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  • In a unanimous vote, the Homer Advisory Planning Commission last week approved a conditional-use permit to allow a 160-foot microwave tower to be built on Easy Street off Skyline Drive. The commission initially had voted 4-2, one vote shy of the supermajority city code requires to approve conditiona...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 4:16pm
  • After listening to public testimony and making a handful of amendments, the Homer City Council, minus council member Beau Burgess who was excused, passed the city’s 2014 budget on Monday.  The amendments included: • $19,000 for the Homer Foundation, to come from budget surplus; • $20,000 ...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 4:15pm
  • Homer area residents, both young and old, gathered at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center tree-lighting last week, to visit with Santa and let him know what they wanted to find under the tree come Christmas morning. ...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 4:13pm
  • The sometimes polarized communities of the Kenai Peninsula came together this week to oppose House Bill 77. During a hearing in Soldotna on Monday, without exception, the public expressed displeasure for two portions of HB77: the removal of public input on permits and the loss of personal access to ...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 4:05pm
  • Homer Middle School’s band — including (from left) Spencer Warren, Emily Baylink, Nick Gilliam, Hunter Henley, Joel Carroll and Saul Arrazcaeta — perform at South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care Unit on Dec. 5....

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:34pm
  • School Events KPBSD Dec. 20, 23-Jan. 3: No school.   Chapman School Dec. 16: Winter concert, 7 p.m.   Fireweed Academy (grades K-6) Dec. 18: Grinch Party...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:33pm
  • With a dozen schools participating in the Dimond High DDF Tournament at Anchorage’s Dimond High School, Homer High School’s Drama Debate and Forensics team brought home an impressive handful of awards: Second place, duo interpretation: Jonas Noomah and Evan Boyer; Fourth...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:32pm
  • In up-to-the-end excitement, the Homer Middle School Robotics team, Your Mama’s Llamas, took first place in the Kenai Peninsula competition Saturday. “They did really well,” said Margi Blanding, advisor for the HMS team. “(Competition) went right up to the end. It was really touch and go.”...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:31pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the sixth story in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”   In the continuing saga of Kenai River king salmon management during the current period of low abundance, counting the number of fish coming into the river...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 1:35pm
  • Halibut fishermen are bracing for another huge quota cut after the International Pacific Halibut Commission staff presented a rather grim stock assessment at their interim meeting in Seattle last week. While there is no longer a “staff recommendation,” staff members do present a...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 1:24pm
  • The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Monday that Southeast and Southcentral Alaska halibut fishermen will be managed under new allocation rules in 2014. Under the new catch sharing plan, or CSP, commercial and charter operators in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska will have a combined cat...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 1:15pm
  • The Homer High School Mariner hockey game with Wasilla scheduled for today has been canceled due to weather conditions. Icy roads and freezing rain have resulted in closed some schools across Southcentral Alaska, including the Mat-Su Borough and Anchorage. The following hockey games at the Kevin Bel...

    Thu, 12/05/2013 - 3:05pm
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    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:58pm
  • With the high level of attention received by House Bill 77, Sen. Peter Micciche has requested public meetings with leadership of the Department of Natural Resources and Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Two have been scheduled: • Dec. 9 in Soldotna with DNR Deputy Commissioner E...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:39pm
  • Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student as a “Mariner on the Move” per year based on scholarships and citizenship. Nominees and their families are invited to a celebration catered by the HHS culinary arts class. First quarter winners are (from left): ...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:26pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 11: APC meeting, room 103, 4:30 p.m. Fireweed Academy (grades 3-6) Dec. 13: Ethnic lunch, noon; Mediterranean.   Homer High Sch...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:26pm
  • Alaska State Troopers last week charged an Anchor Point man with the theft of a Dodge Durango from an Anchorage parking lot in May. Troopers found the truck on May 12 after it had been abandoned in a car crash on Coleman Lantern Avenue in Anchor Point. Dylan C. Adkins, 24, is charged with first-degr...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:26pm
  • Homer Police said a man arrested on Sunday for stealing a Subaru Forester is a suspect in other recent burglaries and break-ins. Police charged Lucky Ackerman, 35, with first-degree vehicle theft, a felony, but other charges may be forthcoming for burglary and theft, said Homer Police Sgt. Lary Kuhn...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:23pm
  • A one-of-a-kind quilt by Elaine Grabowski titled “Learning Is Fun” was raffled by Fireweed Academy on Wednesday, with Mindy Hunter holding the winning ticket. About 840 tickets were sold, raising more than $2,800. Teachers and parents have yet to decide specifically how the proceeds will benefit...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:23pm
  • The entire Paul Banks Elementary School student body — all 190 pre-kindergarten through second-grade students — filled the Mariner Theatre stage Monday morning to put the finishing touches on “A Bear-y Merry Holiday.” With props for the upcoming production of the Nutcracker pushed to the sid...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:22pm

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