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  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center will host two workshops this month at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. There will be a free “Starting a Business” workshop from 1-3 p.m. June 17. Bryan Zak, regional director will answer basic questions and offer helpful resources to give participants t...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:38am
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    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:38am
  • I have to admit my bias towards the Homer Farmers’ Market. Sure, I have been writing weekly for ages extolling the virtues of our local market, but now I am seriously entrenched.  It won’t be secret for long that my husband now has a booth there, too.   I don’t want to show too much ...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:08am
  • As fisheries managers throughout Alaska prepare for low king salmon returns, federal regulators are considering new limits on king bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s June agenda includes final action on a king salmon bycatch cap in the Gulf of Alaska non-...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:03am
  • Another outbreak of campylobacter infection tied to a Kenai Peninsula cow share operation has sickened five people, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. An earlier outbreak sickened more than 31 people in February.  Both outbreaks have originated from Peninsula Diar...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:13pm
  • Soldotna-based Alaska State Troopers have identified the persons Tuesday night’s homicide-suicide case as Earl Moore, 69, and Lynda Moore, 66, both of Soldotna....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:10pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A man who was on a rafting trip near Hope south of Anchorage died after falling overboard. KTUU-TV reports that Steven Morton from the United Kingdom died Monday during a Nova River Runners trip down Six Mile Creek. Nova River Runners owner Chuck Spaulding says water levels along the c...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:10pm
  • Joe Miller has filed paperwork indicating he has raised more than $5,000 for a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Mark Begich in the 2014 election. Miller could not be reached for comment on whether the filing indicated a run for that office, or whether he is just continuing to explo...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:08pm
  • A plan to overhaul the city of Homer’s water and sewer rate structure is now on the fast track. At its meeting Monday night, the Homer City Council heard testimony about the plan and cleared the way for its passage later this month.  The new rate structure is the result of months of work by t...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:07pm
  • A man accused of robbing the Grog Shop, a liquor store in Homer, waived his indictment and accepted a plea deal on May 22 at the Kenai Courthouse. John Mumey, 51, who was originally charged with robbery in the first degree, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree robbery, a felony charge....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:06pm
  • The Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration arrived at the Homer Airport the evening of May 24 to an appreciative crowd of about 150. Spectators marveled at the 1943 T-6 Texan trainer, the 1933 Stinson L-13 Grasshopper, and the 1938 AT-6 Texan “Harvard.” The planes were all used during World War ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 3:02pm
  • 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

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