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  • Citing a tight budget and low reserves in unspent funds, the Homer City Council at its Monday night meeting did not introduce an ordinance appropriating $100,000 in matching funds to Homer Senior Citizens Inc. to pay for natural gas conversions at its facilities.  Homer Senior Citizens has rece...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:55pm
  • A fund has been set up for a Homer fisherman and photographer who lost his home and belongings in a house fire on Diamond Ridge. That fire was one of two fires local firefighters fought last Thursday, June 5. Kachemak Emergency Service firefighters could not save the home of Alan Parks on Nearly Lev...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:53pm
  • A standing-room-only crowd jammed into the Homer Council on the Arts last Friday to share music and appreciation of Mary Epperson on her 92nd birthday, June 6. Called “the creative heart of Homer,” Epperson is one of the founders of HCOA, a music teacher and musician, a longtime volunteer and a ...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:42pm
  • After a failed attempt by Kenai City Council member Brian Gabriel to slash more than $300,000 from the budget to avoid a mill rate increase, the city of Kenai passed the fiscal year 2015 budget with more than $92,000 surplus in the general fund at Wednesday’s meeting. The new mill rate jumped from...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:53pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A state judge ruled in favor of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the lawsuit regarding the 2013 Cook Inlet salmon fisheries. The Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund, or CIFF, sued the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in July 2013, asserting that fisheries managers did not follow C...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:51pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A federal judge ruled to allow additional information to be filed in the lawsuit regarding federal oversight of Cook Inlet salmon management. United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund, who brought the lawsuit forward in February 2013, want federal oversight ...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:50pm
  • WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft. Drone maker AeroVironment of Monrovia, Calif.,...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:49pm
  • JUNEAU — Adventure runs in the Janes family, so when Bob Janes found his father’s age affected his ability to be active outdoors, something had to be done. So Bob invented the Access Hybrid, a trike with an assistive electric motor, meant to provide all the fun of a bicycle and all the function ...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:47pm
  • I love all the booths at the Homer Farmers Market, brimming with flowers and vegetables, crafts and food.  That’s why it takes me so long to walk through. There could be a pulled pork sandwich hiding behind the coffee and teas, some morels behind the strawberry plants, cucumbers hidden by the...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:44pm
  • KBBI and KDLL Public Radio News Director Aaron Selbig leaves Homer at the end of this month to take a job as news reporter at Interlochen Public Radio, Interlochen, Mich., in the northwest lower region near Traverse City. Selbig and his wife, Nova Stubbs, are both originally from Michigan and have f...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:35pm
  • Local firefighters fought a Diamond Ridge house fire and a McNeil Canyon area wildfire on Thursday. In an early morning fire, Kachemak Emergency Service firefighters could not save the home of Alan Parks on Nearly Level Avenue at the bottom of Rucksack Drive near Diamond Ridge Road. Parks, a Homer f...

    Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:35pm
  • Two apparently drunk men beat up and robbed a New York visitor in an attack Wednesday afternoon near Mile 21 East End Road. The assailants stripped the 19-year-old man of everything but his boxer shorts and left him on the side of the road. The victim suffered minor injuries, including a head injury...

    Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:34pm
  • In the June 5th edition of the Homer News, we printed the previous week's tide chart -- oops!  Please take a look at the attached chart for the tides during the month of June, 2014. ...

    Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:20am
  • The Promoting Health Among Teens, or PHAT, team of peer educators learned the value of their own voices through the process of brainstorming, planning, organizing and executing the community project of “Bonfire on the Bay: Shining Light on Stress, Anxiety and Depression.” “I realized that alth...

    Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:32am
  • On a visit last week to Homer, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and Human Resources Director Stormy Brown sat down for a short interview with the Homer News at the borough annex. Navarre and Brown were in town for informal discussions with southern Kenai Peninsula residents. Brown also met...

    Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:12am
  • After a making few amendments at its Tuesday meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed the fiscal year 2015 budget. Funding debates focused on three areas: education, non-departmental organizations and the assembly budget....

    Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:10am
  • A man in dark glasses and wearing a hoody entered South Peninsula Hospital on Tuesday carrying a “weapon” — a sign that said “This is a drill. I have a weapon. Please respond accordingly.”  Of course, it was not an actual weapon, and no one was injured in an exercise designed to test ...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:49pm
  • With the Funny River fire now 60-percent contained, firefighting and support crews continue to be downsized. The fire size is now calculated to be 193,597 acres. Fire crews are being demobilized and released to other assignments in Alaska and the lower 48 states. Isolated smoke columns have been see...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:49pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Rumblings under Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano have diminished, but scientists are keeping an eye on the state’s most active volcano in case it sends up another ash cloud. The volcano sent an ash plume to 22,000 feet Monday, and it drifted east about 50 miles, prompting the Alaska Volcano...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:47pm
  • With 19 teams representing more than 100 individuals signed up and two new event chairs, the 2014 Relay for Life of Homer, an event supporting the American Cancer Society, is in its final stages of preparation before the annual event occurs June 13-14. Michelle Drake and Michelle Geagel are co-chair...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:41pm

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