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    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:52pm
  • In a 3-3 tie broken by Mayor Beth Wythe, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting Monday approved an ordinance appropriating $31,000 to pay for eight pages of content in an upcoming revision of “North to the Future,” a $75, glossy, full-color 320-page book produced by Wyndham Publications o...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:49pm
  • The Homer City Council, acting as the Board of Adjustment, heard an appeal Tuesday night of a conditional use permit granted for a 160-foot microwave tower to be built on Easy Street off Skyline Drive. The Kenai Kodiak Cable Company proposes to build the tower to provide faster internet service to P...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:28pm
  • A Homer man critically injured in a March 3 car crash near Anchor Point has died of his injuries. Mark Shufelt, 51, died April 3, Alaska State Troopers announced in a press release earlier this month.Shufelt was driving south in his 1998 Toyota Tacoma truck near Mile 155 Sterling Highway in Anchor P...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:26pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School DistrictApril 18: Vacation day. Chapman SchoolApril 17: Kindergarten to Pratt Museum.April 18: Vacation day.April 21-22: HoWL visits grades 4-8.April 22: Mass choir, grades 7-8.April 23: Science fair, 6:30-7:30 p.m.April 24: DNA lab, grades 6-8, afternoon.April 24: Pre...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:45pm
  • With very little fanfare, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education passed a more than $161.2 million operating budget that leans heavily on unassigned fund balance, or district savings, to balance revenues and expenditures during the coming fiscal year.During Monday’s work session and subseq...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:36pm
  • With almost 100 students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District competing, Willem Strydom of Homer Middle School was the overall top scorer in last Friday’s ninth annual Kenai Peninsula Middle School Math Meet. The meet was held at Homer Middle School, with participating students from Au...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:32pm
  • Prompted by what Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson called “an inordinate amount of confusion” in city election recount procedures that came about from a recount last October, the Homer City Council on Monday passed unanimously an amendment to the city code clarifying election procedures. Previously, t...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:22pm
  • During “Week of the Young Child,” April 20-27, young community members take center stage. There are playgroups scheduled, storytimes, a younger version of the Olympics, dance classes, tips for parents and more. Two southern Kenai Peninsula public schools — Chapman School in Anchor Point and Pa...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:56pm
  • Ila Sylce, 2, experiments with different textures at a booth sponsored by The Center during the 2012 SAFE Kids Fair. This year’s fair will be at the Homer High School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26.   Related stories:...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:53pm
  • This week, Best Beginnings of Homer celebrates the “Week of the Young Child” to bring attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs and services. “Best Beginnings is a coalition of local nonprofit agencies and individuals who support earl...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:53pm
  • JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee advanced Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan for addressing the state’s pension obligation Tuesday, but the issue was not yet settled. As HB385 was moving from committee, Senate Finance was meeting on the opposite end of the fifth floor of the Capitol, discussing othe...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:01am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for research proposals that could advance what’s known about methane hydrates. It is being considered a potential new source of fossil fuel. Methane is the main ingredient of natural gas. The department describes methane hydrate as a latt...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:55am
  • This month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event is hosted by Bald Mountain Air Service. It will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Bald Mountain’s offices, 3758 FAA Road. There will be door prizes, pizza, and tours of the hangar and the fixed base operation. The mixer is open to the pub...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:54am
  • Alaska Certified Pesticide Applicator classes will be held in Kenai April 28, 29 and 30.  The Cooperative Extension Service will provide the training and materials needed to take the exam to become a certified applicator. This three-day class is the only on-site training offered in 2014 on the ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:54am
  • JUNEAU — House Speaker Mike Chenault on Thursday said legislative passage of a bill to raise Alaska’s minimum wage would guarantee that wages go up, while the outcome of a similar ballot initiative would be dependent on the whim of votes. Chenault, R-Nikiski, said most lawmakers he’s spoken wi...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:53am
  • JUNEAU — Alaskans know Valdez as the state’s oil port of choice, but an independent Yukon oil producer is planning to make Skagway No. 2 on the list of Alaska oil ports. Last week, Skagway Mayor Mark Schaefer announced that officials from Northern Cross Yukon are interested in using the port of ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:52am
  • Pink salmon fishing in Lower Cook Inlet could soon be revitalized as the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association finalized its purchase of the Port Graham Hatchery on Monday after nearly two years of planning, permitting and logistics. The facility has not been operational since 2007, when low returns of...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:51am
  • Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich said he remembers driving through the Kenai Peninsula five years ago, shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, and noticing the economy here was not in the best of shape. In a return to the area, he shared some insight into his congressional activities then ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:43am
  • ANCHORAGE — Oral argument in the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance appeal of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s decision to reject a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetting will be held in Anchorage April 22. The alliance, or AFCA, wants to ask voters to ban setnets in urban parts of the state....

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:17am

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