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  • A jury last week found a Homer man not guilty on four counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault. Ralph K. Vos, 24, had been charged in an incident relating to a party in July 2012 at a Homer apartment. In that incident, a woman told police she had unwanted ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:42pm
  • The Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters issued an emergency order Tuesday extending the studded-tire deadline to May 1 for all Alaska roads, including the Sterling Highway and the lower Kenai Peninsula. According to state law, April 15 is the normal deadline for Alaska roa...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:41pm
  • Apache Corporation’s seismic contractor is working in the Ninilchik area to clean up stakes and other debris left behind after the company brought operations to a “pause” in September. The community is invited to a meeting to find out more about Apache’s spring cleanup and future plans. It w...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:40pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital is holding a fun and informative evening with a focus on menopause at the Best Western Bidarka Inn at 6 p.m. April 17. Dr. Hillary Seger, obstetrics-gynecology board-certified, will present information about what menopause means to a woman and her body, and how to identify a...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:39pm
  • A sold-out crowd was on hand Saturday at the Homer Public Library’s Celebration of Life Long Learning. Honored were 2013 Life Long Learner Award recipient Ken Castner and the 2013 Youth! Learner Ethan Kizzia. The keynote speaker was Alaska Humanities Forum CEO Nina Kemppel, a four-time Olympian an...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:39pm
  • In December 2010, McNiel Canyon Elementary School participants in the first Kenai Regional Robotics Tournament included: top row from left, Coach Sheryl Sotelo, Lauren Jones, Johanna Allen, Logan Harris, Eryn Gillam and Ustina Chernishoff; front row from left, Denauli Asbell, Erin Farrell, Maya Jone...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:32pm
  • In December 2010, McNiel Canyon Elementary School participants in the first Kenai Regional Robotics Tournament included: top row from left, Coach Sheryl Sotelo, Lauren Jones, Johanna Allen, Logan Harris, Eryn Gillam and Ustina Chernishoff; front row from left, Denauli Asbell, Erin Farrell, Maya Jone...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:32pm
  • During Sheryl Sotelo’s three decades in education, 18 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, nine of them at McNeil Canyon Elementary School, she has earned an impressive, long list of awards and honors. Among them are the 2002 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and a $...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:25pm
  • 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

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