With a mariachi band, one of Homer’s oldest restaurants, Don Jose’s, celebrated its 35th anniversary on Sunday. Carmen Ramos and her husband and the restaurant’s namesake, Jose Ramos, started the Pioneer Avenue restaurant in March 1982. They met in Los Angeles and came to Homer in 1980 before settling into the restaurant business. Over the years the Ramos family has opened restaurants in Homer, Soldotna, Kodiak, Kenai and Anchorage, but now runs the Homer and Anchorage restaurants. They also own the Harbor Grill on the Spit and have invested in local real estate.
South Peninsula Hospital CEO Bob Letson is leaving Homer after nearly a decade. What he’ll remember most from his time here are all the expanded medical services he brought on board to make it easier for Homer residents to get the help they need, he said.
JUNEAU (AP) — The design and funding for a new Alaska ferry are ready to go, but the federal government is not.
The Alaska Energy Authority board of directors unanimously approved a $46.4 million expansion of the Bradley Lake hydroelectric plant at its Aug. 10 meeting in Anchorage.
After several delays, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced on Tuesday in a press release that the M/V Tustumena has returned to service for communities in the Kenai Peninsula, Southwest Alaska and the Aleutian chain. The Tustumena arrived in Homer on Tuesday.
Normally I like to banter on about how wonderful our farmers and our Farmers Market are. Anyone at last week’s Zucchini Festival would know that I do not exaggerate. But in all the fun a mayhem last week, I saw one character deserving of attention who was fairly ignored.
A new preschool in Homer approaches early childhood education by giving kids the freedom to learn through play. Founded by certified kindergarten-third grade teacher and Lifeways early childhood teacher Hanna Young, Tiny Trees: Homer’s Forest School’s two play-based programs give kids a chance to build academic and life skills outside of the classroom.
It’s that time again to watch vegetables fly. It’s time for zucchinis with wheels. Zucchinis with glitter. Zucchinis with wings, horns, and various action figures attached.
Construction finished last month for Homer’s newest street, Eric Lane, a 1,200-foot side street off the lower end of West Hill Road. Built by Herndon Construction of Homer, the $925,000 project includes a sewer line as well a paved street, gutters and a sidewalk.
HEA plans fuse work in Anchor Point, Ninilchik
SPH welcomes Whittaker
HMC offers new therapy
My own visual memories of Togiak are not much more than a slate of wide, open grey sky that merged into open grey water. In the early 2000s, I flew out from Homer with a spotter pilot, landed on the beach in the community and then probably took a skiff from the beach to go out to meet my dad’s boat, F/V Agave. At the time, I was certainly not taking notes or paying attention to location details but what I do remember is bleak, grey, bland, flat land. The landscape was nothing like the mountains in south central and south east Alaska, I just recall bleakness. I never had the opportunity to explore the magic features of seeking out glass floats washed from across the Pacific, looking for ivory, exploring the shorelines. I went out to simply fish and retrieve my own juvenile income, not to recall anything else. That was not enough to provide a credible nostalgia of what it was like to fish out there in the peak of the alluring, crazy, chaotic competition combined with a visual recollection of stoic, stark, rural Alaska.
This last weekend was crazy busy. Hundreds of people were in town touring farms. There was the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour here to witness our peony farmers first hand. There was the Homer Garden Club’s Gardeners Weekend tours and activities. And I got to be the tour guide for Lainie Kertesz, the western regional sales representative from Johnny’s Seeds.
Alaska’s Let’s Ride Alaska Act, House Bill 132, the bill that allows ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, does not apply to waterways, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release.
Two new hires have joined the Homer News staff. Megan Pacer, 24, started July 17 as staff writer. Office coordinator Bridget Maryott, 42, started July 24.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting
The Homer Farmers Market started back in 1999. That first season had just a handful of vendors selling outside on tables in the parking lot. My, how it’s grown!
After its May decision to stop seeking permits, Delaware-based PacRim Coal is giving up what had been a key piece of property in its plans to strip mine coal from the west Cook Inlet’s Chuitna River region.