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A floatplane accident in Homer Tuesday night claimed the life of former Alaska state legislator Cheryll Heinze, who represented Anchorage for one term in 2003 and 2004. Federal investigators are unsure what exactly caused the Cessna 206 carrying Heinze and four others to flip over while attempting to land on Homer’s Beluga Lake.

Senator Lisa Murkowski has declared war on the Republican Party’s “war on women.” In pointed comments Wednesday, Murkowski took on the subjects of contraception, abortion and Rush Limbaugh.

An effort to build a multi-use trail between the Homer Spit and the popular East End Road trail in Homer has hit a snag. A larger-than-expected price tag for the project has prompted Homer Mayor Beth Wythe to suggest scrapping the idea altogether. 

A fugitive wanted on charges of kidnapping and robbery was apprehended Friday night in front of a grocery store in Anchor Point, but not before allegedly attempting to assault the arresting officers. 

School registration is starting up next week. Parents and guardians with new or returning students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have some time to prepare their kids and themselves for the next year.

It’s been a year since the Homer City Council passed a new set of restrictions governing business signs in the city limits. Now that business owners have had a chance to bone up on the new sign code, officials from the city planning department are conducting workshops on the subject.

 

The people in charge of the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds want to find more year-round uses for the facilities. Director Lara McGinnis says the fair "isn’t just about the fair." She said her family and others have chosen a spot and started hanging holiday lights.

Eight students have received diplomas from Ninilchik School. Family, friends and community members showed up Monday night in the school’s gym to cheer for the graduating seniors. By far the largest award of the night was the Erling Kwaznikof College Education Scholarship.

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