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  • The history of Memorial Day, a day for honoring all those who died in service to the nation, dates back decades before World War II touched the shores of the Aleutians. It was originally known as “Decoration Day” and officially proclaimed Memorial Day and first observed in May 1868. In 1971, it ...

    Thu, 05/23/2013 - 10:46am
  • The devastation of war is real enough when beamed into living rooms from across thousands of miles. For some, the reality lives in memories of those who were on the battlefront. For others, it’s the emptiness left by a family member who never returned from duty to his or her country....

    Thu, 05/23/2013 - 10:42am
  • Graduation ceremonies There are several commencement ceremonies remaining in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District this week. They are:  Today: Connections, Soldotna High School, 4 p.m. Today: Razdolna for kindergarten, eighth-grade and h...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:55pm
  • CONNECTIONS Sarah Andrews  Homer Peter Otis Ellert, Homer Kayla Rose Fisher, Homer Frank Colton Holub, Nikolaevsk Brooke Hannah Hueper, Homer Nathaniel K. Isaac, Homer...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:55pm
  • A rare subspecies of killer whales, also known as orcas, that prey on sharks was seen on Monday in Kachemak Bay. Dave Lyon of Ashore Water Taxi  first reported the pod of about 25 whales, and researchers with the North Gulf Oceanic Society investigated. ...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:47pm
  • The Independent Living Center and the Aging and Disability Resource Center offer information and consultation with attorneys specializing in Social Security, disability, military veterans and Medicaid issues. The attorneys visit from 9 a.m. to noon May 29 in the Homer Senior Center dining room annex...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:47pm
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    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:40pm
  • With the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Attu being honored this month, there’s a bit of poignancy that a World War II era Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero is among the historic planes visiting Homer this weekend.  The Zero, one of only five flying remaining such aircraft, is part of a squadron...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:38pm
  • A week after the discovery of a suspicious bomb-like device that caused Homer High School to be evacuated, Homer Police are still investigating the incident and looking to work with Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officials on how to better respond in similar situations. “That’s definite...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:20pm
  • At Homer High School’s commencement ceremony Monday evening, valedictorians Dylan Faulkner, Katherine Kirsis, Ethan Kizzia, Samuel Reinert and Katie Pitzman brought their classmates to their feet and drew loud cheers and applause for the rap they’d written. Based loosely on a well-known rap song...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:20pm
  • “Tonight is all about you,” Dr. Allan Gee, Homer High School principal, told the graduates at Monday’s commencement ceremony.  The same could be said at schools across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District this week as high school seniors are handed their diplomas and tell their hig...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:13pm
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    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 3:39pm
  • BETHEL — A Bethel judge has ruled against some of nearly two dozen Yup’ik Eskimo fishermen cited for illegally fishing king salmon in the Kuskokwim River during a poor run last year. Several of the fishermen were found guilty Monday after their trials by judge resumed. Magistrate Bruce Ward adjo...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 1:20pm
  • A Japanese consortium working on an independent Alaska liquefied natural gas project has completed a feasibility study and given it to state officials. North Slope producers and TransCanada, who are pursuing their own LNG plant, also have been briefed on the proposal by officials with Japanese-owned...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 1:18pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A private liberal arts college in Anchorage is lowering its tuition by more than 30 percent, with a goal of making a college education more affordable for Alaskans and boosting enrollment, the president of Alaska Pacific University said. The school’s board last week decided to reduce...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 1:17pm
  • The eye-catching Anchor Point landmark on the corner of the Sterling Highway and North Fork Road is about to go away. On July 1, Sharon Carrico is closing the doors of Lazy Sun Tanning and Tours and the blue building, with each side covered in figures painted by Anchor Point artist Bill Cummings, wi...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 11:53am
  • JUNEAU — The state of Alaska on Monday proposed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar plan aimed at determining the true oil and gas potential in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. State officials hope the plan will reinvigorate — and reshape — the debate over whether to drill on the refuge’s c...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 11:50am
  • Despite the hold that winter seems to be exerting on us this year, it is finally time again for the opening of the Homer Farmers’ Market.   Actually, Homer producers have been defying the cold for a couple of weeks now.  Two weeks ago, Snowshoe Hollow Farm was down at the market site sel...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 11:49am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center board reached within its ranks for a new executive director and has named board member Jim Lavrakas to succeed current director Monte Davis after Davis leaves Homer in mid-August.  Lavrakas, 60, has been a chamber board member for three years....

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 11:48am
  • Kenai Magistrate Jennifer Wells on Friday morning released on bail a Homer High School teenager charged with terroristic threatening for placing a fake bomb in a stairwell at the high school. Wells set a $1,000 performance bond for Zachary T. Fraley, 18, a graduating senior. Wells said $1,000 — th...

    Fri, 05/17/2013 - 9:52am

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