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  • In the first year of the 28th Alaska Legislature, the House and Senate moved at a faster pace, noted Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer. “There’s been more movement this year than normal,” he said. “More bills have passed through both bodies and sent to the governor.” Serving his first term in the ...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 3:55pm
  • The Pratt Museum will host the next Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5-7 p.m. today at the museum. All the museum’s exhibits and galleries will be open to visitors during the mixer. A variety of appetizers, plus the Pratt’s famous punch, will be served during the mixer....

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:36pm
  • Bear Creek Winery recently announced it now uses only American-made products for its bottling operations. The winery now buys all of its green glass bottles through Bennu Glass in Kalama, Wash. Corks for the winery come from South Carolina and all wine labels are printed in Homer at Superior Labels....

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:36pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas has selected Utility Technologies Inc. to install the natural gas distribution mains and service lines within the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District, according to John Sims, Enstar’s manager of corporate communications and customer service. “They have installed hund...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:35pm
  • Applications are slow, but promising, for the new residence halls at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. By mid-afternoon Monday, three people had completed applications and more than 25 people were on the waiting list, said Suzie Kendrick, advancement program manager for the...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:27pm
  • JUNEAU — Republican leaders hailed the just-ended legislative session as a success in which they accomplished some of their top priorities: addressing oil taxes and energy concerns and exercising fiscal restraint. Minority Democrats, meanwhile, were much more somber in their assessment Monday. Sen...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:24pm
  • ANCHORAGE  — The U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Alaska will collaborate on future research of unconventional energy resources in the arctic, including abundant reservoirs of methane hydrate. The DOE’s acting assistant secretary for fossil energy, Christopher Smith, and Alaska De...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:23pm
  • Staff report In a community open house April 11, Wells Fargo officials presented more than $8,000 to four area nonprofits. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank was presented with $5,000; the Homer Council on the Arts was presented with $2,000; South Peninsula Haven House, $1,000; and 4-H, ...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:22pm
  • The Kenai Borough Employees Association announced last week it had reached a tentative agreement with the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration on terms of a three-year collective bargaining agreement. Terry Bookey, Central Emergency Services captain and union negotiating team chair, said the two s...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:18pm
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature, on the last scheduled day of session Sunday, passed a multibillion-dollar oil tax cut in the hopes it will lead to more production. The 12-8 Senate vote came in spite of fears that the impacts of Senate Bill 21 aren’t well understood and will devastate Alaska’s...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:10pm
  • Anyone who works with patterns knows it’s an exact science. Metal, wood, fabric, it’s all the same. A slip of a cutting tool here, an incorrect measurement there and headaches begin mounting, projects back up, scrap piles grow and costs go through the ceiling. Since she began cutting patterns in...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:05pm
  • With the first session of the 28th Alaska State Legislature set to adjourn April 14 and with Juneau having celebrated the 100th birthday of the Alaska legislature last month, former state Sen. Vic Fischer has a wish: “I would love to see the kind of bipartisanship that we had during my service in ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 4:11pm
  • Protesters at a rally last Thursday at Bishop’s Beach burn a $5.5 billion mock check made out to oil companies. About 75 people spoke against Senate Bill 21, Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposal to lower state taxes on oil companies. Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, voted “no recommendation” on the bill w...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:53pm
  • With the release last month of an environmental assessment, planning has moved forward for a new airstrip to serve the lower Cook Inlet villages of Nanwalek and Port Graham — the main transportation connection between them and Homer and the road system.  The two Alaska Native villages now hav...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:50pm
  • Most bank robbers try the direct approach in stealing cash: Enter a bank or credit union during business hours and demand it. Homer Police last week charged a Homer woman with taking a back-door approach when she allegedly broke into the Alaska USA Credit Union at about 1:45 a.m. last Friday.  ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:50pm
  • Eagles are flying over it and seals are poking their heads above its surface, but will fish be in it? That’s the million-dollar question when it comes to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, a popular fishing spot on the Spit. “That’s a fair question,” said Mike Booz, fishery biologist with the A...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:47pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER A late evening car crash on East End Road knocked out Internet service for about 400 customers on April 1.  Homer Police have charged a Homer woman, April Orleans, 26, with leaving the scene of an accident in relation to the crash. Acc...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:39pm
  • Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet has sentenced William Daugherty, 47, to time served for a fourth-degree assault conviction. A Homer jury had found Daugherty not guilty on three felony counts of kidnapping, third-degree assault and third-degree weapons misconduct in a trial held last mont...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:23pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas has selected Utility Technologies Inc. to install the natural gas distribution mains and service lines within the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District, according to John Sims, Enstar’s manager of corporate communications and customer service. “They have installed hund...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:12pm
  • Homer Mayor Beth Wythe stepped away from the gavel during a work session of the Homer City Council on Monday to present a report from the Homer Water and Sewer Task Force, which she chaired.  “When all is said and done, there are two rates in water and two rates in sewer,” said Wythe. “Th...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:45pm

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