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  • Homer Middle School took second place in MathCounts regional competition in Anchorage on Feb. 8. “The eighth-graders were the official team, while the seventh graders competed as individuals,” said HMS teacher Rand Seaton. The team will move on to the state competition March 29....

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:19am
  • Sure they can read, but do they know what they’re reading? Absolutely. Proof of that pudding is the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Battle of the Books.  Taking first place were West Homer Elementary School third- and fourth-grade team of Eli Zatz, Olivia Glasman, Seamus McDonough, Ka...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:18am
  • For more than 100 years people have been doing amazing things with bicycles in Alaska. In 1898, a handful of hardy souls rode more than 1,000 miles from Dawson to Nome — well before cars, trains or even roads. ...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:14am
  • Contractors and city workers last week removed Ramp 7 from the harbor. Ramp 7 is the ramp that connects JJ float and the Seldovia Bay Ferry mooring to the Homer Harbor uplands. Seldovia Village Tribe built the ramp and improvements to JJ float for its ferry operation between Homer and Seldovia. The ...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 9:08am
  • The Homer City Council at its Monday night meeting will consider a resolution to disapprove the Homer Advisory Planning Commission’s recommendation supporting a preliminary plat for the Quiet Creek subdivision.  Council members David Lewis and Francie Roberts are sponsoring the resolution....

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:27pm
  • The city of Homer won’t appeal a decision by Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet that overturned a part of the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District treating condominium units the same as lots. The special assessment district funds construction of a natural gas distribution line th...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:18pm
  • After drilling 3,700 feet and not hitting hydrocarbons, Buccaneer Energy Alaska will abandon its West Eagle No. 1 well about 20 miles east of Homer, the company announced Monday.  Buccaneer began drilling the well at a gravel pit near Basargin Road off East End Road last month and could have dr...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:16pm
  • Participants in Homer Rising, the local version of One Billion Rising, dance at the end of the event last Friday at WKFL Park. People shared poems and honored female survivors of sexual violence. The United Nations estimates one in three women in their lifetime will be victims of sexual violence....

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:11pm
  • Where can you go to see millions of years, all in one room? On Feb. 14, the Pratt Museum held a reception for its newest exhibit “The Living Tertiary,” curated by geophysicist Geoff Coble. Fossils featuring millions of years of Homer’s natural history are the focus. Coble wants to change peopl...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:01pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — An initiative letting voters decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Alaska has met the minimum signatory requirements to be on the Aug. 19 ballot. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says in an email that about 6,000 votes remain to be checked before the initiative w...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:21pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Second Star, 5620 Kachemak Drive. Second Star, named for the location of Neverland in “Peter Pan” is a luxury rental property. ...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:21pm
  • Homer Electric will award a number of academic or vocational scholarships in 2014. The scholarships are available for high school seniors, from each of Homer Electric’s three districts, and adults wishing to continue their education.  The deadline for submitting HEA scholarship applications i...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:20pm
  • JUNEAU — Mining is good for Alaska’s economy, but while the state’s six producing mines are holding up well, and some even expanding, a sharp 38 percent drop in exploration spending last year is having ripple effects. Overall, mining employed 4,600 Alaskans directly last year and the overall e...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:17pm
  • JUNEAU — In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska’s electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. The likeliest way to reach the goal is widely believed to include a major project in southcentra...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:17pm
  • Get ready for another busy tourist season in the Kenai Peninsula. Projections for 2014 have called for another 2 percent increase with an estimated 500,000 peninsula visitors, said Shanon Hamrick, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. Hamrick said she is expecting reco...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:27pm
  • Increased oil and gas activity are driving the central Kenai Peninsula real estate market, according to local realtors. “Overall, we’re seeing an increase in productivity, we’re seeing an increase in interest,” said RE/MAX real estate agent Glenda Feeken. “We’re so much more positive tha...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:26pm
  • SVT Health and Wellness employees give a shout-out to National Wear Red Day, Feb. 7, promoting awareness of women and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women across the country and the second leading cause of death in Alaska....

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:36pm
  • Commercial and recreational fishermen in the United States are hoping that an amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Act will address a misnaming issue that has unjustly penalized the fishing industry. The proposed amendment is contained in the draft, called Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasi...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:33pm
  • In the fall of 2013 a wave of announcements for development in the Nikiski industrial area began making its way to shore. With Nikiski as the top choice for a liquefied natural gas plant for the Alaska LNG Project and Agrium and ConocoPhillips applying for permits to restart operations, an economic ...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:32pm
  • While job growth has risen steadily in the past few years, a state economist predicts a slight decrease in job growth for the Kenai Peninsula in 2014. Alyssa Shanks, economist for the Alaska Department of Labor, presented her projections at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 15. Compared t...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:27pm

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