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  • Shoppers can take advantage of two fairs this weekend. The Nutcracker Faire is Saturday and Sunday at the Homer High School (see related story, page 2) and, in close proximity, is the Sugar Plum Holiday Fair in the basement of the Homer United Methodist Ch...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:52pm
  • A Nordic favorite — lutefisk — and all the trimmings for the perfect holiday meal will be served at the Faith Lutheran Church of Homer on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are now available at the church at the corner of Soundview and the Sterling Highway: adults, $18; high s...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:49pm
  • The “Perceptions of Community Health” survey is currently underway and help is needed. Megan Murphy, coordinator of MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, said “on the ground” volunteers are needed to broadly distribu...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:48pm
  • A fire Saturday evening that involved five Kenai Peninsula fire departments completely destroyed a landmark building at Whiskey Gulch. Firefighters could not save a five-story log home built by Robin and Margareta Lipinski and recently sold at an auction. Unoccupied at the time, no one was injured i...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:47pm
  • Putting their stamp on the Christmas holiday, South Peninsula Hospital staff and Long Term Care residents perform the one-of-a-kind “A Long Term Christmas Carol” this Saturday and Sunday. Performances are at 3 p.m. in the Long Term Care Day Room at the hospital....

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:26pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District Dec. 3: School board meeting, 7 p.m.  Chapman School Dec. 18: Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 12: APC meeting, 4:30 p.m., Li...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:22pm
  • On Nov. 5, Homer Flex High School had a video conference with Sen. Mark Begich. With the help of Sen. Begich’s Kenai field representative, Kim Howard, this conference was possible. The conference was informative and students felt at ease when asking their questions. Sen. Begich was personable and ...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:20pm
  • Nearly 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are classified as overweight or obese last year according to an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services study. The study examined body mass index data for the student body over a two-year period and found that the b...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:18pm
  • Elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board in 2003, Sunni Hilts of Seldovia has now been chosen president elect of the Association of Alaska School Boards. That puts her in line to serve as the association’s president next year. “It’s a great organization,” said Hilts. “I’ve bee...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:17pm
  • Where Southcentral will get its energy in the near future was up for debate between the Anchorage mayor and the governor at the Resource Development Council’s annual conference. “Everyone needs affordable energy,” said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan during his opening remarks Nov. 14, and added ...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:48pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he will propose $30 million over five years to study king salmon abundance. Parnell says the first installment will be $10 million in the fiscal year 2014 budget. Low chinook salmon returns this year resulted in fishing closures or l...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:45pm
  • Catherine Knott and Alan Boraas, Kachemak Bay Campus and Kenai River Campus professors of anthropology, will present a talk at 6:30 p.m. today on their recent research for the Environmental Protection Agency about the cultural importance of salmon to the people of Bristol Bay. The presentation will ...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:44pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce has several events planned in the next few weeks: nThe next chamber mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. today. It is hosted by North Wind Home Collections, 173 W. Pioneer Ave. For more information, contact Debbie Speakman at 235-7740. The public is invited....

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:43pm
  • Welcome to Drs. Carl and Hillary Seger, two recent additions to South Peninsula Hospital. The community is invited to meet the Segers and other new SPH providers at a Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer in January.  “Dr. Carl Seger is filling a much-needed position in the ER,” said Derotha Ferr...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:42pm
  • Substance abuse pervades communities throughout Alaska, and the Kenai Peninsula is no exception. The cost to the state’s economy was estimated at about $1.2 billion in 2010, according to a new report from the McDowell Group research and consulting firm. The report identifies productivity losses as...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:38pm
  • For the first time in its 20-year history, the Kenai River Classic will target silver salmon instead of king salmon. After two years of catch-and-release chinook salmon fishing, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association changed the annual three-day fishing invitational from July to August in an effor...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:37pm
  • K-Bay Caffe & Roasting, the coffee roasting and drive-through espresso company, opened a new downtown café on Nov. 16 at 397 Pioneer Ave. next to the Refuge Chapel and the Grog Shop. A grand opening party is at 7 p.m. Friday with live music by Uplift! and complimentary samples of coffee availab...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:35pm
  •  ANCHORAGE — State officials and the University of Alaska Fairbanks will again host an Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit. The event is scheduled for Friday in Fairbanks. The Department of Natural Resources says the focus will be on the state’s strategy for exploring, developing ...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:31pm
  • Staff report Public radio station KBBI recently has filled two key staff positions. Rose Grech has been hired as KBBI’s development director. Ariel Van Cleave has been hired as the new reporter and host of “Morning Edition” for KBBI and KDLL. ...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:30pm
  • Tutka Bay Lodge has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards winner in the Trip of a Lifetime category.  Representing a “complete escape,” Tutka Bay Lodge is located at the southern end of Kachemak Bay. It was chosen from 4,000 nominations based on high style, ...

    Wed, 11/21/2012 - 12:10pm

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