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  • Homer High School’s mathematics teacher has added one more role to his advanced algebra and algebra readiness classes. Mark Casseri has become the school’s athletic director. “I have about 30 years of coaching experience at the high school and college level,” said Casseri, who has been at Ho...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:31pm
  • If the first week of school offers any clues, it’s going to be a busy year for Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensics team. “We had 16 new students, on top of a possible 20 from previous years. … And we’re open to anyone else who might still want to join,” said Homer High School...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:31pm
  • This is the eighth year Seldovia will be host for a fabulous display of art in motion, the annual Chainsaw Carving Competition. In past years, it has taken place during Memorial Day weekend. This year it happens today through Sunday, Labor Day weekend, when six carving teams from Palmer, Sterli...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:29pm
  • A hearing was continued to Aug. 28 in the case of Zachary Fraley, 18, the former Homer High School student charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, for allegedly placing a bomb-like device at the high school that caused an evacuation of the school on May 16. A change of plea was ...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:06pm
  • After the prosecution withdrew a plea agreement on Aug. 14  in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59, the Kenai Grand Jury last week indicted him on first-degree criminal mischief, a felony. Martushoff originally had been charged with one count of first-degree arson, also a felony, but th...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:05pm
  • A couple wanted on grand theft charges in Florida will be extradited south after Alaska State Troopers made a traffic stop on their car for a broken brake light. Michael C. Estes, 55, and Susie L. Estes, 60, were arrested on Aug. 18 by Trooper David Chaffin after a records check showed they both had...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:03pm
  • Walking down Pioneer Avenue with his German shepherd, Rick Malley is just cruising. Malley doesn’t slow down, not even to pose for a photo. He may be visually impaired, but his dog, a beautiful, lean male shepherd, leads him safely through the world. That’s his job. “I can fly with him, as fas...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:41pm
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–Fisheries officials estimated thousands of comments were received on the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan. The comment period closed Monday. Officials are reviewing comments and haven’t determined a final number. The CSP regulations would replac...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:41pm
  • What should be on the city’s list of legislative requests?  That was the topic of conversation during the Homer City Council’s work session Monday afternoon and the first item addressed during the regular meeting’s public hearing that evening. As outlined in Resolution 13-087, which would...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:37pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell on Monday signed Administrative Order (AO) 266 establishing Regulatory Efficiency Guidelines for state agencies. The order is an effort to lower costs, increase efficiency and minimize the burden on Alaskans complying with state regulations.  The guidelines will be used by sta...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:32pm
  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center offers three different workshops Sept. 16 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. • A presentation on the SBA HUBZone program will be from 10 a.m to noon. Free. Register online by Sept. 6....

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:31pm
  • Federal grants of $599,918 have been awarded to two Alaska nonprofits to provide assistance and counseling to Alaskans attempting to navigate a new federally operated health insurance exchange scheduled to become active Oct. 1. Grants were made to the United Way of Anchorage and the Alaska Native Tr...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:29pm
  • The U.S. Coast Guard will test advanced technologies including unmanned aerial and undersea vehicles for monitoring an oil spill in arctic ice in an exercise planned for September, the agency announced Aug. 15. Tests of an oil recovery system, a skimming device, also will be deployed near ice and te...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:27pm
  • The White House is setting arctic policy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is investigating locations for an arctic port. Hundreds of ships per year are passing through the Northern Sea Route over the Russian Arctic. And, until the Kulluk grounding, oil exploration in Arctic waters was ramping up. T...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:27pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital might have modern patient rooms, a birthing center, a Long Term Care home, state-of-the art radiology and imaging equipment, and a medevac helicopter pad, but until now it lacked a facility that might seem essential for healing — a quiet place to sit, meditate or pray. Tha...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:25pm
  • By KYRA WAGNER FOR THE HOMER NEWS Have you got your zucchini picked out for this weekend? It’s the Homer Farmers’ Market’s big Zucchini Festival this Saturday so you will need a nice big zuke to enter into the Zucchini Races at 1:30 p.m. Or just bring your garden vegg...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:18pm
  • The Kenai River kings seem to have met their escapement goal after all, but it was still the lowest return on record. Through Aug. 15, 17,028 kings were enumerated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s DIDSON (duel identification sonar), slightly more than the bottom of the sustainable escap...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:17pm
  • At Paul Banks Elementary School’s meet-the-teacher event Monday afternoon, the parking lot was crowded and hallways were filled with excited students and their parents, grandparents and siblings. For some, like Aiden Clark, there was excitement over being a first-grader, but he still took time to ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:36pm
  • A Utah man remains in serious condition at Providence Medical Center, Anchorage, after being injured in a car and motorhome collision last Friday afternoon. Kelly Hicks, 51, was taken by medevac to Providence after first being treated at South Peninsula Hospital....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:30pm
  • A Homer man convicted of attempting to sexually abuse a girl under age 13 faces new charges related to the same victim. Corey Rosano, 36, pleaded guilty in February on an amended charge of attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and received a sentence of eight years in prison with six suspe...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:29pm

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