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  • With almost 39 years in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Karen Wessel is in her 18th year at Homer Flex High School. “Every morning I come in with the hope that I can help make a difference in a young person’s life,” said Wessel, the school’s principal.  Hope has guided this...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:29am
  • A passel of puppies: What’s not to love? These 9-week-old red heeler/cocker spaniel mix pups are playful, fun and ready for a loving home.     To adopt a pet, call or stop by the animal shelter across from the city’s Public Works Department off the Sterling Highway. The shelter is...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:13am
  • The crew of the CGC Hickory will hold its annual Haunted Hickory and food drive at the Coast Guard pier on the Homer Spit, 4-10 p.m. Oct. 30. Attendees are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items as the price of admission. Food is donated to the Homer Community Food Pantry to help meet the ...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:51am
  • Forty-two years of gardening in Alaska and I have never seen an October like this one. Yes, there was a touch of snow mixed with Sunday afternoon’s rain. But the flowers are still lovely, still setting buds, still thriving, still making my heart sing. This has been a growing season to remember, to...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:50am
  • JUNEAU — The price of a pack of cigarettes in Juneau could increase if the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly raises the tax on them and other tobacco products, the Juneau Empire reports....

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:46am
  • The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting applications through Jan. 23 to fill seats on the 10 Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils. Council membership appointments are typically 3-year terms. There are approximately 35 seats open for appointment among all councils. ...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:44am
  • ANCHORAGE – Ravn Alaska, Alaska’s largest regional airline, took 22nd place in the 2014 Alaska Business Monthly Top 49ers awards, rising two spots from 24th place in 2013. ...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:43am
  • A Crowley Solutions barge with Furie Alaska equipment is anchored in Kachemak Bay last Thursday. Equipment for Furie’s Kitchen Lights monopod well arrived in the bay on Sept. 9. The monopod will be set over Furie’s Kitchen Lights unit number 3 well in Cook Inlet about 20 miles north of N...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:41am
  • A horrific crime brought Miriam Aarons and Mao Tosi together. On Oct. 23, the pair of community organizers will share a message of collaboration as co-keynote speakers at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. “I never thought in a million years I would ever be an AFN co-keynote...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:36am
  • Changes to the observer program and discussion of a possible Gulf of Alaska rationalization program are back on the menu at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s October meeting. The council, which began meeting in Anchorage on Wednesday, also will approve crab fishery catches, take final...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:34am
  • It was hard to hear the announcement over the din of the 150 people who attended the 40th anniversary banquet for the United Fishermen of Alaska — but when a table mate leaned over and said “Boy that’s great,” to Jim Butler, the Kenai man knew something was up. Longtime commercial fisherman ...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:28am
  • With 28 of 29 precincts reporting, current Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has taken 53.52 percent of the vote in a three-way race against Tom Bearup of Soldotna and Carrol J. Martin, also of Soldotna. Navarre had 4,794 votes. Bearup was in second place with 3,270 or 36.51 percent of the ...

    Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:37pm
  • In unofficial Homer election results, with both precincts counted, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe easily won re-election to a second term with 654 votes to challenger Lindianne Sarno’s 350 votes. Two-term council member David Lewis also won re-election to the Homer City Council, finishing second with 531 ...

    Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:34pm
  • Castner: People get to vote on charter Homer is a wonderful community; people pray together, play together, fish, farm, support their youth, and enjoy the talents of its chefs and artists. While diverse in political view, community values of fairness and non-discrimination generally...

    Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:43pm
  • Arno: Let's encourage prosperity for all I don’t have all the answers and I surely don’t know everything and we will have our differences but if you vote for me I will serve Homer with an open ear and I will do my best to serve the best interest of Homer.  And when I say ...

    Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:25pm
  • 12:30 p.m. update The Coast Guard and the state Division of Oil and Gas are reporting that the fire on Hilcorp’s Baker platform is under control. “Last I heard, the fire was still being fought, but it is basically smoldering at this point,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st C...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:22pm
  • Sarno: Involve citizens, youth ...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:45am
  • 1. Some people have criticized the city of Homer as being anti-business. Do you think this is true? Why? What, if anything, should the city of Homer do to help business and promote economic development?  Candidates for Homer Mayor:...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:05am
  • It has been my privilege to be Homer’s mayor for the past two years. I have worked hard to represent Homer as a community “open for business.” Actions that I have promoted in this effort include:• Changes in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) presentation.• Encouraging a strategic planning...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:39am
  • My mayoral office hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daily citizen meetings at mayor’s office: Monday, public health and wellbeing; Tuesday, facilities and infrastructure; Wednesday, education; Thursday, budget and audit reviews; and Friday, economic development/port and harbor....

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:35am

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