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  • JUNEAU — U.S. Rep. Don Young has voted with the majority in passing legislation to reduce borrowing costs for millions of college students. The measure, which passed the House Wednesday, links student loan interest rates to financial markets. That means lower rates for most students now but higher...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:49pm
  • Alaska Air Group Inc. announced yet another quarter of profits July 25. The airline reported an adjusted net income of $105 million for the second quarter of 2013, compared to $111 million for the second quarter of 2012. That’s more than the company’s first quarter adjusted net income of $44 mil...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:49pm
  • The State of Alaska last week approved a permit to allow a Texas-based waste disposal company to store up to 10 million gallons of petroleum drilling waste at a 1.5-acre site in Nikiski’s industrial area. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit allows AIMM Technologies Inc. to c...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:47pm
  • Alaska’s financial institutions are seeing an increase in loan volume as the economy picks up. At the state’s banks and credit unions, loans are on the rise and other performance metrics also look strong. First National Bank of Alaska had about $1.28 billion in total loans for the second quarter...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:46pm
  • Icicle Seafoods crew on Tuesday unload an 88-inch halibut from the Dangerous Cape, a commercial halibut-fishing boat owned by Eric Velsko, John Velsko and Nick Downs. The boat’s catch also included a 91-inch flatfish. According to a halibut length-weight chart created by the International Pacific ...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:44pm
  • Despite a dry summer, area farmers’ fields are lush with green crops. Bob Durr’s farm in Nikolaevsk is bursting with radishes, peas, zucchinis, beets, kohlrabi, broccoli, purple and lime green cauliflower, romanesco, cucumbers, potatoes and more, mostly in rows more than 100 feet long....

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:41pm
  • This is the best time of the year for visiting farms and gardens. Last weekend’s Homer Garden Club garden tours had more than 300 visitors. With everything growing, it’s hard to resist a peek....

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:24pm
  • Make that one more delay for the M/V Tustumena, the 49-year-old, 296-foot vessel of the Alaska Marine Highway System that provides service between Homer, Seldovia and Kodiak Island communities. Between April and October, the Tustumena also makes stops at Chignik, Sand Point, King Cove, Cold Bay, Fal...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 1:22pm
  • Following a forensic examination and further investigation, Homer Police have ruled the death of Mark Matthews, 61, a homicide. Matthews was found dead about 10:15 p.m. July 28 by two people walking on the Poopdeck Trail, a path connecting Pioneer Avenue to Hazel Avenue and Poopdeck Street in downto...

    Tue, 08/06/2013 - 2:35pm
  • A pilot and five passengers walked away from a Cessna 206 plane crash on a bear viewing trip in the Katmai National Park area. No one was injured in the crash and all were taken back to Homer by another flight service. According to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson, the...

    Mon, 08/05/2013 - 4:37pm
  •   An electrical equipment failure shut down power from the Safeway grocery store on the Sterling Highway to the end of the Homer Spit on Monday afternoon. Power was out from about 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Related to the outage, Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins ordered an evacuation of the Fish Do...

    Mon, 08/05/2013 - 4:00pm
  • A change of plea hearing scheduled for Monday in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59, has been continued to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Homer Courthouse.  According to one of the alleged victims in the case, lawyer Michael Hough, Martushoff was scheduled to appear for a hearing in which a char...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:35pm
  • The Surfbird sinks off the Deep Water Dock on Saturday afternoon. A salvage crew was attempting to refloat the boat this week and tow it to the barge landing by Pier One Theatre, but as of Wednesday morning had not yet moved it to the beach. Divers plugged fuel tanks to prevent a spill, and the owne...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:34pm
  • Pilot cars, new pavement, new striping. Homer’s seen it all this summer. And it isn’t over yet.  The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is holding an open house from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Cowles Council Chambers to provide information on seven upcoming projects in the Ho...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:26pm
  • If you ever wondered why an elected official voted this way or that, or were determined you could do a better job, here’s your chance. The Oct. 1 election for city and borough positions is just around the corner and candidate filing is getting underway. Homer Candidacy filing begi...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:24pm
  • Homer will go forward into the past with a redistricting plan passed last month by the Alaska Redistricting Board. Following an Alaska Supreme Court decision that the board redo the 2012 plan, the board last month approved new House and Senate districts and, if it wins court approval, will include t...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:23pm
  • On his visit to Homer last Thursday to be the host of the fifth Governor’s Family Picnic held in Alaska this summer, Gov. Sean Parnell stopped by the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club weekly noon meeting for a short speech and a lot of questions. “I like to spend a lot more time interacting with you than...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:09pm
  • The Homer Advisory Planning Commission has denied a conditional use permit application by Eric Lee of Slingblade Aviation to put a heliport on the Homer Spit. Lee proposed a helipad that would be on the beach across the Homer Spit Road from the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. He would run about five fli...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:46pm
  • The first Concert on the Lawn was held 34 years ago. Although the weather was the best the concert has enjoyed in a number of years, attendance was down. KBBI reported 850 concert-goers on Saturday and 550 on Sunday....

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:22pm
  • A preliminary hearing was continued on Friday, July 26, in the case of Zachary Fraley, the Homer High School student charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, for allegedly placing a bomb-like device at the high school that caused an evacuation of the school on May 16.  Judge...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:18pm

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