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  • All humans share at least two experiences: birth and death. What comes after birth marks our time on earth. What happens after death is more a mystery — even though we face it daily.  In obituaries posted at the Homer Post Office and printed in the Homer News, we read of revered elders, disti...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:14am
  • A preliminary hearing for a Homer man charged with illegally growing marijuana was held and continued at the Homer District Courthouse last Friday. Seward Magistrate George Peck, filling in for Judge Margaret Murphy, set a new date for Joseph Gabryszak, 32, to 3:30 p.m. April 5, also at the Homer Co...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:13am
  • Eric Waltenbaugh verbally accepted the principal position for West Homer Elementary, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff. Waltenbaugh is currently serving as a middle-high school teacher and curriculum specialist in Kodiak School District, and has been ...

    Fri, 03/04/2016 - 2:27pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections March 1: Iditaread starts. Contact Kristin Metz at 226-1880 for more information. March 1: ACT testing at the Homer Connections office, 8:15 a.m. March 2: Homer Ro...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:20am
  • City’s deputy clerk named communications director for statewide association Melissa Jacobsen, deputy clerk for the City of Homer, was unanimously elected to the office of communications director on the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks Executive Board at the group’s annual ...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:18am
  • Commercial salmon fishermen in Lower Cook Inlet can expect about a quarter of 2015’s harvest in 2016, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s projection. The Lower Cook Inlet Salmon Fishery Outlook, published Friday, includes both wild runs and returns from the Cook Inlet Aquacultu...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:17am
  • The plans before the Legislature to use the Permanent Fund’s investment returns to pay for government have much in common, while their differences exemplify the priorities of their sponsors. The plan that is ultimately chosen will go a long way toward shaping the relationship Alaskans have with th...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:15am
  • Homer High school students attended the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl competition in Seward on Feb. 26-28, taking home six awards in their events. The Ocean Bowl consists of eight events, of which Homer competed in five.  The competition focuses on topics related to the study of the oceans...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:46am
  • For those who attended, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Forensics Competition was one of the best shows on the peninsula last weekend. Tustumena Elementary School hosted the district-wide Feb. 27 competition during which fourth-sixth graders performed a range of comedic and dramatic sket...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:45am
  • After a trip to Washington state in February for a farmers market conference, the management of the Homer Farmers Market is certain of one thing — Homer’s small town market is on par with, or exceeding, other markets in the United States....

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:26am
  • Republican Party members on the lower Kenai Peninsula joined a record turnout statewide in the party’s Alaska version of caucuses, the Presidential Preference Poll.  Voters in House District 31, which includes Homer, echoed statewide results, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz winning by 1.8 percent ov...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:23am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A lack of snow in Alaska’s largest city has led the world’s most famous sled dog race to shorten its ceremonial start this weekend. The Iditarod Trail Committee said in a news release Wednesday that the route will be reduced to 3 miles from its normal 11 miles on Anchorage str...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:20am
  • The district expects to hear from the state Legislature about how much money it will get April 27, the last day of session, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Director of Finance Laurie Olson. ...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:19am
  • A bill introduced Feb. 24 by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, would allow local governments to choose whether they wanted to grant a property tax exemption for resident seniors age 65 and older.  House Bill 338 would amend a current state law that mandates a $150,000 exemption on property assessments...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:18am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek interviewed five candidates for the open West Homer Elementary School principal position in a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25. The district expects to announce the person filling the position on Tuesday, March 1, Dusek said. The p...

    Fri, 02/26/2016 - 1:15pm
  • Flight company ordered  to pay whistleblower pilot ANCHORAGE (AP) — An attorney for a Homer-based Bald Mountain Air Services says the company denies allegations that it improperly fired a pilot in 2012. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:40am
  • The market for Alaska’s refineries is becoming even tougher with reduced demand and increased pressure to compete with imported fuels....

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:38am
  • Kachemak Board of Realtors President Gina Pelaia poses with Darlene Hildebrand, executive director of Hospice of Homer, after presenting Hildebrand a check for $2,000 for Hospice. The Realtors raised the money during their annual Christmas Auction and Benefit. In addition to presenting Hospi...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:35am
  • The FDA could require mandatory labeling for genetically engineered salmon as soon as March. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has lifted a nomination hold on the nomination of Dr. Richard Califf as U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief, saying the administration has guaranteed mandatory labeling requirements f...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:33am
  • ANCHORAGE — Marijuana business can expect a hefty square footage price for retail, cultivation and manufacturing leases within the Municipality of Anchorage once they open for business. On Wednesday, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board started accepting business license applications. In the meantim...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:31am

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