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  • Fat bikes. Fat-tire bikes. Snow bikes. Omni-terrain vehicles. Ask Chase Warren and they’re all the same. They also are the centerpiece of the Big Fat Bike Festival 2015. Warren and other members of the Homer Cycling Club have created a festival agenda that begins Friday and continues through Sunda...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:41pm
  • JUNEAU — The Juneau Assembly has tripled a tax on cigarettes, with the intent that people will think twice before shelling out more than $10 for 20 smokes. The Assembly on Monday night approved increasing the local tax to $3 a pack, up from the current $1. With an existing 5 percent sales tax and ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:27am
  • Thurmond’s celebrated a grand opening in Anchor Point on Monday, the event signaling two big changes. First, the business is now owned by Dale and Elaine Griner. Second, its new name is Thurmond’s Far West Auto, a nod to Anchor Point’s claim as the most westerly highway point in North America....

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:25am
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission boosted halibut quotas across most of the state at their annual meeting last week, reversing the downward trend of the past several years. The quota statewide for the commercial fishery is 18.47 million pounds, up from 16.75 million pounds in 2014. The br...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:24am
  • KETCHIKAN— The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has postponed a vote on a proposed ban on commercial marijuana. The Ketchikan Daily News reports assembly members on Monday voted to take a wait-and-see approach to commercial marijuana until April, after the close of the legislative session. Recre...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:14am
  • JUNEAU — President Barack Obama has proposed $1 million in funding and a change in scope for the office of federal coordinator of Alaska natural gas projects. But the proposal, for the budget year starting Oct. 1, doesn’t change plans for the office to close around the end of this month, federal...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:13am
  • If tickets could be sold to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s hearings in March on the Interior Department’s annual appropriation, it would be a sell-out crowd as Secretary Sally Jewell is sure to come in for a roasting....

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:10am
  • The fight over Kenai Loop natural gas appears to be over. Attorneys for all four parties currently involved in the dispute — Cook Inlet Region Inc., the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust Authority, the Department of Natural Resources, and AIX Energy LLC — signed a joint request for dismissal Jan. ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:10am
  • At its December meeting, South Peninsula Hospital Inc. Board of Directors welcomed Barbara Howard and Caroline Venuti as newly appointed members to the board. Howard served on the Homer City Council from 2008-2014, was a member of the hospital board from 2007-2009 and was on the hospital’s elected...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:08am
  • South Peninsula Hospital and South Peninsula Behavioral Health welcome Donna Rollins, a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in children, adolescents and young adults. Rollins received her nurse practitioner degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and mo...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:07am
  • Shawnie Olson of Homer was recently presented with the President’s Award by Dr. Susan Hammonds-White, president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, AASCB announced in a Jan. 20 press release. ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:06am
  • Homer Police have asked the public’s help in identifying the suspect in a theft about 1:05 p.m. Jan. 27 from the Homer Safeway grocery store. Police said that on Tuesday a man left the store with a basket full of items. In a video camera image of the man, he wears a dark hoody sweatshirt with a lo...

    Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:39pm
  • In an executive session, the City Manager Selection Committee on Wednesday chose four finalists for Homer City Manager. All the finalists will be interviewed telephonically by the Homer City Council in a special meeting starting at 5 p.m. Monday in the Cowles Council Chambers, City Hall. The finalis...

    Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:21pm
  • A small flock of crows fly around and roost on a driftwood log at the Mariner Park beach on Tuesday afternoon. Crows can be seen frequently on the beaches of Kachemak Bay....

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:12pm
  • Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies needs action-packer like plastic totes (heavy duty with locking handles); sturdy shelving; cotton-based, twin-sized sheets; fencing for headquarters lawn; French door; water jugs; water cooler; children’s and adult rain gear; sleeping bags; washe...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:04pm
  • KENAI — In an unusual arraignment hearing held Tuesday afternoon at the Kenai Courthouse, two brothers charged with harassment in a September 2012 Homer teen drinking party incident pleaded not guilty to new charges filed in December. However, lawyers for Anthony Resetarits, 22, and Joseph Resetar...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:27pm
  • Although the Homer City Council appropriated pay raises for council members and the mayor in the 2015 budget, an ordinance setting those raises into law failed 3-2 at the council’s regular meeting on Monday.  Council members Beau Burgess, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds voted in favor of th...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:24pm
  • Six days before the two-year statute of limitations took effect, a Homer lawyer filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the city of Homer on behalf of two families affected by a Jan. 13, 2013, sewage backup. In his complaint Michael Hough seeks damages of at least $100,000 for each family for loss...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:24pm
  • The Homer City Council on Monday approved a change to the city zoning code that would make it easier for property owners to get zoning permits when they have existing zoning violations. Under the old code, a property owner would have to fix any violations before getting a new permit. The changes now...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:24pm
  • A Homer assisted living home that appeared likely to close after some residents lost Medicaid waivers now will remain open at least several months. In a related case, a senior who had an appeal hearing scheduled for Tuesday got an extension to May and won’t face losing her benefits until then, if ...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:16pm

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