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  • With little fan fair the Kenai Borough Assembly on Tuesday passed the 2014 budget by unanimous consent, sending $73 million into the collective checkbook for the next fiscal year beginning July1. Very little conversation was had on the so-called "status quo budget" beyond a last-minute moving of mon...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 3:30pm
  • The Municipality of Anchorage is in the market for a project management team to oversee the stalled Port of Anchorage expansion project. At a joint meeting between the Anchorage Assembly’s Enterprise Oversight Committee and the Port of Anchorage Commission on May 23, Municipal Manager George Vakal...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:11pm
  • JUNEAU — A federal demand for repayment of funds has Alaska timber communities worried that a program that relies on the money for schools and other projects could be doomed. U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell has asked 41 states to return a total of $17.9 million in timber payments as a res...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:09pm
  • JUNEAU — A local Juneau carpenters union has closed after more than 70 years, part of a nationwide trend aimed at cost savings and efficiencies. Juneau’s Carpenter Union Local 2247, which represented about 150 carpenters and was in existence since 1939, has been absorbed by Anchorage’s local 1...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:06pm
  • A well-utilized dead moose retrieval program is in jeopardy after the organization that runs the program was denied its $2.2 million funding request to the Alaska Legislature. The Alaska Moose Federation is soliciting private donations for its moose salvage program — which was used to pick up more...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:05pm
  • JUNEAU — BP Alaska plans to bring two new drill rigs to the North Slope by 2016, part of an additional $1 billion investment the company envisions over the next five years following the state’s rollback of oil production taxes. BP is the second of the North Slope’s three major players, after C...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:03pm
  • Zak to speak at Tuesday’s chamber luncheon Bryan Zak will be the featured speaker at this month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center’s luncheon.  The luncheon will be from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Homer Elks Lodge on Jenny Way....

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:58am
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  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center will host two workshops this month at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. There will be a free “Starting a Business” workshop from 1-3 p.m. June 17. Bryan Zak, regional director will answer basic questions and offer helpful resources to give participants t...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:38am
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    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:38am
  • I have to admit my bias towards the Homer Farmers’ Market. Sure, I have been writing weekly for ages extolling the virtues of our local market, but now I am seriously entrenched.  It won’t be secret for long that my husband now has a booth there, too.   I don’t want to show too much ...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:08am
  • As fisheries managers throughout Alaska prepare for low king salmon returns, federal regulators are considering new limits on king bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s June agenda includes final action on a king salmon bycatch cap in the Gulf of Alaska non-...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:03am
  • Another outbreak of campylobacter infection tied to a Kenai Peninsula cow share operation has sickened five people, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. An earlier outbreak sickened more than 31 people in February.  Both outbreaks have originated from Peninsula Diar...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:13pm
  • Soldotna-based Alaska State Troopers have identified the persons Tuesday night’s homicide-suicide case as Earl Moore, 69, and Lynda Moore, 66, both of Soldotna....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:10pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A man who was on a rafting trip near Hope south of Anchorage died after falling overboard. KTUU-TV reports that Steven Morton from the United Kingdom died Monday during a Nova River Runners trip down Six Mile Creek. Nova River Runners owner Chuck Spaulding says water levels along the c...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:10pm
  • Joe Miller has filed paperwork indicating he has raised more than $5,000 for a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Mark Begich in the 2014 election. Miller could not be reached for comment on whether the filing indicated a run for that office, or whether he is just continuing to explo...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:08pm
  • A plan to overhaul the city of Homer’s water and sewer rate structure is now on the fast track. At its meeting Monday night, the Homer City Council heard testimony about the plan and cleared the way for its passage later this month.  The new rate structure is the result of months of work by t...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:07pm
  • A man accused of robbing the Grog Shop, a liquor store in Homer, waived his indictment and accepted a plea deal on May 22 at the Kenai Courthouse. John Mumey, 51, who was originally charged with robbery in the first degree, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree robbery, a felony charge....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:06pm
  • The Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration arrived at the Homer Airport the evening of May 24 to an appreciative crowd of about 150. Spectators marveled at the 1943 T-6 Texan trainer, the 1933 Stinson L-13 Grasshopper, and the 1938 AT-6 Texan “Harvard.” The planes were all used during World War ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:02pm
  • FAIRBANKS — The National Guard has helped evacuate residents from a small community in Alaska’s interior where a river ice jam caused major flooding, washing out roads and submerging homes and other buildings. State officials estimate several hundred people have left the town of Galena, which re...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:38pm

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