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  • 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
  • After launching one of the largest and fastest 3D seismic data gathering campaigns in Cook Inlet’s history, Apache Oil Corp.’s work in the area has paused — victim to slow permitting processes in key areas. The company made headlines when the work it planned to complete halted in mid-September...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:13am
  • From upscale white tablecloth restaurants to take-out sandwich shops, Homer’s creative chefs have been crafting a cuisine that, for lack of a better term, could simply be called Homer Style. It’s a food culture distinguished by an emphasis on wild seafood and locally grown vegetables, many from ...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:09am
  • Buccaneer Energy has spudded its first well with the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig nine months after it arrived in Alaska waters from Singapore. Buccaneer, which recently received the thumbs-up to drill from the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, started drilling at the Cosmo...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:00am
  • In spite of the best laid plans for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s annual cleanup day, event coordinator and visitor center manager Maya Rourke said participation was down this year. The culprit: a Friday night snowfall that brought chilly temperatures and left a layer of slush...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:38pm
  • Christmas 2011 was a turning point at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer.  On this particular holiday with parishioners out of state, snowy weather and illness, the church closed its red door on the very night when every church’s door should be open, Christmas Eve.  The church t...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:35pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Pre-Kindergarden Title I Assessments Children who will be four years old by Sept. 1 have an opportunity to attend pre-kindergarten classes at their local area school in the fall. To qualify for the classes, parents and guardia...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:11pm
  • Homer High principal, family to be honored There will be a casual gathering for Dr. Allan Gee, principal of Homer High School, and his family in the Homer High School commons from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday. This event is open to the public. Come and wish them well as they move on to the...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:09pm
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    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:06pm
  • Students at West Homer Elementary School proved they not only know their 1s, 2s, and 3s, but, more importantly, what to do with those numbers and more. At the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Math Bowl held in Seward on Friday, with 36 teams participating, teams from WHES took first, second a...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:04pm
  • Wrapping up the school year, Homer High School’s 15-student drama class is inviting the public to a performance at 355 W. Pioneer Ave., at 7 p.m. May 15. To be performed are: •“Chicago ERR” by Linda R. Karcz; •“Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” by David Ives; •“The Road to Ruin”...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:03pm
  • What do Cannes, France, and Chapman School have in common?  For starters, they both start with “C.” More importantly, however, they attract some talented filmmakers. The 2013 Festival de Cannes is happening May 16-26. Thousands of miles closer to home, Chapman’s Student Film Festival was ...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:01pm
  • A Homer man is warning people not to be taken in a phone scam in which he lost $1,200 for a “bond” to claim a $550,000 sweepstakes prize. Although the man suspected the phone call was bogus, he said he took a gamble and last week and wired three $400 payments through Western Union to accounts in...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 4:58pm

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