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  • A rash of Homer burglaries that started with a break-in at the Salvation Army on Sept. 11 have continued with a burglary Oct. 9 at a Skyline Drive lodge and burglaries last week of two downtown Homer businesses. Police have charged two suspects in the lodge burglary, Hannah Hill and Harold Sargeant,...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:28pm
  • At the south end of Birch Street in Anchor Point, water covers the gravel street’s intersection with Ester Avenue. At the north end, survey stakes outline the course a ditch is being constructed to create a route for water to flow north toward an existing stream. On Tuesday, heavy equipment was at...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:23pm
  • The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has received a $2 million offer for an unused ferry that’s racking up monthly maintenance costs, but the borough manager says the municipality needs a higher offer to cover a grant that must be repaid to the federal government. The borough has turned down the $2 milli...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:18pm
  • ANCHORAGE — It is one of Alaska’s great success stories: rural health care, operated by Alaska Natives. After decades of pushing for self-governance, Native people gained control of federally administered Indian Health Service programs for Alaska in 1998 and improvements in health care delivery ...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:15pm
  • There will be a QuickBooks class Oct. 28-30 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Space is limited. To register, call Heidi at 907-283-3335 ext. 3....

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:13pm
  • Tickets are currently on sale for the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Car and ATV raffle. Only 500 car raffle tickets will be sold. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Car raffle tickets are $100 each; ATV raffle tickets are $35 each. A combo ticket is $130. The...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:11pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Shareholders of the Barrow-based Arctic Slope Regional Corp. will be pocketing a big dividend in December. The Alaska Native corporation in a release says the regular fall dividend will be $40 per share. The board of directors has added a $60 per share special dividend to be paid ...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:11pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Commercials encouraging tourists to visit Alaska are appearing on broadcast television for the first time in more than three decades. Four ads promoting tourism in Alaska, including a first-ever commercial dedicated solely to winter travel, are being rotated during morning and eve...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:09pm
  • A plan to build a $43 million expansion at Central Peninsula Hospital passed its first hurdle Tuesday night following a failed attempt by two assembly members to derail it....

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:08pm
  • Since opening Anchor Point Natural Foods in March, owner Tara Kain has found the need to expand her business.  So, expand she has, with a bigger location in Homer. Since Sept. 16, the store has been located at 345 Sterling Highway, Suite 105. The new location not only offers more room, but is m...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 4:05pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer After a much longer-than-expected absence, the M/V Tustumena was back on its route Sunday, providing service through the fall and winter to Homer, Seldovia, Port Lions, Ouzinkie and Kodiak, according to a press release issued by the Alaska...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 3:26pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER A longtime Homer tour and ferry booking agency could close at the end of the month, costing eight full-time jobs, if the Alaska Marine Highway System doesn’t back off a proposed change in how it pays commissions to travel agents.  Al...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 3:08pm
  • A hearing held Oct. 8 has been continued to Oct. 29 in the case of Anthony and Joseph Resetarits, two brothers charged with second-degree assault at a September 2012 teen drinking party. Anthony Resetarits, 21, and Joseph Resetarits, 19, are alleged to have assaulted with an object a teenage boy. A ...

    Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:24am
  • Trial dates for two lower Kenai Peninsula murder cases have been reset to later this year and early next year. The trial of Alfred Jones, 50, charged with manslaughter and second-degree murder in the car crash that killed Kathleen Benz, a Washington, D.C., tourist, on the 2010 Memorial Day weekend, ...

    Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:22am
  • If you’re looking for the Anchor Point intersection of Ester Avenue and Birch Street, you won’t find it. It’s underwater. Continuing rain has saturated the ground north of the residential area. In spite of houses and streets that may be in its path, the water is trying to work its way downhill...

    Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:21am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell on Tuesday threatened to sue the federal government over the closure of federal refuges during the partial government shutdown. Parnell, in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, said the state would sue unless the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed its s...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:25am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce October Business After Hours event, formerly the chamber mixer, will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Homer Inn & Spa, 895 Ocean Loop Drive. The evening provides an opportunity to tour the spa, enjoy chocolates and light libations. ...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:25am
  • The Seldovia Bay Ferry has set its final sailing date of the season for Friday. On that day, the ferry is recognizing “Locals’ Day” with a special 2 p.m. departure time from Seldovia, giving Seldovians extra time in Homer to shop, recreate or have an early dinner.  Passengers also will ge...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:25am
  • JUNEAU — No one from Alaska has enrolled in the new health care exchange, and a U.S. senator wants weekly updates on future enrollments. Glitches have been reported since the exchanges went live Oct. 1. Exchanges are online marketplaces where individuals can browse for insurance, to be in complian...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:23am
  • Dave Gerard was one of the local Homer Electric Association members to stop by the co-op’s Homer office Friday for Membership Appreciation Day, complete with a drawing for a $50 energy credit, sandwiches, snacks, beverages and cake. A similar event also was held at the Kenai office. ...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:22am

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