Homer News

  • Firefighters have kept the wind-driven Tyonek fire on Cook Inlet’s west side away from the Beluga gas field and Chugach Electric Association’s Beluga power plant so far. The fire reached within two to three miles of gas and power facilities but as of Thursday afternoon, a firebreak built by fire...

    Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:45pm
  • High, dry winds from the southwest could increase activity on the Funny River Horse Trail fire Friday afternoon. In a press release this morning, the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Type 2 Team now calculates the size of the fire as about 67,000 acres, still within the Kenai National Wildlife...

    Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:43pm
  • Smoke affects all of southcentral Alaska; Funny River Trail fire grows to 67,000 acres  ...

    Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:21pm
  • What would make Homer healthier? That question was addressed by 39 health-care providers, agency representatives, teachers and concerned community members last Friday, but the focus of the meeting was much more specific. “The purpose (of the meeting) is to help identify the leading issue we as a c...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:10am
  • Homer Police last Saturday arrested an Anchorage man suspected of stealing liquor from Safeway and Save-U-More after he returned to Save-U-More and allegedly put his arm around a woman and tried to kiss her. Police charged William Helenberg, 38, with harassment and two counts of fourth-degree theft....

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:53am
  • Alaska State Troopers last week seized 1.15 ounces of heroin with an estimated street value of $19,000 in an arrest last week of an Anchor Point man and a Homer woman. Troopers also found $2,500 in cash, prescription drugs and paraphernalia relating to dealing after serving a search warrant on the w...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:53am
  • A 43-year-old Anchor Point man survived a gunshot wound to his head after negligently handling a .22 long rifle — and then didn’t get treatment for five days until his girlfriend persuaded him to go to the South Peninsula Hospital emergency room. James Doppler was treated and released from the h...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:22am
  • JUNEAU — A borough that sued the state over public school funding says municipalities are “coerced” into contributing to local districts, but Alaska compares it to other programs requiring local matches for state dollars....

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:16am
  • The wildfire in Tyonek spread to 350 acres as of Tuesday morning but fire crews made progress in building a fire line on the flank close to the village as the wind-driven fire has moved west away from the threatened subdivision, according to the the Alaska Wildland Fire Information. Sarah Saarloos, ...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:07am
  • Whether you plan on camping over the weekend, celebrating with the U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday or attending memorial services on Monday, don’t forget where Memorial Day gets its name. “Let’s remember why we have this opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, the parks, that’s the important par...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:09pm
  • It’s all down to what Public Works Director Carey Meyer calls “the icing on the cake” — the final items on the city’s punch list for the 11,000-foot extension of the Homer Spit Trail.  The trail itself was paved earlier this month, just in time for passengers of the first cruise ship,...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:07pm
  • As the Funny River Horse Trail fire raged about 50 miles north of Homer, a long plume of smoke extending out into the Gulf of Alaska blanketed Kachemak Bay earlier this week.  On Wednesday morning, two days after the fire started, the fire had grown to 20,000 acres and burned 10 miles through d...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:04pm
  • Susan B. English Seldovia Commencement Ceremony 4 p.m., May 20 Graduates: Kaitlyn Irene Hecks Alexandria Lauren Swick Taylor Morgan Haller   Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Aug. 19: Fi...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:23pm
  • Ithaca Ivy Sorensen, a 2010 graduate of Homer High School, has completed her studies at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore. At May 10 ceremonies, Sorensen graduated cum laude, receiving her bachelor of arts in sociology-anthropology. She minored in art.  Her thesis, for which she received h...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:18pm
  • Laughter, sentimental tears, and applause filled the upstairs of Land’s End Resort at the Homer Flex High School graduation ceremony Monday. Graduates were celebrated and congratulated by family, friends, staff and former Flex High School students on the challenging and fulfilling journey now comi...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:10pm
  • After noting Monday as a night to celebrate, Homer High School’s commencement speaker turned the tables on the class of 2014. Sean Campbell, who teaches language arts at the school, drew a laugh by asking the students if they had “all made sure to have a teacher ... as your commencement speaker?...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:07pm
  • Correction: This story has been edited to omit a sentence that there will soon be a change in ownership of Boss Hoggz restaurant. The owners of Boss Hoggz are James and Amy Lower, who opened the restaurant in 2011....

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:00pm
  • If you’re out for dinner in a restaurant this summer, you may find the wait-time for your meal is a little longer. Seasonal employers say they are experiencing difficulties in hiring certain types of workers — kitchen staff for example — as the tourist season begins....

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:38am
  • You could finally see it starting last weekend, the welcome sight of the tents going up at the Homer Farmers Market.  This Memorial Day weekend the Market starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.  As the weather would suggest, things are growing like crazy so you will be able to find all kinds of eager...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:35am
  • A fire that began near Funny River Road in Soldotna has grown to nearly seven miles long and almost a mile wide, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry's Facebook page. 
By 11 p.m. Monday the fire had consumed nearly 2,500 acres. Fire crews remained on the f...

    Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:18am

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