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  • Due to a new policy to be adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, students may soon be able use electronic devices during school time. Officials at KPBSD have been working since last spring to create the policy and have heard from site councils and schools. The policy committee had t...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:23pm
  • The prosecution withdrew a plea agreement last Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59. Martushoff had been charged with one count of first-degree arson, a class A felony. A change-of-plea hearing scheduled for July 29 had been continued to Aug. 8 and then Aug. 14, but on ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:18pm
  • On a drizzly Saturday afternoon at WKFL Park — a park donated to Homer by Brother Asaiah Bates, another combat veteran turned peace activist — Father Roy Bourgeois spoke quietly of his journey to social justice.  “I don’t know what can be more important than working for peace and justic...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:17pm
  • Sure it rained on Friday. And yes, the wind blew. But no, it didn’t stop the Kenai Peninsula. When the gates opened at 9:30 a.m., the public, performers and vendors were ready for some fun. Rain was exactly what Deb Greeson of Alaska Crystal Cache in Anchorage had planned for. “We know it genera...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:16pm
  • Six Kenai Peninsula schools, including three on the lower peninsula, have earned a five-star rating, the highest available, under a new state accountability system. With Alaska receiving a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind, results of that system developed by the Alaska Department of Educ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 4:56pm
  • With the closing of the filing period for city of Homer and Kenai Peninsula Borough candidates in the upcoming Oct. 1 election, four Homer residents have thrown their hats into the ring for two city council openings. Seldovia resident Sunni Hilts will be running unopposed for re-election to KPB Scho...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 4:55pm
  • Sherry Bess’ canine companion, Mayberry, receives a blessing from Reverend Lisa Talbott of Homer United Methodist Church at The Blessing of the Animals on Saturday....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 3:39pm
  • The U.S. Coast Guard has approved Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s annual recertification, allowing the organization to continue its mission of representing the citizens of Cook Inlet in promoting safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in the inlet. The council learn...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:03pm
  • Winter sports have an undeniable tourism draw for Alaska, but a recent effort in Anchorage could increase that economic impact several times over. In June, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to consider a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:01pm
  • SOLDOTNA — As several hundred people crowded around, waiting to get into the glass, steel and aluminum space housing the Kenai Peninsula College — Kenai River Campus’ new Career and Technical Education Center, Spencer Litzenberger had a different idea. The Blazy Construction Inc. worker knows ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:59pm
  • Buccaneer Energy Limited has identified a new gas zone at the Cosmopolitan well drilled by the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence off Stariski Creek and north of Anchor Point in lower Cook Inlet. The well tested 16 million cubic feet daily of natural gas....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:59pm
  • JUNEAU — Celebrity Cruises announced Tuesday it was canceling the remainder of a seven-night cruise to Alaska, plus four additional cruises, after mechanical issues forced a ship carrying more than 3,100 passengers and crew members to return to port in Ketchikan. The cruise line said in a statemen...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:58pm
  • The Anchor Point-Homer natural gas trunk line achieved an important step last Friday when Enstar Natural Gas energized the first 17 miles of the gas line from Chapman Elementary School in Anchor Point to Homer High School on Fairview Avenue....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:54pm
  • Following his and Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s recent success with Walmart Stores Inc., U.S. Sen. Mark Begich will continue his campaign requesting international food-chains stock Alaska seafood. Begich on Friday wrote Sodexo USA President and CEO George Chavel asking that the corporation serve Alas...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:53pm
  • Last year was a record one for conventions held in Anchorage. The estimated economic impact from conventions for 2012 was $104.8 million, an all-time high according to Visit Anchorage President and CEO Julie Saupe. That was nearly $5 million more than in 2011, when the impact was estimated at $99 mi...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:51pm
  • Buckets. It’s time to bring buckets with you when you come to the Homer Farmers’ Market. Sure, it’s nice if you remember to bring your own shopping bag, but at this time of the year you might as well bring your five-gallon buckets.   Or Lori Jenkins is selling tie-dyed bags that can hold ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:45pm
  • Homer has been named Google’s Alaska’s eCity for 2013. “The city of Homer is proud to be recognized as the strongest online business community in Alaska,” wrote Mayor Mary E. Beth Wythe in a statement announcing the designation. “The hardworking small business owners in Homer have found th...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:18pm
  • With the closing of the filing period for city of Homer and Kenai Peninsula Borough candidates in the upcoming Oct. 1 election, four Homer residents have thrown their hats into the ring for two city council openings. Seldovia resident Sunni Hilts will be running unopposed for re-election to KPB Scho...

    Fri, 08/16/2013 - 9:51am
  • Homer residents may catch a whiff of an unusual smell on Friday: the pungent scent of rotten eggs. On Friday morning, Enstar Natural Gas and its contractors start the process of injecting natural gas into a 17-mile, 8-inch-diameter section of the Anchor Point to Homer natural gas trunk line. As part...

    Thu, 08/15/2013 - 4:24pm
  • The founder of  SOA Watch will speak in Homer Saturday during an event planned for 1-3 p.m. at WKFL Park. “SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviole...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:24pm

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