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  • With current Homer High School principal Dr. Allan Gee leaving the school at the end of this school year, a new principal has been selected. Doug Waclawski, the school’s assistant principal since 2010, will become the school’s principal for 2013-2014. “This is the best school in the state of A...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:19pm
  • Homer area residents and voters from other areas of the Kenai Peninsula got a two-for-one special Friday with an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, during a town hall meeting held at Homer City Hall.  “Thank you to bot...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:14pm
  • In a photo on her Facebook page, Marissa Paul, a 2011 Homer High School graduate, holds a shiny curved bone. It looks like the kind of bone beachcombers might find along Kachemak Bay from a moose or bear.  Paul, however, got the bone from a place closer to her heart — about six inches up towa...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:09pm
  • “The birds are always out there waiting for us to notice them,” said Jeffrey Gordon, this year’s keynote speaker at the 21st annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.  Gordon, 48, is the president of the American Birding Association based in Colorado Springs, Colo. He will be welcomed to Ho...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 4:58pm
  • Small businesses and small, as in “young,” business owners are the driving force behind Lemonade Day, a national event that occurs Saturday. Joining the million kids in 100 cities across the nation, Homer’s participants are not only smart-minded when it comes to developing their businesses, bu...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 6:19pm
  • Buccaneer Energy will have access to drill for oil with the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig within a well-established Cook Inlet unit known for its gas reserves after inking a deal with ConocoPhillips....

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:51pm
  • Winners selected in amateur photo contest Winning photos and photographers in Nomar’s 2013 Shorebird Festival Amateur Photo Contest have been selected: Best of show, $300: Michael Halstead of Homer; Alaska wildlife, first place, $50: ...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:45pm
  • JUNEAU — Three former state labor commissioners are behind an effort aimed at raising Alaska’s minimum wage. Ed Flanagan, Tom Cashen and Jim Sampson are behind a proposed initiative to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.75 an hour to $8.75 an hour effective Jan. 1, 2015. It would go to $...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:43pm
  • Three directors were elected to Homer Electric Association’s board during the utility’s Wednesday annual meeting in Kenai. Dan Chay of Kenai won the race for District 1; Soldotna’s Ed Oberts was elected to District 2; and incumbent Bill Fry of Homer was re-elected to his District 3 seat. Chay ...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:37pm
  • Bob Day, Homer Electric Association power production manager, gets visibly excited when he talks about the technology behind the utility’s new Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion project. Day said he could go on talking for hours about the technology HEA uses to capture exhaust heat from its gas-pow...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:36pm
  • Joanne Thordarson, left, and Betty Siegel look for shorebirds on Friday at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit as the morning tide was going out. Siegel, the volunteer coordinator for the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, was counting and identifying shorebirds as part of a shorebird monitoring pro...

    Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:52am
  • The day before his trial was set to begin in Homer, a 53-year-old man accused of kidnapping, armed assault, robbery and burglary has accepted a plea deal dismissing those felony charges....

    Thu, 05/02/2013 - 12:17pm
  • June sailings for the M/V Tustumena have been cancelled, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced last week. The Tustumena will not return to service until July. The Tustumena has been undergoing repairs and retrofitting since last November, and had been scheduled to return to service in April. Un...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:33pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas has provided the following update on its project to bring natural gas from Anchor Point to Homer and Kachemak City....

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:32pm
  • The first in-town bear of the season was reported seen Tuesday morning near South Peninsula Hospital. According to a police report, a hospital employee about 9:30 a.m. reported seeing a black bear sow and cub heading from above Karen Hornaday Park to the park. At press time on Wednesday, police and ...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:32pm
  • Among those being recognized at commencement ceremonies for Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, is Campus Director Carol Swartz. Honoring her 27 years of commitment and service to the university and to the community of Homer, Swartz will be presented with the...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:31pm
  • An Anchor Point man arrested last week for a shooting incident faces a new charge after he allegedly tried to escape from the Homer Jail two days later. A Kenai grand jury last week indicted Niko Mogar, 22, for attempted second-degree escape. It also indicted him and his co-defendant, Christopher Mu...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:30pm
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    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:28pm
  • With 16 teams and an organizing committee hard at work, the 2013 Relay for Life of Homer is lining up to be a success.  “It’s going good,” said Marilyn Parrett, co-chair for the event, adding there’s been a bit of a slow start, which she attributes to a long winter. “Usually spring is...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:19pm
  • With a month to the June 3 deadline for turning in petitions, a citizen initiative to repeal Homer’s plastic bag ban as of this week has collected more than half the 230 signatures needed to get the initiative on the October ballot.  Organizers need 25 percent of the ballots cast last October...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:17pm

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