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  • Developers of a potential large copper and gold mine at the Pebble prospect say they are focused on completing their plan for the project and applying for permits by the end of the year. “It’s our top priority,” said Mike Heatwole, spokesman for the Pebble Limited Partnership, a joint-venture ...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 12:12pm
  • New gas contracts are being signed with Southcentral electric utilities, alleviating concerns that there could be near-term gas shortages. Hilcorp Energy has concluded new gas contracts with two Southcentral Alaska utilities and negotiations are continuing with a third, Hilcorp and the utilities con...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 12:09pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 12:05pm
  • Tomatoes have started showing up at the Homer Farmers’ Market.  Even some artichokes and pumpkin. The summer is in full swing. But vegetables aren’t the only aspect of diversity at the Market.   The craft vendors never cease to impress me with their skill and diversity. Last weekend I ...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:56am
  • Like many seniors whose expenses often include costly medications, Homer resident Kay Jones was on the lookout for cheaper alternatives when she saw an ad that promised significant savings. Those savings turned out to be a scam that fortunately did not cost her too dearly, but did result in the loss...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:55am
  • Homer Police are calling the death of a Homer man “suspicious.” Two people walking the Poopdeck Trail found the body of Mark Matthews, 61, about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. Matthews was lying on his back, police said in a press release. His body was sent to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office for a fo...

    Tue, 07/30/2013 - 2:17pm
  • Thirty years since the Kenai Peninsula Borough converted the Homer landfill to a baling-landfill facility, the site will undergo another conversion of sorts Aug. 1, with completion of a 9,000-square-foot building where household trash, referred to as municipal solid waste, will be placed into contai...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:18pm
  • Buccaneer Alaska Operations updated city officials and the public on the oil and gas company’s current southern Kenai Peninsula operations and plans for the future, with an emphasis on the West Eagle drilling project, at three presentations this week. The first was at the regular meeting of the Ho...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:11pm
  • At 3 p.m., Gov. Sean Parnell will turn a valve at South Peninsula Hospital, marking the flow of natural gas into the first public building in Homer’s Natural Gas Special Assessment District. The public is invited to a brief ceremony to hear comments by individuals instrumental in the project....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:07pm
  • Frustrated by what they see as an anti-business attitude on the Homer City Council, a group of about 20 small businesses earlier this month started a new advocacy group, Homer Voice for Business. The organization includes real estate agencies, laundromats, restaurants, hotels and a brewery....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:06pm
  • Teen killed in ATV accident A 15-year-old died in a Clam Gulch all-terrain vehicle accident Saturday. According to a Monday Alaska State Troopers report, troopers, Central Emergency Services and Ninilchik EMS personnel responded to an ATV accident just before 12:45 p.m. Troopers spo...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:04pm
  • A worker with a subcontractor on the Enstar Natural Gas pipeline project suffered a serious injury last Friday afternoon. The man had an injury to his leg and was taken to an Anchorage hospital for treatment, said Enstar spokesperson John Sims.  While not life threatening, Sims said the injury ...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:33pm
  • A proposed new water-sewer rate schedule is back on the table for the Homer City Council. At its Monday regular meeting, the council agreed to reconsider the new rates after it spiked the resolution last month. The council added two amendments eliminating minor fees and postponed action until its Au...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:29pm
  • The Kenai Police Department has released details of Tuesday night’s shooting at Home Depot. According to a press release, Ezekiel Johnston, 25, of Kenai, allegedly shot Cole Sprinkle, 23, of Wasilla, three times with a handgun inflicting life-threatening injuries. Johnston called 911 at about 6:30...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:20pm
  • In response to requests by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and the Alaska Charter Association, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced Wednesday it had extended the comment period on the con...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:18pm
  • It’s the season for picnics. On the heels of today’s governor’s picnic at Karen Hornaday Park, the Alaska Army National Guard will be serving hot dogs in Homer, Ninilchik and other peninsula locations on Saturday and the public is invited. “We really just wanted to put the word out that the ...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:10pm
  • For the fourth consecutive year, Bryan Zak of the Alaska Small Business Development Center in Homer has been appointed to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The appointment was made by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, director of the Commerce Department’s National Instit...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:59am
  • A citizen group dissatisfied with the Legislature’s action to reduce oil taxes earlier this year handed petitions with 50,000 signatures to state election officials July 13 calling for a voter referendum to repeal the law. The signatures are more than enough needed to put a referendum on the Augus...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:56am
  • JUNEAU — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is hosting an open house of its Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute. NOAA says the July 26 event is being held to recognize Stevens’ contributions to Alaska’s fisheries and to celebrate Ted Stevens Day. Stevens served in the U.S. S...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:50am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has appealed to Wal-Mart to encourage the retailer to continue to carry Alaska salmon. Parnell’s July 16 letter to President and CEO Michael Duke comes after Wal-Mart last month warned suppliers that they were required to retain certification from the London-based Mari...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:50am

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