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  • Empty desks at school and work, people hacking and coughing at medical clinics, and a run on cough syrup, tissues and pain relievers are all signs of the season — the flu season, that is. Last week, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Epidemiology, released its latest ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:15pm
  • A gray-capped rosy finch feeds at a bird feeder on Diamond Ridge last Saturday. The blue behind it is a tarp on a woodshed. The finch was part of a large flock of about 100 feeding in the area. Rosy finches were one of 54 species counted last month during the annual Homer Christmas Bird Count....

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:13pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER The Homer City Council on Monday introduced an ordinance that would ask voters again if they want to repeal a seasonal exemption on sales taxes for nonprepared foods. ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:12pm
  • Isn't it fun living in a small town? You may have heard by now the rumors around town that there will be a fire-breathing dragon at the Homer Winter Carnival opening ceremonies. Lol. Not true. Well, sort of true. You'll have to come to Karen Hornaday Park Friday night — that’s Feb. 7 — to find...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:10pm
  • Despite an interruption from nature, construction for the new $6 million Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna is on schedule with the completion date set for the end of September. A bald eagle nesting in the project area halted construction on the building for 45 days late last ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:52pm
  • JUNEAU — The group behind an effort to repeal Alaska’s oil tax law raised about $34,000 during the last three months of 2013. Vote Yes-Repeal the Giveaway ended the year with nearly $23,000 on hand. For the campaign so far, the group reported raising more than $100,000, according to its latest f...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:51pm
  • With the approval of two different applications required for the Central Peninsula Hospital expansion plan last week, the project is moving forward. The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services approved CPH’s Certificate of Need on Jan. 8 giving it the OK to build the 87,981-square...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:50pm
  • The Parnell administration remains committed to growing opportunity for Alaskans. As we look ahead to 2014, our economists forecast Alaska adding 1,500 jobs — 2,400 new private sector jobs, diminished some by a decline of 900 government jobs....

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:49pm
  • JUNEAU — Bills that would ax recommended salary increases for top state officials, institute crisis training programs for schools and limit use of drones by law enforcement were among the first wave of legislation filed Friday ahead of the upcoming legislative session....

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:47pm
  • If Sen. Hollis French has his way, the convening of the Legislature Jan. 21 will be day one of the campaign to repeal the oil tax reform bill that passed last year. French, an Anchorage Democrat, will also be the Senate’s new Minority Leader after Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, who held that posi...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:47pm
  • As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Homer News will host this week’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. The party will be from 5-7 p.m. today at VBS Specialty Stoves, located at Pioneer Avenue and Bartlett Street. Additional parking will be at the Pratt Museum. The ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:43pm
  • Happy New Year, fellow residents. The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center was closed for two weeks over the holidays but I was in the office quite a bit, staying ahead of the work I knew would pile up, and getting those things done that could not wait for my “holiday” to be over. This ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:42pm
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission kicked off its 2014 annual meeting on Monday with newly reappointed commissioner Jim Balsinger acknowledging the concern and anxiety surrounding halibut stocks. “The biggest concern of course is the status of Pacific halibut,” he said. “To put it in...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:40pm
  • The Homer City Council waded into statewide fisheries politics at its Monday night meeting, but it got a lot of support from the Homer salmon drift gillnet fleet to do so. In a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution urging — “strongly” urging after an amendment — the Board of Fish t...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:37pm
  • Using some old-fashioned detective work combined with modern cell-phone records tracing, Homer Police at about 8 p.m. Friday arrested a Homer man they said robbed at gunpoint the Grog Shop on Dec. 26. Michael R. McClendon, 29, was taken without incident near his Main Street home. He’s charged with...

    Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:09am
  • The city of Homer has put out a request-for-proposals for a design and construction services team to perform and design a new Public Safety building in Homer. Using what’s called the general contractor, construction manager, or GC/CM, concept, the city seeks proposals for architects and contractor...

    Fri, 01/10/2014 - 2:48pm
  • After more than an hour of public comment and discussion by Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members, the assembly on Tuesday voted down an ordinance to clarify the total amount of residential exemptions senior citizens can receive at its Tuesday meeting. The ordinance, sponsored by Borough Mayor Mi...

    Fri, 01/10/2014 - 9:48am
  • A Homer Electric Association lineman was medevaced to Seattle on Wednesday night following an electrical accident. Jacob Adams, 33, of Anchor Point, is being treated at Harborview Burn Center, Seattle. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the lineman and his family,” HEA spokesperson Joe Gallagher...

    Thu, 01/09/2014 - 1:57pm
  • The Seafarers’ Memorial statute holds a lit Christmas tree last week. Many boats in the harbor had Christmas trees as a memorial to the late Bob Moss. The Hungry Hat Gypsy Family Circus holds a bonfire and Christmas tree burn at 11 p.m. Saturday at Bishop’s Beach after its show at 6 p.m. and an ...

    Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:19am
  • After the Homer Advisory Planning Commission on Jan. 2 approved recommending a preliminary plat for a 71-lot subdivision near Homer High School, one of the commissioners voting in favor, Larry Slone, this week asked for reconsideration. The motion will be on the agenda at the planning commission’s...

    Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:51am

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