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  • JUNEAU — State legislators are dealing with a number of bills affecting business as the 2014 session enters its final month. Lawmakers must adjourn April 20, although there are procedures for extending the session....

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:16am
  • Greetings from your Homer Chamber of Commerce. Three things of note this month. By this time next week, our new Harbor Webcam will be up and running. You’ll see the link on our homepage HomerAlaska.org. We thank SPITwSPOTS for their sponsorship of free Internet and Harbor Webcam, and Don Jose’s ...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:15am
  • The Alaska Senate Resources Committee held a hearing Monday to discuss Cook Inlet salmon, and one idea came to the forefront: a professional Board of Fisheries. The idea first came up through testimony by Dwight Kramer, chair of the Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition, a group of pri...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:13am
  • Kenai Peninsula salmon fishery stakeholders addressed a variety of issues at a Senate Resources Committee hearing in Juneau Monday, including changes to the Board of Fisheries, concerns about certain salmon runs and research needed to better understand them. The committee is holding three hearings o...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:08am
  • Reeling in a 30.60-pound king salmon, Raymond B. Tepp of Kenai is the first-place winner in the 2014 Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday. Fishing aboard his own boat, the Inlet Plunder, Tepp’s cash prize is $19,026. A total 202 fish were caught by the 907 anglers participating in the...

    Sat, 03/22/2014 - 7:35pm
  •   The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fish and Game on Wednesday restored $175,000 in operating funds for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. The budget now goes to the Senate Finance Committee. That committee holds hearings today at 4 p.m. at the Homer Legislative Information Office on the Opera...

    Thu, 03/20/2014 - 2:29pm
  • I wrote this song, Water and Oil Don't Mix, (watch video below) for the approaching 25th year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster. With my daughters help I decided to put together a slide show to accompany this song in remembrance of this sad event that holds a place in our A...

    Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:46pm
  • Planning on taking advantage of Cook Inlet’s minus tides to fill the freezer with razor clams? Already pinpointed the -4.1 tide on May 16 as a time to pack up the family and join the shovel-toting, bucket-carrying crowd on the beach in front of Ninilchik?   Better change your plans....

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:42pm
  • On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound —  “fetched up,” in the words of its captain, Joe Hazelwood.   After 8,700 oil tanker transits through the sound since the first tanker loaded in 1977, Alaskans had become complacent — some of them. Just the...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:41pm
  • Nominated by Homer High School faculty, eight HHS students have been recognized as “Mariners On the Move.” Each faculty member nominates one outstanding student during the school year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were invited to a Feb. 28 celebration, catered...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:32pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District   Homer High School March 29, 30: HHS production of the Broadway musical “The Sound of Plaid;” 7:30 p.m. March 29; 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 30.   Homer Middle School...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:29pm
  • When the Veterans of Foreign Wars asked students to write about “what patriotism means to me,” 11 Chapman School students in grades 6-8 took the challenge.  Three of those students — placing first, second and third in the local competition sponsored by VFW Post 10221 in Anchor Point — w...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:28pm
  • Celebrating its 21st year, the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is all set for Saturday, with hooks in the water at 9 a.m., out of the water by 4 p.m. and fish weighed at the Coal Point tournament headquarters on the Spit by 6 p.m. “We’re really excited that it’s going to be a great event,...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:26pm
  • Dear USPS employee,  I am sorry if I upset you. I just came in to mail some very important packages today. I don’t mean to offend you by bringing you my packages, but I have been a loyal customer of the USPS for many years, and you have just treated me like I am public enemy number one. I wou...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:19pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on March 29, 1989, some have commemorated Alaska’s biggest human-made, technological disaster with a look at how oil spill response has improved — more skim...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:18pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer As word spread that the belly of the Exxon Valdez, a tanker carrying Alaska oil from Valdez to Long Beach, Calif., had been ripped open and its contents were pouring into Prince William Sound, Homer-area residents were filled with an urgen...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:17pm
  • In two separate cases and in the same week last month, two lower Kenai Peninsula men have been charged with felony assault under a “three strikes” provision of Alaska’s assault law.  Jamie L. Mosquito, 24, Port Graham, and Kenneth W. Kvasnikoff, 43, Ninilchik, both were charged with third...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 2:50pm
  • Alaska is set to receive $20.8 million for the 2012 salmon fisheries disasters, but how the money will be used is still being decided. First, the state of Alaska and the Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, must work on how to split the funds between Cook Inlet and Yukon-Kuskokwim sta...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:07pm
  • The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, in releasing its preliminary report, seeks public comment into the work that’s been done and still to do. ...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:07pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital is offering walk-in services for enrollment in the health-care insurance marketplace. It will be held near the hospital’s front desk registration offices from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 and 29. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. To schedule an appointm...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:06pm

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