Homer News

  • The 23rd Annual Kachemak Board of Realtors holiday party and auction, which was held in December at Wasabi’s, raised $7,000 for local charities and scholarships. New board members also were installed, and awards were given to three local agents.  John Calhoun received a Lifetime Achievement a...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:59am
  • A well-known Homer chef is among the Class of 2016 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40.  Mandy Dixon, owner of La Baleine Café on the Homer Spit and executive chef of Within the Wild Adventure Company, was named to the prestigious list of young professionals....

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:55am
  • As other oil and gas companies seek to trim expenses with layoffs and stalling development, Hilcorp Alaska has no plans to stop acquisitions. The company will continue to buy properties in Alaska, said Chad Helgeson, the Kenai area operations manager, in an update to the public at the annual Industr...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:54am
  • AVTEC gets $5M donation Alaska’s primary vocational school is upgrading its Maritime Training Center, for free. AVTEC’s Seward campus will soon receive new equipment and state-of-the-art simulators valued at more than $5 million as part of a donation from Superior Energy Service...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:44am
  • Homer High School’s DDF (Drama, Debate and Forensics) team competed at Service High in Anchorage on Jan. 29-30 and placed in several categories. They will next compete at the state tournament in Anchorage on Feb. 18-20. 1st Place, Solo Acting: Lindsey Schneider 2nd Place, Duet Acting: Ciara Jones ...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:01am
  • The annual Paul Banks Elementary School Bingo for Books was a fun evening for the 250-plus students, parents and staff who attended the event. It was the best-attended Bingo for Books in many years.  The majority of students left with at least four brand-new books. Bingo for Books’ focus is p...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:59am
  • Chapman School Feb. 4-5: Conferences, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., no school.  Feb. 5: Wrestling at Homer, 10 a.m.  Feb. 8: 7th/8th grade Battle of the Books. Connections Feb.  1-12: First sessio...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:57am
  • The 21 students representing Homer High School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District 2016 Career and Technical Student Organization Conference showed off their skills and picked up awards in 10 out of the 15 categories. ...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:56am
  • Groundhog Day came Monday evening for Robert Ruffner. The Soldotna conservationist got a call from Gov. Bill Walker Monday night asking if he would accept a nomination to the state Board of Fisheries again, nearly a year after his first confirmation narrowly failed to pass the Legislature. Ruffner s...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:46am
  • JUNEAU — The trans-Alaska Pipeline System is still 100 percent full. The speed of oil flow, not the amount of oil in the 39-year-old pipeline, is the issue creating engineering challenges for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, engineer Rob Annett told legislators and members of the public during a ...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:37am
  • Alaskans who have had the bodies of loved ones cremated often look to the wilderness to scatter ashes. People take remains out to favorite fishing spots or scatter them along hiking or ski trails. A Sadie Cove couple has expanded their lodge operations to offer a new way of interring cremated remain...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:16am
  • Sarah and Ben Hartmann pose with their son, Samuel Joseph Hartmann, on Jan. 24. Samuel was born at 12:53 a.m. Jan. 2, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital, the first baby born in Homer. He was born two weeks early and had to be flown the morning of his birth by medevac with his mom to Providence Alaska...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:08am
  • Late last month when Homer Police put out a BOLO — be on the lookout — for Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30, as a person of interest in several recent Homer crimes, Chief Mark Robl was coy about the crimes police suspected the Anchor Point man had done. On Jan. 28, police laid out the case against Vanbuski...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:43am
  • The Board of Education has found a representative for southern Kenai Peninsula residents. John “Zen” Kelly will be filling the District 9 seat left unoccupied for nearly two months since 12-year member Sunni Hilts served at her last meeting in early December. The Texan-turned-Alaskan has a famil...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:28am
  • When the 7.1 magnitude Iniskin earthquake hit at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 24, it didn’t wake one Homer-grown seismologist — but that’s because Kasey Aderhold, a 2006 Homer High School graduate, now lives in Washington, D.C. Aderhold had an app set up on her smart phone to alert her in the event of...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:18am
  • Homer Police on Thursday charged Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30, with the Jan. 6 armed robbery of the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station on Baycrest Hill. Alaska State Troopers on Jan. 22 had earlier arrested Vanbuskirk at an Anchor Point home on a warrant for driving while license revoked. Vanbuskirk will be arr...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:51pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Jan. 28: Volleyball at CIA, 4 p.m. Jan. 30: Cabin Fever Variety Show at Anchor Point Public Library, 7 p.m. Feb. 1: First Aid/CPR for 7th and 8th grades in Mr. ...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 2:25pm
  • Dave Anderson, the general manager of KBBI AM890, has announced that he will retire on April 8. To find his successor, the station’s board of directors has formed a search committee comprising members of the community, staff, and board.  Anderson’s service to KBBI will be celebrated at a sp...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:59am
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission has reached a settlement for a $5 million payment with Miller Energy Resources after the company inflated the value of its assets. The settlement, reached Jan. 12, will conclude the SEC’s investigation into the oil and gas company, the parent company of...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:53am
  • JUNEAU — The head of the Alaska Marine Highway System gave the clearest statement yet that the ferry system will soon sell two of its 11 ships. Speaking to the Alaska House Transportation Committee, Captain Michael Neussl, head of Marine Highway, said it makes little sense for the ferry system to ...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:52am

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