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  • After 14 years as the social worker at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Nancy Lander has retired. Her last day at LTC was Dec. 20. On Friday morning, Lander flew south to join her husband, Mark Robinson, former Homer High School choral director, in Ventura, Calif., and begin a new chapt...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:26pm
  • With Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, on one side, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, on the other, marine pilot Peter Garay of Homer received a legislative citation, accompanied by loud applause, during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay on Dec. 20. The honor recognized the role of Garay and ...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:22pm
  • An independent oil and gas explorer has applied for an Army Corps of Engineers permit to build a new production platform in Cook Inlet’s Kitchen Lights Unit....

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:16pm
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    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:12pm
  • Winter weather has caused multiple power outages. “The outages were the result of heavy snow load that brought lines down and also caused trees to come into contact with the power lines,” said Joe Gallagher, public relations coordinator for Homer Electric Association....

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:11pm
  • The Alaska Department of Environ-mental Conservation on Monday suspended its review of Buccaneer Alaska’s amended application for the Cosmopolitan site Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan, or C-plan. ...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 2:56pm
  • On Friday, signs went up announcing new digs for the Legislative Information Office and the offices of Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and Senator-elect Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. Formerly located along the Sterling Highway, the three are now at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Bartlett Street, in what ...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:54am
  • ANCHORAGE — Alaska energy planners have taken a step toward licensing for the country’s second tallest dam by submitting a two-year plan for environmental work to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Alaska Energy Authority on Friday formally submitted its Revised Study Plan outlining 5...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:50am
  • The weather has been cold and natural gas supplies in Southcentral Alaska are very tight. Enstar Natural Gas Co. distributed near-record amounts of gas in its system during recent cold weather and is drawing down supplies from a new gas storage facility on the Kenai Peninsula. Meanwhile, utilities i...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:49am
  • By Rashah McChesney Morris News Service - Alaska Vincent “Vin” Chavarrir likes to run a laundry-folding machine affectionately dubbed “Sparky” by employees at Central Peninsula Hospital. To feed a towel into the machine he just lets it slide into the machine “like...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:48am
  • Three area lawmakers told a crowd gathered Friday they were encouraged about the prospects of solving some of the state’s biggest questions — tweaking oil taxes, shrinking the state’s operating and capital budget and getting gas from the North Slope to Alaskans. House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenaul...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:44am
  • ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday announced a proposed state budget that would limit growth in operating costs to less than 1 percent. At a news conference after unveiling the numbers in a speech to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Parnell said he is proposing an operating budget that spen...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:43am
  • It was about 5:40 a.m. in Soldotna on Friday when a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people. But information spreads fast and by midday several classes were paused so teachers could talk to students about what they had been texting, Facebooking and tal...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:23am
  • When it comes to salmon, southern Kenai Peninsula students get an opportunity to set aside textbooks in favor of some hands-on learning, thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “Awesome,” was the one-word evaluation of the project from Fireweed Academy fifth-grader Zach Condon. The stu...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:21am
  • When Marlaina Thiel, the liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program, and Jan O’Rourke of TUFF, Teens United for a Future, planned Sunday’s stocking stuffer party, they scheduled two and a half hours at the upstairs of Alice’s Champagne Palace. So...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:18am
  • Robert V. Freeman, a Kasilof man who was sentenced in 1999 for murdering two Kenai Peninsula women, died Sunday at the Anchorage Correctional Center. He was 71. Freeman died of natural causes, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch. On Sunday at 4:54 p.m., the Alaska Bureau of Investigation ...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:56am
  • Teams are needed now for the March “Bowl for Kids Sake,” a fundraiser benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Volunteers can participate by signing up to host a team, be on a team or raise money for mentoring. No bowling ability is required. Virtual bowlers also are included. The event happens Marc...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:55am
  • A head-on collision last week in Girdwood injured an Anchor Point man. Girdwood Fire Department emergency medical technicians took Ralph E. Adams, 60, to Providence Hospital Anchorage, according to a press release issued by the Alaska State Troopers. Troopers allege Adams was driving under the influ...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:54am
  • Giving Paula Lee her smile wasn’t a simple process. First, she had to complete an application for the Give Back a Smile program, a national domestic violence program of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, and the AACD Charitable Foundation. After her application was approved, she ...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:53am
  • It may be cold and dark in wintry Alaska, but at the Dec. 5 meeting of the Homer Downtown Rotary Club, four local teens spoke about their upcoming trip to tropical Honolulu, Hawaii. The trip isn’t about sun and surf, however. These four were practicing presentations they and two others will give a...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:35am

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