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  • A 43-year-old Anchor Point man survived a gunshot wound to his head after negligently handling a .22 long rifle — and then didn’t get treatment for five days until his girlfriend persuaded him to go to the South Peninsula Hospital emergency room. James Doppler was treated and released from the h...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:22am
  • JUNEAU — A borough that sued the state over public school funding says municipalities are “coerced” into contributing to local districts, but Alaska compares it to other programs requiring local matches for state dollars....

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:16am
  • The wildfire in Tyonek spread to 350 acres as of Tuesday morning but fire crews made progress in building a fire line on the flank close to the village as the wind-driven fire has moved west away from the threatened subdivision, according to the the Alaska Wildland Fire Information. Sarah Saarloos, ...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:07am
  • Whether you plan on camping over the weekend, celebrating with the U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday or attending memorial services on Monday, don’t forget where Memorial Day gets its name. “Let’s remember why we have this opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, the parks, that’s the important par...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:09pm
  • It’s all down to what Public Works Director Carey Meyer calls “the icing on the cake” — the final items on the city’s punch list for the 11,000-foot extension of the Homer Spit Trail.  The trail itself was paved earlier this month, just in time for passengers of the first cruise ship,...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:07pm
  • As the Funny River Horse Trail fire raged about 50 miles north of Homer, a long plume of smoke extending out into the Gulf of Alaska blanketed Kachemak Bay earlier this week.  On Wednesday morning, two days after the fire started, the fire had grown to 20,000 acres and burned 10 miles through d...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:04pm
  • Susan B. English Seldovia Commencement Ceremony 4 p.m., May 20 Graduates: Kaitlyn Irene Hecks Alexandria Lauren Swick Taylor Morgan Haller   Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Aug. 19: Fi...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:23pm
  • Ithaca Ivy Sorensen, a 2010 graduate of Homer High School, has completed her studies at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore. At May 10 ceremonies, Sorensen graduated cum laude, receiving her bachelor of arts in sociology-anthropology. She minored in art.  Her thesis, for which she received h...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:18pm
  • Laughter, sentimental tears, and applause filled the upstairs of Land’s End Resort at the Homer Flex High School graduation ceremony Monday. Graduates were celebrated and congratulated by family, friends, staff and former Flex High School students on the challenging and fulfilling journey now comi...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:10pm
  • After noting Monday as a night to celebrate, Homer High School’s commencement speaker turned the tables on the class of 2014. Sean Campbell, who teaches language arts at the school, drew a laugh by asking the students if they had “all made sure to have a teacher ... as your commencement speaker?...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:07pm
  • Correction: This story has been edited to omit a sentence that there will soon be a change in ownership of Boss Hoggz restaurant. The owners of Boss Hoggz are James and Amy Lower, who opened the restaurant in 2011....

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:00pm
  • If you’re out for dinner in a restaurant this summer, you may find the wait-time for your meal is a little longer. Seasonal employers say they are experiencing difficulties in hiring certain types of workers — kitchen staff for example — as the tourist season begins....

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:38am
  • You could finally see it starting last weekend, the welcome sight of the tents going up at the Homer Farmers Market.  This Memorial Day weekend the Market starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.  As the weather would suggest, things are growing like crazy so you will be able to find all kinds of eager...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:35am
  • A fire that began near Funny River Road in Soldotna has grown to nearly seven miles long and almost a mile wide, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry's Facebook page. 
By 11 p.m. Monday the fire had consumed nearly 2,500 acres. Fire crews remained on the f...

    Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:18am
  • The Homer City Council, acting as the Board of Adjustment, reversed a conditional use permit for Kodiak Microwave System to build a 160-foot microwave tower on Easy Street near Skyline Drive. Several residents in the area, Joe Carter Jr., Kevin Dee, and Kevin and Kathleen Fay, had filed appeals of t...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:53pm
  • With good halibut fishing being reported, the 27th Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby begins today.  “People are going around the corner, past Flat Island and down to Elizabeth Island and catching fish weighing more than 100 (pounds) right now,” said Jim Lavrakas, executive director of the Homer C...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:50pm
  • Birders watch shorebirds at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit on Saturday during the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. The migration peaked just as the festival started May 8, with 3,600 sandpipers seen on the Spit May 7 and 8,000 the following day. Birders also reported thousands of surfbirds an...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:48pm
  • With two months until the deadline, six city residents are gathering signatures to become candidates to serve on a one-year commission to draft a charter making Homer a home-rule city. To be placed on the Oct. 7 ballot, each candidate must gather the signatures of 50 registered city voters. The dead...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:47pm
  • A June 2 trial week date for brothers Anthony Resetarits and Joseph Resetarits could be delayed again, Judge Carl Bauman said Monday at a hearing in Kenai Superior Court. At issue are delays in having iPhone brand cell phones decrypted by Apple Inc.  Some iPhones seized by Alaska State Troopers...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:43pm
  • In a 4-3 vote with Mayor Beth Wythe breaking the tie, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting on Monday killed a proposed ordinance to raise its monthly stipend. Council members Beau Burgess, David Lewis and Francie Roberts sponsored Ordinance 14-17(A) that would have boosted each council memb...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:53pm

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