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  • 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
  • Staff from the office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, will visit Homer and Ninilchik on Friday to expand constituent outreach and response across. During mobile office hours members of Murkowski’s staff will meet with constituents and community leaders to collect casework requests and listen to ...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:23pm
  • Homer City Council member Bryan Zak has filed as a city council candidate in the upcoming Oct. 1 election. Two council seats are on the ballot, each a three-year term: the seat currently held by Zak and the seat currently held by James Dolma. Also declaring their candidacy for the two council seats ...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:22pm
  • There’s been a lot of talk about green dots lately — and red dots. The phrase “green dot” might sound like social-worker speak, but the message of the concept really comes down to one thing. Starting now, starting today, starting with a group of civic leaders, there is a new attitude in town...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:22pm
  • After a year of work by a citizen task force, the Homer City Council on Monday passed a resolution changing the water-sewer rates to what’s largely a commodity based model — everyone pays the same rate for a gallon of water and a gallon of treated sewage.  The new rates take effect Jan. 1.&...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:18pm
  • With no budget for travel to hold an information workshop or take public comments at a hearing, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries officials held an informal audioconference presentation on Tuesday night on the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan. Participants had the chance t...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:16pm
  • Last Friday on her 40th birthday, a San Diego cold-water, open-ocean swimmer did what only six other people, including three other women, have done: swim across Kachemak Bay. With her partner Al Bremer paddling alone beside her in a bright-yellow kayak, Claudia Rose pushed off from the beach by Land...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:14pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Aug. 27: School board candidate orientation, District Office, Soldotna, 1:30-2:30 p.m. For information, call Debbie Tressler, 907-714-8836.   Chapman School Through Sept. 16: New student ...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 2:57pm
  • It isn’t just books, pencils, paper and teachers awaiting students of the Kenai Peninsula Bolrough School District.  While youngsters from prekindergarten to 12th grade had the summer away from their studies, the district’s maintenance crews were hard at work. From top to bottom, inside and...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 2:55pm
  • At 18, Taylor Haller is no stranger to serving her community. A high school senior when classes begin at Susan B. English School later this month, Taylor volunteers as an ETT, emergency trauma technician, and firefighter for the city of Seldovia. When a fire broke out on Hesketh Island earlier this ...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 2:54pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will, for a fourth time, have a chance on the fall ballot to decide in a yes or no vote to repeal term limits.  A second ballot question, asking voters if the limit should be increased from two to three terms, becomes relevant only if the voters do not repeal the ...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 12:49pm
  • When the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held an open house at Homer City Hall Aug. 5, Homer area residents showed up, eager to hear about the seven area projects being planned by the state.  “The open house was a huge success. We had a great turnout, with almost 60 individ...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 12:43pm
  • When Redoubt Volcano erupted in 2009, black ash settled on Homer like snowfall. The city prepared to shut down as the winter sun dimmed. Stores stockpiled food preparing for the roads to close. Businesses worried ash would destroy air intakes on computers and thousands of dollars in equipment. The c...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 12:40pm

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