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  • By Mckibben Jackinsky Staff writer Who knew when Kathy Sarns put her gold rush license plate design on 50 bike jerseys in 2003 to see if they’d sell that her jerseys were destined for Hollywood?  No one, that’s who. Including Sarns. If you’ve seen “This is 40,...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:38pm
  • Homer Electric Association will be “extremely busy” in 2013 finishing projects and preparing the utility for a looming shift that will place it in direct control of area power generation needs, a co-op spokesman said. For several years HEA has been setting wheels in motion anticipating the sever...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:35pm
  • It’s 1:30 a.m. when Laurie Speakman gets the call. Alaska State Trooper Dispatch tells her another one has been hit and gives her the GPS coordinates. Outside it’s probably below zero when she starts the pickup, equipped with a flashing siren, a wench and a boom. She dresses in thick clothing wh...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:26pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer There are Christmas wish lists. There are New Year lists of resolution. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has its Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Improvements-Major Maintenance Projects List, a six-year plan. It will be addressed by the...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:14pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A day after Royal Dutch Shell PLC towed a damaged floating drill rig to shelter from a remote Alaska island, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the department will perform an “expedited, high-level assessment” of the 2012 Arctic offshore drilling season....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:13pm
  • A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member’s attempt to introduce an ordinance that would have undone an expansion of the borough’s anadromous waters habitat protection ordinance was foiled by an unlikely source: the “reply all” button on his email. Newly elected assembly member Kelly Wolf wi...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:12pm
  • The man driving a truck when Alaska State Troopers arrested Bret Herrick, 52, on Dec. 8 in Anchor Point has been charged with first-degree hindering prosecution, a felony. Troopers allege William R. Dalton, 35, knew that Herrick had a warrant for his arrest and had given him a ride...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:02pm
  • As Rep. Paul Seaton, the District 30 representative for Homer, heads to Juneau for the 28th Legislature meeting Jan. 14 to April 14, he’ll be looking forward to a big change in the State Capitol building. Wifi....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:02pm
  • Shortly before the holiday break, the youngsters at Homer Head Start joined Alaska’s fight against tobacco use, thanks to a program sponsored by RurAL CAP, Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. When the 4- and 5-year-olds headed home that day, the youngsters carried little ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:53pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer Jack Maryott, solid waste director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, summed up the progress to turn the Homer BFL, Baler Facility-Landfill, into a waste transfer site in six words. “The project is right on schedule,” Maryott told the Ho...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:51pm
  • Saturday was moving day at the Pratt Museum when about 25 volunteers showed up to help move sections of a gray whale from the workshop into the space where the new exhibit, “Encounters: Whales In Our Waters,” will open on Feb. 1. The exhibit will profile nine cetacean species with the ce...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:50pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Although Buccaneer Oil had intended last fall to have moved the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence to oil and gas exploration sites in Cook Inlet, that the rig remained at the Homer Deep Water Dock as of Jan. 1 could mean a tidy t...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:17pm
  • As 2013 begins, Alaska residents gifted with timeliness will likely apply for their Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. During the PFD application period about 4 percent of eligible residents donate to charities through the Pick. Click. Give. program. Many nonprofits operating on the Kenai Peninsula pa...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:26am
  • Ripples from the sale of Parkside Plaza, 3665 Ben Walters Lane, are being noticed around town. For starters, South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services-The Center purchased the two-story Parkside Plaza from Steve Yoshida. “We bought it because we have outgrown the current facilities,” said Carla...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:25am
  • One of the items Kenai Peninsula Borough officials hope to have state lawmakers include in the state’s capital budget is infrastructure needed to create a long term solution for treatment and disposal of landfill fluids, also known as leachate....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:23am
  • When Ninilchik School students discovered one pie left from games at a  Dec. 20 pep assembly, they wondered what to do with it. Their solution: throw it at Principal Jeff Ambrosier. “I said OK, but not for free. Let’s raise some money for somebody,” said Ambrosier. When the idea was annou...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:04am
  • When it happened is uncertain — Christmas Eve or Christmas Day — but the F/V Leading Lady and F/V Kupreanof are now on the bottom of Jakolof Bay. The reason for the sinking of the 53- and 58-foot wooden vessels, owned by Tim Barclay of Valdez, also is uncertain. There...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:00am
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    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:50am
  • Welcome to the world, Titan Kasius Swenning Norman. The 7-pound, 13.7-ounce, 21.5-inch son of Nikalai Norman of Port Graham and Barbara Swenning of Nanwalek was born at South Peninsula Hospital at 6:13 a.m. New Year’s Day. Titan’s first name was chosen by his father. Webster’s New World Colleg...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:49am
  • Last year Homer Police and Alaska State Troopers arrested and charged nine defendants with major crimes ranging from murder to sexual assault. As the new year starts, Homer judges have a full docket as those cases move through the criminal justice system. Here are some major cases and the next sched...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:47am

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