month could have implications for a proposed liquefied natural gas project, the senior project manager said Tuesday, a point deemed a scare tactic by one state lawmaker. In an interview, manager Steve Butt said the state and co...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:41pm
  • Crowds of spectators lined Pioneer Avenue on Friday to watch the annual Fourth of July parade. Organized by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the event was sponsored by Wells Fargo.  Daisy Lee Bitter reigned over the proceedings at this year’s grand marshal. From the viewing stand on the balcony...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:31pm
  • 31 compete in Highland Games   BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:26pm
  • Voters on Oct. 7 will be asked to advise the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly whether the borough should exercise animal control practices. At recent meetings, citizens have voiced concerns about abused and neglected animals in unincorporated areas. At its July 1 meeting, the assembly passed a resol...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:09pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved a site for a proposed new Kachemak Selo School at its June 30 meeting. The board’s choice was one of two sites being considered for a new facility to replace the three separate buildings currently being used. “The recommende...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:58pm

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