Homer News

  • A caption for a photo in the July 7 Homer News incorrectly described how Joy Steward was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Foundation Fellow Award. Steward became a Paul Harris Fellow upon a unanimous vote of the Homer-Kachemak Bay Rotary Club Board of Directors in recognition of her many yea...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:06pm
  • The National Transportation Safety Board last Friday released its preliminary report of a July 3 plane crash in Halibut Cove that severely damaged a Cessna 206 flown by Anchorage pilot Alice Rogoff....

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:06pm
  • Homer Medical Center is hosting a sports physical clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16. The clinic is for high school students in need of a physical for participation in school-sanctioned activities. Exams on this one-day event are offered free of charge by volunteer health care providers ...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:06pm
  • Early voting starts Aug. 1 at the Homer City Clerk’s office. Deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m. July 17. Visit voterregistration.alaska.gov. Register to vote in person at the Homer City Clerk’s office until 5 p.m. Friday or at the Division of Motor Vehicles office 6 p.m. Friday. The Homer...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:48pm
  • Search on Pulse Point, a smart phone app that locates nearby public-access automated external defibrillators, and in downtown Homer locations pop up like Homer City Hall, the Homer Public Library, Public Works and the Homer Harbor Office. Google Maps shows public-access AEDs at Wells Fargo, First Na...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:48pm
  • If lower Kenai Peninsula voters want a choice of who will represent them in the Alaska House for District 31, they’ll have to pick the Republican Party ballot in the Aug. 16 primary. With only Republican Party candidates competing, and no independents on the general ballot, barring a write-in camp...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:47pm
  • Homer residents — young, old and in between — came together on Saturday, July 9, to celebrate the 60 years South Peninsula Hospital has served the lower Kenai Peninsula area. Many chowed down on a barbecue lunch provided by Black Jaxx BBQ, a local food truck in Homer and Soldotna, enjoying ribs,...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:31pm
  • Health care employment continues rising in the state, though economists are still unsure precisely what drives that growth to the levels observed. A state Bureau of Labor Statistics report released in May detailed that the Anchorage’s health care employee ranks rose by 1,000 year-over-year. This h...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:05pm
  • The Board of Education approved a revised FY17 Operating budget at its Monday meeting, including a transfer of $655,072 from the general fund into the fund for student transportation....

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:29am
  • I made a huge mistake at the Homer Farmers Market last week. I told a friend who was visiting from out of town that I would meet him there. And then I forgot to specify the time. I didn’t have his number so I couldn’t call and check in. I just had to see if he came and hope I saw him in the crow...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:28am
  • The 29th Alaska Legislature on Monday began its fifth special session since the gavel first sounded in January 2015, but lawmakers appear uncertain on their path forward and unsure even what the next few days will bring. Gov. Bill Walker called the special session in an attempt to balance the state...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:28am
  • In a town that so highly values local business, anytime one closes its doors, it is an event of memory and mourning. Residents hold a certain fondness for each beloved small business, and Timeless Toys is no exception to this rule. Opened by Becky Pfeil in 1997, Timeless Toys has become an icon to H...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:28am
  • July 17 is the deadline to register to vote or update voter registration for the Aug. 16 primary election. To register or update registration, visit the Homer City Clerk’s Office or the Division of Motor Vehicles office. Forms also are available at the the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex. Register o...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 2:09pm
  • Two fishermen about 9 p.m. Tuesday rescued a San Diego couple who misjudged the tide while in sit-on-top kayaks. Dave Seaman in the Adelante, fishing with Don Pitcher, picked up the husband and wife and got them and their kayaks safely to the harbor....

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 2:08pm
  • The hospital at the end of the road: SPH celebrates 60 years of patient care Over the last 60 years, Homer’s South Peninsula Hospital has transformed from a little hospital at the end of the road that had trouble attracting doctors, to a modern facility with a staff of 400 employees. This year, a...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:21am
  • Bear injures woman on Kenai refuge trail A woman hiking alone Sunday on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Lower Kenai River trail was bitten on the upper leg by a brown bear. The woman was hiking with her two dogs when she saw the bear about 20 feet ahead of her in a riverside area of tall gra...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:12am
  • A Cessna 206 float plane that crashed Sunday afternoon in Halibut Cove hit the water between the Danny J tour boat and the south shore. Piloted by Alaska Dispatch News owner Alice Rogoff, the plane clipped a tree on the east side of the small community located on Ismailof Island....

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:07am
  • A longtime environmental educator who taught everyone from children to seniors, and everywhere from outdoors to the classroom, has been honored with the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Jerry Dixon Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. Carmen Field, 53, who died May 31, 2016, received w...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:04am
  • Fire severely damages Fireweed Avenue home An early evening fire last Saturday severely damaged a Fireweed Avenue off East Hill Road. According to Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Painter, HVFD received a page about 7:30 p.m. July 2. When firefighters responded the fire was fully involve...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:58am
  • The Kenai Peninsula’s economy depends even more on the ocean and rivers than is apparent on paper....

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:07pm

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