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  • In an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will close 55 motor-vehicle waste disposal wells across Alaska at state vehicle repair and maintenance facilities. Some wells are in groundwater-protection areas and pose a ri...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 5:08pm
  • Homer city workers complaining about proposed increases of health-insurance premiums won’t find much sympathy among small businesses and employees also looking at increasing health insurance costs. In a survey of health insurance premiums for private-sector workers, some employees pay almost 10 ti...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 5:02pm
  • With employee health insurance costs rising, the Homer City Council’s direction to City Manager Walt Wrede earlier this year was clear: Curb the increase....

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:54pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital auxiliarists put the finishing touches on the hospital’s Christmas tree. From left are Barbara Kennedy, Laveda Youngblood, Roberta Harris, Jan Goehringer, Carole Mann, Linda Partridge and Cleo Webb.                     &nbs...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:27pm
  • Following a successful program last year, Alaska State Troopers are holding a second Kenai Peninsula Citizen Academy. Capt. Andy Greenstreet said troopers got a lot of positive feedback from the roughly 25 citizens who graduated from the course last year, so the troopers E-Detachment decided to educ...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:23pm
  • JoEllen Hanrahan has been named the deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. Hanrahan previously served as the administrative services director for the department. Hanrahan is responsible for overseeing the department’s regulatory and consumer protect...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:29pm
  • A new ballot group has been created to defend Senate Bill 21 against repeal efforts. The Make Alaska Competitive Coalition — which has advocated for changes to Alaska’s oil tax structure since 2011 — announced Wednesday the creation of Keep Alaska Competitive — Vote No on 1 group....

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:28pm
  • The industry publication, “Pacific Fishing,” highlighted Homer’s port and harbor as the “Port of the Month” in the magazine’s November issue. The article focuses on the variety of vessels the harbor accommodates, the marine trades services available and other attractions for fishermen an...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:28pm
  • Homer Electric Association expects to implement a rate increase beginning Jan. 1, 2014. HEA will submit a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that increases the Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, from 5.07 cents per kilowatt hour to an estimated 6.79 cents per kilowatt hour....

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:28pm
  • The Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. CEO says the company is continuing its efforts to develop the giant Pebble minerals project southwest of Anchorage, and is encouraged about prospects for bringing in a new partner to replace Anglo American, which withdrew from the project in September. The company ...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:27pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the fifth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”   For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particula...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:23pm
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is expecting another solid sockeye salmon run in Upper Cook Inlet for 2014, but a weak return to the Susitna River may make management problematic. ADF&G is predicting a total return of 6.1 million sockeye, 3.8 million of those to the Kenai River, with a ha...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:10pm
  • JUNEAU — The state has finalized rules to help determine what oil qualifies for special tax breaks under Alaska’s new oil tax law. The law championed by Gov. Sean Parnell and passed by the Legislature earlier this year is aimed at spurring more production. Alaska relies heavily on oil revenues t...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:08pm
  • Thanksgiving dinner update  The following locations are serving dinner on Thanksgiving • Refuge Chapel, 397 E. Pioneer Ave., 2 p.m.: Come as you are to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner; everyone welcome. • Down East Saloon, 3125 East End Road, 3-6 p.m.: Free Thanksgiving dinner; bring a di...

    Wed, 11/27/2013 - 2:45pm
  • What were five Homer teenagers doing awake at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning you ask? Making their way to Lead On!, a conference hosted by Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Anchorage to teach teenagers to find and project their voices to make a difference in...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:54pm
  • When a community’s population is less than 300, two newcomers stand out. Throw in foreign accents and the differences are even more pronounced. When that community is Seldovia, however, they’re welcomed with open arms, which is exactly the welcome given to exchange students Aydana Omar, 17, of K...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:53pm
  • A dozen Homer High School students were chosen to participate in the ASAA All-State Music Festival held in Anchorage last weekend. Of those, four were first chair candidates: Kaveh Anderson, first chair candidate; Hannah Baird; Joseph Cardoz, first chair candidate; Taylor Davis; August Kilcher; Mega...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:50pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Robert Paniyak looks back wistfully to a time more than two decades ago when he and other Alaska Native youths helped scientists capture and band geese to address declining numbers of migratory waterfowl in the state’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta....

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:15pm
  • A power outage last Friday knocked out power for the Kenai Peninsula, affecting the entire Homer Electric Association service area and all 32,000 customers. The outage lasted from about 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Nov. 22. ...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:50pm
  • A Homer hunter entered a plea agreement last week with the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office admitting he hunted illegally in Denali National Park. Michael J. Barth, 29, was one of four men charged last week with the illegal take, possession and transport of two bull moose taken in the park between Se...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:49pm

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