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  • On Saturday night, join Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT) and raise a toast to some of the Kenai Peninsula’s finest forward thinkers.  Twenty-five years ago, a group of people got together and formed Alaska’s first land trust dedicated to helping private land owners preserve naturally, re...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:43pm
  • Former Homer City Manager and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Ronald Drathman, 71, died Feb. 27 of natural causes at South Peninsula Hospital. A memorial service was held on March 5 at the Homer Elks Lodge....

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:35pm
  • The aurora borealis glow on the northern horizon last Thursday as seen from Diamond Ridge. For forecasts of aurora activity, visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute’s website at ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:33pm
  • At a meeting and public hearing Thursday night, the Homer Public Arts Committee didn’t just reject the idea of putting a bust of Brother Asaiah Bates in WKFL Park. It recommended not accepting into the city art collection at all a proposed donation of the $18,500 bronze bust.  John Nazarian, ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:33pm
  • Facing bigger state funding deficits than expected, last week the House Subcommittee on Fish & Game cut general funding for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve — zeroing out a $175,000 appropriation for the first Alaska reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and potentially sh...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:31pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — President Barack Obama has proposed cutting the funding for the federal coordinator’s office for Alaska gas line projects....

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:21am
  • During national Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, South Peninsula Hospital is offering incentives to support colonoscopy cancer screenings. Dr. Greg Hough, general surgeon, is offering free colonoscopy consultations during March, a savings of up to $300. A free $20 token to the Homer Farmers’ Mar...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:20am
  • Enstar Natural Gas has started its 2014 construction season with continued work on the city of Homer natural gas distribution line. The focus of this year’s work is on the western and northern parts of the city and the Homer Spit. Everyone in the city should have access to gas by the end of the co...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:19am
  • Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and City Manager Walt Wrede will be the guest speakers at the March luncheon meeting of the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will begin at noon Tuesday at The Alibi, 453 E. Pioneer Ave. Wythe and Wrede will present the “State of the City” address. Lunch is available ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:19am
  • JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said Monday that Alaskans should never amend the state constitution as a “fix” for education. Proposed constitutional amendments pending before state lawmakers would allow for public money to be used for private or religious schools. Supporters see this as a way ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:18am
  • Partnering with industry on a major gas pipeline and natural gas liquefaction plant will expose the state to multi-billion-dollar cash calls from 2019 through 2024 while the project is in construction. Those also are the years when the state’s liquid cash reserves will be nearing exhaustion if the...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:15am
  • Minority Democrats in the Legislature unveiled their vision of an oil tax system should voters this summer roll back the tax structure lawmakers approved last year. It includes the idea of the state getting directly into the oil business by allowing the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Autho...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:12am
  • A bright afternoon winter sun comes through the large windows in South Peninsula Hospital’s cafeteria. An equally bright smile is on the face of Stephanie Harry.  Cloth in hand, Harry ensures traces of tables’ previous occupants are wiped away, leaving a clean surface for the next people ch...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:08am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed two former oil industry employees to the board that sets the tax value of the trans-Alaska pipeline system, raising concerns about fairness from the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Municipalities won a huge victory last month, when the Alaska Supreme Court fo...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:02am
  • JUNEAU — A North Pole Republican is trying to change the Alaska Landlord and Tenant Act for the first time since the early 1990s. House Bill 282, sponsored by Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, includes minor technical updates and serious alterations to the tenant act, such as a section authorizing...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:02am
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced plans to lower the bycatch limits for halibut in the Gulf of Alaska for the trawl and hook and line fisheries effective either immediately or phased in over the next three years. Hook and line catcher processors will see a 7 percent reduc...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:59am
  • JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee on Monday proposed a $9.1 billion state operating budget, about $1.3 billion less than the authorized level of spending at the start of the current fiscal year. The proposal also is more than $3 billion less than what Gov. Sean Parnell put forth. Parnell’s pr...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:57am
  • Former Homer City Manager and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Ronald Drathman, 71, died last Thursday of natural causes at South Peninsula Hospital. There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Homer Elks Lodge....

    Mon, 03/03/2014 - 2:47pm
  • At a meeting and public hearing Thursday night, the Homer Public Arts Committee didn't just reject the idea of putting a bust of the late Brother Asaiah Bates in WKFL Park. It recommended not accepting into the city art collection at all a proposed donation of the $18,500 bronze bust. John Nazarian,...

    Fri, 02/28/2014 - 3:35pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre announced Tuesday that he plans to run for re-election. “I care very deeply about the Kenai Peninsula Borough,” Navarre said at the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce luncheon at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. “I’ve got a lot of ex...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:36pm

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