The Homer News has a new publisher.
As Alaska’s largest private employer, the maritime sector is arguably one of the most important and productive industries in the state. According to the 2014 Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan, more than 70,000 people across the state work within the scope of the maritime sector, including vessel repair and maintenance, boat building, commercial fishing, marine research and marine transportation.
A group of scientists is coming together to share information related to harmful algal blooms in Alaska.
The recent denial of Alaska Loven It’s license to cultivate cannabis raises a question not often discussed in Alaska’s growing marijuana industry. How do legal commercial grows get plants to begin farming pot?
Dr. Katie Ostrom was recently elected by the South Peninsula Hospital Medical Staff as the 2018 Chief of Staff. Dr. Ostrom offers obstetrics and gynecological services at the hospital and practices at Homer Medical Center and Ninilchik Community Health Clinic.
Five employees working as medical transcriptionists at South Peninsula Hospital could lose their jobs if the hospital follows through with subcontracting their work to a Lower 48 company. Teamsters Local 959 challenged the proposed layoff by filing a grievance, later denied by the hospital.
The license for what would have been Homer’s first standard marijuana cultivation facility within city limits has now been denied at both the local and state level.
When a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska forced weather authorities to declare a tsunami warning for many communities in coastal Alaska, Juneau resident Bonny Hilton Dansie’s phone remained silent.
The future of Homer’s first potential standard marijuana cultivation facility within city limits is up in the air after Homer Police discovered 30 plants in the facility’s building on Kachemak Drive. The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board, or AMCO, said the plants violated regulations.
Homer Electric Association (HEA) is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors. The board has nine directors, with three from each of the three districts that make up the service area.
The Homer Elks Lodge #2127 on Dec. 14, 2017, held its second annual U.S. Coast Guard Holiday Appreciation Dinner for personnel and families of the U.S.C.G. vessels Naushon and Hickory. Adults enjoyed a prime rib dinner and music by Burnt Down House while a pizza party with games and movies was held for children. Attendign were 80 audlts and 35 children. . The event played host to 80 adults and 35 children. “Special thanks to Fat Olives and Homer Emblem Club #350 for their respective roles in making this event a success,” said Elks Lodge #2127 Exalted Leader Tom Stroozas.
The practicalities of running a state-legal business based on a federally-illegal product have became more complicated in some respects but unchanged in others, after U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced changes last week that may enable federal marijuana prosecution in states such as Alaska that have legalized the drug.
The deadline for a ballot initiative to revise Alaska’s salmon habitat permitting laws is approaching, with deep divides remaining even among fishermen.
Halibut fishermen may see a reduction in the total amount of fish they’re allowed to catch in 2018.
KENAI — Every time brothers Chase and Dylan Griffith make a business decision, instead of shaking hands, they bump fists.
The Homer Foundation announced last week the completion of its newest fund, the Educators Professional Development Fund. The fund’s purpose is to provide on-going support for professional development of local educators.
A former pawn shop on Pioneer Avenue that has been vacant for several years got a new owner and will see a business back in it next spring. Last Friday, Derek and Catriona Reynolds, owners of Cycle Logical, got title to the old Homer Trading Post building between the Homer Bookstore and Salvation Army. Cycle Logical held a “before” party to celebrate the purchase on Dec. 15.
Construction on the Pioneer Avenue pavement restoration project has been delayed to 2019. According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, construction will be pushed forward to 2019 while the department obtains the necessary right-of-way. The existing roadway alignment has areas located outside the public right-of-way that must be corrected before construction.
As the year closes on the first year that commercial cannabis operations on the lower Kenai Peninsula received licenses, only three Homer area licenses have been issued.
Homer Electric Association Inc. members will see an increase of 4 percent in their monthly bills beginning Jan. 1, 2018.