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  • By KYRA WAGNER FOR THE HOMER NEWS This summer has been a good one. The warmth we experienced that lasted for months rather than moments left its mark on the size and quantity of produce down at the Homer Farmers’ Market. Recently we have had more rain, but thankfully not ...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 3:28pm
  • Electric utilities in the Interior-Southcentral region known as the “railbelt” are studying plans for $1 billion in necessary upgrades to the regional electrical grid. This is in addition to $1 billion in new power generation plants that have been built or are under construction, state and utili...

    Wed, 09/25/2013 - 3:27pm
  • 1. What is the most important role of a school board member and why do you want the job?  Sunni Hilts: I believe the most important role of a school board member is to be a voice of those I represent to the board of education and the school district and to brin...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 9:46am
  • 1. What do you see as the most important role of a Homer City Council member and why do you want the job?  Corbin Arno: The most important role of a council member is being a voice for the people. I want this job because I don’t see government working for the...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 9:41am
  • At a ceremony tonight at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, the Alaska Conservation Foundation will recognize winners of the 28th annual Conservation Achievement Awards.  Two of the recipients, Roberta Highland and Justice Sky, are from Homer.  ...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 8:42am
  • KODIAK — The Alaska Marine Highway System has begun looking for a consultant to design the ferry that will replace the Tustumena. The estimated cost of a ship to replace the 49-year-old Tustumena is between $175 million and $210 million. While getting a replacement for the Tustumena is a priority,...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 8:39am
  • Nearly 63 percent of voters polled are in favor of a likely 2014 ballot initiative that would prohibit mining in Bristol Bay, according to an opinion poll released by Anchorage-based Hays Research Group. Almost 24 percent said they would oppose the ballot initiative....

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 5:18pm
  • When it comes to the M/V Tustumena’s long-overdue return to service, absence is not only making hearts of Seldovia residents grow fonder, it also has created a hardship for residents and businesses in communities the state ferry serves....

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 5:18pm
  • While the Kenai Peninsula Borough has several initiatives on its ballot, the city of Homer keeps its simple with one question: “Shall Homer City Code Chapter 5.42 prohibiting sellers from providing customers with disposable shopping bags be repealed?”  A yes vote repeals the plastic bag ban...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 5:13pm
  • With the Oct. 1 municipal election less than two weeks away, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters have time to do their homework before stepping into the ballot booth. Understanding the three borough propositions is a good place to start. Proposition No. 1...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 5:11pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Oct. 14: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7-9 p.m.   Chapman School Sept. 20: Soccer vs Nikiski at Nikiski, 3 p.m., leave school at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27: PreK visit dentist...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 3:54pm
  • In recent competition, Megan Pitzman has been the first Homer High School runner on the girls’ cross country team to cross the finish line, helping the Mariner girls claim first place. While she may be part of the Chapple clan, a well-known running family in Homer, the 14-year-old freshman is blaz...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 3:52pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The state of Alaska wants ConocoPhillips to reopen its mothballed Kenai Peninsula liquefied natural gas plant to provide an incentive for petroleum companies to explore and invest in Cook Inlet. In a Sept. 5 letter to ConocoPhillips President Trond-Erik Johansen, Natural Resources...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:40pm
  • The REC Room will be the location of the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours (formely the Chamber Mixer) from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 19. The REC Room is located at 3957 Nielsen Circle. This is an opportunity to meet REC Room staff and youth and mingle with other business owners. The evening w...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:39pm
  • The Homer Marine Trade Association  announces its annual meeting and membership drive. The annual meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26in the downstairs meeting room at the Bidarka  Inn-Best Western. The no-host bar will open at 4:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be provided, sponsore...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:39pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Anchorage residents soon might be hearing the phrase “plus tax.” The Anchorage Daily News reports Mayor Dan Sullivan is considering a sales tax in the city to reduce the burden on property taxes. Sullivan says four “community discussions” will be set up in October and Nove...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:37pm
  • Pointing out Homer’s year-round ice-free deepwater port and its designation as a port of refuge, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe welcomed the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council to Homer last week for the CIRCAC board’s quarterly meeting. Noting harbor improvements that are planned, Wythe said,...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:37pm
  • KETCHIKAN — An Alaska man has developed a smartphone app to help people learn the Tlingit language. KRBD reports Simon Roberts of Klawock has developed the app for both iPhones and Android phones. Roberts says it’s the first of three levels to help people learn the southern Tlingit dialect. The ...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:36pm
  • JUNEAU — One of the partners in a massive and contentious proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska is pulling out, raising questions about the future of the project. London-based Anglo American PLC announced Monday that a subsidiary, Anglo American (US) Pebble LLC, is withdrawing from the Pebble Mi...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:35pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has declared this Harvest Moon Local Foods Week — a chance to explore and celebrate local food, including seafood and farming.   The Sept. 18-19 full moon is the Harvest Moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox) and there is harvest indeed...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:34pm

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