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  • Parnell adopted into Tlingit clan SAXMAN — Gov. Sean Parnell was adopted into the Eagle Killer Whale Clan of the Tlingit people during a ceremony in southeast Alaska. He was among a number of people adopted into the clan after a totem raising Saturday in Saxman, KRBD reported....

    Thu, 05/16/2013 - 12:37pm
  • Homer Police this morning have two suspects in custody after Homer High School was evacuated this morning when a suspicious device was found in a stairwell at about 8:55 a.m. All 370 students and staff were evacuated safely within three minutes. Classes have resumed and the school is back on a norma...

    Thu, 05/16/2013 - 10:36am
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    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 3:17pm
  • Alaska State Troopers charged a man last week in relation to a burglary and theft of an Anchor Point cabin and two trucks. Trevor K. Latimer, 45, faces charges of second-degree theft, two counts of first-degree vehicle theft and third-degree weapons misconduct, all felonies. ...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 3:09pm
  • It was cold water for some warm-hearted city officials, Homer Police Department personnel and Alaska State Troopers on Saturday at “Dunk the Fuzz,” a fundraiser benefiting the Homer Special Olympics. “It needed to be warm,” said a laughing Homer Police Chief Mark Robl, who found himself repe...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 3:07pm
  • A revised Homer Spit rezoning ordinance almost died on a 3-3 tie vote at Monday’s Homer City Council meeting after the council got hung up on the issue of allowing heliports as a conditional use. An amendment also died in a 3-3 tie vote to eliminate heliports from the rezoning ordinance.  Wit...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 3:04pm
  • A Homer City Council work session Monday afternoon started with a simple question: Should the city lease a 10,000-square-foot lot at the Pier One Theatre campground lot — officially, Tract A, the Fishin’ Hole Subdivision — to the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society? The topic, however, morphed in...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 3:01pm
  • When the school year ends, so will the Boys and Girls Club of Homer, at least as it is currently known. That doesn’t mean the B&G Club is abandoning Homer, just that it needs a plan for the future. ...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 2:56pm
  • The public is invited to a grilling fair held by Enstar Natural Gas at Best Western Bidarka Inn from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Representatives of Enstar will be on hand to answer questions about the project currently underway to bring natural gas from Anchor Point to Homer and Kachemak City. The f...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 2:32pm
  • Bald Mountain Air Service is the host of the May Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center mixer. The mixer is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Bald Mountain’s hangar at 3758 FAA Road next to the Homer Airport. There will be pizza and sodas, the chance to win a bear viewing trip and other door prizes....

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 2:31pm
  • Like other business owners in the area, Anchor River Inn general manager Jesse Clutts had to make some adjustments to the winter slowdown in business: fewer days, shorter operating hours. An after-hour burglary of the long-time restaurant and bar business didn’t help. “About seven months back we...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 2:31pm
  • ‘Mariners on the move’ selected for fourth quarter Nominations of an outstanding student based on scholarship and citizenship from each Homer High School faculty have chosen the following students as ‘Mariners On the Move.’ Nominees and their families were invited to a May 9...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:51pm
  • A joint effort led by Lisa Whip, librarian at West Homer Elementary School, has created a program that is helping students set their own goals for reading. “It takes the guesswork out of choosing books at their ability,” said Whip. “If they read at their ability, they can excel.” ...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:42pm
  • Student news Ninilchik students Caleb Daniels and Esther Pherson were among the graduates honored at Bob Jones University’s commencement exercises. Aranda Koch of Anchor Point graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelo...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:42pm
  • Kindergarten through college, students are wrapping up their studies and graduating. The following ceremonies are held at the school unless otherwise noted. May 17: Fireweed Academy for sixth-grade, 1:30 p.m.. May 17: Chapman School for kindergarten, 2 p.m. May 19: Flex High School at Land’s En...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:33pm
  • Praise and advice, cheers and applause, balloons and bouquets marked the 2013 commencement ceremony of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, held at Mariner Theatre May 8. “Welcome to you, our graduating class. I am so very proud of you,” said KBC Campus Di...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:31pm
  • A law enforcement official with more than 30 years experience told a group of Kenai Peninsula residents and business owners not to underestimate the state’s white collar criminals. “The fraud environment in Alaska is a lot deeper than you realize,” said Don Krohn, who spent 18 years with the A...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:22am
  • FAIRBANKS — Denali National Park and Preserve’s entrance area facilities opened Wednesday for the summer visitor season, despite some lingering snow cover. KUAC reports the popular sled dog demonstrations also were scheduled to begin that day, though park spokeswoman Kris Fister said officials w...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:18am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced its $73.2 million fiscal year 2014 budget on May 7. The budget is contained in Ordinance 2013-19 and, if approved after a June 4 public hearing, would take effect July 1. The budget calls for $73.2 million in expenditures, an overall increase of $301,6...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:17am
  • Bidding was modest in the state’s May 8 Cook Inlet areawide lease sale, held every spring. Twenty-eight lease tracts were sold with high bids of $419,840 offered by six bidder groups, state Oil and Gas Division Director Bill Barron said. Hilcorp Energy dominated the bidding, mostly for onshore tra...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:15am

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