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  • The countdown to the 20th annual Winter King Salmon Tournament, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, has begun. With online registration available, fishermen are already making clear their intentions to catch the winning fish. "The biggest difference this year is that we ar...

    Mon, 03/18/2013 - 2:45pm
  • A federal civil jury last Thursday exonerated three Homer Police officers and the city that employs them. In a unanimous verdict delivered about noon March 7, the 8-member jury found that Cherry Dietzmann and her children, the plaintiffs in a $45 million suit against the city and officers, did not ...

    Mon, 03/18/2013 - 2:41pm
  • With one member excused, three participating telephonically, two present in the council chambers, and with Homer Mayor Beth Wythe stepping away from the gavel due to a conflict of interest based on her employment at Homer Electric Association, the Homer City Council approved a not-to-exceed $12.1 mi...

    Mon, 03/18/2013 - 2:40pm
  • Members of Homer Middle School’s leadership council — Charlie Menke, Elan Carroll, Kira Hamilton and Halen Hernandez; Maya Jones is not pictured — prepare to deliver results of a school food drive to Homer Community Food Pantry. Between Feb. 21 and March 1, the school’s 180 students gathered...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:47pm
  • Save-U-More manager Mark Hemstreet puts canned food in Kandu the Care O’Saurus, the Homer Food Pantry collection sculpture, after artist Brad Hughes installed it Tuesday at Save-U-More. Kandu roars when the bone lever is pressed to open his jaws. Hughes and assistant J.P. Rooks donated time and ma...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:22pm
  • Eric Pederson, site administrator at Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat, a K-12 school in Quinhagak, has been offered and has verbally accepted the position of principal at Paul Banks Elementary School, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced Wednesday. Pederson and two other candidates were i...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:17pm
  • American Legion Auxiliary scholarships, $500 award for high school seniors (B-C student), Auxiliary Unit 16 scholarship, deadline is April 1. Western District American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship, $500-$1,000. For continuing students who are members of the Legion family. Due March...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:15pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District March 8: Inservice, no school. March 11-15: Vacation days. Chapman School April 2-4: SBA testing, grades 3-8. Connections Ongoing: Registration, call 226-1880. Fireweed Academy (all grades) Ma...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:15pm
  • After a half decade of being an administrator with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, David Larson is heading back to the classroom. "I'm going from being the principal here at Homer Middle School to a high school language arts teacher for the district," Larson told the Homer News. Where e...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:12pm
  • The jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence received one of its certifications that will allow it to move soon to the Cosmopolitan oil and gas lease site off Anchor Point. The city of Homer has set a March 20 deadline for the jack-up rig to move because of a fender repair project on the Deep Wa...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:03pm
  • Pins were racked nonstop at Kachemak Bowl on Saturday, where packed lanes of young and old bowled for the "Bowl for Kids Sake" event, a fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Homer program. More than 100 participants and 16 teams attended the event to raise a goal of $9,000 for the Homer pro...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:03pm
  • With the Alaska Board of Game meeting coming up March 15 to 19 in Kenai, the Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee's work is done for that meeting, but the "AC," as it's called, would like to see more interest in Homer's local voice on fish and game issues. "We're a committee to represent the const...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:02pm
  • The trial of an Anchor Point woman accused of shooting at an Alaska Wildlife Trooper on the Sterling Highway has been postponed to March 21....

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:57pm
  • It wasn't only that the defendant's lawyer said he wasn't ready to go to trial next week in the case of a man charged with kidnapping. In the trial of Bret Herrick, 52, on kidnapping and other charges, the main witness in the trial, a Homer fisherman, is off fishing in the Bering Sea and might not ...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:56pm
  • JUNEAU -- U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on Monday called on the Parnell administration and state lawmakers to make strong commitments to education, give greater support for children's health insurance and eliminate any obstacles to voting....

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:55pm
  • 'Through the Sausage Grinder' topic for next Homer chamber luncheon Ralph Samuels, a businessman and candidate for governor in 2010, will be the guest speaker at next week's Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Samuels, who also served several terms in the Alaska House of Representatives beginning i...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:54pm
  • JUNEAU -- The Alaska House has passed a measure critics say could hurt public participation in state permitting decisions. The 23-14 vote Monday followed debate on water rights and whether to amend the bill to allow Native entities to apply for water reservations, along with federal or state agencie...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:50pm
  • JUNEAU -- Alaska's derelict and abandoned boats and ships may appear to be little more than an eyesore, but insufficient mechanisms to monitor and clean them up could lead to an environmental disaster, costing the state millions of dollars in the long run. A state lawmaker has proposed a measure to ...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:49pm
  • A sockeye salmon product won the grand prize at the Alaska Symphony of Seafood Gala in Anchorage Feb. 23. Copper River Seafood's Zesty Grill Sockeye Salmon won the grand prize and two others — the Anchorage people's choice award and first place in the retail category. The top prize in the food ...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:49pm
  • Although Holland America has no scheduled visits to Homer this summer, the cruise ship company announced last week that the S/V Amsterdam will return for four visits in 2014. The 1,380-passenger Amsterdam visits May 26, June 30, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 next year. The Homer stop is part of a 14-day cruise...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:46pm

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