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  • If the Alaska Wireless Network transaction is approved, and funding is available, rural Alaska consumers could see expanded data service for cell phones and mobile devices by the end of 2014. Alaska Communications and General Communications Inc. made a voluntary commitment to the federal government ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:51pm
  • The state of Alaska could put up $50 million to share costs of seismic exploration and exploration planning for a new oil and gas resource assessment in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gov Sean Parnell has proposed. “The Department of the Interior is now developing a long...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:50pm
  • ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage poet gets to realize her dream to visit the ghost of a remote western Alaska village where her Inupiat Eskimo ancestors once lived, thanks to funds she raised through crowdsourcing....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:49pm
  • The former showroom of VBS Heating Products on Lake Shore Drive seems an improbable location for a nail salon. But as it turns out, it’s a surprisingly fitting transformation. Dee Bottineau has moved her nail salon, Dragonfly Nails by Dee, from its former location at the corner of the Sterling Hig...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:44pm
  • There is certainly no better way to kick off a Memorial Day weekend than with a bustling Homer Farmers’ Market. Last weekend was a stunning example of what the possibilities are for the first market of the year. I can’t count how many people asked me before the market started, “Will there be a...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:31pm
  • JUNEAU — A new report card deems 11 percent of Alaska’s bridges are structurally deficient and 12.5 percent functionally obsolete. Structurally deficient bridges need maintenance or possible replacement, while functionally obsolete bridges — which might be in good shape — don’t meet contem...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:29pm
  • Resources Energy Inc., the Japanese company interested in developing a large liquefied natural gas project, has signed several agreements to explore business relationships in Alaska. The agreements are all nonbinding so far except for confidentiality provisions. They include two Alaska Native region...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:29pm
  • Two closely watched Cook Inlet exploration wells being drilled with jack-up rigs are reported to have reached or are approaching their target depths. Furie Operating Alaska Inc., drilling the Kitchen Lights Unit No. 3 well in North Cook Inlet, has reached its planned depth of 10,400 feet and is maki...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:27pm
  • A photo caption in the May 23 Homer News incorrectly stated the fishing status of the Anchor River. The river is open to fishing downstream of an Alaska Department of Fish and Game weir below the Anchor River-Old Sterling Highway bridge....

    Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:54pm
  • The history of Memorial Day, a day for honoring all those who died in service to the nation, dates back decades before World War II touched the shores of the Aleutians. It was originally known as “Decoration Day” and officially proclaimed Memorial Day and first observed in May 1868. In 1971, it ...

    Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:46am
  • The devastation of war is real enough when beamed into living rooms from across thousands of miles. For some, the reality lives in memories of those who were on the battlefront. For others, it’s the emptiness left by a family member who never returned from duty to his or her country....

    Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:42am
  • Graduation ceremonies There are several commencement ceremonies remaining in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District this week. They are:  Today: Connections, Soldotna High School, 4 p.m. Today: Razdolna for kindergarten, eighth-grade and h...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:55pm
  • CONNECTIONS Sarah Andrews  Homer Peter Otis Ellert, Homer Kayla Rose Fisher, Homer Frank Colton Holub, Nikolaevsk Brooke Hannah Hueper, Homer Nathaniel K. Isaac, Homer...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:55pm
  • A rare subspecies of killer whales, also known as orcas, that prey on sharks was seen on Monday in Kachemak Bay. Dave Lyon of Ashore Water Taxi  first reported the pod of about 25 whales, and researchers with the North Gulf Oceanic Society investigated. ...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:47pm
  • The Independent Living Center and the Aging and Disability Resource Center offer information and consultation with attorneys specializing in Social Security, disability, military veterans and Medicaid issues. The attorneys visit from 9 a.m. to noon May 29 in the Homer Senior Center dining room annex...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:47pm
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    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:40pm
  • With the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Attu being honored this month, there’s a bit of poignancy that a World War II era Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero is among the historic planes visiting Homer this weekend.  The Zero, one of only five flying remaining such aircraft, is part of a squadron...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:38pm
  • A week after the discovery of a suspicious bomb-like device that caused Homer High School to be evacuated, Homer Police are still investigating the incident and looking to work with Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officials on how to better respond in similar situations. “That’s definite...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:20pm
  • At Homer High School’s commencement ceremony Monday evening, valedictorians Dylan Faulkner, Katherine Kirsis, Ethan Kizzia, Samuel Reinert and Katie Pitzman brought their classmates to their feet and drew loud cheers and applause for the rap they’d written. Based loosely on a well-known rap song...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:20pm
  • “Tonight is all about you,” Dr. Allan Gee, Homer High School principal, told the graduates at Monday’s commencement ceremony.  The same could be said at schools across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District this week as high school seniors are handed their diplomas and tell their hig...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:13pm

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