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  • With the sun shining outside, a six-woman crew inside the Homer United Methodist Church’s kitchen were busy last Friday putting together sack lunches to be offered to Homer teens needing a helping hand. ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:16pm
  • KODIAK, Alaska — Locals in the city of Kodiak say the state’s ongoing delays in returning the area’s main ferry to service is hurting businesses. The delay in the Tustumena’s return is forcing travelers to cancel lodging and look for alternative ways to get to the island. The delays are affe...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:11pm
  • Light up the grill and invite some friends. It’s picnic time in Homer. In this case, the free community picnic, one of five governor’s picnics to be held around the state, with the public invited to share the festivities with Governor and First Lady Sean and Sandy Parnell, Lt. Governor Mead Trea...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:09pm
  • A proposed new water-sewer rate schedule comes back for reconsideration at 6 p.m. Monday for the Homer City Council’s regular meeting. Near the top of the agenda right after public comments, the motion to reconsider asks the question “Does the council want to look one more time at changing water...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:08pm
  • Sharon Bond’s son, 14-year-old Trevor, has a close connection to the vessels of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Especially the M/V Tustumena, the ship that links the family’s hone in Seldovia to the rest of the world. “Sometimes children with autism need a focus on something. His is on the f...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:08pm
  • Firefighters from the Homer Volunteer Fire Department were joined by firefighters from Kachemak Emergency Services and fire departments from Anchor Point, Alpine, the Pogo Mine and Prudhoe Bay for training in school bus extraction Saturday at the Homer Spit....

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 3:22pm
  • With its opening, life for Kenai Peninsula residents living with cancer has changed for the better. The Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center officially opened its doors last week to the patients it will serve and the community as a whole. Inside, they found one of the most advanced radiation centers ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:35pm
  • Alaska wasn’t on Curtis Burton’s radar screen when he helped start Buccaneer Energy in 2007, but it quickly became the centerpiece for the company’s growth strategy. Buccaneer, based in Houston but listed on the Australian stock exchange, is essentially a U.S. company. Its assets and people ar...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:28pm
  • Wells Fargo will host the next Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center mixer. It will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Wells Fargo store, 88 Sterling Highway. The public is invited.  The mixer will be an opportunity to meet Chris Shockley, who has been named  manager of the Wells Fargo H...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:25pm
  • I just spent a week in a class where the food was provided. Three square meals a day. Just imagine. No planning, no prep, no shopping. Just sitting down to an immaculately prepared meal. Yes, it was divine. But it also brought home for me one of the most important aspects of food: the sharing. Each ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:22pm
  • JUNEAU — The Iliamna Village Council has asked to rescind an analysis it submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that backs up conclusions by the federal agency about the potentially negative impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region. But the EPA said the analysis will ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:18pm
  • In 2012, Simyra Taback of Homer and Hallo Bay Bear Camp found herself in an elite group of tour guides from around the world: one of more than 1,000 nominated for the Wanderlust World Guide Awards, a global effort by Wanderlust, a travel magazine based in the United Kingdom, to honor the efforts of ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:18pm
  • Mix summer tourist traffic with construction projects and the end of the road got a taste of big-city bumper-to-bumper traffic. Work on the Sterling Highway repaving project combined with the installation of the Homer distribution gas line by the post office backed up traffic from Pioneer Ave to Lak...

    Thu, 07/11/2013 - 3:41pm
  • In stark contrast to the scores who witnessed a 777 crash that killed two in San Francisco the day before, no one saw the crash of a nine-passenger charter plane that killed 10 people in Soldotna Sunday. All that was known about the crash, as of Monday night, was that the pilot was not able to keep ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 6:11pm
  • Now in her ninth year and her third term as a U.S. senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, once again visited Homer. This time, rather than a whirlwind visit, Murkowski made it a working holiday for the Fourth of July, meeting everyone from Seldovia children to burly men in kilts at the Homer Fourth...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 6:03pm
  • Homer Police this week charged a Homer man with first-degree arson, a felony, for allegedly torching his own motorhome. Alen T. Blatchford, 66, also was charged with failure to control or report a dangerous fire. Homer Police found Blatchford standing outside his motorhome on Jenny Way when they wen...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:15pm
  • Alaska State Troopers on Sunday went to a report of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to a trooper press release, at about 3 p.m. July 7 troopers responded to a Thurmond Avenue home in Anchor Point where they found a 58-year-old Anchor Point man had taken his own life by shooting ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:14pm
  • A Wisconsin fishermen who got his hand and body caught in an anchor winch on a Homer fishing boat on July 4 died of his injuries. Ninilchik Emergency Services medics responded to the boat and pronounced Lewis Byerly, 55, dead. The F/V Anna Lane was about 1.5 miles offshore of Ninilchik at the time o...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:13pm
  • Both Alaska U.S. senators and the Homer Chamber of Commerce have asked for an extension to the 45-day period for comments on a revised version of the halibut catch sharing.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service on June 28 published the proposed ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:12pm
  • Two attempts to derail the inevitable and affirmative vote for borough-wide riparian regulations were thwarted last week as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted 6 -3 to enact the broader protective regulations over local waters. With the vote, the assembly largely agreed that some form of proa...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:10pm

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