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  • A high school junior who lives on the outskirts of Rochester, N.Y., has nominated Homer as the Ultimate Fishing Town, after reading a story in the Democrat and Chronicle, her hometown newspaper. In an email to the Homer News, Mallory Mintz wrote: “I’m very excited to nominate Homer for...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 12:13pm
  • With her official 100th birthday March 27, Margit Andersson of Homer was honored by family and friends with a celebration at the Homer Senior Center on Saturday. Andersson shared the honors with her friend, Edna Farsdahl of Homer, who turns 100 in June. Andersson’s sons — Lars of Connecticut and...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 12:12pm
  • The Kachemak Bay Chapter of Alaska State Employees Association is offering a scholarship in the amount of $750 to a graduating senior from the Kachemak Bay area. For information, contact Carla at 235-8191 or a school counselor. Deadline to apply is April 19. ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:57am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District April 1: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m. Chapman School April 2-4: SBA testing, grades 3-8. Little Fireweed (grades K-2)...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:57am
  • The Homer Connections fifth- and sixth-grade team was surprised when it took first in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Battle of the Books, landing them a spot in state competition. That wasn’t the end of the surprises. During telephonic state competition on Feb. 27, the youngsters ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:46am
  • Homer High School Principal Allan Gee has announced that he will leave the school — and the state — at the end of this school year.  Gee, who has been at the Homer High since the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, cited the health of his wife, Gwenn Gee, as a major reason for the decis...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:27am
  • From a 20-foot skiff to its newest and biggest boat, the 42-foot P/V Churchill, Bay Welding has been building an average of about six Bay Weld boats a year since 1994. Based on activity at the shop on East End Road this week, the pace seems to have picked up a bit. In three main boat sheds, workers ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:17am
  • By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service - Alaska The oil tax bill now moving in the Legislature puts Alaska in the middle of the pack of oil producing regions in terms of “government take” of net profits and should bring new industry investment quickly, consultants to the Le...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:15am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution calling upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to further investigate the effects of producing genetically engineered salmon. HJR5, by Rep. Geran Tarr of Anchorage, also asks the federal government to require labeling genetically mod...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:14am
  •   The Alaska Small Business Development Center will offer three seminars in Homer in April: • A “Profit Mastery” seminar will be offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3 and April 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 5 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The seminar, presented by Bryan Zak, southwes...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:13am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough has completed its annual review of its floodplain management program. A copy of the memo to the assembly is available online at the borough clerk’s website, or by request to the River Center Department.  The memo reviews the floodplain management strategies propose...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:11am
  • Monte Davis, executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, announced Thursday plans to leave the chamber by the end of summer. “I promised in my letter of resignation that I’d stay until we found my replacement or Sept. 1, whichever came first unless I were to get an of...

    Mon, 03/25/2013 - 2:35pm
  • A snowmachiner missing since yesterday has been found in what Alaska State Troopers called a “self rescue.” Charles Moore, 51, of Homer, walked out of the Caribou Hills to his home near Mile 14 East End Road about 11:45 a.m. Monday morning. Moore was cold but otherwise uninjured, said Alaska Sta...

    Mon, 03/25/2013 - 12:47pm
  • The Snomads snowmachine club seeks volunteers to join a search for a snowmachine rider lost in the Caribou Hills. All searchers should check in at Kachemak Emergency Services McNeil Canyon Fire Hall before searching. The search begins at 2 p.m. today after volunteers have checked in. All searchers a...

    Mon, 03/25/2013 - 11:56am
  • For a day that started with clouds, Saturday ended up with bright sunshine. It was even brighter for Anchorage angler Leszek Kuligowski, winner of the 2013 Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament. For reeling in the largest fish in the tournament, a 35.10-pound king salmon, the smiling Kuligowski’s wi...

    Sat, 03/23/2013 - 8:28pm
  • As part of Tsunami Preparedness Week, local, state and federal agencies will conduct a test of the Alaska Tsunami Warning System at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, the 49th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska earthquake. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Servic...

    Fri, 03/22/2013 - 3:26pm
  • Editor’s note: With natural gas to Homer getting closer every day, questions abound. In a three-part series starting this week, the Homer News will look at the challenges in converting to natural gas; the positive effects of natural gas on southern Kenai Peninsula com...

    Wed, 03/20/2013 - 4:51pm
  • With a new facility to be completed by August that will turn the four-employee, borough-operated Homer Baling-Landfill Facility into a transfer site, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre is considering cost-cutting measures. ...

    Wed, 03/20/2013 - 4:49pm
  • Describing the action as a dual benefit for both the borough and the city of Homer, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gave the thumbs-up Tuesday to a multi-million dollar loan to help build a Homer natural gas grid. “It makes good sense,” Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said. “I ...

    Wed, 03/20/2013 - 4:07pm
  • Cries of “fish on” are getting louder on Kachemak Bay with the reeling in of king salmon in the 30-pounds-and-more category. Some of those came from Homer angler Steve Walli’s family over the weekend. “Gee whiz, we caught five fish and (daughter) Erica caught one 31.4 pounds,” said Walli o...

    Wed, 03/20/2013 - 4:06pm

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