Homer News

  • The Homer office of the Division of Motor Vehicles remains on abbreviated hours. The office is open today from 8:30 a.m.-noon, is closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m., and reopens from 1-4:30 p.m. It also is open May 20 and May 22 from 8:30 a.m.-noon, is closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m., and reopens f...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:54pm
  • As the room filled to capacity, attendees willingly stood to hear updates about the proposed pipeline project to transport North Slope natural gas to a liquefied natural gas plant in Nikiski. About 90 area residents came to the former Nikiski Senior Center on Island Lake Road Monday for the Nikiski ...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:49pm
  • Bidding was modest at the state’s annual Cook Inlet and Alaska Peninsula “areawide” lease sales May 7, with bids coming from independent companies and most of those in Cook Inlet from companies already established there. A surprise, however, is that there were three bids on tracts near Port Mo...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:48pm
  • You can find almost anything on Craigslist. Used Cars. Artwork. Careers. So when Jamie Dunklin started to look for a new job opportunity for herself and her husband, Richard Dunklin, she tried Craigslist. Originally, she thought that somewhere in Colorado might be a nice change from the suburbs of H...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:47pm
  • By TONI ROSS FOR THE HOMER NEWS Redden Marine’s Kachemak Gear Shed has a new general manager. James Rushing arrived in Homer March 3 and says he’s here for a while. Rushing, a former retail manager for Lowe’s, Best Buy and most recently an Apple store in Spokane, Wash...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:44pm
  • Dock prices for Alaska’s most popular species of finfish are at the top of their historical range, partly due to a supply shortage and partly due to increasing popularity. Prices for halibut are at record highs, with current levels at around $6.50 per pound for 10-20  pound fish (smalls), $6....

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:42pm
  • Scott Goldsmith, the University of Alaska’s venerated senior economist, has stepped into the political snake pit of the oil tax repeal debate. Goldsmith is well known for his study of Alaska fiscal trends, which have been underway for almost two decades, but his new study comparing Senate Bill 21,...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:40pm
  • A 5.54 earthquake hit the Homer and the lower Kenai Peninsula at 6:16 a.m today. The quake was 33 miles northwest of Homer at a depth of 54 miles. Residents reported being woken up and experiencing moderate to heavy shaking, and items being knocked off shelves. Initial reports were that the quake wa...

    Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:54am
  • The first large wildfire of the season almost burned down three cabins near Caribou Lake last Friday. Eight Alaska Division of Forestry, three Kachemak Emergency Services and 20 Pioneer Peak Hotshot firefighters kept the fire from burning the structures about 3 miles southwest of Caribou Lake about ...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 5:01pm
  • Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships-Southern Kenai Peninsula, or MAPP-SKP, holds two meetings next week. A community driven partnership for improving community health, MAPP holds an open house from 4-6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Kachemak Bay Campus to discuss and review its latest com...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:29pm
  • There’s a new kind of education brewing in Homer. Several citizens, including Chad Jones and Kevin Walker, are pushing for a nonprofit school that would emphasize traditional folk skills such as boat building, woodworking, northern ecology, fiber arts and more.  The group is calling the new n...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:26pm
  • One of five Kenai Peninsula Borough teachers named as this year’s “BP Teachers of Excellence,” Barbra Ann Veeck of West Homer Elementary School, has gone a step beyond and been named “Teacher of the Year”  for the district. The award was announced at a reception at Alaska Christian Co...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:23pm
  • Getting started in birding can be intimidating. When experienced birders show up this week for the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, with all their binoculars, spotting scopes, outdoor gear, bird guides and gadgets, the new birder might wonder if it takes a small fortune to get started. T...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:20pm
  • Already the shorebirds have arrived. Dunlins, dowitchers, surfbirds, sandpipers, yellowlegs, in ones and twos and hundreds they’ve been swooping in on Mud Bay and Beluga Slough, taking a fast-food rest stop on their way north. Local birders have been giddy with excitement, but today starts the big...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:16pm
  • Student newsBrian Rowe is one of 20 Alaska students to receive a ConocoPhillips Alaska  scholarship of $5,000 each. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District ChapmanMay 8-9: Seward, grades 2-3.May 12-13: Eighth-graders HoWL field trip prep.May 12-16: Swim lessons, grades 2-3.May 12-14: Grade 8 fi...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:36pm
  • Having already built his own computer because “it was a really fun thing to do,” Homer High School junior Thomas Vanek was looking for an avenue to pursue his interest in computers. That opportunity arrived last semester....

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:33pm
  • Prizes for Cleanup Day, an annual event organized by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center with 117 participants this year, went to: • Individual-family: first, Shirley Fedora; second, Jenny Lemieux; third, the Sweeney family. • Group: first, HoWL with 68 participants, 132 bags of rec...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:30pm
  • A small and unassuming unmanned aircraft made a short flight Monday in Fairbanks that signified a big step in aviation, Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta said.The quad-rotor Aeryon Scout’s flight of less than five minutes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Large Animal Resear...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:23pm
  • The first liquefied natural gas tanker arrived Friday morning at the ConocoPhillips LNG plant at Nikiski, following the company’s reactivation of the plant this spring.The plant has been in a suspended status since late 2012.The Excel is owned and operated by the Belgium-based Exmar shipping group...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:22pm

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