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  • As the city of Homer starts its budget debate at the next Homer City Council meeting on Monday, the larger question of how to balance the state budget also continues.  This week, Rep. Paul Seaton is the host of town hall meetings in Ninilchik and Homer to discuss state revenue options to addres...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:22am
  • On Tuesday, a week after Homer property owners were to have paid the first installment on their Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment bill, city officials were still tallying how many people had paid the assessment in full, had paid the first installment, had received deferments and had failed to pay...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:21am
  • 1. The Load and Launch Ramp will be closed Sept. 15-Dec. 15. 2. Rebar sticks out of the current concrete launch ramp because of degradation, erosion has undercut areas in the lowest part of the ramp and tripping hazards exist on the float system. 3. Total project cost is about $3.5 million, with app...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:19am
  • Update: The caption has been corrected on the fishhook sculpture photo properly identifying it as a circle hook. And like that, another furious tourist season draws to a close — or nearly so — on the Homer Spit. A great blue heron was among the Labor Day weekend visitors. Like many others on the...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:17am
  • If you lived in the woods on the Kenai Peninsula in the 1990s, you may not want to read this article. Those were the years when the spruce bark beetle outbreak killed most of the mature spruce forest on the Kenai, some 3.5 million acres.  Living out Homer’s East End Road, my wife and I spent ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:41am
  • Though President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska this week didn’t bring him to the lower Kenai Peninsula, he got a scent of Homer when local flower grower Alaska Perfect Peony was picked to provide the official presidential bouquet at his Anchorage hotel, the Captain Cook. “It was pre...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:38am
  • Standing at the bow of the Viewfinder, President Barack Obama gripped the steel railing as the boat cut through the deep blue water of Resurrection Bay amid the mountains, islands and glaciers in the Kenai Fjords National Park. ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:33am
  • A thawed salmon filet that tastes the same as a fresh one? Is this too good to be true? A group that calls itself Ocean Rich Communities of Alaska, or ORCA, says it is interested in bringing a high-tech Japanese freezing technology to the Homer Spit that can produce once-frozen fish indistinguishabl...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:31am
  • A Homer man survived a night about 200 feet up a 300-foot tall bluff near the Baycrest Hill turnout before being rescued last Thursday. ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:28am
  • Starting at the Sept. 14 Homer City Council meeting, the city’s 2016 budget will dominate its discussions. The biggest question will be how to fill a probable $1 million budget gap in a general-fund budget of about $12 million.  “That’s the shortfall I’m looking at,” said City Manager...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:27am

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