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  • Homer was once a small community with no road system, no water and sewer, no harbor, no gas line, and many of the modern amenities we enjoy today. In order for those advances to have taken place over the last 50 years, I can only imagine the lively discussions and differences of opinions that took p...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:59pm
  • My name is Gus VanDyke. I am a 21-year Alaskan, the last 17 years in Homer. I was born and raised in Northwest Oregon. My wife and I vacationed in Alaska in April of 1992. We were so impressed by Alaska and its people when our all to short time in the state came to an end, we returned home and quit ...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:58pm
  • My name is Corbin Arno, and I was born and raised in our beautiful town of Homer and I am now raising my wonderful family here. ...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:56pm
  • The children of Alaska should be our top priority, their health, safety, education and their future. As stakeholders in our state we are responsible for meeting these needs. None of them are optional, and I am sure we all agree that these are necessities for our children, especially if it is for the...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:53pm
  • The HERC — Homer Education and Recreational Complex — was the Homer City Council’s topic du jour Monday. Bringing it to center stage were the council’s plans to request state funding for a new public safety building that would put one roof over the heads of Homer’s police, firefighters and...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:49pm
  • The public had an opportunity on Tuesday to hear the four candidates for Homer City Council give answers to five prepared questions at a forum sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Held at the Kachemak Community Center, Corbin Arno, Justin Arnold, Gus VanDyke and incumbent B...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:47pm
  • JUNEAU — A May 2013 report commissioned by the Pebble Limited Partnership indicates that the proposed Pebble mine would have a substantial effect on Alaska’s economy. The partnership considers the Pebble deposit to be one of the largest of its kind in the world. Alaska economist Scott Goldsmith ...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:18pm
  • KODIAK — A former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has submitted his resignation as a fisheries consultant for the city of Kodiak and the Kodiak Island Borough. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Denby Lloyd’s last day will be Oct. 16. He will become the executive director of ...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:18pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Joe Balash has been named as the acting commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Gov. Sean Parnell announced the appointment in a statement Tuesday. The position became vacant Tuesday when Commissioner Dan Sullivan’s resignation became effective. There is speculati...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:17pm
  • Anchorage locavore Saskia Esslinger and others who participated in the Alaska Food Challenge want more residents to think Alaska before they eat. For a year, Esslinger and her family tried to eat only Alaska food. She talked about her experiences and gave advice to others who would like to do the sa...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 5:11pm
  • The little sign in the window at 158 West Pioneer Ave., Suite F, advertises “socks, books, music.” That diverse offering sums up what you can expect when you step inside Lindianne’s Music Garden. ...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 4:56pm
  • By KYRA WAGNER FOR THE HOMER NEWS This summer has been a good one. The warmth we experienced that lasted for months rather than moments left its mark on the size and quantity of produce down at the Homer Farmers’ Market. Recently we have had more rain, but thankfully not ...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 3:28pm
  • Electric utilities in the Interior-Southcentral region known as the “railbelt” are studying plans for $1 billion in necessary upgrades to the regional electrical grid. This is in addition to $1 billion in new power generation plants that have been built or are under construction, state and utili...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 3:27pm
  • 1. What is the most important role of a school board member and why do you want the job?  Sunni Hilts: I believe the most important role of a school board member is to be a voice of those I represent to the board of education and the school district and to brin...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 9:46am
  • 1. What do you see as the most important role of a Homer City Council member and why do you want the job?  Corbin Arno: The most important role of a council member is being a voice for the people. I want this job because I don’t see government working for the...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 9:41am
  • At a ceremony tonight at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, the Alaska Conservation Foundation will recognize winners of the 28th annual Conservation Achievement Awards.  Two of the recipients, Roberta Highland and Justice Sky, are from Homer.  ...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 8:42am
  • KODIAK — The Alaska Marine Highway System has begun looking for a consultant to design the ferry that will replace the Tustumena. The estimated cost of a ship to replace the 49-year-old Tustumena is between $175 million and $210 million. While getting a replacement for the Tustumena is a priority,...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 8:39am
  • Nearly 63 percent of voters polled are in favor of a likely 2014 ballot initiative that would prohibit mining in Bristol Bay, according to an opinion poll released by Anchorage-based Hays Research Group. Almost 24 percent said they would oppose the ballot initiative....

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 5:18pm
  • When it comes to the M/V Tustumena’s long-overdue return to service, absence is not only making hearts of Seldovia residents grow fonder, it also has created a hardship for residents and businesses in communities the state ferry serves....

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 5:18pm
  • While the Kenai Peninsula Borough has several initiatives on its ballot, the city of Homer keeps its simple with one question: “Shall Homer City Code Chapter 5.42 prohibiting sellers from providing customers with disposable shopping bags be repealed?”  A yes vote repeals the plastic bag ban...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 5:13pm

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