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  • Nearly 63 percent of voters polled are in favor of a likely 2014 ballot initiative that would prohibit mining in Bristol Bay, according to an opinion poll released by Anchorage-based Hays Research Group. Almost 24 percent said they would oppose the ballot initiative....

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:18pm
  • When it comes to the M/V Tustumena’s long-overdue return to service, absence is not only making hearts of Seldovia residents grow fonder, it also has created a hardship for residents and businesses in communities the state ferry serves....

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:18pm
  • While the Kenai Peninsula Borough has several initiatives on its ballot, the city of Homer keeps its simple with one question: “Shall Homer City Code Chapter 5.42 prohibiting sellers from providing customers with disposable shopping bags be repealed?”  A yes vote repeals the plastic bag ban...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:13pm
  • With the Oct. 1 municipal election less than two weeks away, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters have time to do their homework before stepping into the ballot booth. Understanding the three borough propositions is a good place to start. Proposition No. 1...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:11pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Oct. 14: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7-9 p.m.   Chapman School Sept. 20: Soccer vs Nikiski at Nikiski, 3 p.m., leave school at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27: PreK visit dentist...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:54pm
  • In recent competition, Megan Pitzman has been the first Homer High School runner on the girls’ cross country team to cross the finish line, helping the Mariner girls claim first place. While she may be part of the Chapple clan, a well-known running family in Homer, the 14-year-old freshman is blaz...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:52pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The state of Alaska wants ConocoPhillips to reopen its mothballed Kenai Peninsula liquefied natural gas plant to provide an incentive for petroleum companies to explore and invest in Cook Inlet. In a Sept. 5 letter to ConocoPhillips President Trond-Erik Johansen, Natural Resources...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:40pm
  • The REC Room will be the location of the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours (formely the Chamber Mixer) from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 19. The REC Room is located at 3957 Nielsen Circle. This is an opportunity to meet REC Room staff and youth and mingle with other business owners. The evening w...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:39pm
  • The Homer Marine Trade Association  announces its annual meeting and membership drive. The annual meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26in the downstairs meeting room at the Bidarka  Inn-Best Western. The no-host bar will open at 4:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be provided, sponsore...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:39pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Anchorage residents soon might be hearing the phrase “plus tax.” The Anchorage Daily News reports Mayor Dan Sullivan is considering a sales tax in the city to reduce the burden on property taxes. Sullivan says four “community discussions” will be set up in October and Nove...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:37pm
  • Pointing out Homer’s year-round ice-free deepwater port and its designation as a port of refuge, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe welcomed the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council to Homer last week for the CIRCAC board’s quarterly meeting. Noting harbor improvements that are planned, Wythe said,...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:37pm
  • KETCHIKAN — An Alaska man has developed a smartphone app to help people learn the Tlingit language. KRBD reports Simon Roberts of Klawock has developed the app for both iPhones and Android phones. Roberts says it’s the first of three levels to help people learn the southern Tlingit dialect. The ...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:36pm
  • JUNEAU — One of the partners in a massive and contentious proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska is pulling out, raising questions about the future of the project. London-based Anglo American PLC announced Monday that a subsidiary, Anglo American (US) Pebble LLC, is withdrawing from the Pebble Mi...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:35pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has declared this Harvest Moon Local Foods Week — a chance to explore and celebrate local food, including seafood and farming.   The Sept. 18-19 full moon is the Harvest Moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox) and there is harvest indeed...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:34pm
  • Looking for something tasty to eat and drink, but can’t decide which of Homer’s top-notch spots to visit? Wonder no longer.  With samplings from 19 different participating vendors, the Taste of Homer 2013, held at Wasabi’s beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, is designed to fit the bill....

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 1:28pm
  • Acting Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell announced Wednesday that the 2013 permanent fund dividend (PFD) will be $900. Applications from 670,865 Alaskans were received, a decrease of approximately 7,000 applications from 2012. The first dividends will be paid Oct. 3, when approximately 507,000 appl...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 12:54pm
  • A harbor porpoise skeleton hangs from the ceiling at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The Marine Mammal Camp at Peterson Bay articulated the skeleton this summer as part of learning about marine mammals. CACS also holds its annual CoastWalk kickoff at 5:30 p.m. today at its Smokey Bay Way hea...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:35am
  • ANCHORAGE — The number of plane crash fatalities in Alaska has more than tripled this year, yet the number of light plane crashes has fallen. As of Tuesday, there were 32 fatalities in crashes this year in the state. Clint Johnson, head of the Alaska region for the National Transportation Safety B...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:10am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly makes its annual visit to Homer on Tuesday, meeting in the Homer City Council chambers. The afternoon schedule includes a Finance Committee meeting at 3 p.m., Lands Committee at 3:15 p.m., Policies and Procedures Committee at 3:30 p.m. and Legislative Committee a...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:10am
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    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 6:56am

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