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  • If Beauregard Burgess, 30, represents the Millennial generation of Homer City Council candidates, Robert “Bob” Howard, 73, anchors the cusp of the Baby Boomer end. Born in 1944 in Turlock, Calif., he went through one of the quintessential experiences of his generation, the University of Californ...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:11am
  • With Homer City Council member Francie Roberts not running for re-election, council member Beauregard Burgess is the only incumbent in the two-seat race. Appointed in April 2012 and then elected that fall to a 3-year term, he’s also the only candidate who has run for political office....

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:09am
  • Editor's note: The names of Donna Aderhold's two stepchildren have been corrected. The daughter of a civil engineer who moved his family around the United States from project to project, Donna Aderhold, 53, said her diverse geographic background exposed her to a lot of different points of view and c...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:08am
  • Despite an attempted torching on Friday night and destruction of the Burning Basket early Sunday at Mariner Park, volunteers rallied Sunday afternoon to rebuild “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening.” The 12th annual event happened as scheduled, with about 150 people visiting the repai...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:03am
  • Homer and halibut go hand in hand. After all, anyone can see from the top of Baycrest hill that Homer is the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.”. So when the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) was deciding on a place to hold the first annual Halibut Festival, Homer was an easy choice....

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:40am
  • People who have been watching the Homer City Council for the past five years might have seen a shift in the council’s make-up. With the election of Catriona Reynolds in 2014 and Beauregard Burgess in 2012, the council has changed from middle-aged and senior members to people under 50, some with ch...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:33am
  • Homer property owners who missed the Sept. 1 deadline to make Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District payments got a 35-day grace period. At Monday’s Homer City Council meeting, the council passed on the consent agenda a memorandum setting a new deadline without penalties for property owners...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:29am
  • At meetings in Homer and Ninilchik last week, Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck laid out the cold, hard facts. Like a sourdough looking to get through the winter with half a food cache full of moose, Alaska has a fiscal gap it has to close in three years before its savings res...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:27am
  • Enrollment for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is hovering at 90 fewer students than originally projected, which may mean a nearly $1 million cut to expected local and state funding for the 2015–2016 school year. Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones discussed a one-day snapshot from the...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:26am
  • In this year’s Homer City Council race, the buzzword might be “diversity.” Several candidates cited the desire for a more balanced council as why they’re running. “I want to see more of an evened-out council,” said candidate Joni Wise, 35 and the mother of five children. “I believe you...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:25am
  • Homer Flex School will open its doors to the public from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, for its annual Open House. Produce from the school garden will be served, and school officials will be giving tours of both the garden and the school. The school’s new Mental Health Counselor, Agusta Lin...

    Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:16pm
  • Despite an attempted torching on Friday night and destruction of the Burning Basket early Sunday at Mariner Park, artists on Sunday morning said they will rebuild “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening.” “We are going to still have a Burning Basket,” said artist Mavis Muller, the fa...

    Sun, 09/13/2015 - 12:15pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a petition Sept. 1 to establish a gas line in the Diamond View Estates community off Diamond Ridge Road in Homer....

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:25am
  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center has three workshops planned for September. All of them will be at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Sept. 14 — Start A Business: This workshop is designed for people thinking about starting their own business. It covers ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:24am
  • All government and school facilities in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will soon have access to an online system for chemical safety information. After an August 2014 Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection showed deficiencies in the Bear Creek volunteer fire station, the borough faced...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:24am
  • A new full-service community medical center is slated to open in Kenai. A federal grant to the Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska, a Soldotna-based nonprofit that already operates two facilities that provide dental, behavioral health, psychiatric and medical services, will fund the center...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:23am
  • The State of Alaska has promised to wire Cook Inlet Energy LLC — a subsidiary of Miller Energy Resources — a $6.4 million partial tax credit payment as the company works its way through an involuntary bankruptcy case....

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:22am
  • The Alaska Marine Safety Education Associ-ation, or AMSEA, will offer a 12-hour fishing vessel drill conductor workshop in Homer from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the the Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway. ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:21am
  • The Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s big boat nightmare might finally be over. Borough Manager John Moosey got approval from the Mat-Su Assembly last week to sell the M/V Susitna ferry for $1.75 million to the Philippine Red Cross. “I’m elated that this ship will be put to the noble work of saving ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:20am
  • 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

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