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  • Things that cross the minds of high school students around this time of year: If it seems like we’re excited for summer, it’s because we are. “Mr. Campbell? Can we have class outside today?” “Hey, Mr. Rife, can we, maybe, have class outside today?” “Hey! Mrs. Spence! Can we go outside ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:23pm
  • Not just one, but three southern Kenai Peninsula schools were represented at the National Geographic state-level bee held at the Egan Center in Anchorage April 5. Having won in each of their schools and then passing a qualifying test, sixth-grader Jakob Nelson of McNeil Canyon Elementary School, six...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:21pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Pre-Kindergarden Title I Assessments Children who will be four years old by Sept. 1 may attend pre-kindergarten classes at their local area school in the fall. Parents and guardians must: 1. Contact their local area school to ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:20pm
  • Alaska State Troopers last week charged a Homer man for driving under the influence. That in itself isn’t rare, but the nature of the alleged intoxication is: troopers claimed Paul Frary, 24, was under the influence of marijuana and nothing else. Also unusual is the time between when the incident ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:19pm
  • The Alaska Small Business Develop- ment Center is offering a free “Starting A Business” seminar from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 29 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:42am
  • The eighth annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Spenard Builders Supply on Lake Street. Accepted items include computers, electronics and batteries.  Smoke detectors, vacuums, PCBs, audio tapes and video tapes will not be accepted....

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:41am
  • The award-winning Pratt Museum will host the next Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5-7 p.m. April 18 at the museum....

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:41am
  • JUNEAU — An oil tax overhaul under consideration in Alaska would be a “game changer” and send a signal that the state is ready to compete for investment, a BP Alaska executive said Monday. Damian Bilbao couldn’t say how many projects would make economic sense for the company until a final bi...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:39am
  • Like juggling, playing the piano and tap dancing, the art of making bagels appears simple when done, but takes years of practice to perfect. At The Bagel Shop, Homer’s newest bakery and café at the corner of East End Road and Kachemak Drive, bagel baker and co-owner Gabe Chapin worked 10 years to...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:38am
  • For 24 years, Greg Brush has been cementing the foundation of his life — faith, family and fish. When he was a 27-year-old, he abandoned his union job, moving away from Northern California’s salmon and steelhead fishing in search of the famous, giant king salmon. He built his life around that de...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:32am
  • JUNEAU — The state Department of Revenue issued its spring oil revenue and production forecast Friday and is projecting lower North Slope oil petroleum revenues and production than were estimated in the fall forecast issued last December. A decline of almost $300 million in revenues is now project...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:27am
  • With little fanfare but much anticipation, a small group of residents watched early last Friday morning as the Endeavour-Spirit Independence jack-up rig left the Homer Deep Water Dock en route to its drilling assignments. Among those watching was Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins, who has come to kno...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 3:58pm
  • After a year-long review of Homer’s water-sewer rates, the Water and Sewer Rate Task Force will present its final recommendations to the Homer City Council at the council’s 4 p.m. work session Monday at city hall.  For new rates to take effect, the council must consider and pass by July 1 a...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 3:57pm
  • Editor’s Note: With natural gas getting closer to Homer every day, questions abound. The last story in this three-part series looks at the question: What will be the economic impact of natural gas on the community?  ...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 3:56pm
  • After 10 weeks of dockside maintenance in Long Beach, Calif., the USCGC Hickory and crew returned to Homer last week. While in Long Beach, contractors performed 26 maintenance projects, including replacing the exterior deck non-skid, renewing the generator mounts, cleaning the engine plant exhaust s...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 2:38pm
  • With preparations for the upcoming Bristol Bay fishing season beginning, attorneys representing Joseph and Anthony Resetarits argued during a Friday hearing before Judge Margaret Murphy for less stringent bail restrictions that will allow the Homer brothers to pursue their livelihood. Joseph Resetar...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 2:37pm
  •  The Easter bunny made the rounds on Sunday, leaving a trail of colored eggs, candy eggs and prizes on the southern Kenai Peninsula. In Homer, the bunny arrived by helicopter, visiting with youngsters at the Emblem Club’s egg hunt. In Anchor Point, the bunny slipped away before eager egg hunt...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 12:20pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell put pen to paper last week to officially sign legislation declaring each March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day in Alaska. The signing ceremony, which took place in the Speaker’s chambers, was crowded with legislators and veterans of the war, some of whom serve in the Legislature. “This...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:39am
  • With a few guidelines for direction, West Homer Elementary School’s third- through sixth-graders let their scientific wondering roam. The resulting science fair gave the 16 judges plenty to consider. ...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:34am
  • From teaching four grades to being principal of two schools, Sheryl Hingley has had her hands full since moving to Seldovia in 2006. Now, Hingley has decided its time for a change. When the 2013-2014 school year begins, Hingley will be principal of two other schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Sc...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:31am

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