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  • Eating out tonight? The special on the dinner menu may have been born before Alaska became a state. Rockfish are commonly found along the North Pacific, from Alaska to California, as well as the South Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Known for its delicious taste, as demonstrated by its popularity on me...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:48pm
  •  With the help of many concerned citizens in Homer, a young sea  otter was rescued Wednesday afternoon.  Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Debbie Tobin, Assistant Professor of Biology at the Kachemak Bay Campus, started getting calls from people who had spotted a small sea otter pup in the middle...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:42pm
  • With the general election quickly approaching, the two candidates for House District 30 met Tuesday in a debate sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Before an audience of about 30 people, incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and opponent Liz Diament, Democrat, addressed eig...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:39pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell offered his support and community members young and old came up with an action plan at the “Voices Over Violence” meeting sponsored by South Peninsula Haven House on Oct. 17. It was the second meeting organized by Haven House following the Sept. 8 teen drinking party ...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:37pm
  • What kind of information do city residents need before voting on formation of Homer’s Natural Gas Distribution System Special Assessment District? What kind do they want? Where can they find it?...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:34pm
  • Having known each other for at least a decade and after operating businesses practically next door to each other, Lynne Sergeant and Cindy Smith are joining forces. On Saturday, the two women are opening Halo Hair Design and Emporium. The under-one-roof enterprise will sh...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:31pm
  • NEW YORK — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer. Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent ...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:28pm
  • A small mariculture industry for Alaska — oyster farming for the most part — has been developing in fits and starts for years, and a small group of dedicated seafood entrepreneurs are working away at it, convinced the business can succeed.  Consumer demand in Alaska and the Lower 48 is stea...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:26pm
  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center is planning a workshop for those who would like to learn how to smoke their own fish, or turn their favorite smoking recipe into a profitable enterprise. “Smoking and Salting Fish for Fun and Profit” is a workshop for an...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:22pm
  • ANCHORAGE — State researchers looking for answers to Alaska’s diminishing king salmon returns were urged Tuesday to take a look at the critical days after smolt leave fresh water and to closely examine how humans may affect salmon in marine waters. “The two leading hypotheses for things that m...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:20pm
  • The Friends of the Homer Library, with support from the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Small Business Development Center, announces BIZ-Idea 2012, a contest to encourage new business ideas in Homer and the surrounding area. Prize money will be awarded for the three winning entries, and als...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:17pm
  • Homer Electric Association is offering its members an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in energy saving appliances, home improvements, and alternative energy.   From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, HEA will host its fourth annual Energy and Conservation Fair at Kenai Middle School. T...

    Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:14pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District Oct. 23: KPBSD College Fair and Financial Aid Night. Talk to representatives from more than 50 colleges; learn about financial aid, scholarships and more; Soldotna Sports Center. College fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; financial aid information, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For addit...

    Wed, 10/24/2012 - 9:11am
  • For scoring in the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million high school students who took the PSAT, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, in October 2011, Homer High School student Dylan Faulkner, a junior at the time he took the test, has been named a National Merit semi-finalists.   Semi-finalists mu...

    Wed, 10/24/2012 - 9:10am
  • A new sign is installed at Chapman School on Oct. 6, featuring the school’s mascot, a bald eagle. The sign was created by artist Dana Bachiochi. Working are, from left, Mike Charles, Chapman Principal Conrad Woodhead, Tanya Shafer and Angelo Toci. Not shown are Etta Toci and Travis Mooney. Poles f...

    Wed, 10/24/2012 - 9:06am
  • Recently, the seventh-grade class went down to Bishop’s Beach on a field trip to collect marine debris. Armed with blue plastic gloves and garbage bags, the students hiked down Ocean Shores Road to the rocky water front....

    Wed, 10/24/2012 - 9:04am
  • It’s been just about 10 years since Maura Brenin opened Maura’s Café next to Bunnell Street Art Center in Homer’s Old Town. Now, after a decade of serving delicious sandwiches on fresh-baked baguettes, tasty soups to warm the chilliest of days, salads that draw upo...

    Tue, 10/23/2012 - 4:38pm
  • Bering Sea crab fishermen need to prepare for another bad ice year, according to Kathleen Cole, ice forecaster for the National Weather Service. “I hate to say this to them, but yeah, we’re going to have an ice year that is above normal again,” Cole said. She said it is not ex...

    Tue, 10/23/2012 - 4:36pm
  • BOSTON — College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company’s annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans. Another four plans received second-rung silver-medal ratings from Mo...

    Tue, 10/23/2012 - 4:32pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ grand experiment in sustainable student housing has officially begun. UAF unveiled its newest housing development, the Sustainable Village, on Oct. 3. Unlike the generic dorms scattered across most campuses, the uni...

    Tue, 10/23/2012 - 4:31pm

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