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  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer For Homer residents following the progress to bring natural gas to Homer, some of what was said at the Enstar Natural Gas community meeting at the Homer High School commons on Jan. 9 was familiar. Some of it, however, was new and offered m...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:33pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:31pm
  • Think you know your geography? See how you stack up against the National Geographic’s daily quiz questions.  On Monday, the question of the day was which of the following is true of snowflakes:  (a) they all have six sides; (b) they all have the same basic shape; (c) al...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:29pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER While the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District was the focus of Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting (see story, page 1), the council also took other actions, including approval of an ordinance disbursing net earni...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:16pm
  • Autumn Jones had just finished working out and was getting ready to leave her East End Road home on China Poot Court on Jan. 7. Her daughter, Destiny, 13, was in class at Homer Middle School. Her partner, Neils Cordes, was at work. “Then some guy came and told me the house was on...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:11pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing an overhaul of Alaska’s oil tax structure, saying his new plan is simpler and aimed at making the state more competitive while encouraging new production. The proposal, which was expected to be announced Wednesday, scraps the progressive ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:08pm
  • JUNEAU — Alaska would face a budget deficit of $920 million if spending for next year matched that of the current year, a report released Monday states. The Legislative Finance Division report offers a sobering look at the state’s fiscal situation amid declining oil production ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:08pm
  • Ten Upper Cook Inlet Task Force members met Monday to address the mountain of data generated since their last meeting, propose changes to salmon management plans and hear from local fishermen. The day began with a presentation on a draft escapement goal recommendation of 15,000 to ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:06pm
  • By Brian Smith Morris News Service - Alaska SOLDOTNA — Recent action by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will result in Central Peninsula Hospital incorporating additional facilities and offering more services for physical therapy. The assembly’s thumbs-up reignited...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:05pm
  • By Jerzy Shedlock Morris News Service - Alaska Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus is set to become the most technologically advanced training facility in the university system. The new Career and Technical Education Center, scheduled to open in August, will hous...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:04pm
  • Application period open  for HEA board seat Homer Electric Association is accepting applications for a vacancy on the board of directors for District 3. Applicants must be a member of HEA and a bona fide resident within the District 3 boundary, which includes p...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:03pm
  • Civil rights talk set for Jan. 21 Stephen Haycoxwill present a talk on “Civil Rights in Alaska: The Historical Perspective and the Popular Perception” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. The program is in honor of Alaska Civil Righs Day and is presented with support from the University of Ala...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:55pm
  • STAFF REPORT A preliminary hearing held Friday for the two defendants charged with robbing the Grog Shop liquor store has been continued to Feb. 1. John Mumey, 50, and Terry Lashley-Elliot, 32, were charged in December with one count each of first-degree robbery, a class A felony....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:55pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER On a second vote to repeal a seasonal sales tax exemption on food, the Homer City Council again defeated the ordinance proposed last year by council member Bryan Zak.  This time, with council member Beau Burgess switching his vote, the...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:51pm
  • Homer residents took to the microphone at Monday’s regular Homer City Council meeting to express their views on formation of a citywide Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District. Among those testifying was Homer Mayor Beth Wythe. Before commenting, Wythe — who has been determined to have a c...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:51pm
  • What was meant to be a short, two-hour snowmachine ride with a friend last Friday turned out much differently for Steven Craig, 41, of Homer. After Craig became lost, an estimated 100 individuals on the ground and in the air spent the weekend battling foul weather in hopes of finding the snowmachine...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:49pm
  • By RUSSELL STIGALL Morris news Service - Alaska Just a few years after the half-century mark of the state it serves, Alaska’s Marine Highway System hits the big five-o. The marine highway system has gone through a number of changes since it first went into operation with ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:41pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The beluga whales that swim in Cook Inlet are continuing to struggle and appear headed for extinction if nothing changes, a government official said Friday. A survey done in June found the whales “are not recovering,” said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and A...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:41pm
  • An energy audit of Alaska public facilities uncovered some of the most, and least, energy efficient buildings in the state. The study, conducted by Alaska Housing Finance Corp., evaluated 327 investment grade audits performed on public facilities. The study estimates there are 5,000 public buildings...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:40pm
  • Youngblood recognized for her volunteer efforts Hours of volunteering at various real estate events and her work in the Homer area recently earned First National Bank Alaska Home Loan Specialist Karrie Youngblood special recognition. Late last month, the Kachemak Board of Realtors n...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:39pm

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