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  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward. Center for Alaskan Coas...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:35am
  • Planning panel holds hearings on subdivisions; discusses pot regs The Homer Advisory Planning Commission holds two public hearings at its next meeting on Dec. 2. The commission also continues discussion on regulations regarding cannabis. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Cowles Co...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:29am
  • Homer’s book clubs often lead to intense discussion among small groups, but it’s not often that a book leads to a wider town conversation. This fall on Sept. 18 the Friends of the Homer Public Library held what could be called a mega book club: a standing-room only talk at the library on Atul Ga...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:28am
  • The Healthcare Task Force is warily moving forward with Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s proposal to hire a consultant on rural health care....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:25am
  • With the vote on Proposition 1 looming next Tuesday, the Homer City Council had many of the issues in that question on its agenda at Monday’s regular council meeting. The Nov. 23 meeting was the last council meeting before the election and the council’s Dec. 7 meeting, when the council will pass...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:24am
  • Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to show that the vast majority of homeless students on the peninsula are unsheltered but a few who are either over 18 or staying with a parent and a victim of domestic violence are sheltered at South Peninsula Haven House; and that t...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:21am
  • S aturday may be the Sabbath, but there’ll be very little resting going on at the Homer United Methodist Church on Nov. 21.  That’s when the Kachemak Bay Lions Club is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Basket packing event, and a little help is needed....

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:31am
  • No Kachemak Bay Campus programs are on the chopping block. That’s the good news delivered by University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen during a visit last week to Homer. KBC, the branch campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, also won’t see changes to its popular Kach...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:25am
  • The cause of an unusual number of dead and dying otters winding up on Homer beaches remains unexplained, but preliminary results suggest toxins from harmful algal blooms and stress from bacterial infections might be contributing to the deaths. Infections also might cause otters to forage in shallowe...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:23am
  • In less than two weeks, Homer citizens vote in a special election that will decide the fate of the city’s 2016 budget. Last month, City Manager Katie Koester submitted to the Homer City Council, and the council introduced, its budget for next year. Homer follows a calendar fiscal year, with the bu...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:20am

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