Homer News

  • A flock of rock sandpipers scatters after a big wave hit the beach at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit last Saturday. Rock sandpipers return to Kachemak Bay in the fall and can be seen in big groups on the spit....

    Thu, 12/08/2016 - 2:16pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Dec. 8: Family Ed Night, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12: Pre-K Anchor Point Library, 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Dec. 12: Fifth-eighth grade caroling: 11:50 a.m.-1:50 p.m. Dec. 14: Fourth-sixth grade basketball at West Homer, 4 p.m. Dec. 15:...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:17pm
  • ’Tis the time of the season when children take stock of the year and weigh the good they have done against the mischief they have managed to see if they qualify for presents from Santa Claus. Chapman’s kindergarten, first, second and third grade students wrote letters to the red-suited, cookie-e...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:14pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revived its invocation policy during a reconsideration vote at its Tuesday meeting. The assembly passed an amendment Nov. 22 deleting the entire policy it had passed in October. That policy set guidelines for who would be allowed to provide the prayer before the ...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:11pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital now shares patient data on the statewide Health Information Exchange, which allows providers to easily access a patient’s electronic health records in the case of referrals, specialty consulting and emergencies, according to the Alaska eHealth Network website. Erin Aklesta...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:08pm
  • In a meeting that ran to 10:30 Monday night, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting defeated several contentious last-minute budget amendments. About 60 people filled the Cowles Council Chambers to voice fierce opposition to several proposals, including: • A proposal by council member Tom S...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:04pm
  • The Pratt Museum has hired a Kenai Peninsula-raised woman as its new executive director. Laurie Morrow, 45, comes to Homer from Seward after nine years working as education director at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Born in Colorado, Morrow moved to Alaska at age 1, living with her family in North Pole ...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:01pm
  • Pratt Holiday Recital, Quilt Raffle Drawing and Executive Director Welcome 1-4 p.m. SundayPratt Museum Performers include the Homer High School Swing Choir, the Homer Youth String Orchestra, the Harbor School of Music and the Seaside Swingers....

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:15pm
  • KENAI — An Anchorage man is accused with sexually abusing a minor in the Homer area. Jacob Kemnitz, 30, was indicted on Nov. 23 with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for six events alleged to have happened from late 2011 thr...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:12pm
  • Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, or MAPP, of the Southern Kenai Peninsula will release the 2016 community health needs assessment at its quarterly meeting on Friday at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus. MAPP conducts a community health needs assessment of the southern Kenai P...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:09pm
  • Alaska State Troopers last Friday filed charges of disorderly conduct, creating hazardous conditions, against a Port Graham man reported missing at sea the afternoon of Nov. 30 near Passage Island south of Homer. Troopers found the man, Ryan Meganack, 34, in a makeshift camp outside Port Graham afte...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:06pm
  • In a Dec. 1 story, “Council tackles budget Monday,” the description of how the city of Homer pays for employee health insurance was incorrect. The city had formerly been self insured, but since 2014 the city has been insured through Premera Blue Cross for employee health care. The Homer News reg...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:03pm
  • The Homer High School Commons buzzed like a holiday-themed beehive during the Nutcracker Faire sponsored by the Homer Council for the Arts on Dec. 3-4. Craftspeople and a variety of other vendors packed booths into the Commons and the gymnasium at the high school, maximizing shoppers’ opportunitie...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 2:42pm
  • Colleen James, a forensic nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, was honored at the Nov. 15 Lights in the Night Awards Banquet in recognition of her substantial and significant contribution to child advocacy in Alaska. This award was given to James at the 2016 Alaska Conference on Child Maltreatment in ...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Despite a number of proposals and public comments in favor, the Board of Fisheries made few changes to the Lower Cook Inlet’s winter saltwater king salmon fishery. During its final Lower Cook Inlet cycle meeting Saturday in Homer, the board took up a variety of proposals related to the fishery, wh...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:35pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital welcomes pulmonologist Dr. Marek Martynowicz to the specialty clinic provider staff. His special medical expertise is in the management of interstitial lung diseases and special bronchoscopic techniques. He currently practices at Internal Medicine Associates in Anchorage. Dr...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:32pm
  • Homer Electric Association is notifying members living in the East End Road, Homer, area from Kachemak Drive to the end of the road that there will be a brief power outage tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The outage is anticipated to be less than 5 minutes in duration. HEA will b...

    Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:11pm
  • Homer Electric Association is notifying members living in the East End Road, Homer, area from Kachemak Drive to the end of the road that there will be a brief power outage tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The outage is anticipated to be less than 5 minutes in duration. HEA will b...

    Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Alaska State Troopers on Friday arrested a Port Graham man reported missing at sea on Wednesday afternoon near Passage Island south of Homer. Troopers found the missing man, Ryan Meganack, 34, in a tent outside Port Graham after receiving a tip that Meganack was not missing. Troopers arrested Megana...

    Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:54pm
  • Alaska State Troopers on Friday arrested a Port Graham man reported missing at sea on Wednesday afternoon near Passage Island south of Homer. Troopers found the missing man, Ryan Meganack, 34, in a tent outside Port Graham after receiving a tip that Meganack was not missing. Troopers arrested Megana...

    Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:53pm

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