Tennessee angler now leads Jackpot Derby

June 22nd 7:45 pm

The 2017 Jackpot Halibut Derby found itself with a new name atop its leaderboard this past weekend. And the new leader did it with ease. Dominique Brooks vaulted to the top of the annual halibut derby's list on Friday when he landed a 229-pound behemoth. The [...]

Seldovia summer music festival underway

June 22nd 7:43 pm

Music and art will fill the lives of everyone in Seldovia this weekend when the 2017 Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival get under way. The event, now in its 17th year, will get under way today and run through Sunday, June 25. A wide cast of accomplished [...]

Walker calls second special session in budget crisis

June 22nd 7:42 pm

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature on Friday finished its first special session and began the next one hours later, as Gov. Bill Walker brought legislators back to resolve unfinished business. But for this second session, Walker set aside the [...]

BP marks 40 years of production in Prudhoe Bay

June 22nd 7:41 pm

ANCHORAGE - The BP-operated Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska has reached 40 years of production, a milestone highlighting its historic contribution to U.S. energy security and ongoing role as a key economic engine for the region and nation.  Since the giant [...]

FYI - News briefs & announcements - June 22

June 22nd 7:37 pm

American Legion to host July 4 carnival On July 4, American Legion Post 16 will host a carnival and barbecue to celebrate Independence Day. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at mile 2.5 East End Road. Come enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, homemade [...]

J. Kate Burkhart named Alaska's new ombudsman

June 22nd 7:35 pm

The Alaska State Legislature selected J. Kate Burkhart of Juneau to be the state's new ombudsman. Burkhart has been executive director of the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Alaska Mental Health Board and since December 2007, and the [...]

Don't let your investments take a 'vacation'

June 22nd 7:35 pm

It's summer again - time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won't want your investments to do the same - in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to [...]

Incumbents survive Homer City Council recall effort

June 22nd 7:33 pm

Final results announced Friday evening after Homer elections officials spent the afternoon recounting ballots Three Homer City Council members survived a recall effort promoted by local conservatives over a resolution that broadly endorsed tolerance and [...]

Quiet isn't always better with Baby Mal

June 22nd 7:33 pm

This may surprise some people, but I used to allow my granddaughter, Mallorie, to pretend to be a beautician on my head. Here's the deal, when it comes to Baby Mal, I admit, I am perhaps the biggest pushover on the planet. I cave every time she asks for [...]

Opinion: Where we stand on Alaska's fiscal plan

June 22nd 7:32 pm

This week, in the absence of a true and complete fix to the state's fiscal crisis from the Alaska Senate, the House passed, with bipartisan support, an amendment funding a full Permanent Fund dividend as provided by law. This was not some bargaining tactic [...]

Opinion: Naming rights and the battle for oil on federal land

June 22nd 7:29 pm

It would be easy to justify oil exploration in something called the "Arctic Oil Reserve," a name once invented by the Alaska congressional delegation for a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But not if the spot in question is called [...]

China market offers opportunities for salmon sales

June 22nd 7:28 pm

China holds big promise to become a top customer for Alaska salmon, and not just for the bright red fillets. Since 2011 China has been the No. 1 customer for Alaska seafood with purchases nearing $800 million and comprising 54 percent of all Alaska exports to [...]

Local woman cherishes strong sense of belonging

June 22nd 7:25 pm

Kari Odden grew up as an only child in rural Alaska. Odden's parents worked seasonally for the State of Alaska Division of Forestry, spending the summers living along the Kuskokwim River in the community of McGrath and the winters near Glennallen, in the [...]

Preseason drills begin next month for region's athletes

June 22nd 7:23 pm

High school athletes from throughout the state will return to action next month when preparations for the 2017-18 school year get under way. Football players from Homer and Voznesenka will take to the field for their first day of practice on July 26. Teams [...]

A wilderness feel along an industrial path

June 22nd 7:19 pm

GOLD RUN CREEK --- This clear waterway running through boreal swampland marks the farthest Cora and I will be from a highway during our summer hike along the route of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. If we chose to bust overland southwest toward Banner Creek, we [...]

Enjoy the forest primeveal along Tutka Lake Trail

June 22nd 7:17 pm

Located near the southern shore of Tutka Bay, the 3.5 mile-long, easy to moderate difficulty, little-used Tutka Lake Trail, while not as well known as the nearby Grace Ridge Trail, is a little gem. The trail offers numerous treasures featuring a [...]

Homer craftsman creates custom tiny dwellings

June 22nd 7:11 pm

The fast-growing housing trend in the nation is about to hit Homer - tiny homes. Carpenter/craftsman Preston Jones and partner Allison O'Neill, proprietors of Tiny Homer, are setting out to create efficient and affordable residences. Learning carpentry at [...]

Tips for shopping at the Farmers Market

June 22nd 7:02 pm

Add more fresh produce to your diet and support local businesses at market Shopping at farmers markets is one way to get delicious and fresh produce you can enjoy at home. "Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables helps families live healthier lives and [...]

Men's and women's golf leagues in action

June 22nd 7:01 pm

Homer area golfers can get into the swing of league play every week by participating in the men's and wpmen's league at the Fireweed Meadows Golf Course in Anchor Point. The leagues run through September. The men's league plays every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The [...]

Public Safety - May 22 to 30

June 22nd 6:59 pm

Fire Kachemak Emergency Services had one fire call during the week of June 12 to 18. Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 10 EMS calls and three dire calls for the week of June 12 to 18. With the upcoming nice stretch of weather predicted please [...]

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