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  • In stark contrast to the scores who witnessed a 777 crash that killed two in San Francisco the day before, no one saw the crash of a nine-passenger charter plane that killed 10 people in Soldotna Sunday. All that was known about the crash, as of Monday night, was that the pilot was not able to keep ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:11pm
  • Now in her ninth year and her third term as a U.S. senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, once again visited Homer. This time, rather than a whirlwind visit, Murkowski made it a working holiday for the Fourth of July, meeting everyone from Seldovia children to burly men in kilts at the Homer Fourth...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:03pm
  • Homer Police this week charged a Homer man with first-degree arson, a felony, for allegedly torching his own motorhome. Alen T. Blatchford, 66, also was charged with failure to control or report a dangerous fire. Homer Police found Blatchford standing outside his motorhome on Jenny Way when they wen...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:15pm
  • Alaska State Troopers on Sunday went to a report of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to a trooper press release, at about 3 p.m. July 7 troopers responded to a Thurmond Avenue home in Anchor Point where they found a 58-year-old Anchor Point man had taken his own life by shooting ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:14pm
  • A Wisconsin fishermen who got his hand and body caught in an anchor winch on a Homer fishing boat on July 4 died of his injuries. Ninilchik Emergency Services medics responded to the boat and pronounced Lewis Byerly, 55, dead. The F/V Anna Lane was about 1.5 miles offshore of Ninilchik at the time o...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:13pm
  • Both Alaska U.S. senators and the Homer Chamber of Commerce have asked for an extension to the 45-day period for comments on a revised version of the halibut catch sharing.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service on June 28 published the proposed ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:12pm
  • Two attempts to derail the inevitable and affirmative vote for borough-wide riparian regulations were thwarted last week as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted 6 -3 to enact the broader protective regulations over local waters. With the vote, the assembly largely agreed that some form of proa...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:10pm
  • A year ago, volunteers young and old, locals as well as visitors turned out in force to transform Karen Hornaday Park’s aging playground into a wonderland for children of all ages. Wednesday, the spotlight was on Bayview Park, where community members gathered to work and to share ideas for improvi...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:08pm
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.  — A recent Homer High School graduate is among the second group of summer interns working in the office of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Maggie Graham of Homer is one of 10 students from across Alaska who will observe and participate in the daily operations of the U.S. Senate an...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 3:51pm
  • State seeks to advance ANWR plan dismissed by Interior Secretary JUNEAU — The state of Alaska is taking the next step in trying to advance a multiyear plan aimed at determining the oil and gas potential in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a proposal that Interior Secret...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 2:03pm
  • Almost a year after announcing it would convert two of its vessels to liquefied natural gas, officials with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc., or TOTE, said the modifications are on schedule. The 840-foot M/V Midnight Sun and M/V North Star, TOTE’s Orca Class containerships that operate between Anc...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:58pm
  • The Consumer Energy Alliance is working with private industry and state officials to raise awareness about the need for increased oil and gas development in Alaska, CEA President David Holt told the Resource Development Council June 26. Holt said his message to the rest of the country is the same as...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:57pm
  • JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski called on the companies seeking to develop a massive copper and gold prospect near the headwaters of a premier salmon fishery to release a mine plan soon, saying they are contributing to uncertainty surrounding the proposed Pebble mine. Murkowski, in a letter to o...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:55pm
  • Three new directors were named to the board of Australian independent Buccaneer Energy in a special July 2 shareholder meeting, a development that puts the company’s current focus on Cook Inlet offshore exploration in question. The board is now split three-to-three, with the three new directors ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:26pm
  • “Look at those beets! This is so exciting!” I can’t help but smile when I hear someone getting all worked up about vegetables at the Homer Farmers’ Market. It lets me know that I’m not the only one who is divinely happy just because Bob Durr brought strawberries to the Market this week or ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:15pm
  • The Fourth of July wasn’t the only crowd-drawing attraction in Seldovia on Thursday. An impressive line-up of dignitaries turned shovels of dirt, marking the beginning of construction at an old cannery site of a 100-by-60-foot steel frame structure planned to house Seldovia Wild Seafood.  The...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:11pm
  • A fire that started about 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July severely damaged a small house on a private driveway off Diamond Ridge Road. Kachemak Emergency Services and Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters had to string at least 500 feet of hose down a gravel driveway to get to the fire. About 2...

    Fri, 07/05/2013 - 10:41am
  • A hearing held last Friday for Anthony Resetarits, 21, and Joseph Resetarits, 18, each charged with sexual assault following a Sept. 8, 2012, East End Road teen drinking party, has been continued until 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Homer Courthouse. Appearing telephonically, Phillip Weidner, Anthony Reset...

    Tue, 07/02/2013 - 3:09pm
  • Maintenance workers with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Monday found the body of a 32-year-old Anchorage man near Paul Banks Elementary School on East End Road. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said a worker called police about 10:40 a.m. July 1 saying a body was found in the woods near ...

    Tue, 07/02/2013 - 3:08pm
  • With the Fourth of July falling on Thursday, that leaves a nice long weekend to celebrate the nation’s independence. Parades and games, barbecues and cook-offs, bucking broncos and antiques cars.  The party stretches from Thursday through Sunday, from Ninilchik to Seldovia.    ...

    Tue, 07/02/2013 - 3:07pm

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