Homer News

  • Toxic shellfish have been found in Pacific blue mussels in the Homer harbor, according to an alert from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Mussels sampled by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve tested positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning by Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Researc...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 2:26pm
  • At its regular meeting Monday night, the Homer City Council made amendments to the city’s animal control laws that ban a practice some might think of as Alaskan as log cabins and flannel shirts: letting your dog ride loose in the back of a pickup truck. As of Tuesday when the law took effect, pet ...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 2:22pm
  • A proposed purchase of $30,000 in light-emitting diode lights for one harbor mast light pole could save the city up to $6,200 per light pole annually. At Monday’s regular Homer City Council, the council introduced on first reading Ordinance 16-45, a sole-source contract to Puffin Electric to purch...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 2:22pm
  • When working with nature, doing nothing often means a great deal. Such is the case of Paul and Jen Castellani, the owners of Will Grow Farm, and their home located off the beaten path between Homer and Anchor Point. Despite the Castellani’s efforts to leave the land on which they live and reap the...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 2:22pm
  • Each month, this column will feature tips on how to include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine using five familiar practices: reading, talking, playing, singing, and writing together! Each article will include book and digital media recommendations as well as activities you can try a...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:46pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Homer Flex Aug. 31: Open house, 5-6:30 p.m. Registration is ongoing, please call 235-5558 for an appointment. Homer High School Aug. 25: JV and varsity football and cheerleaders leave for Whittier Ferry, 4 a.m. Aug. 25: C-team, JV and varsity vol...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:46pm
  • The first day of school is all about learning the ropes – new classroom, new rules, new names and new routines. In first grade teacher Anne Love’s class, the students were not the only ones getting used to the ebb and flow of a day at McNeil Canyon Elementary....

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:46pm
  • The city of Homer has received a $500,000 state grant to improve pedestrian access and safety on Soundview Avenue. The half-million dollar Transportation Alternatives Grant from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities adds to $200,000 the Homer City Council appropriated earlier...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:15pm
  • Air taxi crashes in Nanwalek A Smokey Bay Air plane crashed on landing at the Nanwalek Airport a little before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. No passengers were on board and the pilot escaped without injuries, said National Transportation Safety Board air safety investigator Mitch Gallo. The crash caused major...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:15pm
  • Hospice of Homer has been serving the greater Homer area for 31 years, and this Saturday, its staff and board of directors are throwing a party to celebrate. You’re invited. Last year’s event drew about 70 people, said Hospice Director Darlene Hilderbrand. If the weather cooperates, the outdoor ...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:14pm
  • When an oil spill occurs, one of the first reactions is to use something to mop it up. Respondents typically will use clay-based absorbents on land-based spills or polymer dispersants on water to help dissipate or collect the oil so it’s easier to remove from the spill site. However, it can be exp...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:41am
  • There were no brass bands and no city officials with big scissors cutting a ribbon, but at the end of the work day on Aug. 15, the city opened a new stretch of Grubstake Avenue connecting Heath Street and Lake Street. Homer Public Works Director Carey Meyer had said earlier that though paving had be...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:46am
  • Does fall always come in August? For some reason the red leaves of the fireweed are a little extra shocking to me this year. Luckily there is no reason to hibernate yet. Instead it is simply time to plan ahead. Have you gotten your fill of your favorite fresh veggies yet? It would be nice if we coul...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:46am
  • By ELIZABETH EARL Morris News Service - Alaska A citizen petition to ask voters whether commercial marijuana operations should be banned in the Kenai Peninsula Borough outside the cities has received sufficient signatures to be valid....

    Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:29pm
  • After a resounding win Tuesday in the Republican Party Primary for the House District 31 seat, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, looked ahead to the challenge of the next session. “We’ve got a big problem to solve. Our biggest concern is making sure we solve this fiscal problem in a way that’s sustai...

    Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:09pm
  • With the closing of the city of Homer election filing period at noon Monday, five candidates have filed for three seats. In the Oct. 4 city election, and with no incumbents running for their current seats, voters will choose two new Homer City Council members and a new mayor. Council members Gus Van...

    Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:07pm
  • 2,014 parents, staff, students and community members have been using their phones as another platform to access the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District events and activities. School district liaison Pegge Erkeneff headed development of the platform, which among other avenues allows users to subs...

    Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:17pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Most KPBSD schools start on Tuesday, Aug. 23. For variance calendar start dates, see homernews.com/schools. Fireweed Academy Aug. 22: Academic Policy Committee meeting in room 104 at West Homer Elementary, 4:30 p.m. Ho...

    Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:17pm
  • Two Homer area schools welcome new leadership at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year as Eric Waltenbaugh and Todd Hindman take the helms of Fireweed Academy and West Homer Elementary. The two new principals are long-time Alaska educators, both of whom have dreamt of living in Homer for some tim...

    Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:16pm
  • Voters won’t be asked whether a group of residents between Ninilchik and Clam Gulch should be moved into the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area this October....

    Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:06am

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