Homer News

  •  The Anchor Point man accused of robbing the Short Stop Gas Station on Jan. 6 claimed innocence in a court hearing on Monday. “I’m not guilty,” Dellan Vanbuskirk, 28, said at a preliminary hearing held at the Homer Courthouse....

    Thu, 02/11/2016 - 1:35pm
  • Homer Police last week arrested a Homer man alleged to have broken into a local cannabis club and stolen pot and other property. Gregory S. Kalmakoff, 29, faces charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, both felonies, and fifth-degree criminal mischief....

    Thu, 02/11/2016 - 1:30pm
  • NANWALEK — “Do you know what your name means?” Sally Ash asks each student in the classroom, one at a time. Some nod, others shake their heads. She’s not asking about their English names. The elementary and middle school students in Ash’s class at Nanwalek School are Sugpiaq, Alaska Native...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 5:35pm
  • In a new beach policy action most everyone called a compromise, at its regular meeting on Monday, the Homer City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that would restrict driving on Bishop’s Beach. Ordinance 16-05(s), introduced by council member Catriona Reynolds, made these changes: • Define...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 5:33pm
  • Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information clarifying how a commercial cannabis ban in Homer would affect the area outside of Homer in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. A ban would not affect those areas. Should Homer regulate commercial cannabis activities by zoning distric...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 5:32pm
  • Friday, February 12: Mr. Homer Pageant:  8 p.m. at Alice’s Champagne Palace  Entries are still open. Contact Dax for more information at 907-299-0319. “Pretty much anything alive can enter. In fact, I would love to see a coat rack enter. The weirder th...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:03pm
  • Throw in a chili cook-off, a home brew contest and a beauty pageant where a coat rack could win, spice it up with a hometown parade and an outhouse race, and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for the annual Homer Winter Carnival....

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:01pm
  • Sixth graders in Kris Owen’s class at Fireweed Academy and Deadliest Catch star Captain Johnathan Hillstrand pose with a sign telling 8-year-old Dorian Murray of Rhode Island that he is famous in Homer, Alaska. Dorian Murray has battled rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of pediatric cancer, since a...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:59pm
  • Raymond Marshall is leaving the principal post at West Homer Elementary School after the completion of the current school year. After spending six years in the position, Marshall is looking to pursue other opportunities outside of Alaska, he said. Resigning earlier in the year gives the school distr...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:56pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Public budget meeting to address school funding Feb. 23: Homer High School Library, 5:30 p.m. Parents, staff, students, business partners, community members and elected officials are invited to attend the pub...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:55pm
  • Alaska’s contractors will begin to feel the effects of the new oil reality in 2016 as statewide capital spending declines about 18 percent from last year, according to a construction industry forecast. The University of Alaska Anchorage Institute for Social and Economic Research projects just more...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:18pm
  • Although the outright price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, buying a home may be more affordable overall in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The average price of a home on the peninsula in the first half of 2015 was $265,912, as compared to Fairbanks’ $239,413, according to a December 2015 analysis...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:55am
  • The job is getting serious for the borough’s Healthcare Task Force as members are still trying to determine a purpose and direction. The task force and members of the public got a first glimpse at the contracted health care consultants’ opinions at the task force’s Feb. 3 meeting. Altogether, ...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:54am
  • Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, or KBFPC, has been awarded the Alaska Community Service Award for Health by the Alaska Public Health Association.  The annual award recognizes an organization, business or group making a significant contribution to improving the health of Alaskans. Clinic Ma...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:45am
  • JUNEAU — For 13 months, Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, has been working on a plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to partially balance Alaska’s state budget. On Tuesday, she finally unveiled the proposal, which could halve the state’s nearly $4 billion deficit in a single year. “With my pla...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:33am
  • Spencer named hospital’s 2016 chief of medical staff South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors welcomes a new board member and re-appoints three. Lane Chesley was appointed in January to serve for one year in a vacated seat, and Vickey Hodnik, DDS, Matt Ha...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:26am
  • A new ordinance to completely ban commercial cannabis in the city of Homer has been introduced by council member Heath Smith. The council has been considering and introduced another ordinance regulating cannabis activities by zoning district. Smith’s ordinance, 16-06, would not allow any commercia...

    Fri, 02/05/2016 - 4:37pm
  • For the second time in her career, Gina Pelaia, a real estate agent with Bay Realty, was the recipient of the Realtor of the Year award at the annual Kachemak Board of Realtors holiday party and fundraiser last December. “This means a lot to me, to be recognized by my association and my fellow Rea...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:01pm
  • 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

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