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  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission made the hard choice last week and slashed quotas in several areas. The quota for the commercial longline fishery in Alaska waters is 16.75 million pounds, a drop of 23 percent from 2013. Here is the commercial quota breakdown by area: • 2C, Sou...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:06pm
  • By Molly Dischner Morris News Service - Alaska  SEATTLE — Commercial and charter halibut fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula will see a reduced catch in 2014 under limits announced Jan. 17 at the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s annual meeting. The commissio...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:47pm
  • From Chapman School preschoolers noted for behaving responsibly and kindergarteners recognized for being caring to the school’s basketball team and straight-A students, Chapman’s K-8 student body received certificates and loud applause Tuesday.  Undaunted when the lights temporarily went ou...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:50pm
  • Student News: Dana Olesch of Homer has been named to the Beloit College dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list a student must carry a semester grade point average of 3.4 or higher and take a minimum of three letter-graded cour...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:50pm
  • With the biggest team they’ve ever had — 33 going to tournaments — the Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensics team is headed to Anchorage’s East High School for a two-day tournament on Friday and Saturday. “We’ve been very successful, not just in competition, but also in funct...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:48pm
  • A Homer Electric Association lineman was medevaced to Seattle Jan. 8 following an electrical accident. Jacob Adams, 33, of Anchor Point, was at the burn unit of Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, but was released Jan. 12, a medical center spokesperson said.  Adams is getting outpatient care fr...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:22pm
  • Using some old-fashioned detective work combined with modern cell-phone records tracing, Homer Police about 8 p.m. on Friday arrested a Homer man they said robbed at gunpoint the Grog Shop on Dec. 26. Michael R. McClendon, 29, was taken without incident near his Main Street home. He’s charged with...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:19pm
  • Empty desks at school and work, people hacking and coughing at medical clinics, and a run on cough syrup, tissues and pain relievers are all signs of the season — the flu season, that is. Last week, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Epidemiology, released its latest ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:15pm
  • A gray-capped rosy finch feeds at a bird feeder on Diamond Ridge last Saturday. The blue behind it is a tarp on a woodshed. The finch was part of a large flock of about 100 feeding in the area. Rosy finches were one of 54 species counted last month during the annual Homer Christmas Bird Count....

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:13pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER The Homer City Council on Monday introduced an ordinance that would ask voters again if they want to repeal a seasonal exemption on sales taxes for nonprepared foods. ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:12pm
  • Isn't it fun living in a small town? You may have heard by now the rumors around town that there will be a fire-breathing dragon at the Homer Winter Carnival opening ceremonies. Lol. Not true. Well, sort of true. You'll have to come to Karen Hornaday Park Friday night — that’s Feb. 7 — to find...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:10pm
  • Despite an interruption from nature, construction for the new $6 million Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna is on schedule with the completion date set for the end of September. A bald eagle nesting in the project area halted construction on the building for 45 days late last ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:52pm
  • JUNEAU — The group behind an effort to repeal Alaska’s oil tax law raised about $34,000 during the last three months of 2013. Vote Yes-Repeal the Giveaway ended the year with nearly $23,000 on hand. For the campaign so far, the group reported raising more than $100,000, according to its latest f...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:51pm
  • With the approval of two different applications required for the Central Peninsula Hospital expansion plan last week, the project is moving forward. The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services approved CPH’s Certificate of Need on Jan. 8 giving it the OK to build the 87,981-square...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:50pm
  • The Parnell administration remains committed to growing opportunity for Alaskans. As we look ahead to 2014, our economists forecast Alaska adding 1,500 jobs — 2,400 new private sector jobs, diminished some by a decline of 900 government jobs....

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:49pm
  • JUNEAU — Bills that would ax recommended salary increases for top state officials, institute crisis training programs for schools and limit use of drones by law enforcement were among the first wave of legislation filed Friday ahead of the upcoming legislative session....

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:47pm
  • If Sen. Hollis French has his way, the convening of the Legislature Jan. 21 will be day one of the campaign to repeal the oil tax reform bill that passed last year. French, an Anchorage Democrat, will also be the Senate’s new Minority Leader after Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, who held that posi...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:47pm
  • As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Homer News will host this week’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. The party will be from 5-7 p.m. today at VBS Specialty Stoves, located at Pioneer Avenue and Bartlett Street. Additional parking will be at the Pratt Museum. The ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:43pm
  • Happy New Year, fellow residents. The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center was closed for two weeks over the holidays but I was in the office quite a bit, staying ahead of the work I knew would pile up, and getting those things done that could not wait for my “holiday” to be over. This ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:42pm
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission kicked off its 2014 annual meeting on Monday with newly reappointed commissioner Jim Balsinger acknowledging the concern and anxiety surrounding halibut stocks. “The biggest concern of course is the status of Pacific halibut,” he said. “To put it in...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:40pm

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