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Amid funding questions, Pratt looks ahead

March 23rd 5:33 pm

There's nothing like seeing a large chunk of your project budget zeroed out in the presidential budget to make you take stock, but that's the reality of at least one of Homer's nonprofits, the Pratt Museum.

From Nome to Kivalina on fat-tire bikes

March 23rd 5:27 pm

Some time during the night, the plywood-and-tin-roofed Callahan shelter cabin began to shudder and vibrate. The predicted storm had arrived. Wind assailed the little shack in gusty waves and drove fine, crystalline snow onto the walls and roof at hurricane speed.

Births - Nova Resla Reynolds

March 23rd 5:26 pm

Nova Resla Reynolds, a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces, was born at 8:25 p.m. on March 16 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer to Maranda Tyrell and Cory Reynolds of Homer.

FYI - News briefs & announcements - March 23

March 23rd 5:25 pm

Food Hub Online Training If you are interested in selling on the Kenai Peninsula Food Hub — the online farmers market — head over to the Homer Public Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, March 25. There, you will learn how to become [...]

Governor extends opioid disaster declaration

March 23rd 5:21 pm

Gov. Bill Walker signed into law a bill that will allow for a more concentrated approach to the state's opioid crisis on March 21. Senate Bill 91 gives the state's chief medical officer statutory authority to plan a statewide response to opioid use and abuse [...]

Senate again targets public broadcasting for budget cuts

March 23rd 5:20 pm

An Alaska Senate budget committee Tuesday proposed deleting all state spending on public radio and television, an effort that was debated last year. Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that controls spending on public [...]

U.S. House's health care plan could cut into Alaska public health funding

March 23rd 5:19 pm

Alaska could lose about $4.4 million per year in public health funding under a proposed U.S. House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. At stake are preventive and public health measures: vaccination programs, efforts to reduce, manage or [...]

Help protect older adults from financial abuse

March 23rd 5:19 pm

Financial exploitation costs older Americans billions of dollars per year, according to several sources, including the National Council on Aging. If you have older parents, could they be vulnerable to financial scams and rip-off artists? And, if so, what can [...]

Opinion: Spring fever cure found in dirt

March 23rd 5:18 pm

My calendar says the first day of spring was earlier this week. Despite long, sunny days, it does not feel much like spring. The ground is covered with several feet of snow and the air is biting cold most of the day.

Opinion: Sorting through Homer's big issues

March 23rd 5:17 pm

I've been trying to sort out the sanctuary city/councilmember recall issues. Here's my take: It's clear that what we're witnessing with these related issues is a very emotionally induced action and reaction, a venomous and radical swing between two mutually [...]

Opinion: Letters - March 23

March 23rd 5:14 pm

Recall, resolution inappropriate I have two things to comment on, both relating to Resolution 17-019. First, I'm very concerned about the possible loss of three Homer City Council members: Donna Aderhold, David Lewis, and Catriona Reynolds, inasmuch as an [...]

Salmon forecast predicts double harvest in 2017

March 23rd 5:12 pm

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest that nearly doubles last year's catch, due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the total catch at [...]

Community news - March 23

March 23rd 5:10 pm

ArtQuest: Deconstruction Lab Are you curious about how small electronics work? Interested in taking things apart and putting them back together? Join Steve Panarelli to explore the wonderful world of small electronics; deconstruct, reconstruct and invent [...]

Wolverines win second state championship

March 23rd 5:08 pm

When you are a Class 1A, K-12 school in a tiny Kenai Peninsula village in Alaska, you can pretty much kiss your chances of fielding a high school football team goodbye. You might be able to scrape up enough players for a lean baseball team, but hockey and [...]

Anchor Kings, Popeyes pick up pins and wins

March 23rd 5:02 pm

South Peninsula wrestlers brought home some serious hardware following a successful weekend at the Marathon Miners Wrestling Tournament in Seward. Anchor King wrestlers picked up seven first-place finishes in the two-day competition, while Homer's Popeye [...]

Youth finds confidence through poetry

March 23rd 5:00 pm

When he was 13 years old, Juan Sarmiento moved from Argentina to Nebraska. "I had been studying English for a long time and I wanted to go to high school in North America," he said. Sarmiento moved to Tecumseh, Neb., where he lived with his father.

Sports Briefs - March 23

March 23rd 4:59 pm

Warrior basketball falls just short at State The Nikolaevsk Warriors ended their season last week following a 51-52 loss to Hydaburg at the Class 1A State Tournament. Hydaburg led 18-14 at the half, but built that lead to nine by the end of the third [...]

Historic hotel looks ahead with new face, name

March 23rd 4:55 pm

Passers-by did more than a few double-takes as they traveled by the old log Heritage Hotel in the cold days of year's end. The entire front and east walls were missing, exposing the interior like a child's doll house. Rotting and weathered logs necessitated a [...]

Are ravens responsible for wolf packs?

March 23rd 4:55 pm

People who study animal behavior think they may have found out why wolves hunt in packs — because ravens are such good scavengers. Scientists who watched wolves on Isle Royale in Lake Superior came up with the raven-wolf pack theory after puzzling [...]

Obituary: Hazel Ruth Kuszmaul

March 23rd 4:53 pm

Hazel Ruth Kuszmaul, age 96, was welcomed into the presence of the Lord on Wednesday, March 15, at her home. She passed in peace and serenity, surrounded by family. Hazel moved to Homer in 2015 with her daughter Marcia and son-in-law Mannfried Funk, [...]

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