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  • The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is parsing out what should be its business and what should be left to good business sense. Aug. 31 began a two-day meeting for the Marijuana Control Board, which is on an aggressive deadline to approve a set of cannabis industry regulations. The board is reviewing ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:18am
  • All this cloudy weather, the earlier sunsets and later sunrises all seem to be saying that summer is winding to a close. When you look at the calendar and realize that there are only three Saturday markets left for the Homer Farmers Market, then you know it’s true. But the end of summer means more...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:17am
  • Negotiations on Alaska LNG Project agreements with the state of Alaska are at a critical juncture, Gov. Bill Walker said in an interview Friday. “We’re not as close as I wish we could be. There are a number of significant issues we have to get closure on,” before legislators can be notified of...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:16am
  • A proposed ordinance that would restrict driving on Homer beaches east of Bishop’s Beach won’t be introduced until January, council member Catriona Reynolds said last week. Reynolds had said earlier she and council member Francie Roberts intended to introduce a compromise beach policy ordinance ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:36am
  • One of Homer’s newest sports might have a funny name, but pickleball has become a great sport accessible to all ages.  It’s played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with an oversized ping pong paddle and a whiffle ball. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping p...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:31am
  • The intricate patterns of quilts made by Laveda Youngblood reflect the 80-year-old’s artistry. For more than 20 years, she has selected, as well as created her own designs. She’s matched fabrics, embroidered and appliqued detail. She’s stitched by hand and machine hundreds of quilts that have ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:25am
  • There has been a recent increase in the number of dead sea otters washing ashore on Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet beaches, including multiple carcasses within short stretches of beach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a press release last Friday. ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:22am
  • As the city of Homer starts its budget debate at the next Homer City Council meeting on Monday, the larger question of how to balance the state budget also continues.  This week, Rep. Paul Seaton is the host of town hall meetings in Ninilchik and Homer to discuss state revenue options to addres...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:22am
  • On Tuesday, a week after Homer property owners were to have paid the first installment on their Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment bill, city officials were still tallying how many people had paid the assessment in full, had paid the first installment, had received deferments and had failed to pay...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:21am
  • 1. The Load and Launch Ramp will be closed Sept. 15-Dec. 15. 2. Rebar sticks out of the current concrete launch ramp because of degradation, erosion has undercut areas in the lowest part of the ramp and tripping hazards exist on the float system. 3. Total project cost is about $3.5 million, with app...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:19am
  • Update: The caption has been corrected on the fishhook sculpture photo properly identifying it as a circle hook. And like that, another furious tourist season draws to a close — or nearly so — on the Homer Spit. A great blue heron was among the Labor Day weekend visitors. Like many others on the...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:17am
  • Members of the Indonesian Coast Guard and navy began two weeks of training at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward Aug. 24. The training for the group of 15 is focusing on the U.S. Coast Guard-approved Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, an international emergency response networ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:03am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has announced the recent approval from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for constructing an informational kiosk at the Baycrest pullout....

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:03am
  • With political campaign season under way, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, or ADOT&PF, has issued a reminder about the laws regarding political advertising. In 1998, Alaskans overwhelmingly voted to keep the state free from all signs or forms of outdoor advertising....

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:02am
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System, or AMHS, recently announced the release of its 2015-16 winter schedule. Reservations are now available for booking at FerryAlaska.com, by calling 1-800-642-0066 or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. Coinciding with release of the winter schedule, A...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:59am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted on Tuesday to move forward with issuing more than $3 million in bonds to fund a Central Peninsula Hospital project. The bonds, which were originally proposed to fund medical equipment purchases for the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, will be extende...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:58am
  • Alaska’s forthcoming cannabis regulations might stop homegrown bud businesses from seeing a dime from the hot-ticket marijuana investment scene developing in the Lower 48. Outside investment raises both industry and regulatory hackles in the Alaska cannabis scene, either as the surefire road to a ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:55am
  • ANCHORAGE — The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday that exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days. In an interview with The Associated Press, Marvin Odum said he expects further ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:52am
  • ANCHORAGE — The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the “right decision.” Alaska on Tuesday became the 29th state to expand Medicaid, opening up health ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:50am
  • The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved significant 2016 health insurance rate increases for individual and family policies issued by two companies selling health coverage. A much smaller increase of 4 percent was approved for policies covering small groups of 50 to 250. For the individual and...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:49am

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