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  • Alaska State Troopers last week charged a Homer man with driving under the influence after investigating a report that a Jeep was in the Anchor River near Mile 162.5 Sterling Highway. Christopher Dawson, 52, also was charged with protection of fish and game-operating a motor vehicle in a salmon stre...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:10am
  • SOLDOTNA — Jobs for Alaskans, funding for education and improving health care were topics that resonated with five candidates vying for three seats in the state House of Representatives as they discussed their legislative goals during a forum Tuesday in Soldotna. The five candidates running for Di...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:57am
  • Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the monthly “Pay It Forward” column, the Homer News is printing a list of needs provided by some of Homer’s nonprofits. Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic & The R.E.C. Room needs DVD movies (appropria...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:47am
  • Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Kachemak Bay Campus associate professor Michael Hawfield to the Alaska Historical Commission, the governor’s office announced in a press release last week. Hawfield was appointed to a seat nominated by the Alaska Historical Society. Parnell also appointed Wayne Jensen o...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:46am
  • Margaret Cisco of Assistive Technology of Alaska will visit Homer and Anchor Point on Sept. 4 and 5 to meet with individuals experiencing vision and-or hearing loss and demonstrating assistive equipment that could make everyday life easier. On Sept. 4 from 1:30-5 p.m., Cisco will be at Anchor Point ...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:44am
  • A short section of Kachemak Drive will be closed to through traffic from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 3. The Alaska Department of Transportation will be repairing a stretch of road along Kachemak Drive on the west end about a half-mile from the Homer Spit intersection. Work will continue on Sept. 4 wit...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:43am
  • Striking Enstar Natural Gas worker Wally Jacks waves at cars as fellow striker Geoff Decter sits in a chair behind him on Aug. 14. Members of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367, the strikers set up a picket line in front of the Enstar offices on the Sterling Highway....

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:39am
  • An Anchorage man and reality TV star has pleaded not guilty to first-degree auto theft and driving under the influence in an Aug. 4 incident in which Alaska State Troopers found the man pinned under a crashed car that turned out to have been stolen from Homer. ...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:28am
  • The Homer City Council reviewed the city’s 2015-2020 Capital Improvement Plan, CIP, at the council’s work session on Monday. The next step is for the public to weigh in at a public hearing at the council’s Sept. 8 regular meeting. “Last year we went through a fairly exhaustive process on how...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:17pm
  • Runners, walkers, bicyclists and rollerbladers are making good use of the recently extended Spit Trail. Walls of the new harbormaster’s office are going up. Now, a project is about to kick off within the harbor itself. “By this time next year, wow, the harbor will have a whole different look,”...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:17pm
  • KENAI — U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, joined panelists at the Kenai River Classic Roundtable in a discussion about recreational fishing and the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act Aug. 22 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex....

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:38pm
  • A trade group for the nation’s big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year. If correct, the forecast would be more good news for the airlines. Nine leading U.S. carriers earned $3.8 billion in the first half of this year — ...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:35pm
  • The United States seafood industry is pushing for Russia to end its import ban on food from several countries including the U.S., but if it doesn’t, a coalition of companies wants an import ban in response. Industry groups and seafood businesses have asked for a ban on Russian seafood, including A...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:30pm
  • The Associated Press KETCHIKAN — A Canadian company is moving forward with plans for a new rare-earth metals mine at the end of Kendrick Bay on Prince of Wales Island, sending a team to drill and spending millions sampling rock and studying the area....

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:28pm
  • Cook Inlet razor clams are among the items on the Board of Fisheries menu this year. Fishermen and other stakeholders are asking the board to consider 162 proposals to change subsistence, commercial, personal-use and sport regulations in fisheries throughout the state during the 2014-2015 meeting cy...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:25pm
  • Many of today’s college-bound students are grappling with rising tuition costs, books, materials and living expenses. Some students, especially those who are the first in their family to consider attending college, find themselves asking, “Can I even afford to attend college?”  Part of th...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:20pm
  • At a big party on Aug. 14, three civic entities that form the backbone of the Kenai Peninsula celebrated 50 years: the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Kenai Peninsula College.  Held at KPC’s Kenai River Campus, the event included a barbecue, release of...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:11pm
  • There’s something powerful about the names of boats. Their cleverness can make you laugh. Their poetry can make you smile. They conjure up images of places far away and they raise questions about the people for whom they’re named. A new 54-foot landing craft built by ATEC followed the powerful t...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:41pm
  • Decorated with red, black and white balloons, the M/V Sanoah was easy to spot in the Homer Harbor on Sunday, as a crowd of people gathered for the 54-foot vessel’s christening. (See related story this page.) The day also marked the 50th birthday of Steve Attleson, owner and business manag...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:37pm
  • This Saturday down at the Homer Farmers Market folks are celebrating prolific vegetables. Yes, indeed, it is time for the Fourth Annual Zucchini Festival. There will be a Zucchini Recipe Swap at the Info Booth, Zucchini Car Construction at the Kids Activity Zone with Zandra, Zucchini Car Races at 1 ...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:28pm

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