Homer News

  • This year, the Fourth of July falls on Saturday, which means some good news for celebrants on the lower Kenai Peninsula: • Hey, you might get Friday off, too. City, borough, state and federal offices are closed Friday, as is the Homer Senior Center lunch. • That makes the holiday a three-day wee...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:50am
  • I would like to talk about community health, but I am not a health professional.  Let me make that clear up front. Luckily, one of the beautiful things about this community is that nothing is black and white. All you have to do is read the opinion pieces in the newspaper in February to know tha...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:44am
  • Most of the traffic at the Salty Dawg at 11 a.m. on a recent Monday consists of tourists buying sweatshirts. But there’s some workaday drinking going on in here, too, including three guys from Louisiana off the 250-foot M/V Reliant. Employed by a contractor for Crowley on a natural gas pi...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:36am
  • A reckless driver in a Jeep Cherokee on Pioneer Avenue about 8 p.m. June 25 prompted two people to make 911 calls. Police said several people also called on the nonemergency line. When the driver hit a stop sign at Forest Glen Drive off the Sterling Highway, that got the attention of an off-duty Ala...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:31am
  • The Homer City Council set an apparent record at its regular Monday night meeting with what may be the largest council packet ever, a two-volume, 1,600-page tome that included 700 pages on beach policy recommendations.  Technically, the June 29 meeting was a special meeting since most council m...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:30am
  • Bad bugs attacking the forest have become a recurring nightmare for Alaska. The latest alarm comes from Halibut Cove, where tiny invaders created an icky spring surprise. How much of a threat they really pose to the trees and even their exact identities remain to be seen....

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:27am
  • Firefighters and Homer Police responded to numerous calls last week for people burning campfires, but otherwise the lower Kenai Peninsula has been spared huge wildfires raging elsewhere in the state. With continued dry weather, low winter snowfall and equipment and firefighters spread thin around th...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:18am
  • PILE BAY — It’s noon. Iliamna Lake is calm and half a dozen fishermen are sitting around in the grass outside the bathroom at Pile Bay using free wi-fi. A soon-to-be setnetter makes a Facebook page for another fisherman. His brother (and this reporter) pitch in with photos and suggestions for fr...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:04am
  • For growers in the Kenai Peninsula’s developing agriculture industries, exporting internationally is still an option. A Division of Agriculture inspector position that issues phytosanitary certifications, or phytos, which are required by some importing countries, has been restored indefinitely, af...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:04am
  • I wish I had a tape measure at last Saturday’s Homer Farmers Market.  That broccoli and cauliflower must have been at least 10 inches across. Here we haven’t even reached July yet and we are already getting produce that big.   Whether it is the huge broccoli from the Chmielowiecs or Lo...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:56am

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