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  • Nationally acclaimed LongHouse Food Revival comes to Alaska on July 13 for a one-night-only celebration of Alaska food and poetry.  The event, which will take place at the Tutka Bay Lodge, will highlight Alaska seafood along with poetry readings by Carolyn Forché and Erin Fristad. The evening ...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:30pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The organizers of a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Alaska have been given the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said Monday. Treadwell, whose office oversees elections, notified the petition sponsors, former Alaska Labor Commissioners Ed F...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:28pm
  • A senior federal government group led by a top White House official was in Alaska on June 14 meeting with state and local officials on President Barack Obama’s new Arctic policy. Over the next few months the group will flesh out the policy, which was announced recently, Nancy Sutley, chair of the ...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:27pm
  • A crew with Top Gear America, a show on the History Channel cable TV network, prepares to film a scene on the Homer Spit by Land’s End Resort last Wednesday. A driver in the Jeep was to drive it onto the Transporter, a landing craft owned by Ray Bellamy. The crew had been filming in Homer, elsewhe...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:25pm
  • Dr. W. Jay Marley of Homer earned “Diplomate” status within the International Congress of Oral Implantologists on May 17, according to a press release from ICOI....

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:22pm
  • It is officially summer. To grow produce for the Homer Farmers’ Market, however, you have to hit the ground running in the spring to take advantage of the short growing season. This year most of the farmers at the market planted their gardens in May. Because of the cold winter, everyone seemed to ...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:20pm
  • It boiled down to science vs. emotion and personal property rights vs. communist encroachment by the United Nations, as scores spoke about the future of salmon habitat regulation on the Kenai Peninsula. One man, who said he was a Russian immigrant, warned of eventual gulags....

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:18pm
  • Some businesses struggle to stay afloat. Not Zech Bennett. His focus is on staying beneath the surface. As the owner and operator of C&C Diving and Salvage, Bennett and his crew — Jim Parker, Seth Sanford, and, occasionally Cecil Cheatwood, former owner of the business — offer everything fro...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:16pm
  • Alaska State Troopers used an armored tactical response vehicle Wednesday night to persuade a Homer man to surrender after troopers said he fired a .44-caliber handgun when troopers announced themselves outside his house on Char Court. Timothy A. Magee, 39, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of th...

    Thu, 06/20/2013 - 3:18pm
  • If running shoes and running shorts don’t make you excited, maybe a warmup in a jump suit to “Rocky” will. The coordinators of the June 29 Homer Spit Run are committed to making all the participants feel like Sylvester Stallone. “The goal this year is to make the run fun and festive for ever...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:18pm
  • A Kenai grand jury last week indicted a Homer man in the alleged beating of a woman with a bokken, a wooden sword used in martial arts practice.  Adrian W. Rastopsoff, 30, faces two counts each of first-, second- and third-degree assault, and one count of third-degree criminal mischief, all dom...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:15pm
  • A Bayview Park work party will be held at the park, located at the top of Main Street, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 10. Participants are asked to bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and buckets. Some food and snacks will be provided, but volunteers also can feel free to bring picnics. ...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:01pm
  • The city of Homer and the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center have set up summer parking for motorhomes in downtown Homer and Old Town.  Visitors can park large motorhomes and walk to nearby shopping and dining.  The downtown parking lot is in the old middle school parking lot on...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:01pm
  • The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation last week extended for 10 days the public review of Buccaneer Alaska’s Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan, or C-plan, for its West Eagle drilling prospect off Basargin Road and East End Road. The new deadline for comments from reviewin...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:01pm
  • Homer Police earlier this month charged a 32-year-old Homer man with assault for allegedly hitting a toddler related to him. Carl A. Moonin was charged with four counts of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence....

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:00pm
  • When their ice-encrusted lawns finally thawed in late May, property owners living at Homer’s lower elevations found broad swaths of brown where they’d come to expect explosions of green.  Let’s face it: Winter was tough on the turf....

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 2:50pm
  • As Homer’s winters go, this past season was a lulu that just seemed to go on forever, with near-freezing temperatures lingering deep into May, well beyond the normal advent of green-up.  An area biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said he won’t be surprised if population s...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 2:50pm
  • With the Kenai Peninsula under very high to extreme fire danger, a prompt response by Alaska Division of Forestry, Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters stopped a grass fire in its tracks on Alan Street off East End Road about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Bet...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 2:47pm
  • Anyone wondering about the progress of the Enstar Natural Gas trunk and distribution lines on the lower Kenai Peninsula doesn’t have to look far. From Anchor Point along the Sterling Highway to West Hill Road and Fairview Avenue, big 8-inch lines snake in and out of the ground on the trunk line, n...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 2:40pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — Seven professors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are helping establish an engineering school at the new American University of Mongolia. Professors are helping develop curriculum and designing classrooms at the new university, located in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 12:13pm

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