• Despite an attempted torching on Friday night and destruction of the Burning Basket early Sunday at Mariner Park, artists on Sunday morning said they will rebuild “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening.” “We are going to still have a Burning Basket,” said artist Mavis Muller, the fa...

    Sun, 09/13/2015 - 12:15pm
  • A proposed ordinance that would restrict driving on Homer beaches east of Bishop’s Beach won’t be introduced until January, council member Catriona Reynolds said last week. Reynolds had said earlier she and council member Francie Roberts intended to introduce a compromise beach policy ordinance ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:36am
  • As the city of Homer starts its budget debate at the next Homer City Council meeting on Monday, the larger question of how to balance the state budget also continues.  This week, Rep. Paul Seaton is the host of town hall meetings in Ninilchik and Homer to discuss state revenue options to addres...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:22am
  • On Tuesday, a week after Homer property owners were to have paid the first installment on their Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment bill, city officials were still tallying how many people had paid the assessment in full, had paid the first installment, had received deferments and had failed to pay...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:21am
  • As the summer tourist season winds down after Labor Day on Monday, First Friday goes out with a bang. Along with the usual gallery openings and another Paint In at the Homer Elks Lodge, openings this weekend include two ocean-themed art shows....

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:58am
  • Though President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska this week didn’t bring him to the lower Kenai Peninsula, he got a scent of Homer when local flower grower Alaska Perfect Peony was picked to provide the official presidential bouquet at his Anchorage hotel, the Captain Cook. “It was pre...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:38am
  • A Homer man survived a night about 200 feet up a 300-foot tall bluff near the Baycrest Hill turnout before being rescued last Thursday. ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:28am
  • Starting at the Sept. 14 Homer City Council meeting, the city’s 2016 budget will dominate its discussions. The biggest question will be how to fill a probable $1 million budget gap in a general-fund budget of about $12 million.  “That’s the shortfall I’m looking at,” said City Manager...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:27am
  • As its own sponsors recommended, the Homer City Council on Monday in a unanimous vote defeated a controversial ordinance that would have severely restricted motorized vehicle use on city beaches. “I think there is a solution that can better serve Homer,” council member Catriona Reynolds said in ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:43am
  • A series of unusual ocean events in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest has scientists wondering if warming oceans are causing everything from harmful algal blooms to seabird die-offs. So far, though, marine biologists have not yet made a direct connection between all these incidents: •...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:18am

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