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  • A pilot and five passengers walked away from a Cessna 206 plane crash Sunday on a bear viewing trip to Katmai National Park. No one was injured in the crash and all were taken back to Homer by other flight services....

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:31pm
  • It isn’t a train, a streetcar or a bus. It’s a brand new Dodge minivan with room for four passengers or two wheelchairs and available for public transportation the end of this month. Through a program dubbed “Outside the Bus” by Joyanna Geisler, executive director of the Independent Living C...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:21pm
  • Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and the Homer Chamber of Conference and Visitor Center hold an informational teleconference on the halibut Catch Sharing Plan from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office. Seating is limited to 20 participants, so thos...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:18pm
  • The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a fugitive sex offender, Marshals said in a press release.  Cash Allen Lewark, 41 is being sought on an outstanding warrant for probation violati...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:17pm
  • Following a forensic examination and further investigation, Homer Police have ruled the death of Mark Matthews, 61, a homicide. Matthews was found dead about 10:15 p.m. July 28 by two people walking on the Poopdeck Trail, a path connecting Pioneer Avenue to Hazel Avenue and Poopdeck Street in downto...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:16pm
  • The first two families that landed on Ninilchik’s shores in the mid-1800s could never have imagined a gathering like last weekend’s Salmonstock. However, when it comes to supporting future runs of Alaska salmon, a long-time staple of Ninilchik diets, they undoubtedly would have joined the crowd ...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:05pm
  • With the 1-year anniversary coming up next month for the Sept. 8, 2012, teen drinking party incident in which two Homer brothers were arrested for sexual assault, Homer Judge Margaret Murphy last Friday expressed some impatience with the progress of the case.  Since being released on bail in Oc...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 3:11pm
  • Homer Electric Association is hosting a series of area meetings throughout the Kenai Peninsula. The events will feature a family-style barbecue dinner followed by a short presentation on current HEA projects and activities.  The schedule for the area meetings is as follows:  • Wednesday,...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:52pm
  • Homer Electric Association is instituting new fees designed to reduce the number of late and declined payments received. The new fees will not affect any HEA members who are paying their energy bill on time or those who have special arrangements. ...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:51pm
  • JUNEAU — U.S. Rep. Don Young has voted with the majority in passing legislation to reduce borrowing costs for millions of college students. The measure, which passed the House Wednesday, links student loan interest rates to financial markets. That means lower rates for most students now but higher...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:49pm
  • Alaska Air Group Inc. announced yet another quarter of profits July 25. The airline reported an adjusted net income of $105 million for the second quarter of 2013, compared to $111 million for the second quarter of 2012. That’s more than the company’s first quarter adjusted net income of $44 mil...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:49pm
  • The State of Alaska last week approved a permit to allow a Texas-based waste disposal company to store up to 10 million gallons of petroleum drilling waste at a 1.5-acre site in Nikiski’s industrial area. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit allows AIMM Technologies Inc. to c...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:47pm
  • Alaska’s financial institutions are seeing an increase in loan volume as the economy picks up. At the state’s banks and credit unions, loans are on the rise and other performance metrics also look strong. First National Bank of Alaska had about $1.28 billion in total loans for the second quarter...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:46pm
  • Icicle Seafoods crew on Tuesday unload an 88-inch halibut from the Dangerous Cape, a commercial halibut-fishing boat owned by Eric Velsko, John Velsko and Nick Downs. The boat’s catch also included a 91-inch flatfish. According to a halibut length-weight chart created by the International Pacific ...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:44pm
  • Despite a dry summer, area farmers’ fields are lush with green crops. Bob Durr’s farm in Nikolaevsk is bursting with radishes, peas, zucchinis, beets, kohlrabi, broccoli, purple and lime green cauliflower, romanesco, cucumbers, potatoes and more, mostly in rows more than 100 feet long....

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:41pm
  • This is the best time of the year for visiting farms and gardens. Last weekend’s Homer Garden Club garden tours had more than 300 visitors. With everything growing, it’s hard to resist a peek....

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:24pm
  • Make that one more delay for the M/V Tustumena, the 49-year-old, 296-foot vessel of the Alaska Marine Highway System that provides service between Homer, Seldovia and Kodiak Island communities. Between April and October, the Tustumena also makes stops at Chignik, Sand Point, King Cove, Cold Bay, Fal...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:22pm
  • Following a forensic examination and further investigation, Homer Police have ruled the death of Mark Matthews, 61, a homicide. Matthews was found dead about 10:15 p.m. July 28 by two people walking on the Poopdeck Trail, a path connecting Pioneer Avenue to Hazel Avenue and Poopdeck Street in downto...

    Tue, 08/06/2013 - 2:35pm
  • A pilot and five passengers walked away from a Cessna 206 plane crash on a bear viewing trip in the Katmai National Park area. No one was injured in the crash and all were taken back to Homer by another flight service. According to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson, the...

    Mon, 08/05/2013 - 4:37pm
  •   An electrical equipment failure shut down power from the Safeway grocery store on the Sterling Highway to the end of the Homer Spit on Monday afternoon. Power was out from about 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Related to the outage, Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins ordered an evacuation of the Fish Do...

    Mon, 08/05/2013 - 4:00pm

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