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  • JUNEAU -- Alaska's derelict and abandoned boats and ships may appear to be little more than an eyesore, but insufficient mechanisms to monitor and clean them up could lead to an environmental disaster, costing the state millions of dollars in the long run. A state lawmaker has proposed a measure to ...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:49am
  • A sockeye salmon product won the grand prize at the Alaska Symphony of Seafood Gala in Anchorage Feb. 23. Copper River Seafood's Zesty Grill Sockeye Salmon won the grand prize and two others — the Anchorage people's choice award and first place in the retail category. The top prize in the food ...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:49am
  • Although Holland America has no scheduled visits to Homer this summer, the cruise ship company announced last week that the S/V Amsterdam will return for four visits in 2014. The 1,380-passenger Amsterdam visits May 26, June 30, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 next year. The Homer stop is part of a 14-day cruise...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:46am
  • Contrary to what you may have heard, Era Alaska is not departing. The airline company has no intention of abandoning its service to the southern Kenai Peninsula. However, rumors of a possible pullout from Homer have spread all the way to Era Alaska's sales and marketing director, Steven Smith. "A l...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:38am
  • A great gray owl sits on a downed spruce tree just off West Hill Road early Monday evening. The owl caused a small traffic jam as people stopped to view and photograph it. Young bird watcher Landon Bunting first sighted the owl and told another birder, Jason Sodergen, who then put out an alert on th...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:35am
  • The state medical examiner has ruled out foul play or anything suspicious in the case of a Ninilchik woman found dead in a field in Ninilchik last Wednesday. Alaska State Troopers identified the woman as Kathy L. Kvasnikoff, 40. Next of kin has been notified, and an autopsy with toxicology screening...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:25am
  • The chairperson of the Homer Advisory Planning Commission, Shelly Erickson, resigned last month. In a letter dated Feb. 20, Erickson said she resigned because she has been distracted by the pressure of trying to save her business, HomeRun Oil. In 2000, Erickson and her husband, Jeff, started their h...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 10:29am
  • Enstar Natural Gas has chosen a contractor — Chumley Inc. of Sterling — to construct a trunk line to bring natural gas from Anchor Point to the southern Kenai Peninsula. The Homer City Council has voted to create a city-wide special assessment district within which will be built a natural ...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 10:28am
  • It might be a dance with live music and a floor crowded with waltzing couples. It might be a forum for political candidates with non-stop questions being asked. It might be a parade float, an afternoon card game or swimming at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. It might be grocery shoppers taking advant...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 10:20am
  • 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 - 10:17am
  • 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 - 3:29pm
  • 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 - 3:20pm
  • 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 - 2:43pm
  • 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 - 2:40pm
  • 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 - 2:34pm
  • 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 - 2:33pm
  • 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 - 2:32pm
  • 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 - 2:20pm
  • 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 - 2:18pm
  • 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 - 1:59pm

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