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  • 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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    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:15pm
  • If the print edition of today’s Homer News had scratch ’n’ sniff ink, an eau de Homer this spring would have a recipe like this: • Start with a generous dose of wet dog; • Add a sprinkle of sewage sludge; • Toss in a dead sea otter; • Throw in that yucky black stuff at the bottom of an...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:13pm
  • You’ve known it as the Glacier Drive-In. Now, it’s the “Glacier D” with new owners Lee and Jill Pedersen doing the driving. Or cooking, as the case may be. Long-time acquaintances of previous owners Sonny and Nancy Smith, the Pedersens have been hard at work putting a shine on the popular Gl...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 4:35pm
  • Homer Eye Care will have a Designer Frame Trunk Show from 10 a.m.-7p.m. today at its office in the Point of View Plaza, 3726 Lake St., Suite A. The show follows Dr. Andrew Peter’s visit in mid-March to the International Vision Expo and Conference in New York and will bring new European vendors not...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 4:13pm
  • This will be the fourth season the 150-passenger fast-ferry, the M/V Kachemak Voyager, will be providing a 45-minute trip between Homer and Seldovia twice a day. It begins operating May 23 and continues through Sept. 3. Operating Thursday through Monday, the Kachemak Voyager departs Seldovia at 9 a....

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 4:09pm
  • In the heart of Homer on Pioneer Avenue, what started as a simple quick-serve restaurant has grown into one of Homer’s more eclectic and popular eating spots. This week, Cosmic Kitchen at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Kachemak Way celebrates its 10th anniversary — a milestone for a street whe...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 4:07pm
  • JUNEAU — As the sun creeps into the sleeping quarters of the Tustumena, passengers who take a second to look out the window wake up to volcanic topography, sky blue lakes and wildlife that looks extraterrestrial even to most Alaskans. That ethereal experience only lasts a few seconds; the berth’...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 4:03pm

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