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  • Mattea Peters doesn’t have to remember back too far to recall how she felt as a freshman at Homer High School. “I was pretty intimidated by all the older kids,” said Mattea, now a senior and part of the school’s peer mentoring program that matches seniors and freshman. “I think this helps ...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 5:46am
  • Sen Lisa Murkowski: “Sen. Murkowski is extremely concerned about the attacks that killed over 1,400 Syrians and the United States sending a signal to other dangerous nations like Iran and North Korea that breaking global laws has no consequences. When President Obama announced he ...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 5:32am
  • STOCKHOLM (AP) — President Barack Obama says the international community and Congress’s credibility are on the line if a chemical attack on civilians in Syria goes unanswered. Obama is seeking congressional and international support for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bash...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 5:30am
  • The nine-member Kenai Peninsula School Board will make its once-a-year visit to Homer on Monday. A full agenda of committee meetings held in the Homer High School library will keep the board busy throughout the day, beginning in the morning and continuing through the afternoon. The board’s regular...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 4:08pm
  • A Homer teen pleaded guilty last Wednesday to a reduced charge in a fake bomb incident that happened at Homer High School last May. Zachary Fraley, 18, accepted a plea agreement charging him with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The Homer High School graduate or...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 4:06pm
  • Who can forget the wide-eyed excitement of youngsters attending the ribbon-cutting marking completion of a community-wide rebuild of Karen A. Hornaday Hillside Park’s playground in May 2012? The improvements are far from over, thanks to two new donations to HoPP, the Homer Playground Project, and ...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 4:02pm
  • During Tamamta Katurlluta: A Gathering of Native Tradition held in Homer last weekend, (see first of three photos) one of three kayaks arrives on the Homer Spit; (second of three photos) Father Thomas Andrew of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai, offers a blessin...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:59pm
  • The ceremonial valve turning in July of a natural gas meter at South Peninsula Hospital drew a crowd of dignitaries, including Gov. Sean Parnell, but when gas actually flowed to two homes on Fairview Avenue, there was no fanfare. Last Friday, Enstar Natural Gas Co. crews turned the valves and starte...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:54pm
  • Despite a warning last month that she would need to see progress on a resolution in the case of two Homer brothers charged with second-degree sexual assault in relation to an incident last year at a Homer teen drinking party, Judge Margaret Murphy continued for another 30 days a preliminary hearing ...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:46pm
  • Almost a year after a large East End Road teenage drinking party turned ugly, with one boy sexually assaulted while others allegedly watched, how has Homer changed from the incident? For the victim and his family, they’re trying to move ahead. The victim is now in college and healing from the inci...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:43pm
  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center offers three different workshops Sept. 16 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. • A presentation on the SBA HUBZone program will be from 10 a.m to noon. Free. Register online by Sept. 6. • A presentation on the SBA 8(A) program will be ...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:46pm
  • The Seldovia Bay Ferry has announced an indefinite extension of its fourth season providing round trips between Seldovia and Homer twice a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The extended service schedule begins Friday. The extension comes following the extended absence of the Alaska Marin...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:45pm
  • Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic received a $65,000 Health Information Technology Grant from the Office of Population Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The grant will be used for the purchase, implementation, staff training and integration support of a software s...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:45pm
  • JUNEAU — An initiative to increase Alaska’s minimum wage yearly to keep up with inflation has at least 12,000 signatures, petition sponsor Ed Flanagan said. Flanagan, a former state labor commissioner, is sponsoring the initiative along with Tom Cashen and Jim Sampson. Both Cashen and Sampson al...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:43pm
  • Bycatch in Alaska’s commercial fisheries is a touchy subject. Discussions at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council about capping bycatch for salmon and halibut in various federal fisheries over the past few years have been contentious. Declining returns of king salmon in rivers throughout...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:42pm
  • While much of the Lower 48 is still recovering from a devastating recession, Alaska’s economy remains stable, and our employment numbers are strong. Alaska’s unemployment rate for 2012 was 1.1 percent below the national average.  In fact, Alaska’s unemployment rate has been below the nati...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:40pm
  • Cruise tour passengers going to Fairbanks will not be riding a Holland America Princess train to the city next summer. The parent company of Holland America Line and Princess cruises, known as HAP, recently confirmed it is terminating its rail service from Denali National Park to Fairbanks at the st...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:38pm
  • Ready or not, certain changes to the health care market are on the way, and small businesses will be impacted. As some parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect Oct. 1, Alaskans will see changes in the health care market, Josh Weinstein said at an Aug. 19 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Mon...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:36pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP)  — People from across the country are expected in Fairbanks next month for the opportunity to ride rare rails as part of the 2013 National Railway Historical Society Convention, which Alaska is hosting in September. The convention runs Sept. 14–22....

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 1:01pm
  • People are starting to get antsy.  The hours of daylight are getting noticeably shorter. The fireweed has gone to seed. I can hear the nervousness in people’s voices when they ask, “How much longer is the Homer Farmers’ Market going to be open?” Locals pay attention to these things. Six...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 12:59pm

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