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  • FAIRBANKS — The National Guard has helped evacuate residents from a small community in Alaska’s interior where a river ice jam caused major flooding, washing out roads and submerging homes and other buildings. State officials estimate several hundred people have left the town of Galena, which re...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:38pm
  • Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell visited the central Kenai Peninsula Tuesday and signed three bills sponsored by members of the local legislative delegation during the last session. As Parnell addressed the joint Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce luncheon group, he said he was proud of the coordinatio...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:34pm
  • As Homer heads into the 2013 tourist season, it appears visitors are reacting positively to an improving economy; local charters and lodging concerns are reporting increased and earlier bookings; and many are saying it could be the best summer in several years. Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Co...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:32pm
  • The Seldovia of today is a quiet, remote Alaska community of fewer than 300 residents.There was a time, however, when Seldovia was anything but quiet....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:30pm
  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a point in April to 6 percent. The adjusted national rate for the month was 7.5 percent. From March to April the national rate fell 0.1 percent. The last time the state’s adjusted unemployment was as low as 6 percent was in the su...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:03pm
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System is considering raising its rates for traveling aboard the state’s ferries in order to deal with a pared down operating budget approved by lawmakers this spring. Officials informed the state’s public advisory board this week that the ferry system will end its disc...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:03pm
  • ANCHORAGE – On June 7, an international team of scientists, artists and educators launch an expedition to study marine debris in southwest Alaska. Howard Ferren of the Alaska SeaLife Center leads the expedition, along with scientist Carl Safina, the founding president of Blue Ocean Institute based...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:58pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — When Carla Beam prepared a report on the so-called “fiscal cliff” for the University of Alaska Board of Regents in December, she found unexpected inspiration in a Looney Tunes clip. Wile E. Coyote’s legs would keep churning in the old cartoons, whether he was running off a l...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:53pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell left the Legislature’s budget largely intact when he signed off on $6.8 billion in general fund spending for the 2014 fiscal year. That’s the state’s spending as part of a $13.5 billion total budget, which includes federal dollars and Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends. The 2014...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:53pm
  • If the Alaska Wireless Network transaction is approved, and funding is available, rural Alaska consumers could see expanded data service for cell phones and mobile devices by the end of 2014. Alaska Communications and General Communications Inc. made a voluntary commitment to the federal government ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:51pm
  • The state of Alaska could put up $50 million to share costs of seismic exploration and exploration planning for a new oil and gas resource assessment in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gov Sean Parnell has proposed. “The Department of the Interior is now developing a long...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:50pm
  • ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage poet gets to realize her dream to visit the ghost of a remote western Alaska village where her Inupiat Eskimo ancestors once lived, thanks to funds she raised through crowdsourcing....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:49pm
  • The former showroom of VBS Heating Products on Lake Shore Drive seems an improbable location for a nail salon. But as it turns out, it’s a surprisingly fitting transformation. Dee Bottineau has moved her nail salon, Dragonfly Nails by Dee, from its former location at the corner of the Sterling Hig...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:44pm
  • There is certainly no better way to kick off a Memorial Day weekend than with a bustling Homer Farmers’ Market. Last weekend was a stunning example of what the possibilities are for the first market of the year. I can’t count how many people asked me before the market started, “Will there be a...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:31pm
  • JUNEAU — A new report card deems 11 percent of Alaska’s bridges are structurally deficient and 12.5 percent functionally obsolete. Structurally deficient bridges need maintenance or possible replacement, while functionally obsolete bridges — which might be in good shape — don’t meet contem...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:29pm
  • Resources Energy Inc., the Japanese company interested in developing a large liquefied natural gas project, has signed several agreements to explore business relationships in Alaska. The agreements are all nonbinding so far except for confidentiality provisions. They include two Alaska Native region...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:29pm
  • Two closely watched Cook Inlet exploration wells being drilled with jack-up rigs are reported to have reached or are approaching their target depths. Furie Operating Alaska Inc., drilling the Kitchen Lights Unit No. 3 well in North Cook Inlet, has reached its planned depth of 10,400 feet and is maki...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:27pm
  • A photo caption in the May 23 Homer News incorrectly stated the fishing status of the Anchor River. The river is open to fishing downstream of an Alaska Department of Fish and Game weir below the Anchor River-Old Sterling Highway bridge....

    Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:54pm
  • The history of Memorial Day, a day for honoring all those who died in service to the nation, dates back decades before World War II touched the shores of the Aleutians. It was originally known as “Decoration Day” and officially proclaimed Memorial Day and first observed in May 1868. In 1971, it ...

    Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:46am
  • The devastation of war is real enough when beamed into living rooms from across thousands of miles. For some, the reality lives in memories of those who were on the battlefront. For others, it’s the emptiness left by a family member who never returned from duty to his or her country....

    Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:42am

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