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  • Homer Electric will award a number of academic or vocational scholarships in 2014. The scholarships are available for high school seniors, from each of Homer Electric’s three districts, and adults wishing to continue their education.  The deadline for submitting HEA scholarship applications i...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:20pm
  • JUNEAU — Mining is good for Alaska’s economy, but while the state’s six producing mines are holding up well, and some even expanding, a sharp 38 percent drop in exploration spending last year is having ripple effects. Overall, mining employed 4,600 Alaskans directly last year and the overall e...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:17pm
  • JUNEAU — In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska’s electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. The likeliest way to reach the goal is widely believed to include a major project in southcentra...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:17pm
  • Get ready for another busy tourist season in the Kenai Peninsula. Projections for 2014 have called for another 2 percent increase with an estimated 500,000 peninsula visitors, said Shanon Hamrick, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. Hamrick said she is expecting reco...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:27pm
  • Increased oil and gas activity are driving the central Kenai Peninsula real estate market, according to local realtors. “Overall, we’re seeing an increase in productivity, we’re seeing an increase in interest,” said RE/MAX real estate agent Glenda Feeken. “We’re so much more positive tha...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:26pm
  • SVT Health and Wellness employees give a shout-out to National Wear Red Day, Feb. 7, promoting awareness of women and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women across the country and the second leading cause of death in Alaska....

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:36pm
  • Commercial and recreational fishermen in the United States are hoping that an amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Act will address a misnaming issue that has unjustly penalized the fishing industry. The proposed amendment is contained in the draft, called Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasi...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:33pm
  • In the fall of 2013 a wave of announcements for development in the Nikiski industrial area began making its way to shore. With Nikiski as the top choice for a liquefied natural gas plant for the Alaska LNG Project and Agrium and ConocoPhillips applying for permits to restart operations, an economic ...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:32pm
  • While job growth has risen steadily in the past few years, a state economist predicts a slight decrease in job growth for the Kenai Peninsula in 2014. Alyssa Shanks, economist for the Alaska Department of Labor, presented her projections at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 15. Compared t...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:27pm
  • Christian Community Church in Homer will offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning Tuesday....

    Mon, 02/17/2014 - 5:20pm
  • In a bit of internal accounting, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday meeting approved in a 6-0 vote a transfer of $300,000 from the general fund to the Port and Harbor Enterprise Fund. The transfer was part of completing a financing package to build a new Port and Harbor Building estimated ...

    Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:44pm
  • The city of Homer will not appeal a ruling last month by Superior Court Judge Huguelet in favor of Ken Castner, the condominium owner who challenged the city’s assessment rules for condominium in the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District. Castner filed a lawsuit against assessing individua...

    Thu, 02/13/2014 - 5:29pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District   Chapman School Feb. 14: Volleyball at Cook Inlet Academy, 4 p.m. Feb. 15: Wrestling at Seward. Feb. 17: Volleyball at Ninilchik, 4 p.m. Feb. 19...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:27pm
  • GoodForAlaskaBlog.com is holding a public speaking contest for middle and high school Alaska students. The theme is “Good for Alaska!” Participants will write an essay and present it publicly. It must highlight something the students would like to help change in their community or in the state.&...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:26pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is holding a public budget meeting at the Homer High School library at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Lassie Nelson at 907-714-8838....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:25pm
  • The BP Teachers of Excellence program is seeking nominations by Feb. 14. The program is open to teachers statewide and nominations are accepted online at bpteachers.com.  ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:25pm
  • At a drama, debate and forensics meet at Service High School in Anchorage Jan. 31-Feb....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:24pm
  • Make that not one, but two artists at McNeil Canyon Elementary School. Musician Johnny Bushell, who performs under the name “Johnny B,” and author Sharon Bushell just completed a residency that has kindergarteners through sixth-graders well versed in the creative flow. The double residency, a br...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:24pm
  • If you think the 2014 Homer Winter Carnival is over, well, think again. The organizers spent three months planning and assembling an over-the-top “Opening Ceremonies” event which had to be rescheduled to this Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at Mariner Park on the Spit because of snow. This being Ho...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:22pm
  • You know that saying it isn’t over until somebody sings? Well, whoever said it must have been talking about the 2014 Homer Winter Carnival. When an unexpected storm slammed Homer last Friday, organizers for this year’s festivities — Dax Radtke and Dean and Genny Miller — made a last-minute c...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:01pm

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