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  • Even though he finished 255 votes behind Bryan Zak, the second-place candidate in the Homer City Council election, Justin Arnold last Friday filed an application asking for a hand recount of the Oct. 1 city election. Zak, a two-term incumbent council member, won re-election last week when the Canvas...

    Mon, 10/07/2013 - 2:07pm
  • In a squeaker of an election, after the city elections canvass board tallied absentee and other votes on Friday, incumbent Homer City Council member Bryan Zak made up a 4-vote deficit in unofficial results to win re-election. Zak has been elected to a third term, winning with 547 votes over Corbin A...

    Fri, 10/04/2013 - 1:00pm
  • An early morning fire on Thursday 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. On Friday, Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as Andres "Andy" Afonasiev of Nikolaevsk. Next of kin has been...

    Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:17am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Oct. 11: picture retakes. Oct. 18: Inservice, no school.   Fireweed Academy (grades K-2) Oct. 9: School picture day, 9 a.m. Oct. 1...

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 10:24am
  • On the search for more learning, the first-grade students from Paul Banks Elementary School, accompanied by teachers and four parents, tapped into the rich resource of their community Sept. 19. Their search led to the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and, for the 16 students in teacher Wendy Todd’s...

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 10:22am
  • Charlie Gibson wasn’t so sure he would enjoy volunteer work with Hospice of Homer. “I thought it was going to be depressing, but it’s not,” said Gibson, who has found his niche moving equipment for hospice’s equipment loan program. “It always feels good,” he said. Gibson, who has worke...

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 10:17am
  • One incumbent lost, another kept his seat and the one open seat went to the less conservative candidate of the two running for office. In District 7, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Brent Johnson fended off two challengers in Central Kenai Peninsula to retain his seat. Looking to oust the fi...

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 10:15am
  • Buccaneer Alaska has not decided on where to moor the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence after the end of operations this fall. The city and port of Homer have been encouraging Buccaneer to dock the rig at the Deep Water Dock, as happened last winter, and have written letters of support fo...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:56pm
  • Late last week, Buccaneer Energy announced that “all outstanding approvals and permits have been granted” for the company’s drilling operations on its West Eagle Unit off East End Road approximately 20 miles east of Homer....

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:47pm
  • The failure of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Monday to pass a continuing resolution funding the federal government has shut down some federal offices in Homer, including the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The U.S. Coast Guard is not affected and will continue duties,...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:46pm
  • A Homer surfer rides a wave near high tide on the Spit in Tuesday afternoon’s sunshine.  With cloudy skies forecast by the National Weather Service, it may be awhile before area residents — and surfers — catch another glimpse of the sun....

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:42pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer With 29 of 30 precincts reporting on Tuesday’s Municipal Election, Kenai Peninsula voters gave a loud “yes” on an increase that more than doubles the existing property tax exemption and “yes” to a school bond that will bring a ne...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:40pm
  • Homer businessman Gus VanDyke leads the Homer City Council election with 544 votes. One of two candidates endorsed by Homer Voice for Business, the other endorsed candidate, Corbin Arno, is in a tight race for a second seat against incumbent council member Bryan Zak. Arno is just four votes ahead, w...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:38pm
  • 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....

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:08pm
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Nabors Alaska Services Corp. to acquire a 100 percent ownership interest in its subsidiary, Peak Oilfield Service Co. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, but is expected to close in th...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:08pm
  • With the Affordable Care Act beginning, all Americans must obtain health insurance. For many, navigating the new health insurance marketplace can be intimidating. That’s where Emiley Sue Faris comes in. Faris is the outreach enrollment coordinator at SVT Health & Wellness in Homer. Along with ...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:07pm
  • Film industry insiders say Alaska’s film production tax credit is essential to continuing production in state, as it offsets some of the unavoidable costs associated with doing business in Alaska. “The Frozen Ground,” a feature film that depicts the 1983 manhunt for serial killer Robert Hansen...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:02pm
  • As the leaves turn and snowflakes begin to replace rain in some parts of Alaska, tourism industry officials across the state are reporting a strong summer season. Though the season is not completely over, preliminary numbers indicate the predicted return to 1 million cruise passengers in the state t...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:00pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed Susan Cushing of Homer to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, according to a Sept. 27 press release from the governor’s office. The council provides planning and coordination of services to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their ...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 11:58am
  • It sure is a good thing we have amazing growers in this area.  Just in case you haven’t finished putting up sauerkraut and kimchi or haven’t had your fill of cauliflower and carrots or if you still need to fill your root cellar (or just a cool space in the back of your garage) with potatoes...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 11:50am

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