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  • JUNEAU — An initiative to increase Alaska’s minimum wage yearly to keep up with inflation has at least 12,000 signatures, petition sponsor Ed Flanagan said. Flanagan, a former state labor commissioner, is sponsoring the initiative along with Tom Cashen and Jim Sampson. Both Cashen and Sampson al...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:43pm
  • Bycatch in Alaska’s commercial fisheries is a touchy subject. Discussions at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council about capping bycatch for salmon and halibut in various federal fisheries over the past few years have been contentious. Declining returns of king salmon in rivers throughout...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:42pm
  • While much of the Lower 48 is still recovering from a devastating recession, Alaska’s economy remains stable, and our employment numbers are strong. Alaska’s unemployment rate for 2012 was 1.1 percent below the national average.  In fact, Alaska’s unemployment rate has been below the nati...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:40pm
  • Cruise tour passengers going to Fairbanks will not be riding a Holland America Princess train to the city next summer. The parent company of Holland America Line and Princess cruises, known as HAP, recently confirmed it is terminating its rail service from Denali National Park to Fairbanks at the st...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:38pm
  • Ready or not, certain changes to the health care market are on the way, and small businesses will be impacted. As some parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect Oct. 1, Alaskans will see changes in the health care market, Josh Weinstein said at an Aug. 19 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Mon...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:36pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP)  — People from across the country are expected in Fairbanks next month for the opportunity to ride rare rails as part of the 2013 National Railway Historical Society Convention, which Alaska is hosting in September. The convention runs Sept. 14–22....

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 2:01pm
  • People are starting to get antsy.  The hours of daylight are getting noticeably shorter. The fireweed has gone to seed. I can hear the nervousness in people’s voices when they ask, “How much longer is the Homer Farmers’ Market going to be open?” Locals pay attention to these things. Six...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 1:59pm
  • Apache Corp. and Alaska-based independent NordAq Energy have been given federal approvals for exploration and development work in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, according to Cook Inlet Region, Inc., the owner of mineral leases in the refuge....

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 1:57pm
  • A Homer teen pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a reduced charge in a fake bomb incident that happened at Homer High School last May. Zachary Fraley, 18, accepted a plea agreement charging him with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The Homer High School graduate orig...

    Fri, 08/30/2013 - 5:24pm
  • Student News Nicholas Faulkner of Homer, a member of the class of 2016, has been named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy, also known as Andover, for the spring term. To be named to the honor roll, students must maintain at least a five-point grade average on a s...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:33pm
  • Homer High School’s mathematics teacher has added one more role to his advanced algebra and algebra readiness classes. Mark Casseri has become the school’s athletic director. “I have about 30 years of coaching experience at the high school and college level,” said Casseri, who has been at Ho...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:31pm
  • If the first week of school offers any clues, it’s going to be a busy year for Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensics team. “We had 16 new students, on top of a possible 20 from previous years. … And we’re open to anyone else who might still want to join,” said Homer High School...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:31pm
  • This is the eighth year Seldovia will be host for a fabulous display of art in motion, the annual Chainsaw Carving Competition. In past years, it has taken place during Memorial Day weekend. This year it happens today through Sunday, Labor Day weekend, when six carving teams from Palmer, Sterli...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:29pm
  • A hearing was continued to Aug. 28 in the case of Zachary Fraley, 18, the former Homer High School student charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, for allegedly placing a bomb-like device at the high school that caused an evacuation of the school on May 16. A change of plea was ...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:06pm
  • After the prosecution withdrew a plea agreement on Aug. 14  in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59, the Kenai Grand Jury last week indicted him on first-degree criminal mischief, a felony. Martushoff originally had been charged with one count of first-degree arson, also a felony, but th...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:05pm
  • A couple wanted on grand theft charges in Florida will be extradited south after Alaska State Troopers made a traffic stop on their car for a broken brake light. Michael C. Estes, 55, and Susie L. Estes, 60, were arrested on Aug. 18 by Trooper David Chaffin after a records check showed they both had...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:03pm
  • Walking down Pioneer Avenue with his German shepherd, Rick Malley is just cruising. Malley doesn’t slow down, not even to pose for a photo. He may be visually impaired, but his dog, a beautiful, lean male shepherd, leads him safely through the world. That’s his job. “I can fly with him, as fas...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:41pm
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–Fisheries officials estimated thousands of comments were received on the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan. The comment period closed Monday. Officials are reviewing comments and haven’t determined a final number. The CSP regulations would replac...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:41pm
  • What should be on the city’s list of legislative requests?  That was the topic of conversation during the Homer City Council’s work session Monday afternoon and the first item addressed during the regular meeting’s public hearing that evening. As outlined in Resolution 13-087, which would...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:37pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell on Monday signed Administrative Order (AO) 266 establishing Regulatory Efficiency Guidelines for state agencies. The order is an effort to lower costs, increase efficiency and minimize the burden on Alaskans complying with state regulations.  The guidelines will be used by sta...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:32pm

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