• By a 3-to-1 margin, Proposition 1, the vote to divert into the general fund sales taxes collected through the city of Homer's Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund, easily passed in a special election on Tuesday. With a 13-percent turnout, in unofficial results, voters in both Homer precincts appr...

    Tue, 12/01/2015 - 9:08pm
  • A low-budget campaign by the city of Homer to influence the outcome of Proposition 1 appears to follow state law, Paul Dauphinais, the executive director of the Alaska Public Office Commission, said this week....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:22am
  • Homer’s book clubs often lead to intense discussion among small groups, but it’s not often that a book leads to a wider town conversation. This fall on Sept. 18 the Friends of the Homer Public Library held what could be called a mega book club: a standing-room only talk at the library on Atul Ga...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 8:28am
  • With the vote on Proposition 1 looming next Tuesday, the Homer City Council had many of the issues in that question on its agenda at Monday’s regular council meeting. The Nov. 23 meeting was the last council meeting before the election and the council’s Dec. 7 meeting, when the council will pass...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 8:24am
  • No Kachemak Bay Campus programs are on the chopping block. That’s the good news delivered by University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen during a visit last week to Homer. KBC, the branch campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, also won’t see changes to its popular Kach...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:25am
  • The cause of an unusual number of dead and dying otters winding up on Homer beaches remains unexplained, but preliminary results suggest toxins from harmful algal blooms and stress from bacterial infections might be contributing to the deaths. Infections also might cause otters to forage in shallowe...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:23am
  • In less than two weeks, Homer citizens vote in a special election that will decide the fate of the city’s 2016 budget. Last month, City Manager Katie Koester submitted to the Homer City Council, and the council introduced, its budget for next year. Homer follows a calendar fiscal year, with the bu...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:20am
  • A man witnesses said dressed like a pirate and acted strangely in a Sept. 25 incident at the Homer Ferry Terminal won’t be prosecuted on a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony. In court documents filed Oct. 28, assistant district attorney Craig Sparks dismissed the charge agai...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:15am
  • How much has the city of Homer spent this year on bullets? Bandages? Beautification? Toilet paper? A new online tool released this week, Open Budget, allows citizens to probe into the 2015 budget and see where taxpayer dollars go. The tool looks at the operating budget by department and even section...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:12am
  • Homer Mayor Mary E. “Beth” Wythe has filed a letter of intent to run for representative of House District 31 in the Alaska Legislature, the lower Kenai Peninsula House district, and the seat now held by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer.  Seaton also has declared that he will run for re-election to...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:11am

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