Homer News

  • ANCHORAGE — Two maritime unions with 250 Alaska jobs at stake have begun a campaign to stop the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline from switching to a nonunion company for escorting oil tankers safely out of Prince William Sound, where the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil in...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Started by local couple Wendy Swan-Salam and Abdulai Salam, The Swan Market provides opportunities for community vendors to fill a gap in Homer’s community market scene: cruise ship tourism....

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:08pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Senate has passed legislation aimed at helping stabilize an individual health insurance market that’s been plagued by rising rates and, starting next year, will be down to one insurer. Under the bill, claims for high-cost conditions would be ceded to a high-risk pool fun...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:52pm
  • I used to work in a small South American country for Peace Corps. I worked with a group of rural farmers who worked together to raise tomatoes commercially.  Their carefully picked tomatoes were loaded onto a big market truck that they waved down as it went by on the road. The driver would pay ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:42pm
  • The Alaska Legislature has approved a cut to oil and gas drilling subsidies that promises millions in savings but fails to close a loophole that led to an explosion in the amount the state owes oil companies. House Bill 247 preserves a “net operating loss” tax credit intended for smaller oil pro...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:33pm
  • American Legion Post 18 in Ninilchik is looking for bands to compete in their Battle of the Bands community fundraiser on July 9. Any music group interested can register up until June 25. The top band will win $500 and “bragging rights,” according to a press release from the American Legion. Sec...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:27am
  • Due to the temporary housing crunch in Juneau caused by the popular biennial Celebration, the legislature is taking a short recess from the special session, Rep. Paul Seaton said in an email on Tuesday. He will be back in Homer during the recess and will meet with the House District 31 community at ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:26am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is now facing a nearly $1 million deficit for the next school year.  While the Legislature restored a base student allocation increase that had been eliminated in the eleventh hour a budget conference committee, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly ch...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:24am
  • For the second year in a row, due to the state budget deficit, the city of Homer will not receive money from the state for Capital Improvement Plan projects. Projects on the Department of Transportation list will be funded, however, according to Jenny Martin, legislative aide for Rep. Paul Seaton’...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:22am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the budget for fiscal year 2017 at its Tuesday meeting. The budget will go into effect after the borough’s current fiscal year ends on June 30. Many assembly members said they were pleased with the administration’s efforts to reduce borough spending ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:19am
  • The six sisters from Homer’s widely-known homesteading family, the Kilchers, will talk about their experience making a life as first generation homesteaders in Alaska at a discussion panel in Beatrice, Neb., on June 18 and 19. The panel is a featured part of the 100th anniversary homestead celebra...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:47am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre hopes to set a precedent for construction in rural areas starting with the K-12 Kachemak Selo replacement school the legislature agreed to fund this session.  Navarre will look to lessen or waive the local match required to receive state support entire...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:37am
  • Give ’em shelter. That’s the idea of the Boat House project, a proposal to build a pavilion on the Homer Spit at the site of the old Harbor Office near Ramp 2. ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:25am
  • On a good day when fishermen pull sea-bright king salmon out of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon faster than the tide runs, the cleaning tables fill up with people cleaning their catch. You’d better watch your back — and the sky — lest a ravenous gull scoops down and snags a fish. “While tryin...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 9:40am
  • The seventh annual Hospice of Homer golf tournament fundraiser gives golfers of all skill levels the chance to play, have fun, and even win a prize or two.  The tournament will be held at The Tips Golf Course, a par three, nine-hole course out East End Road with a breath-taking view of Kachemak...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 5:53pm
  • The Pratt Museum announced on Tuesday that executive director Diane Converse has resigned to focus on family obligations. “It has been an honor to serve as the Pratt Museum’s director/CEO since the fall of 2009,” Converse said in a statement in the museum’s newsletter. “Balancing life and ...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:58pm
  • Members of the panel on the 40th anniversary of the Kachemak Bay oil and gas lease buyback reflected on the effort it took to keep the oil companies out of Homer waters. The other message of the night was for Homer and Kenai Peninsula residents to stay vigilant in preserving the future....

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:57pm
  • The South Peninsula Haven House Board of Directors announced last Monday that it has named Melissa (Missi) White as its new executive director effective June 1. White brings a wealth of collaborative experiences to Haven House reflecting two decades of military service, academic excellence and volun...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:57pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center announce the full-time obstetrics and gynecology practice of Katie Ostrom, M.D.  Dr. Ostrom attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed her residency at the University of New Mexico. She practiced for the last 10 years i...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:56pm
  • KENAI — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, visited Kenai Tuesday to hold a field hearing for the Senate Resources Committee on how federal management conflicts with local management on the Kenai Peninsula.  Wildfire management drove much of the conversation, but federal land management that limit...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:53pm

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