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  • With the first session of the 28th Alaska State Legislature set to adjourn April 14 and with Juneau having celebrated the 100th birthday of the Alaska legislature last month, former state Sen. Vic Fischer has a wish: “I would love to see the kind of bipartisanship that we had during my service in ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 4:11pm
  • Protesters at a rally last Thursday at Bishop’s Beach burn a $5.5 billion mock check made out to oil companies. About 75 people spoke against Senate Bill 21, Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposal to lower state taxes on oil companies. Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, voted “no recommendation” on the bill w...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:53pm
  • With the release last month of an environmental assessment, planning has moved forward for a new airstrip to serve the lower Cook Inlet villages of Nanwalek and Port Graham — the main transportation connection between them and Homer and the road system.  The two Alaska Native villages now hav...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:50pm
  • Most bank robbers try the direct approach in stealing cash: Enter a bank or credit union during business hours and demand it. Homer Police last week charged a Homer woman with taking a back-door approach when she allegedly broke into the Alaska USA Credit Union at about 1:45 a.m. last Friday.  ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:50pm
  • Eagles are flying over it and seals are poking their heads above its surface, but will fish be in it? That’s the million-dollar question when it comes to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, a popular fishing spot on the Spit. “That’s a fair question,” said Mike Booz, fishery biologist with the A...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:47pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER A late evening car crash on East End Road knocked out Internet service for about 400 customers on April 1.  Homer Police have charged a Homer woman, April Orleans, 26, with leaving the scene of an accident in relation to the crash. Acc...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:39pm
  • Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet has sentenced William Daugherty, 47, to time served for a fourth-degree assault conviction. A Homer jury had found Daugherty not guilty on three felony counts of kidnapping, third-degree assault and third-degree weapons misconduct in a trial held last mont...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:23pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas has selected Utility Technologies Inc. to install the natural gas distribution mains and service lines within the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District, according to John Sims, Enstar’s manager of corporate communications and customer service. “They have installed hund...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:12pm
  • Homer Mayor Beth Wythe stepped away from the gavel during a work session of the Homer City Council on Monday to present a report from the Homer Water and Sewer Task Force, which she chaired.  “When all is said and done, there are two rates in water and two rates in sewer,” said Wythe. “Th...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:45pm
  • Although not yet in hand, tablet computers were a topic of conversation around the Homer City Council’s table during the council’s regular meeting Monday. With digital communication seen by the city as a necessity for conducting business, a tablet usage policy outlined steps for the proper use o...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:43pm
  • A jury last week found a Homer man not guilty on four counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault. Ralph K. Vos, 24, had been charged in an incident relating to a party in July 2012 at a Homer apartment. In that incident, a woman told police she had unwanted ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:42pm
  • The Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters issued an emergency order Tuesday extending the studded-tire deadline to May 1 for all Alaska roads, including the Sterling Highway and the lower Kenai Peninsula. According to state law, April 15 is the normal deadline for Alaska roa...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:41pm
  • Apache Corporation’s seismic contractor is working in the Ninilchik area to clean up stakes and other debris left behind after the company brought operations to a “pause” in September. The community is invited to a meeting to find out more about Apache’s spring cleanup and future plans. It w...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:40pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital is holding a fun and informative evening with a focus on menopause at the Best Western Bidarka Inn at 6 p.m. April 17. Dr. Hillary Seger, obstetrics-gynecology board-certified, will present information about what menopause means to a woman and her body, and how to identify a...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:39pm
  • A sold-out crowd was on hand Saturday at the Homer Public Library’s Celebration of Life Long Learning. Honored were 2013 Life Long Learner Award recipient Ken Castner and the 2013 Youth! Learner Ethan Kizzia. The keynote speaker was Alaska Humanities Forum CEO Nina Kemppel, a four-time Olympian an...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:39pm
  • In December 2010, McNiel Canyon Elementary School participants in the first Kenai Regional Robotics Tournament included: top row from left, Coach Sheryl Sotelo, Lauren Jones, Johanna Allen, Logan Harris, Eryn Gillam and Ustina Chernishoff; front row from left, Denauli Asbell, Erin Farrell, Maya Jone...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:32pm
  • In December 2010, McNiel Canyon Elementary School participants in the first Kenai Regional Robotics Tournament included: top row from left, Coach Sheryl Sotelo, Lauren Jones, Johanna Allen, Logan Harris, Eryn Gillam and Ustina Chernishoff; front row from left, Denauli Asbell, Erin Farrell, Maya Jone...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:32pm
  • During Sheryl Sotelo’s three decades in education, 18 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, nine of them at McNeil Canyon Elementary School, she has earned an impressive, long list of awards and honors. Among them are the 2002 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and a $...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:25pm
  • Things that cross the minds of high school students around this time of year: If it seems like we’re excited for summer, it’s because we are. “Mr. Campbell? Can we have class outside today?” “Hey, Mr. Rife, can we, maybe, have class outside today?” “Hey! Mrs. Spence! Can we go outside ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:23pm
  • Not just one, but three southern Kenai Peninsula schools were represented at the National Geographic state-level bee held at the Egan Center in Anchorage April 5. Having won in each of their schools and then passing a qualifying test, sixth-grader Jakob Nelson of McNeil Canyon Elementary School, six...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:21pm

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