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  • There are all kinds of ways to judge the return of spring and summer. The arrival of sandhill cranes. The shorebird migration. Fish runs. The end of school. The first cruise ship. And the opening of the Homer Farmers Market. The Market’s first day was Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sa...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:53pm
  • There are two main ways that veggies show up at the Market this early in the season. Remember, most of the veggies we like to eat were not designed to grow in our climate. So that means a farmer has to baby them. The first way to get early veggies is with cover. High tunnels have been a windfall in ...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:53pm
  • Mariners looking for the Homer Harbor office at its old location by Ramp 2 won’t have to search hard to find the new Harbor Office building. It’s that white building with the curved wall that looks like the Starship Enterprise.  Last Monday, the new 4,800-square-foot building opened for bus...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:27pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s office announced May 20 that Robert Mumford has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries. “I am pleased to announce Bob Mumford as my appointee to the Board of Fish,” Walker said. “His vast range of experience in multiple fields — as a commercia...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:18pm
  • Homer Community Food Pantry needs canned goods: fruit, vegetables, beans, chili, Spahgetti-O’s, ravioli, soups, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, refried beans and volunteers. Contact:Food Pantry at 235-1968  ...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:54am
  • Regan Baker, left, hands a Spit Sisters flier to Norma Gardner, right, of Bonbonniere, Ill., at the Deep Water Dock on Tuesday, after the M/V Statendam docked. Regan was helping out her family’s business on the Spit. The Holland American ship was the first cruise ship to dock in Homer. It next vis...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:27am
  • Debate over the value of marketing, small business development and the Kenai Peninsula’s economic development district dominated budget discussion May 19 as Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members worked to cut spending.  The FY 2015-16 budget proposal for the borough went through a second r...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:34am
  • Connections Home School Program Principal Lee Young left the school along with the 2015 graduating class. At the commencement ceremony held at Soldotna High School, Young sent off his last group of students before heading into retirement from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. “It was a ...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:18am
  •  Eight graduates turned their tassels the evening of May 18 in the Ninilchik School gymnasium. The group of friends, who have studied, shared classrooms and participated in extracurriculars together for more than a decade, huddled with arms around each other’s shoulders after their principal ...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:15am
  • This year’s halibut sport fishery has begun with both tradition and change. The tradition is the successful Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, and the change is a set of new regulations. May 15 marked the official start and the 30th anniversary of the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s popular halibut derby....

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:57am
  • Second-degree murder: guilty. Tampering with physical evidence: guilty. Self-defense: not proved. After three days of deliberation, a Homer jury last Thursday afternoon delivered those verdicts for Demarqus Green, 23, of Anchorage. Green, the jury concluded, could not claim self defense in the July ...

    Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:06pm
  • “Denied.” In a terse, five-line ruling on May 21, the Alaska Supreme Court made that judgment on the city of Homer’s petition for review of Kenai Superior Judge Charles Huguelet’s order that the city comply with his January 2014 decision in the Ken Castner v. City of Homer lawsuit....

    Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:05pm
  • After three days of deliberation, a Homer jury on Thursday afternoon found Demarqus Green, 23, of Anchorage, guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Demian Sagerser, then 40. Green had claimed self defense in the July 7, 2012, shooting of Sagerser at Sagerser’s Stariski Creek home. Green sa...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:44pm
  • His Royal Highness King Harald V of Norway visits Anchorage and Homer next week for the first visit by the king to Alaska. King Harald arrives in Anchorage on Sunday and then visits Homer and Kachemak Bay on Tuesday morning. ...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:11am
  • The cause of a gear-up aircraft landing on Saturday has not yet been determined and remains under investigation. National Transportation Safety Board investigators still have not even found if the incident involving an Alaska Air Transit charter flight caused sufficient damage to warrant NTSB review...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:06am
  • They wore XtraTuf boots, high heel shoes, sneakers and slippers. They decorated their mortarboards with stuffed animals, religious symbols and greetings. One senior wrote, “Four years for a piece of paper and a handshake.” As they walked out, they strode to John Williams’ “Imperial March,”...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:42am
  • It’s no secret people are captivated by salmon. We fish for them, hold music festivals in their honor, pay homage to them in artwork and depend on them for our livelihoods. They’re inspiring. So much so that Coowe Walker, researcher at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, has dedicated a large ma...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:46pm
  • Since December, Homer Police have investigated and charged four men in separate cases involving inappropriate or illegal sexting messages sent by cell phone or on Facebook. ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:40pm
  • “Public and permanent.” That’s the catch phrase Homer Police Sgt. Ryan Browning kept repeating in a talk on digital con- sciousness he did last month at Homer High School health and physical education classes....

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:39pm
  • Demarqus Green killed Demian Sagerser. On the night of July 7, 2012, Green, 23, pulled a 9 mm Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol on Demian Sag- erser, then 40, at Sagerser’s Stariski Creek cabin and shot him in the back and the side of his chest. Green then fled the scene, leaving Sagerser to ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:18pm

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