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  • STAFF REPORT A preliminary hearing held Friday for the two defendants charged with robbing the Grog Shop liquor store has been continued to Feb. 1. John Mumey, 50, and Terry Lashley-Elliot, 32, were charged in December with one count each of first-degree robbery, a class A felony....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:55pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER On a second vote to repeal a seasonal sales tax exemption on food, the Homer City Council again defeated the ordinance proposed last year by council member Bryan Zak.  This time, with council member Beau Burgess switching his vote, the...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:51pm
  • Homer residents took to the microphone at Monday’s regular Homer City Council meeting to express their views on formation of a citywide Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District. Among those testifying was Homer Mayor Beth Wythe. Before commenting, Wythe — who has been determined to have a c...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:51pm
  • What was meant to be a short, two-hour snowmachine ride with a friend last Friday turned out much differently for Steven Craig, 41, of Homer. After Craig became lost, an estimated 100 individuals on the ground and in the air spent the weekend battling foul weather in hopes of finding the snowmachine...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:49pm
  • By RUSSELL STIGALL Morris news Service - Alaska Just a few years after the half-century mark of the state it serves, Alaska’s Marine Highway System hits the big five-o. The marine highway system has gone through a number of changes since it first went into operation with ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:41pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The beluga whales that swim in Cook Inlet are continuing to struggle and appear headed for extinction if nothing changes, a government official said Friday. A survey done in June found the whales “are not recovering,” said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and A...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:41pm
  • An energy audit of Alaska public facilities uncovered some of the most, and least, energy efficient buildings in the state. The study, conducted by Alaska Housing Finance Corp., evaluated 327 investment grade audits performed on public facilities. The study estimates there are 5,000 public buildings...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:40pm
  • Youngblood recognized for her volunteer efforts Hours of volunteering at various real estate events and her work in the Homer area recently earned First National Bank Alaska Home Loan Specialist Karrie Youngblood special recognition. Late last month, the Kachemak Board of Realtors n...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:39pm
  • By Mckibben Jackinsky Staff writer Who knew when Kathy Sarns put her gold rush license plate design on 50 bike jerseys in 2003 to see if they’d sell that her jerseys were destined for Hollywood?  No one, that’s who. Including Sarns. If you’ve seen “This is 40,...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:38pm
  • Homer Electric Association will be “extremely busy” in 2013 finishing projects and preparing the utility for a looming shift that will place it in direct control of area power generation needs, a co-op spokesman said. For several years HEA has been setting wheels in motion anticipating the sever...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:35pm
  • It’s 1:30 a.m. when Laurie Speakman gets the call. Alaska State Trooper Dispatch tells her another one has been hit and gives her the GPS coordinates. Outside it’s probably below zero when she starts the pickup, equipped with a flashing siren, a wench and a boom. She dresses in thick clothing wh...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:26pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer There are Christmas wish lists. There are New Year lists of resolution. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has its Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Improvements-Major Maintenance Projects List, a six-year plan. It will be addressed by the...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:14pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A day after Royal Dutch Shell PLC towed a damaged floating drill rig to shelter from a remote Alaska island, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the department will perform an “expedited, high-level assessment” of the 2012 Arctic offshore drilling season....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:13pm
  • A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member’s attempt to introduce an ordinance that would have undone an expansion of the borough’s anadromous waters habitat protection ordinance was foiled by an unlikely source: the “reply all” button on his email. Newly elected assembly member Kelly Wolf wi...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:12pm
  • The man driving a truck when Alaska State Troopers arrested Bret Herrick, 52, on Dec. 8 in Anchor Point has been charged with first-degree hindering prosecution, a felony. Troopers allege William R. Dalton, 35, knew that Herrick had a warrant for his arrest and had given him a ride...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:02pm
  • As Rep. Paul Seaton, the District 30 representative for Homer, heads to Juneau for the 28th Legislature meeting Jan. 14 to April 14, he’ll be looking forward to a big change in the State Capitol building. Wifi....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:02pm
  • Shortly before the holiday break, the youngsters at Homer Head Start joined Alaska’s fight against tobacco use, thanks to a program sponsored by RurAL CAP, Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. When the 4- and 5-year-olds headed home that day, the youngsters carried little ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:53pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer Jack Maryott, solid waste director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, summed up the progress to turn the Homer BFL, Baler Facility-Landfill, into a waste transfer site in six words. “The project is right on schedule,” Maryott told the Ho...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:51pm
  • Saturday was moving day at the Pratt Museum when about 25 volunteers showed up to help move sections of a gray whale from the workshop into the space where the new exhibit, “Encounters: Whales In Our Waters,” will open on Feb. 1. The exhibit will profile nine cetacean species with the ce...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:50pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Although Buccaneer Oil had intended last fall to have moved the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence to oil and gas exploration sites in Cook Inlet, that the rig remained at the Homer Deep Water Dock as of Jan. 1 could mean a tidy t...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:17pm

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