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  • On Thursday, Dec. 3, Homer Flex students and teachers had the option to spend their after-school hours crafting.  The Flex Craft Fair is “about creating a handmade gift for a loved one or yourself,” said Flex teacher Colette Choate. All the crafts were holiday oriented or ideal gifts. While...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:14am
  • Lawmaster to leave Haven House South Peninsula Haven House executive director Jessica Lawmaster will leave her job effective Feb. 19, she said in a letter to the Haven House board of directors. Lawmaster will move to the Seattle area to be closer to her family. Lawmaster started at ...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:49am
  • ’Tis the season for cookie baking and candy making, so tie on your apron and join me in my holiday kitchen. My family loves their sweets, and the more the merrier. They have a special fondness for peanut butter and chocolate, buttery, crisp cookies frosted heavily with sweet and creamy frosting, s...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:41am
  • A campfire warmed people at the holiday tree lighting last Friday night at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. The Homer High School Swing Choir sang Christmas carols, and Santa and Mrs. Claus visited. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, also started on Su...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:26am
  • A chance encounter by a Homer Police Department officer on patrol at about 5 a.m. Dec. 2 disrupted an assault on an East End Road man in the driveway of his home across the street from Paul Banks Elementary School. Police said a man armed with a shotgun and a .45-caliber handgun scuffled with the vi...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:24am
  • One item topped the Homer City Council’s to-do list at Monday’s regular meeting, the absolute, must-pass ordinance it had to approve before the holidays: the budget. Monday night at its regular meeting, after a round of amendments tweaking the $11.7 million general fund budget, the council in a ...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:23am
  • Around the living room of the house that Sunni Hilts and her husband built themselves soon after moving to Seldovia in 1970, the display of framed family photos is bright and lively enough to rival the snowy wonderland out the window. Hilts points out their five children, one of whom was an Alaska N...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:22am
  • Speaking like a doctor advising a patient with high blood pressure to lose weight and exercise, in a talk in Homer last week Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre gave a frank diagnosis. But like a good doctor, he also offered a bit of hope and some good news.  “I’ve heard concerns, th...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:19am
  • Gov. Bill Walker is proposing the biggest changes to Alaska’s system of taxes and revenue since Jay Hammond signed legislation eliminating the state’s income tax in 1980. In a speech beginning at 11 a.m. in Anchorage, Walker proposed reviving the state income tax, increasing most taxes already c...

    Wed, 12/09/2015 - 11:40am
  • A chance encounter by a Homer Police Department officer on patrol at about 5 a.m. Wednesday disrupted an assault on an East End Road man in the driveway of his home across the street from Paul Banks Elementary School. Police said a man armed with a shotgun and a .45-caliber handgun scuffled with the...

    Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:52pm
  • Marine Trades Roundhaul  set for Friday at Otto’s Otto’s Machine Works on Ocean Drive opens its doors to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for the Homer Marine Trades Association Roundhaul, “a networking, shoot-the-breeze, catch up with old friends kind ...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:54am
  • Despite ever-growing concern about the future of Alaska’s economy, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent in October. Nationwide, the unemployment rate continued to fall — down to 5 percent compared with 5.7 percent a year ago, according to a state Labor D...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:53am
  • JUNEAU — The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry backtracked Tuesday and adopted stricter residency requirements for applicants for pot business licenses. The Marijuana Control Board scuttled a rule adopted last month that would use the residency requirem...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:52am
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    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:50am
  • Whether people get their news and advertising in print or online, a tsunami of ads from media up the road might have tempted holiday shoppers to drive north to Soldotna and Anchorage or browse online. To keep gift buyers on the lower Kenai Peninsula for the big shopping weekend after Thanksgiving, l...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:31am
  • Make it so. Yup, if Thanksgiving weekend started the season, this Friday and Saturday the holiday kicks into warp drive with not just the opening of the Nutcracker ballet (see story, page 1), but the annual Nutcracker Faire. The fair runs 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday at...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:03am
  • When Jill Berryman stopped by Nutcracker rehearsal last Sunday to offer feedback to dancers, she said she was thrilled by the new additions to the show. Berryman directed Homer’s annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet from its debut in 1989 until five years ago, when her daughter, Sabrena “B...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:02am
  • Several organizations and activists are voicing opposition to the Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining, Land and Water plan to build a parking lot near the mouth of the Kasilof River. The department, which manages the Kasilof River Special Use Area, proposed a development plan in late ...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:00am
  • Chapman School Dec. 3: Winter concert by grades K-8, 7 p.m. Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 9: Nutcracker performance, 7 p.m. Intermission bake sale fundraiser. Dec. 14: APC meeting in Room 103 at West Homer Elem...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 8:52am
  • Ask 8-year-olds in most parts of the country to name invasive species in their town, and you’d get a lot of confused looks. But when Matt Steffy, a natural resources specialist at Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, posed that challenge to a class of third- through sixth-graders at Firewee...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 8:51am

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