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  • Built in 1972, the one-lane, steel stringer, wooden-decked Ninilchik River bridge leading into the village near the mouth of the river is finally being replaced.  The bridge sustained flood damage in 2002. However, replacement had been in the planning since 1991, according to information provid...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:59am
  • The summer is moving along at an incredible pace. The fireweed is already blooming, rather than waiting for August. The snow across Kachemak Bay is more sparse than ever.   And production down at the Homer Farmers Market continues to ramp up....

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:57am
  • In a dramatic development, North Slope oil producers have essentially erased a long-term decline trend that has existed for all but one year since 1989 when two new oil fields began producing in 2002. An intensive effort in “workovers” of producing wells, to stimulate production, and drilling of...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:36am
  • A double rainbow appears over Beluga Lake and the Kenai Mountains on Saturday. Although Homer had clear, sunny weather, a mist in the sky created the rainbows....

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:21pm
  • “Who needs the World Cup when we have Strut Your Mutt?” emcee David Alpin asked the crowd of humans and canines at Saturday’s 37th annual Strut Your Mutt event, organized by Homer Animal Friends. The afternoon was filled with games, with mutts and humans pairing up to win water relays and a do...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:20pm
  • Kilts, bagpipes, a fake halibut toss, vendors and face paint are a few highlights to look forward to at the 2014 Kachemak Bay Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday.  A celebration of Celtic heritage, the games invite male and female athletes and event-goers to join the fun by ...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:16pm
  • From the East Coast to the end of the road — Sterling Highway, that is — America’s birthday party is picking up momentum as Friday marks the United States’ 238th birthday. The celebration has already begun on the last 40 mile stretch of the road, with the emphasis on July 4th, but continuing...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:13pm
  • With three Republican Party candidates fighting to oppose him in the general election, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, visited Homer and Seldovia last weekend as part of a grassroots campaign laying the groundwork for the November election.  The Alaska Democratic Party soon plans to open a Homer of...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:01pm
  • In his second bid to become Alaska’s governor, Bill Walker is running neither as a Republican nor a Democrat. Following advice he said he received from the late Gov. Wally Hickel — advice he ignored at the time — Walker is running as an independent. “I did this once before and Gov. Hickel en...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:56pm
  • Kate Donelley, 7, runs along the lupine-lined Spit Trail during the 2014 Spit Run on Saturday. See related story....

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:49pm
  • Homer High School is need of an assistant swim coach and a head baseball coach for the 2014-2015 school year. Swim season is Aug. 11-Nov. 8; baseball season is March 2-June 6. For more information, call Sunny Mall at 235-4662.  ...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:48pm
  • An Anchor Point man who walked back to the scene of his wife’s driving under the influence investigation also was arrested for DUI last week. Alaska State Troopers charged Peter Alman, 51, with DUI and his wife, Shannon Alman, 43, with DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and first-degree en...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:47pm
  • The 5 p.m. July 15 deadline to become a one-year commission candidate for drafting a charter making Homer a home-rule city on the Oct. 7 ballot is less than two weeks away. A minimum of seven candidates are needed. Eight Homer residents currently are circulating petitions and gathering the required ...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:46pm
  • A Nikolaevsk man died from injuries in a single-car crash on the North Fork Road last Friday.  Ivola Usoltseff, 59, was pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital after being treated and transported there by Anchor Point Emergency Services medics. According to an Alaska State Trooper press rel...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:44pm
  • An East End Road man arrested for second-degree terroristic threatening has had the felony charge dismissed and was released on June 20.  Homer Judge Margaret Murphy ordered the charge against Joe Kuzmin, 38, dismissed because there was not a preliminary hearing held for him within 10 days of h...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:42pm
  • The State Medical Examiner positively identified Paul Baylink, 46, as the person killed in a Rainbow Court house fire on June 13, Homer Police announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon. An autopsy was done on June 17, but police have not received the report and do not know the cause of death, s...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:41pm
  • The board of directors of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has unanimously voted to oppose a proposed borough-wide bed tax. The chamber board’s decision follows last week’s forum, sponsored by the chamber to educate its members and the public on the tax. The decision came in time...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:20pm
  •  ANCHORAGE – Ravn Alaska, formerly Era Alaska, has announced the launch of a new website. The ongoing rebranding process is still under way, and the website reflects the company’s new identity and provides a more user-friendly browsing experience, according to a press release.  “We...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — A state official says a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the last of the unions representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers. Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer said the state and Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association planned to go o...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A union representing about 150 clerical and operations workers at one of Alaska’s largest utilities has served notice it could call a strike by the end of the week. KTVA reports members of United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367 made the official notificatio...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:30am

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