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  • In continuing discussions on how to build a new Homer Public Safety Building, the Homer City Council has said building a new police station and making fire hall improvements would probably require borrowing money through a bond. The council until this week avoided specifics on a bond. At its regular...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 8:45am
  • JUNEAU — The prospect of a special session looms as Alaska lawmakers hit their fourth month in regular session without agreement on a plan for pulling the state out of a massive budget deficit. Lawmakers worked past the voter-approved 90-day session limit in April after failing to come to terms on...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:06am
  • Add promotional hats, water bottles, visors and other promotional items to the list of ways Alaska hopes to balance its budget without hiking taxes too high. The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation got a green light from the Legislature to sell parks-themed merchandise for a profit. As l...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:03am
  • The Alaska marijuana industry first business licenses will be issued in June, and the most crucial kind have the lowest number of applications. Testing facilities — one of the four commercial cannabis licenses created under legalization — present a possible industry bottleneck. All cannabis prod...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:01am
  • HOUSTON  — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by nine this week to 406, another all-time low amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 888 rigs were active. Alaska’s rig count was unchanged this week, but rigs are down to five compared to 10 in the same...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:49am
  • The round tables were fringed with people chatting leisurely and exchanging bits of news, like they were on lunch break. A few feet away, two young men ignored the conversation and clicked away on desktop computers. Yet another group stood on the edges of the room, pacing and waiting, their heads sn...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:49am
  • JUNEAU — After a month of debate, the Alaska House of Representatives has approved legislation that cuts the annual state subsidy for the oil and gas industry. In a 25-12 vote, the House approved a modified version of House Bill 247, proposed by a pair of Republicans: Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North P...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:44am
  • A total of 102 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District converged on Homer Middle School on Thursday, May 5th, for the 10th annual KPBSD Middle School Math Meet. Homer Middle School students stood their ground against tough competition from Ke...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:01am
  • Homer High School   Quinn Weddle Alward Samuel Ray Archuleta Isabel Gallan Beach Mikylla Elaine Blauvelt Lyndsay Dee Brown Nolan Pearce Bunting Kyle Jay Carroll Miles Anthony Catlin Hayden Wyatt Chase Alexander Thomas Clark Desiree Elaine Cleary Jaret Lee Cole...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:01am
  • Homer High School social studies teacher Kendra Nelson’s first period world history class includes students from Homer High School and Kenai Central High School, yet neither school has to make tricky travel arrangements.  Using video-conferencing technology, Nelson’s students connect with G...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:56am
  • In December 1973, the State of Alaska leased tracts in Kachemak Bay for oil and gas exploration and development. The lease sale brought in nearly $25 million dollars. Local fishermen and others united to challenge the leases and to push oil and gas out of Kachemak Bay’s rich fisheries. Eventually,...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:49am
  • A Homer resident called 911 to report that someone had broken into her home on Saturday, May 14 at 6:48 a.m. Homer Police responded and found that someone had entered the residence and taken several items from the home, including firearms. The firearms taken were described to police by the victim as...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:33am
  • “Disco!” yells an excited boy standing on top of a cluster of rocks on Otter Rock. The rest of the group comprised of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders and two naturalists look up from the tide pools and start moving towards him....

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:31am
  • Three notable birders bestowed their knowledge on eager listeners during the Shorebird Festival keynote speeches. Festival-goers from all over Alaska and the lower-48 gathered in the Mariner Theatre on the evening of Saturday, May 14 to hear from Sharon Stiteler, Kevin T. Karlson and Dale Rosselet....

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:23am
  • Homer resident and Quest College student Parker Sorensen, Quest graduate and Juneau-native Iris Neary, Quest student Giovanfrancesco “Frenchie” Varoli, and Swiss pre-med student Florence Nikles reached the summit of Denali on Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. ...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:06am
  • Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services honored community members with Years of Service Awards at the annual training and awards banquet May 7. The event’s theme, “Honoring the Past,” focused on those who dedicated and sacrificed many years of their time to serve the citizens and visi...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 11:10am
  • PALMER — The state is seeking out a new owner for the only federally approved slaughterhouse in southcentral Alaska, as funding for the facility could run out this year due to legislative budget cuts. The state Board of Agriculture and Conservation has issued a request for proposals to lease and o...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:57am
  • Governance at Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Hospital will go directly to the hospital’s operating board and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly....

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:54am
  • Facing decreased revenue from the state, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has proposed merging the Capital Projects Department with its Purchasing and Contracting Department. The Capital Projects Department handles capital improvement projects in the borough, such as roofing a school or repairing a water...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:52am
  • Don Stead will realize his dream of owning a brewery with his wife Sherry when Grace Ridge Brewing opens up for business for the first time this Friday. Local artist Jen Depesa’s artwork will be displayed in the brewery, with a second-Friday show on May 13 at 6 p.m. Over the Shorebird weekend — ...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:47am

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