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Grads of 2017 honored for having heart

May 25th 5:57 pm

Each graduating class to walk across the stage of Homer High School is distinctive, said school Principal Douglas Waclawski on Monday night, shortly before honoring the 69 graduates with diplomas. What makes the class of 2017 stand out is their heart, he [...]

Recall vote to move forward

May 25th 5:56 pm

A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the city of Homer in a case aimed at stopping the upcoming recall election on the grounds that it violated the freedom of speech rights of the three council members facing the recall vote. In a ruling issued late [...]

Rain, strong winds expected

May 25th 5:55 pm

A storm system will send "multiple waves of rain" and high winds across Southcentral Alaska, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rains are forecast this week, causing rises in rivers and streams — with some of the highest [...]

FYI - News briefs & announcements - May 25

May 25th 5:54 pm

Horsing around welcome Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association hosts its annual Memorial Day Celebration at Cottonwood Horse Park on Monday, May 29 — starting at noon. Kachemak Pony Club will sponsor pony rides, face-painting and dessert sales.

After long saga, Hilcorp installs permanent repairs on once-leaking pipeline

May 25th 5:53 pm

A Cook Inlet natural gas pipeline that leaked for much of the winter, sparking concerns about the environment and wildlife, has been permanently repaired by undersea divers for Hilcorp Alaska, the state reported Monday. Repair divers installed a temporary [...]

Legislature opens Alaska to ride-hailing companies

May 25th 5:52 pm

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate passed a bill Wednesday that will allow ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to expand into the state. House Bill 132, which passed the House on Monday, will go to Gov. Bill Walker's desk for his signature after Wednesday's [...]

On '529 day,' think about college savings plans

May 25th 5:51 pm

You probably won't see it on your calendar, but May 29 (5/29) is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people's awareness of the need to save and invest for [...]

New 'cottage food' rules could make it easier for people to start business

May 25th 5:49 pm

More jams, jellies and baked goods could end up in farmers markets if an ordinance to reduce permit fees for "cottage food" vendors passes the Anchorage Assembly. Those producers, who typically are small in scale and sell items like baked goods, [...]

Opinion: Graduates should set intentions

May 25th 5:48 pm

For many across Alaska, caps flew in the air this week as graduates from high school and college walked across the stage and into a new chapter of their lives. For the time being, most graduates are only thinking of the short-term changes that are coming in [...]

Opinion: House plan fairly spreads budget burden

May 25th 5:47 pm

For the last four months, the bipartisan group of lawmakers in the new majority coalition in the Alaska House of Representatives have worked on a responsible solution to Alaska's fiscal crisis. The ongoing crisis has stymied investment and perpetuated a [...]

Opinion: Letters - May 25

May 25th 5:44 pm

Festival benefits scholarship Homer High Mariner Softball and the Homer Foundation - Mariners FastPitch Fund are extremely grateful to the Bear Creek Winery and the Frys for including us in the scholarship fundraising from their first-annual Bear Creek Music [...]

'Deadliest Catch' cameras captured addiction

May 25th 5:42 pm

Nick McGlashan's lowest point as an addict came last fall, while the "Deadliest Catch" cameras were rolling. McGlashan, who spent his childhood between the remote Aleutian village of Akutan and the commercial fishing hub of Dutch Harbor, had been [...]

Community news - May 25

May 25th 5:40 pm

Sign up for National Trails Day National Trails Day is Saturday, June 3. Sign up by May 26 to join Alaska State Parks and Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park in maintaining our trails across the Bay. Spend the night at Kayak Beach and build a new outhouse (14 [...]

Homer woman vies for title of Mrs. Alaska America

May 25th 5:37 pm

Eager to step out of her comfort zone, Vanessa Fuson might have traveled to a foreign country, dyed her hair pink or sung karaoke in front of a crowd of strangers. Instead, she decided to compete for the title of Mrs. Alaska America.

Homer soccer trips up SoHi at regional tourney

May 25th 5:36 pm

Homer junior Charles Rohr took advantage of a distracted Soldotna goalie on Saturday to drill two long-distance shots into the SoHi net and give his Mariner teammates a 2-1 victory and their fourth trip to State in six years. The Stars led 1-0 at the half, [...]

Lady M's run away with region track title

May 25th 5:31 pm

Homer senior hurdler Lauren Evarts is certainly no stranger to settling into her blocks and waiting for the gun to sound the start of the 100 or 300-meter hurdle finals — she's been in that position many times over her four years as a Mariner [...]

Vait brings home Sisters sound from Seattle

May 25th 5:30 pm

Homer-grown musician Andrew Vait's musical career has taken lots of twists and turns since his early days being recruited by Homer school band teacher Bill Searle and choir director Mark Robinson.

SNL musician to perform in Homer

May 25th 5:25 pm

Lenny Pickett, Saturday Night Live band director for the past 22 years, will be performing solo at Bunnell Street Arts Center on June 5. Pickett is the artist-in-residence for the 10th annual Spenard JazzFest and the festival is sharing his talents with the [...]

Public Safety - May 15 to 23

May 25th 5:21 pm

FIRE May 15-21 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to two EMS calls. Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 11 EMS calls. POLICE: May 18 11:05 a.m. A caller on Ben Walters Lane reported a female acting strangely. 12:42 p.m. A 911 caller [...]

Alaska unemployment worsens slightly in April

May 25th 5:19 pm

Alaska's unemployment rate was the second-highest in the nation in April, following a slight rise from the state's figures for March. April's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.6 percent, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said [...]

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