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  • Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, has invited his District O constituents to two town hall meetings to be held in Homer and Soldotna this week. The senator will discuss key issues and provide an update on the 28th Legislature. The senator’s staff also will be present to help with constituent issues...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:17am
  • JUNEAU -- Gov. Sean Parnell's bill to streamline state permitting procedures is moving rapidly through legislative committees in Juneau.This is the second year Parnell has sought changes. Last year the governor proposed, and lawmakers approved, House Bill 361, which made some of the most important c...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 4:29pm
  • With March named "Music In the Schools Month" by the National Association of Music Educators, Amy Christianson and her band of musicians are taking it seriously. Just how seriously, the public will get to see -- or hear, as the case may be -- at a 6 p.m. public concert at Mariner Theatre on March 5....

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 4:20pm
  • An idea to use the Homer Deep Water Dock as a test bed to measure and evaluate tidal energy got a boost with a city-university collaboration. Instead of the city hiring a private firm, a group of seven University of Alaska Anchorage engineering students and their professors are doing the 35-percent ...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 3:43pm
  • The big-ticket item at the Homer City Council's regular meeting on Monday was Ordinance 13-03(S)(2), authorizing the city to issue a natural gas distribution special assessment bond in the principal amount not to exceed $12.7 million for the finance, design and construction of natural gas distributi...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 3:40pm
  • The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced nominees for two seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commision, and a Homer man and a consultant for the Kenai River Sportfishing Association are among the candidates.Kevin Delaney, a sportfishing representative for the recently concluded Up...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 3:34pm
  • Land’s End presents wedding, event expoLand’s End presents the Kenai Peninsula Wedding and Special Event Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be giveaways, including one of Land’s End’s get-away packages, cake tasting, wedding attire, bakers, entertainers, photogra...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 3:33pm
  • What is it about Anchor Point that has five new businesses opening up in the Kenai Peninsula's westernmost community? Lower utility costs because of the availability of natural gas was the first explanation given by Bryan Zak, regional director for the South West Alaska Small Business Development Ce...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 3:32pm
  • A Kenai grand jury last Friday indicted Ilya Gherman, 53, on two counts each of kidnapping and third-degree assault and one count of second-degree misconduct involving weapons. The grand jury charged that in a Feb. 12 incident, Gherman restrained by threatening with a firearm his wife and daughter a...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 3:20pm
  • Student newsTracy L. Quance of Ninilchik was awarded a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming. Kenai Peninsula Borough School DistrictToday: Fiscal year 2014 school district budget development discussion, Homer High School librar...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 3:18pm
  • The heart-shaped glass vials worn around the necks of sixth-graders at West Homer Elementary School weren't just for decoration. Each one contained something uniquely special: the DNA of the student it was worn by. Even better, the students in Shirlie Gribble's classroom extracted it themselves with...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:59pm
  • Winter might be a slow time for business in some places, but in Anchor Point, business owners are putting the slow-down to their advantage.Some are developing new approaches to boost business at long-time establishments. Others have identified a market not met and are hoping to meet the need. At lea...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:47pm
  • Begun Jan. 15, this year's legislative session is halfway toward its April 14 adjournment. Representing areas of the Kenai Peninsula that include the southern and portions of the central peninsula, Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, took time to reflect on the session's ...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:40pm
  • After seven years, Regina Mauras, the city of Homer’s finance director, is moving on. Mauras has accepted the position of finance director with the city of Prosser, Wash. Her last day on the job in Homer is March 8.She likened her experience interviewing for the new position to a television show....

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:36pm
  • Over the next few years, downtown Homer will see several intersection and road improvements that will make safer two of the city's worst intersections and get rid of several stretches of notorious potholes on Pioneer Avenue and Lake Street.One intersection change, at Main Street and the Sterling Hig...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:33pm
  • A common traffic violation-- failure to signal a turn -- led to an arrest last Saturday for methamphetamine possession. The incident shut down a side street near the Homer Post Office when in the process of the arrest an Alaska Wildlife Trooper discovered a suspected meth lab in a 26-year-old Homer ...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:32pm
  • Homer Electric Association seeks opinions on the interest of members who might want to participate in a commonly owned renewable energy project. While preliminary, the idea is that a group of members would share in the cost and construction of a project, such as a wind turbine or solar panel array, ...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:19pm
  • Carolyn Sapp, Homer's new postmaster, is picking up where the community's former postmaster, Robert Fimon, left off.With a 10-year postal career that began in the community where she was born and reared -- Tallahassee, Fla. -- Sapp originally had her eyes on Alaska's beautiful landscapes -- Fairbank...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 2:48pm
  • The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Section of Epidemiology is investigating four recent illnesses on the Kenai Peninsula believed to be associated with raw milk consumption, said Greg Wilkinson, a department spokesperson. The patients admitted to drinking raw milk a few days before ...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 2:45pm
  • The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will break ground on the construction of a new $6 million visitor center in Soldotna this spring, refuge officials announced Feb. 14.The refuge visitor center sees the most visitors of the 15 other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge visitor centers in the state ...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 2:43pm

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