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  • The industry publication, “Pacific Fishing,” highlighted Homer’s port and harbor as the “Port of the Month” in the magazine’s November issue. The article focuses on the variety of vessels the harbor accommodates, the marine trades services available and other attractions for fishermen an...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:28pm
  • Homer Electric Association expects to implement a rate increase beginning Jan. 1, 2014. HEA will submit a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that increases the Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, from 5.07 cents per kilowatt hour to an estimated 6.79 cents per kilowatt hour....

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:28pm
  • The Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. CEO says the company is continuing its efforts to develop the giant Pebble minerals project southwest of Anchorage, and is encouraged about prospects for bringing in a new partner to replace Anglo American, which withdrew from the project in September. The company ...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:27pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the fifth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”   For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particula...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:23pm
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is expecting another solid sockeye salmon run in Upper Cook Inlet for 2014, but a weak return to the Susitna River may make management problematic. ADF&G is predicting a total return of 6.1 million sockeye, 3.8 million of those to the Kenai River, with a ha...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:10pm
  • JUNEAU — The state has finalized rules to help determine what oil qualifies for special tax breaks under Alaska’s new oil tax law. The law championed by Gov. Sean Parnell and passed by the Legislature earlier this year is aimed at spurring more production. Alaska relies heavily on oil revenues t...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:08pm
  • Thanksgiving dinner update  The following locations are serving dinner on Thanksgiving • Refuge Chapel, 397 E. Pioneer Ave., 2 p.m.: Come as you are to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner; everyone welcome. • Down East Saloon, 3125 East End Road, 3-6 p.m.: Free Thanksgiving dinner; bring a di...

    Wed, 11/27/2013 - 2:45pm
  • What were five Homer teenagers doing awake at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning you ask? Making their way to Lead On!, a conference hosted by Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Anchorage to teach teenagers to find and project their voices to make a difference in...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:54pm
  • When a community’s population is less than 300, two newcomers stand out. Throw in foreign accents and the differences are even more pronounced. When that community is Seldovia, however, they’re welcomed with open arms, which is exactly the welcome given to exchange students Aydana Omar, 17, of K...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:53pm
  • A dozen Homer High School students were chosen to participate in the ASAA All-State Music Festival held in Anchorage last weekend. Of those, four were first chair candidates: Kaveh Anderson, first chair candidate; Hannah Baird; Joseph Cardoz, first chair candidate; Taylor Davis; August Kilcher; Mega...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:50pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Robert Paniyak looks back wistfully to a time more than two decades ago when he and other Alaska Native youths helped scientists capture and band geese to address declining numbers of migratory waterfowl in the state’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta....

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:15pm
  • A power outage last Friday knocked out power for the Kenai Peninsula, affecting the entire Homer Electric Association service area and all 32,000 customers. The outage lasted from about 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Nov. 22. ...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:50pm
  • A Homer hunter entered a plea agreement last week with the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office admitting he hunted illegally in Denali National Park. Michael J. Barth, 29, was one of four men charged last week with the illegal take, possession and transport of two bull moose taken in the park between Se...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:49pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough has issued a reminder that it is illegal to plow snow from private property into roads, ditches and rights of way. It creates an obstruction hazard and sight problems to the traveling public and snow removal equipment. In addition to safety hazards, plowing snow into the ...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:21pm
  • The Kachemak Skeeters are holding a fundraising raffle. A $20 ticket gives participants the chance to win a .270 Winchester Model 70 rifle. The drawing is scheduled for next week. For more information, call 399-3336....

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:21pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital will begin offering free tobacco cessation support classes to the public every Tuesday evening for six weeks from Dec. 3-Jan. 7.  The classes are designed for tobacco users thinking about quitting, recent quitters and anyone wanting to stay quit. Subjects covered includ...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:20pm
  • The Homer Auxiliary Gift Shop has expanded into a new space near South Peninsula Hospital’s main entrance, to the right of registration. The shop is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and is staffed by auxiliary volunteers. All proceeds benefit the hospital. Open year-round, shoppers ca...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:19pm
  • Homer parents receive good news, bad news from Air Force son: Wounded in Afghanistan, he’ll be reunited with his family for Thanksgiving  When Erin Chambers answered the phone at 6 a.m. Nov. 16, she wasn’t surprised to hear her husband Josh’s...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:14pm
  • As natural gas line projects on the lower Kenai Peninsula wind down for the end of the construction season, contractors can check off these items on their punch list: • 22 miles of the Anchor Point to Homer Trunk Line: done; • 9 miles of the Kachemak City expansion project: done; • Phase 1, 37...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:13pm
  • Money, money, money. Where to get it? How to spend it? With the city’s 2014 budget before them, those were the questions guiding Homer’s six council members and mayor during a work session, Committee of the Whole meeting and regular council meeting Monday. Mayor Beth Wythe drew the first line in...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:07pm

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