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  • In a courtroom filled with artists and supporters of Homer’s annual Burning Basket project, the 18-year-old Homer man accused of destroying this year’s basket on Tuesday pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal mischief. After accepting blame, Elias Graham said he had wanted earlier to make resti...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:41am
  • Homer Police this week arrested a man in another armed home invasion, the second this month.  No one was injured in an incident about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in which police allege James Peltier, 57, of Anchor Point man entered a Lakeside Drive home with a shotgun and then chased after two men who r...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:33am
  • McNeil Canyon Elementary School students Charity Martin, Wynne Reed, Breyan Cathey, Neviya Reed and Kappa Reutov pose in their rag doll costumes for the school’s performance of “A Holiday Moosical” on Dec. 10. Forty students participate in the school’s Drama Club and showed off what ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:28am
  • The Christmas Bird Count is a very special day for birders. One whole day devoted to birding — sunup to sundown, working in a team to count all the birds in the Homer area. Then, after dark, meeting with the other participants to compile what was seen. Finally a big, warm potluck meal further incr...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:27am
  • Ready or not Alaskans, here comes reality: higher taxes, more of them and a smaller dividend. Gov. Bill Walker last week unveiled his long-range fiscal plan for the state. It includes a personal income tax as well raising nearly every state industry tax in the face of yearly budget deficits approach...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:25am
  • While they might not agree on all aspects of Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed fiscal plan, Homer area business owners and public officials concur that Alaska’s current situation cannot be sustained. “I’m not surprised. They’ve been talking about that for a long time,” said Beth Wythe, Homer...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:23am
  • Advance tickets for the opening weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” went on sale at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Homer Theatre. Tickets for a special premiere at 9 p.m. Dec. 17 sold out in two hours, said theater manager Colleen Carroll. Some people waited an hour to make sure they were in...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:49am
  • The Alaska Legislature’s Legislative Council has postponed a decision on its expensive Anchorage offices. In a presentation Friday, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak and chairman of the council, presented information declaring that staying in the Legislature’s newly remodeled Fourth Avenue Legislative...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:47am
  • The 2017 Upper Cook Inlet meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries will be held in Anchorage, as planned and as usual. The board made the call by a 5-2 vote at the tail end of its Bristol Bay finfish meeting, also in Anchorage. Only two board members, commercial fishermen Sue Jeffrey and Fritz Johns...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:28am
  • Alaska’s independent power producers are claiming victory over regulatory changes that they say will encourage investment in renewable energy projects. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska on Nov. 20 finalized revisions to state regulations pertaining to how electric utilities calculate their cost ...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:25am
  • On Friday, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska ruled that Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska can sell 2 billion cubic feet of gas unexpectedly discovered in its underground storage facility, and that the profit will be divided between CINGSA and the four utility companies that use it for storage....

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:16am
  • Halibut fishermen can expect fairly flat, if slightly lower quotas in most areas if commissioners settle on the “blue line” catches at next month’s International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting, set out last week at the interim meeting in Seattle. The blue line is the level of catch that re...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:11am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District    All KPBSD schools will have winter break from Dec. 19-Jan. 3. School will resume on Jan. 4. Happy holidays! Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 14: APC meeting in Room 103 at West Homer Elementary....

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:18am
  • Longtime school board member Sunni Hilts (District 9) retires this month. (See story, page 1.) Thus, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking applicants to fill this vacant school board position through October 2016. Applications are online at kpbsd.k12.ak.us, and will be acce...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:16am
  • On Thursday, Dec. 3, Homer Flex students and teachers had the option to spend their after-school hours crafting.  The Flex Craft Fair is “about creating a handmade gift for a loved one or yourself,” said Flex teacher Colette Choate. All the crafts were holiday oriented or ideal gifts. While...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:14am
  • Lawmaster to leave Haven House South Peninsula Haven House executive director Jessica Lawmaster will leave her job effective Feb. 19, she said in a letter to the Haven House board of directors. Lawmaster will move to the Seattle area to be closer to her family. Lawmaster started at ...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:49am
  • ’Tis the season for cookie baking and candy making, so tie on your apron and join me in my holiday kitchen. My family loves their sweets, and the more the merrier. They have a special fondness for peanut butter and chocolate, buttery, crisp cookies frosted heavily with sweet and creamy frosting, s...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:41am
  • A campfire warmed people at the holiday tree lighting last Friday night at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. The Homer High School Swing Choir sang Christmas carols, and Santa and Mrs. Claus visited. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, also started on Su...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:26am
  • A chance encounter by a Homer Police Department officer on patrol at about 5 a.m. Dec. 2 disrupted an assault on an East End Road man in the driveway of his home across the street from Paul Banks Elementary School. Police said a man armed with a shotgun and a .45-caliber handgun scuffled with the vi...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:24am
  • One item topped the Homer City Council’s to-do list at Monday’s regular meeting, the absolute, must-pass ordinance it had to approve before the holidays: the budget. Monday night at its regular meeting, after a round of amendments tweaking the $11.7 million general fund budget, the council in a ...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 8:23am

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