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  • The University of Wyoming lists Tracy L. Quance of Ninilchik on the 2012 fall semester provost's honor roll. The provost's honor roll consists of undergraduates who have completed at least six but fewer than 12 hours with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average for the semester.Kenai Peninsula Borough Sch...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:48pm
  • JUNEAU, -- A bill that would change how Alaska regulates cruise ship wastewater is on its way to the governor's desk.The state Senate passed HB80 Tuesday, 15-5, following lengthy debate over whether Alaska waters and fisheries would be adequately protected. The vote had been pushed to Tuesday after ...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:47pm
  • KENAI -- An Anchorage woman pleaded guilty last Thursday at the Kenai Courthouse to a charge of attempted tampering with physical evidence. The charge stems from her connection with the July 7, 2012, homicide of Anchor Point resident Demian Sagerser, 40.Nancie Modeste, 26, was originally charged wit...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:40pm
  • The first sign that Kelly Brennan, 54, of Seldovia was in trouble came about 4:30 p.m. Monday when the motor on his 12-foot skiff quit operating. Brennan was near Dangerous Cape at the time, between Seldovia and Port Graham, according to a report from the Alaska State Troopers. Fortunately for Brenn...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:25pm
  • JUNEAU -- Independent oil companies offered a mixed assessment Monday of Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed oil tax overhaul, saying it is a good start but needs additional work.Both the House and Senate resources committees took testimony from several of the smaller companies that are either exploring fo...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:24pm
  • The Terrace, an assisted living facility run by Homer Senior Citizens, has made numerous changes to its operation and management following an investigation and report by state health officials, Homer Senior Citizens executive director Keren Kelley said this week."We did some things wrong. We've impr...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:18pm
  • An Anchor Point woman and her teenage daughter escaped in their stocking feet on a cold and snowy night last week after the woman said her husband shot up their Old Sterling Highway cabin with a handgun. Alaska State Troopers and a Homer Police officer rescued the woman and girl walking along the Ol...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:09pm
  • A bill creating a low-interest loan program for homeowners wanting to improve or replace their home heating systems is making its way through the Alaska House of Representatives.Sponsored by Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, House Bill 35 would provide homeowners with an opportunity to receive a max...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:05pm
  • JUNEAU -- One lawmaker is trying to establish an escalating scale of punishment for certain drug possession crimes, similar to what Alaska has for those convicted of driving under the influence.Senate Bill 56, by Sen. Fred Dyson, would make the possession of a small amount of certain drugs a misdeme...

    Fri, 02/22/2013 - 1:54pm
  • JUNEAU -- Independent oil companies offered a mixed assessment Monday of Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed oil tax overhaul, saying it is a good start but needs additional work.Both the House and Senate resources committees took testimony from several of the smaller companies that are either exploring fo...

    Fri, 02/22/2013 - 1:53pm
  • New members of Kenai Peninsula Youth Court were sworn in at the Homer courthouse Feb. 13, in the presence of Judge Margaret Murphy, KPYC director Ginny Espinshade, parents and teachers.Among those raising their right hand were 14 students from West Homer Elementary School, the only elementary school...

    Fri, 02/22/2013 - 1:51pm
  • JUNEAU -- Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing changing how the Department of Natural Resources approves oil and gas leases.Parnell introduced SB59 on Tuesday. In his transmittal letter, he says the measure would help streamline the state's permitting process.Currently, he says the department grants lease...

    Fri, 02/22/2013 - 1:03pm
  • A federal jury trial started on Feb. 4 in U.S. District Court, Anchorage, in the case of a Minnesota woman against the city of Homer and Homer Police alleging misconduct for their role in the March 2006 Homer Airport shooting. Cherry Dietzmann seeks compensatory damages for injuries to her son, Jaso...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:06pm
  • After a decline in tourist visits in 2009 and 2010, Alaska has seen a general increase in overall visits, especially among cruise ship passengers. However, there has been a steady downturn among ferry and highway visitors.Those were some of the highlights of an update on tourism by officials at the ...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:05pm
  • The Homer Recorder’s Office will be temporarily closed for scheduled leave beginning Feb. 18. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. March 4.During this closure, recordings for the district may be made at the Anchorage Recorder’s Office. Mail all recordings to:Anchorage Recorder’s OfficeAttn: Hom...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:02pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) -- The community of Yakutat is trying to turn ocean waves into a source of renewable energy.KENI-radio reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a preliminary permit application for a wave energy project in Yakutat.Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, would install wa...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:00pm
  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members contributed nearly $50,000 to support community food banks during the annual Cash for Cans food drive. The credit union and the Alaska USA Foundation teamed up for the fundraiser, collecting cash donations at Alaska USA branches in three states. The credit uni...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:00pm
  • Less than three years after expanding operations to include Homer, Grant Aviation has dropped the southern Kenai Peninsula from its schedule. The last day of flights in and out of the Homer Airport was Feb. 9 and the first day with no service into Homer was Feb. 10, Grant Aviation station manager Ph...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:57pm
  • Shell broke its weeks-long silence on the status of its two Arctic drill rigs Feb. 11. The Kulluk and Noble Discoverer, two drill vessels used by Shell for its 2012, Arctic drilling, will be moved from Alaska to Asia for repairs, the company said in a statement late Monday.The Kulluk, a conical dril...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:55pm
  • A bill requiring the state to create a rapid response and management plan to deal with invasive aquatic species moved out of the House Fisheries Committee Tuesday and will now come before the House Resources Committee.House Bill 89, introduced by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, would authorize the Alaska...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:54pm

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