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  • Let there be no doubt about it: Fishing season isn’t over. Just ask the cash-winning anglers in the 17th annual Homer Elks Winter King Salmon Derby.  In spite of a little wind and choppy water, 117 entrants signed up for the two-day event, according to Mike Parish, the derby committee chairma...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:58am
  • The State of Alaska has created a database with more than 8 million acres of land listed in it to speed up the process of Alaska Native Allotment Act claims. The database, which will be shared with the Bureau of Land Management, is expected to help Alaska Natives whose claims have not been fulfilled...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:39am
  • Although Homer city officials said they hoped the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence would moor at the Deep Water Dock this winter, the rig has moved to English Bay near Port Graham, Dean Gallegos, executive chairman of Buccaneer Energy Limited, said in a press release on Tuesday. The Ende...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:38am
  • The final ballots were reviewed Tuesday and numbers show voters re-elected Mayor Pat Porter to serve the city of Kenai. Porter received 633 total votes, and candidate Bob Molloy came in at 600, for a 33-vote difference. At the close of the Oct. 1 Election Day, Porter had a 32-vote lead on Molloy. Th...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:52pm
  • A Homer woman had a brief scare late last month when Homer Police said a drunk man tried to get into her van parked at a Pioneer Avenue church. Police arrested David Craig, 21, for fourth-degree assault and attempted second-degree criminal trespass. Police said Craig had a preliminary breath-test re...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:51pm
  • The six-member Canvass Board of the Kenai Peninsula Borough met Tuesday to tally 1,295 questioned, absentee and special needs ballots, as well as those from by-mail or fax precincts, of the Oct. 1 regular election. Those votes, combined with those counted on election night, were presented to the bor...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:33pm
  • Investigators have not yet determined the cause of a fire last Thursday that killed a 46-year-old man at a Nikolaevsk home. After putting out the fire, firefighters found the remains of the man in the single-story ranch home.  Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as Andres “Andy” Afo...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:26pm
  • The recent theft and damage done to the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Pioneer Avenue has some good news and some bad news. First, the good news is that the September break-in most likely was not a forerunner of similar acts that sometimes increase in the area as winter approaches....

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:21pm
  • Homer might not have the brilliant reds of New England maple trees, but the golds and yellows of birches and cottonwood trees provide equally glorious fall colors....

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:17pm
  • In a squeaker of an election, incumbent Homer City Council member Bryan Zak made up a four-vote deficit in unofficial election day results to win re-election to a third term.  After the city elections canvass board tallied absentee and other votes last Friday, and after a recount on Tuesday, Za...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:15pm
  • Student news Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., has annouced the enrollment of two students from Homer for the fall 2013 semester: Connor McCarron is majoring in environmental studies; Garrett Hoanin’s major is unclassified.   Kena...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 2:24pm
  • Meet Homer High School’s exchange students: Maximiano “Max” Mangue Jr. of Mozambique; Yusra Sahi of the Philippines and Sebastian Talamas Jr. of Bolivia. “Our current exchange students are sweet, respectable young men and women,” said Principal Doug Waclawski. “I’m glad they chose to c...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 2:21pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce October Business After Hours event, formerly the chamber mixer, will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Homer Inn & Spa, 895 Ocean Loop Drive. The evening provides an opportunity to tour the spa, enjoy chocolates and light libations. The event is open to the public. I...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:01pm
  • City of Soldotna employees are going to be receiving texts from trash soon. To cut the amount of time city employees spend collecting trash from parks and recreation facilities, the city has purchased solar-powered trash bins. So far one BigBelly Solar trash compactor bin has been set up outside the...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:00pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula’s Small Business Development Center will offer three workshops in Homer in October. They will be taught by Bryan Zak, director of the center, at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. ...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:59am
  • The new federal health insurance exchange for Alaska rolled out Oct. 1 with glitches, but those were expected. Valarie Davidson, government affairs director of for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, likened it to the first day of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend on-line enrollment. “It will...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:55am
  • The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is pushing ahead with its fast-track plan to develop a small liquefied natural gas plant on the North Slope and to truck the LNG 500 miles to Fairbanks on the Dalton Highway. Jim Hemsath, AIDEA’s deputy director for project development, said h...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:53am
  • Cooper Landing resident Alec Lamberson had intended to take a furloughed government worker fishing Monday. Plans changed when he and other guides received a call and email on Oct. 3 from a Kenai National Wildlife Refuge official stating that their special use permits, which allow them to provide com...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:52am
  • The Alaska LNG project companies have selected Nikiski as the lead site for the proposed project’s plant and terminal location. ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada considered more than 20 sites for the liquefied natural gas plant, and announced Nikiski as the top choice in a Monday pres...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:36am

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