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  • At a Homer City Council work session Monday night on addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic in Homer, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl brought another issue to the council’s attention: an increase this summer in police response to public drunks. “The police department has dealt with an inordinate...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • After years of investigation, Homer’s only unsolved murder now awaits a decision by the Kenai District Attorney on whether charges can be filed. Three years ago today, someone killed Mark Matthews, then 61, leaving his body off the Poopdeck Trail between Hazel Avenue and Pioneer Avenue. Homer Poli...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker visits Homer at 2 p.m. Tuesday for a meeting with Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and the Homer City Council. Held in the Cowles Council Chamber, Homer City Hall, the meeting is open to the public. At press time, Walker’s press office had not confirmed other details of his visit. Walker ha...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Two Cessna 206 airplanes operated by bear viewing tour companies crashed while taxiing on a Chinitna Bay beach the same afternoon on July 19. No one was hurt in the incidents. Pilots reported the incidents at 4 p.m. last Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board air crash investigator Shaun Will...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:05pm
  • In its first meeting after a short summer break, the Homer City Council on Monday moved forward on issues basic to city government— water, animal control and the budget. It took these actions: • Held a public hearing and approved a substitute on Ordinance 16-38, an overhaul of the city’s anima...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy on July 21 continued a preliminary hearing for Stephen R. Boyle, 43, a Homer man charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Boyle is the deputy fire chief for Kachemak Emergency Services. Boyle was released on bail last month and remai...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Unusually warm temperatures, low humidity and dry brush and forest has put fire departments on edge across southcentral Alaska. The fire danger is high in Homer, and burn permits have been suspended. A wildland fire burning through Chugach State Park near the McHugh Creek trailhead sent plumes of ha...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:10pm
  • When people in Homer play Pokemon Go — the augmented reality game that launched in the United States as a smartphone app on July 6 to mass popularity — a world in which they can catch pocket monsters isn’t the only place they are transported to.  Players of Pokemon Go also travel back in ...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:09pm
  • In the five months since the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office began accepting applications for commercial cannabis operations, just a half dozen businesses on the lower Kenai Peninsula have applied for cultivation or retail permits. None of them have started production. As Alaska goes thr...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:07pm
  • Applications to date: Active— Marijuana Control Board has issued license subject to METRC (Marijuana Enforcement Tracking, Reporting and Compliance) credentialing and preliminary inspection: • Talisman Farms, 62250 Crossman Ridge Road, Homer Owner: Omar Gucer, H...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:58pm

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