Homer News

  • The city of Homer and Ken Castner have agreed to a stay of a judge’s order enforcing a decision in Castner’s favor regarding the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District. On April 3, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ordered the city to cease its method for assessing condominium o...

    Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:27pm
  • Whether it’s dog poop, loose dogs, birds, driftwood, bonfires, coal picking and off-road cruising, since last fall the Homer Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has been meeting almost every two weeks and contemplating those issues. At 5:30 p.m. today and a final meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 4, t...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:51pm
  • In addition to making an estimated 5,830 Kenai Peninsula residents eligible for Medicaid, the Medicaid expansion being debated in the Alaska Legislature could have behind-the-scenes effects on a health care system currently dealing with 9,239 unprocessed applications....

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:46pm
  • At an emergency meeting on April 8, the Homer City Council said it will petition the Alaska Supreme Court to review an April 3 judicial order that it cease its method for assessing condominium owners in the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District. ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:45pm
  • The Joyce K. Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library is hoping to relieve hunger and financial stress. For the third year, the library is celebrating National Library Week by offering the “Food for Fines” program. During the week of April 12-18, people with overdue items at the library can reduc...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:33pm
  • Through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds — by reporting sightings of Rusty Blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. This is the second year of the three-year project.  Researchers across North America are teaming up with citizen scientists to help solv...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:32pm
  • As the Alaska Legislature debates how to regulate commercial cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana, the Homer City Council on Monday night did what the Legislature has yet to do: It created a Cannabis Advisory Commission.  In an unanimous vote, the council passed Ordinance 15-07(a) (s)(...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:32pm
  • She’s been named a master gardener, lifelong learner and citizen of the year — and the list goes on. A lot of living can happen in 87 years.  Spend an afternoon with Daisy Lee Bitter and you’re going to learn something, or more likely, many things.   One kind of bluebell has 22 c...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:29pm
  • A 15-year-old student was arrested at his home in Kenai after police said he sent a threatening text message that included the threat of a gun, to students at Kenai Central High School. The school was on lockdown for less than an hour Tuesday, as were Kenai Middle School, Kenai Alternative School an...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:32pm
  • May 1: Early release day. May 4: School board meeting, Seward. June 1: School board meeting, Soldotna. June 2: School board planning session, Soldotna. Homer Flex School April 20-24: Artist in Schoo...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:48pm
  • The committee tasked with working out differences between the House and Senate budgets took up the Department of Education and Early Development budget Tuesday but didn’t make a decision on the line item that cuts about $48 million from K-12 education. The Senate made the cut in K-12 funding after...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:47pm
  • A textbook that has been criticized as having a biased view of history has been approved for continued use after Kenai Peninsula Board of Education members voted to retain it. Some board members said they had issues with the book, but ultimately found that it would be cost-prohibitive to find replac...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:45pm
  • On April 13, GCI welcomed former Alaska Communications wireless subscribers to the GCI family on Alaska’s largest statewide network. To celebrate new customers and honor longtime ones, GCI is hosting 16 events across the state.  The event in Homer will be held April 23 at the GCI store locate...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:30am
  • Kenai Peninsula College’s process technology program has received national industry certification. KPC has been notified by the North America Process Technology Alliance that both KPC’s Kenai River Campus and Anchorage Extension Site’s process technology program has received the NAPTA Process ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:30am
  • The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, or AMSEA, will offer a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop in Seward from 8 a.m.-7p.m. April 20 at AVTEC, 809 Second Ave. This workshop will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; imme...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:30am
  • Soldotna is one step closer to having an improved sports complex. Last week, the Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance appropriating $500,000 to conduct the design phase of the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex conference expansion and field house. The ordinance passed 5-1 with council members ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:16am
  • The rationalization of federal fisheries has created a healthier environment for Alaska banks to underwrite commercial fishing industry loans. Alaska’s banks had a healthy 2014 in spite of the nervousness over falling oil prices, spurred by increased consumer market confidence and commercial const...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:15am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough has adopted a permanent policy aimed at making the legislative process more transparent. Ordinances and resolutions up for adoption will require a fiscal note describing the financial impact the legislation will have on the borough.  It will be the responsibility of ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:14am
  • Whales and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council potentially transformed the black cod fishery last week when the council voted unanimously to allow pots to once again be used in the fishery as a deterrent to whale predation. Whales have become an increasing problem in the black cod fishery, ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:13am
  • Too much red and pink salmon could be a blessing in an ugly disguise for 2015.  The commercial fishing industry has a pessimistic outlook for the price of Alaska salmon in 2015, due in large part to one of the largest pink and sockeye salmon run forecasts in 50 years. A healthy U.S. economy is ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:11am

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