Homer News

  • Eighteen members of the Homer High School debate, drama and forensics team are back from a multi-school meet at Eagle River High School last weekend. Participating schools included East, South, Service, West, Eagle River and Chugiak high schools, as well as Homer.  “Homer did very well,” sa...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:30pm
  • BP announced this week that it has begun accepting nominations for the 20th annual BP Teachers of Excellence program, recognizing Alaska teachers’ exceptional work. Last year, Barbara Ann Veeck of West Homer Elementary School was awarded “Teacher of the Year” distinction for the Kenai Peninsul...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:29pm
  • The southern Kenai Peninsula did themselves proud at the First Lego League competition at Skyview Middle School in Soldotna on Saturday....

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:28pm
  • A burglary early Sunday morning of Don Jose’s Restaurant on Pioneer Avenue is the latest in a string of burglaries and thefts this fall that have plagued Homer businesses from East End Road to the Homer Spit. Homer Police have made some arrests, including three men and a woman for a burglary last ...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:22pm
  • If the Homer City Council does nothing else all year, to keep the city of Homer running, it must do at least one thing: pass a budget. On Monday night at its regular meeting, it did just that. “We shall consider our budget to be approved,” Homer Mayor Beth Wythe announced after the council consi...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:20pm
  • Last Friday, students gathered in Kachemak Bay Campus’ Bayview Hall as the skeleton of a Stejneger’s beaked whale they had carefully pieced together was raised to hang from the college ceiling.  Among the participating students were the members of KBC’s Semester by the Bay program, a dome...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:19pm
  • It was saved until the end of Monday’s regular city council meeting, but the lineup at the microphone, the accolades given, the servings of cake and punch and the emotions expressed —laughter and tears — made it clear City Manager Walt Wrede’s upcoming departure was the focus of the evening....

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:12pm
  • Saturday will be the end of an era, Betsteroids. That’s right. On 12/13/14 it will be the last day this century when the date will be three consecutive numbers. That’s assuming you abbreviate the year and don’t use the European method of writing dates with the year first, as in 14/12/13. Ever ...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:40pm
  • Alaska workers earned 3 percent more in the first half of this year than they did in 2013, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Total wages in the state increased by $253 million over the first six months of 2014 when adjusted for inflation. The increase put total ea...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:35pm
  • Spa Envy will host the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s December After Hours Event from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 18. The business, which has been opened since Oct. 1, is located in the historic building next to Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, on Pioneer Avenue near Main Street. The business offers manicures, ped...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:35pm
  • The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association holds a free injury prevention workshop, “Strains, Sprains and Pains: Ergonomic Injury Prevention for Commercial Fishermen,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn Participants will learn about ways to avoid musculoskeletal problems...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:35pm
  • JUNEAU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, while a lawsuit is pending, must stop all work related to a process that could restrict or prohibit development of the Pebble Mine, a federal judge says. The action comes after U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland last month restrained the EPA fr...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:31pm
  • Alaska Communications has announced a deal to sell its wireless assets to another Alaska-based company, General Communications, Inc. (GCI), for $300 million. GCI will receive Alaska Communications’ base of approximately 109,000 wireless customers and its 33 percent ownership of the Alaska Wireless...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:26pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents is set to consider implementing a tobacco ban on all campuses. The issue is scheduled for a vote Thursday at the regents’ meeting at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. The proposal would halt the...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:20pm
  • Once the pavement ends past Mile 39 of the Kenai Spur Highway at Captain Cook State Park, an all-terrain vehicle trail continues along the Tyonek pipelines through the wetlands. A mile into the trail is a creek that is not navigable by vehicle. In the summer months the wetlands are too swampy to tra...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:14pm
  • There may finally be good news on the horizon for halibut fishermen, according to International Pacific Halibut Commission researcher Ian Stewart at IPHC’s interim meeting last week. Stewart said that halibut are still growing more slowly than normal, their “size at age” is still under-perform...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:13pm
  • A petition that aims to rescind a Kenai Peninsula Borough grocery tax ordinance has been certified and will be put on the October 2015 ballot....

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:04pm
  • When a protective order says “no contact” with the person filing an order, that means no contact — not even by “liking” the person’s Facebook photos or commenting on them.  That’s the basis of a charge of violating a protective order against Lane T. Saunders, 27. Homer Police got ...

    Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:43am
  • When a protective order says “no contact” with the person filing an order, that means no contact — not even by “liking” the person’s Facebook photos or commenting on them.  That’s the basis of a charge of violating a protective order against Lane T. Saunders, 27. Homer Police got ...

    Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:43am
  • As structural changes to health care insurance delivery continue to roll out under the Affordable Health Care Act implementation, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District faces several big changes in its self-funded plans....

    Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:41am

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