Homer News

  • While she didn’t win the title, Homer Chef Mandy Dixon said competing in the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans was a great experience. The cooking competition was Saturday....

    Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:57am
  • The Alaska LNG Project LLC has purchased 120.4 acres from private landowners for a large liquefied natural gas plant at Nikiski, has an additional 97 acres under contract for purchase and also is working with the Kenai Peninsula Borough on conveyance of 29.9 areas of borough-owned lands. That’s ac...

    Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:45am
  • I have had so much fun this summer writing about the different farmers at the Homer Farmers Market.  Some are easy to write about because they are eager to share stories, others not so much. Paul and Jen Castellani of Will Grow Farm are not the sort to talk much about themselves. Mostly they ju...

    Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:43am
  • With its face toward the sea, it makes sense marine trades would be firmly anchored in Homer. “There’s really nothing you can’t get done in Homer,” said Eric Engebretsen of Bay Weld Boats. “You can build a world-class vessel in Homer.” Bay Weld does everything from simple half-hour repai...

    Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:40am
  • The trial for two brothers charged with sexual assault that was scheduled to begin next week has been canceled. At a hearing Wednesday afternoon at the Kenai Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman said he also would likely dismiss the indictments “without prejudice,” meaning the district a...

    Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:16pm
  • Seven days and 16 hours after they left Key West, Fla., the first riders finished the 2014 Hoka Hey Challenge. Jeff Kohn of Florida and George Jackman of Idaho crossed under the finish line banner near the end of the Homer Spit at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, said finish line coordinator Annie Malloy....

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:53pm
  • With the 2014-2015 school year only weeks away, work is quickly wrapping on up on the turf installation at Homer High School....

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:52pm
  • Author and scientist Dr. David Montgomery will speak at Cook Inletkeeper’s 17th annual “Splash Bash,” a free, public event with food, music and information celebrating clean water and healthy salmon, and recognizing Inletkeeper’s members and supporters.  The bash will be held at Bishops...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:33pm
  • The trial date for two brothers charged with sexual assault remains scheduled for Monday, but a hearing late Wednesday after press time could change that.  In a hearing held May 28 at the Kenai Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman set a date of Aug. 4 in Homer for the jury trial of Anth...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:32pm
  • Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic & The R.E.C. Room needs volunteers to help with the Breast Cancer Run on Aug. 10; bean bag chairs; DVD movies (appropriate for teens); gravel to even out areas in parking lots; electrician help; plastic storage totes with lids; individually wr...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:15pm
  • A year after someone killed a Homer man near a popular downtown trail, Homer’s only unsolved murder remains a priority for Homer Police, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said Tuesday.  Two people walking on the Poopdeck Trail between Hazel Avenue and Pioneer Avenue found the body of Mark Matthews...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:11pm
  • Walk down a trail from the Homer Public Library to the Poopdeck Trail, and with brush in full leaf at high summer, the trail turns into a green tunnel. Alder, fireweed, grass and elderberry bushes choke the gravel path. At clearings along the trail, people hang around smoking and drinking. Beer and ...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:07pm
  • Cries of “fish on” and the splash of jumping silver salmon are welcome signs that after years of no activity, the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon is once again a hot spot on the Spit. Nearby cleaning tables, complete with running water, are equally busy as fishermen from the lagoon, known as the Fish...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:02pm
  • Roan Hall, 16, of Chugiak, has become the first recipient of the AFS-Peter Larson Memorial Scholarship. Hall was awarded the $1,000 grant by Flo Larson and met with her at Finn’s Pizza on Monday. The funds will help support a year living and studying in Steinkjer, Norway, as an AFS exchange studen...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:05pm
  • In spite of Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet’s decision in Castner vs. the city of Homer, condominium owners within the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District will have to wait awhile before the city decides how individual condos will be assessed....

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:43pm
  • From swapping plant starts in the springtime to sharing ripe produce in the fall, gardens inspire an attitude of giving. This spring, Homer’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church joined a growing local trend of gardening for those in need.  Father Robert Leising is one of three priests who se...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:40pm
  • Visitors to Alaska reached an all-time high of 1,966,700 visitors between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, according to a report recently released by the Alaska Division of Economic Development.  The Interim Visitor Volume Report 2013-14 shows that visitation exceeded the previous peak of 1,961...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:56pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Voters could be asked to decide whether to ban setnets in certain parts of Alaska under a court decision made July 23. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, or AFCA, filed a ballot initiative petition in November seeking to ask voters whether to ban setnets in urban parts of the ...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:55pm
  • The commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, Brian C. Krautler, has been promoted to the rank of Commander. Commander Krautler’s promotion took effect July 1 and was celebrated in a small ceremony held aboard the cutter at its berth on Pioneer Pier.  The cutter’s executive...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:54pm
  • Changes to big game hunting regulations, Permanent Fund Dividend donations and Alaska’s refineries tax breaks were finalized Tuesday as Gov. Sean Parnell continues his bill-signing tour of the state. Elected officials, representatives of organizations and companies as well as affected members of t...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:47pm

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