Sandpipers
Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

The other shorebird migration 

A flock of rock sandpipers scatters after a big wave hit the beach at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit last Saturday. Rock sandpipers return to Kachemak Bay in the fall and can be seen in big groups ... Read More

Council nixes library cuts 12/07/16

In a meeting that ran to 10:30 Monday night, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting defeated several contentious last-minute budget amendments. About 60 people filled the Cowles Council...

Assembly resurrects invocation guidelines 12/07/16

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revived its invocation policy during a reconsideration vote at its Tuesday meeting.

The assembly passed an amendment Nov. 22 deleting the entire policy...

New health needs assessment to be released at Friday meet 12/07/16

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, or MAPP, of the Southern Kenai Peninsula will release the 2016 community health needs assessment at its quarterly meeting on Friday at...

Man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse of minor charges 12/07/16

KENAI — An Anchorage man is accused with sexually abusing a minor in the Homer area.

Jacob Kemnitz, 30, was indicted on Nov. 23 with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and...

Elections

New and veteran voters cast ballots on Election Day

Some Homer voters celebrated a milestone this week: voting in their first U.S. Presidential election. At the other age of the spectrum, pioneer Alaskans looked back at a lifetime of voting for presidents — or at least after Alaska became a state.

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Business

Nutcracker Faire provides artisans place to sell wares

The Homer High School Commons buzzed like a holiday-themed beehive during the Nutcracker Faire sponsored by the Homer Council for the Arts on Dec. 3-4. Craftspeople and a variety of other vendors ...

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Arts

Homer children will play part in picking top book illustrator

Several times a week, youth services librarian Claudia Haines holds Storytime in the Homer Public Library’s Joy Griffin Children’s Room. For ages 3-5 and 2 and younger, Haines reads books, sings ...

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Schools

Students study trash, look for ways to reduce it

Two Homer elementary schools are cleaning up their act by looking at the amount of amount of single-use plastics are thrown out. Single-use plastic waste is most often produced at lunch time and ...

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Sports

Special Olympics bowlers bring home gold from state tournament

Homer Community Special Olympics Bowling brought home 31 medals and four highest pinfall awards from the State Bowling Tournament in Anchorage on Nov. 18-20. “I think this is the best we’ve done ...

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Outdoors

Board denies most winter king proposals

Despite a number of proposals and public comments in favor, the Board of Fisheries made few changes to the Lower Cook Inlet’s winter saltwater king salmon fishery. During its final Lower Cook Inlet cycle meeting Saturday in Homer, the board took up a variety of proposals related to the fishery, ...

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Opinion

Proposed mine would hurt environment and Alaskans

We as Alaskans are faced with another potential problem. We are not just faced with a man, or woman, or political machine. We are faced with a mine. A mine that has the real possibility of destroying not only an environment and habitat for the natural world, but also a culture. We have faced ...

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