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  • Wells Fargo will host the next Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center mixer. It will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Wells Fargo store, 88 Sterling Highway. The public is invited.  The mixer will be an opportunity to meet Chris Shockley, who has been named  manager of the Wells Fargo H...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:25am
  • I just spent a week in a class where the food was provided. Three square meals a day. Just imagine. No planning, no prep, no shopping. Just sitting down to an immaculately prepared meal. Yes, it was divine. But it also brought home for me one of the most important aspects of food: the sharing. Each ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:22am
  • JUNEAU — The Iliamna Village Council has asked to rescind an analysis it submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that backs up conclusions by the federal agency about the potentially negative impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region. But the EPA said the analysis will ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:18am
  • In 2012, Simyra Taback of Homer and Hallo Bay Bear Camp found herself in an elite group of tour guides from around the world: one of more than 1,000 nominated for the Wanderlust World Guide Awards, a global effort by Wanderlust, a travel magazine based in the United Kingdom, to honor the efforts of ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:18am
  • Mix summer tourist traffic with construction projects and the end of the road got a taste of big-city bumper-to-bumper traffic. Work on the Sterling Highway repaving project combined with the installation of the Homer distribution gas line by the post office backed up traffic from Pioneer Ave to Lak...

    Thu, 07/11/2013 - 2:41pm
  • In stark contrast to the scores who witnessed a 777 crash that killed two in San Francisco the day before, no one saw the crash of a nine-passenger charter plane that killed 10 people in Soldotna Sunday. All that was known about the crash, as of Monday night, was that the pilot was not able to keep ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:11pm
  • Now in her ninth year and her third term as a U.S. senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, once again visited Homer. This time, rather than a whirlwind visit, Murkowski made it a working holiday for the Fourth of July, meeting everyone from Seldovia children to burly men in kilts at the Homer Fourth...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:03pm
  • Homer Police this week charged a Homer man with first-degree arson, a felony, for allegedly torching his own motorhome. Alen T. Blatchford, 66, also was charged with failure to control or report a dangerous fire. Homer Police found Blatchford standing outside his motorhome on Jenny Way when they wen...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:15pm
  • Alaska State Troopers on Sunday went to a report of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to a trooper press release, at about 3 p.m. July 7 troopers responded to a Thurmond Avenue home in Anchor Point where they found a 58-year-old Anchor Point man had taken his own life by shooting ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:14pm
  • A Wisconsin fishermen who got his hand and body caught in an anchor winch on a Homer fishing boat on July 4 died of his injuries. Ninilchik Emergency Services medics responded to the boat and pronounced Lewis Byerly, 55, dead. The F/V Anna Lane was about 1.5 miles offshore of Ninilchik at the time o...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:13pm
  • Both Alaska U.S. senators and the Homer Chamber of Commerce have asked for an extension to the 45-day period for comments on a revised version of the halibut catch sharing.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service on June 28 published the proposed ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:12pm
  • Two attempts to derail the inevitable and affirmative vote for borough-wide riparian regulations were thwarted last week as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted 6 -3 to enact the broader protective regulations over local waters. With the vote, the assembly largely agreed that some form of proa...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:10pm
  • A year ago, volunteers young and old, locals as well as visitors turned out in force to transform Karen Hornaday Park’s aging playground into a wonderland for children of all ages. Wednesday, the spotlight was on Bayview Park, where community members gathered to work and to share ideas for improvi...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:08pm
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.  — A recent Homer High School graduate is among the second group of summer interns working in the office of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Maggie Graham of Homer is one of 10 students from across Alaska who will observe and participate in the daily operations of the U.S. Senate an...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 3:51pm
  • State seeks to advance ANWR plan dismissed by Interior Secretary JUNEAU — The state of Alaska is taking the next step in trying to advance a multiyear plan aimed at determining the oil and gas potential in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a proposal that Interior Secret...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 2:03pm
  • Almost a year after announcing it would convert two of its vessels to liquefied natural gas, officials with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc., or TOTE, said the modifications are on schedule. The 840-foot M/V Midnight Sun and M/V North Star, TOTE’s Orca Class containerships that operate between Anc...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:58pm
  • The Consumer Energy Alliance is working with private industry and state officials to raise awareness about the need for increased oil and gas development in Alaska, CEA President David Holt told the Resource Development Council June 26. Holt said his message to the rest of the country is the same as...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:57pm
  • JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski called on the companies seeking to develop a massive copper and gold prospect near the headwaters of a premier salmon fishery to release a mine plan soon, saying they are contributing to uncertainty surrounding the proposed Pebble mine. Murkowski, in a letter to o...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:55pm
  • Three new directors were named to the board of Australian independent Buccaneer Energy in a special July 2 shareholder meeting, a development that puts the company’s current focus on Cook Inlet offshore exploration in question. The board is now split three-to-three, with the three new directors ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:26pm
  • “Look at those beets! This is so exciting!” I can’t help but smile when I hear someone getting all worked up about vegetables at the Homer Farmers’ Market. It lets me know that I’m not the only one who is divinely happy just because Bob Durr brought strawberries to the Market this week or ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 1:15pm

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