Homer News

  • For the second year in a row, a vandal or vandals snuck in during the dark of early morning and tried to burn the Burning Basket at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. As also happened last year, while badly damaged, the basket survived the torching. By noon Saturday, volunteers working with Mavis Mulle...

    Sat, 09/10/2016 - 1:23pm
  • Editor's note: This article was updated to include information from Alaska Wildlife Troopers regarding the legality of using blowguns and darts to hunt small game. Two Steller’s jays trying to fatten up for the winter almost met an early end last week. Someone in downtown Homer shot the bright-blu...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 3:06pm
  • Busy. Packed. Barn busters. Steady. Excellent. In a survey of Homer tourist businesses last week, that’s how some described the season. While a few said the season didn’t turn out to be quite as busy as expected, most said the season ended on a high note, with visits up from slightly to as much ...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 3:05pm
  • After a bidding battle between a chain of two Pacific Northwest commercial fishing supply stores, LFS of Bellingham, Wash., made the top offer in a receivership sale and has purchased Redden Marine, including its Homer store, Kachemak Gear Shed. Englund Marine & Industrial Supply Co. of Astoria,...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 3:05pm
  • Visitor center extends hours The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is extending its hours through September to meet increased demand, staying open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The move to stay open longer, later into the season will ensure that the Vis...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:52pm
  • Homer area schools are seeing an unexpected increase in enrollment from previous years at the start of the 2016-17 school year. McNeil Canyon Elementary started the first day of school with 127 students enrolled, 20 children more than the 107 projected enrollment for the year, said McNeil Canyon Pri...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:30pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy Sept. 8: Fireweed Harvest Festival, 5 p.m., and Meet ‘n Greet Open House, 6 p.m. at Big Fireweed in room 105. Sept. 12: APC meeting at Big Fireweed in room 104, 4:30 p.m. Little Fireweed Sept. 9: Field trip to community build o...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:30pm
  • Anchor Point has a new dentist. Dr. Brandon Astin began working with Dr. Ryan Abbott, at the dental clinic at 34115 Sterling Highway, earlier this summer. He began seeing patients full time Sept. 1. Abbott is leaving the area for specialty training in dental prosthetics, or prosthodontics. The chang...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:18pm
  • Maritime apprenticeship offers job opportunities The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is revitalizing a job training initiative to place Alaskans in credentialed positions in the U.S.-flag commercial maritime fleet....

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:00pm
  • The U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with revisions to its management plan for the Chugach National Forest. The plan outlines strategies for managing the approximately 5.4 million-acre Chugach National Forest, which occupies the eastern part of the Kenai Peninsula and stretches eastward toward ...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:00pm

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