Homer News

  • 4.4 quake hits near Homer Wednesday A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled the lower Kenai Peninsula about 10 a.m. Wednesday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 33 miles northwest of Anchor Point and hit 61 miles deep....

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:36pm
  • Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to note how the city provides health insurance and that council member Tom Stroozas' proposed cut to the library is for the personnel budget. It also has been updated to include information on proposed amendments by council members to the budget tha...

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:33pm
  • In the winter, those looking for a shot at some fresh king salmon can head to Kachemak Bay and drop a line. King salmon arrive in the bay and in the salt waters of Cook Inlet during the winter, where they are known as “feeder” king salmon because they are eating and growing. Sport fishermen catc...

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:30pm
  • Editor's note: The spellings for the names of Ardith Lee and Paula Lee have been corrected. In the fiber art of crocheting, yarn gets connected together by making loops with a hook — “crochet” means “small hook” in French. Loop enough strands together and you can create shawls, sc...

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:27pm
  • Two Homer elementary schools are cleaning up their act by looking at the amount of amount of single-use plastics are thrown out. Single-use plastic waste is most often produced at lunch time and is a significant threat to the marine ecosystem, said Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Marine Debris Co...

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:09pm
  • School Events     Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy (both schools) Dec. 12: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30-6 p.m. Dec. 22-Jan. 6: Holiday break. No School. Jan. 9: School resumes.   Little Fireweed (K-2) Dec. 16: Celebration of dance and song, 1:3...

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:06pm
  • Two Alaska Native tribes on the Kenai Peninsula will receive approximately $1 million over the next five years to help address substance abuse and mental health disorders among Alaska Natives....

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:42pm
  • After a soft opening in early October, Scotts Family Pharmacy plans to pull out all the stops for a grand opening celebration set for Saturday. The event takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the pharmacy located at 4014 Lake St., Suite 101, in the building that many long-time Homer residents ...

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:38pm
  • Alaska’s money managers are off to a solid start in the first months of the state fiscal year. The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. announced Monday that it earned a 3.86 percent return, or $2 billion, in the first quarter of the 2017 fiscal year on its namesake fund, which had a total balance of $54.8...

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:25pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough administration will explain upcoming changes to the sales tax code through several community meetings. The borough assembly approved an ordinance with multiple changes to the sales tax code in September, including provisions requiring nonprofits with regular storefronts a...

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:19pm
  • Homer Connections students who are taking an art course this semester — painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking or digital art — are invited to share their work at the Homer Connections First Friday K-12 Art Show. The show will be from 3-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at a place to be announced. Th...

    Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:45am
  • Kenai marijuana store open for business By BEN BOETTGER Morris News Service - Alaska When Roger Boyd was getting Red Run Cannabis Company, his marijuana cultivation and retail business, licensed by the Kenai city government in April, he told the city Planning and Zoning commission he considered it a...

    Fri, 11/25/2016 - 9:52am
  • KENAI — A Homer man accused of the city’s only previously unsolved murder appeared in Kenai Superior Court on Monday. Lee John Henry, 55, is charged in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer. He was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 20 on one count of first-deg...

    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 5:56pm
  • Two Homer Electric Association members last week filed a complaint with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska regarding a petition by the Alaska Electric and Energy Cooperative Inc., or AEEC, to be exempt from regulation from the RCA. HEA members are currently voting by mail on the question of if HEA ...

    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 5:53pm
  • Thanksgiving dinner coming out of Homer Senior Citizens kitchen lacks much of one item many people tend to consume on this turkey-eating holiday — sodium. When David Pruett took over as chef at Homer Senior Citizens about five years ago, it didn’t take him long — about day two — to start ch...

    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 5:50pm
  • Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer rooting out the living dead, the Homer City Council at its Monday meeting put a stake in the heart of the idea of consolidating 911 dispatch service. In two separate actions Monday night, Mayor Bryan Zak broke 3-3 tie votes to stop for now consideration of moving 911 di...

    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 5:47pm
  • A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued an Anchor Point man and three other people last Friday after their boat capsized off Knight Island in Prince William Sound. Crew in a Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak found and hoisted to safety Roy Whiteside, 45, of Anchor Point, Uria...

    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 5:34pm
  • Thanksgiving is a time of thankfulness and togetherness, unless you happen to be a turkey. In the case of the fine, feathered fowl that graces the tables of American families on the fourth Thursday of November, the Thanksgiving season is not a fortuitous time. Even vegetarianism can do little to set...

    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 5:28pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy (both schools) Nov. 23: Early release. Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving holiday. No school. Dec. 12: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30-6 p.m. Dec. 22-Jan. 6: Holiday break. No School. Jan. 9: School resum...

    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 4:48pm
  • The holiday gift giving season is here and many parents have contacted me asking for book recommendations. Gifting books is a great idea. It shows children that books, and reading, have value. Books and stories can feed children’s natural curiosity, stimulate imaginations, develop language skills,...

    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 4:45pm

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