Homer News

  • Bear injures woman on Kenai refuge trail A woman hiking alone Sunday on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Lower Kenai River trail was bitten on the upper leg by a brown bear. The woman was hiking with her two dogs when she saw the bear about 20 feet ahead of her in a riverside area of tall gra...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:12am
  • A Cessna 206 float plane that crashed Sunday afternoon in Halibut Cove hit the water between the Danny J tour boat and the south shore. Piloted by Alaska Dispatch News owner Alice Rogoff, the plane clipped a tree on the east side of the small community located on Ismailof Island....

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:07am
  • A longtime environmental educator who taught everyone from children to seniors, and everywhere from outdoors to the classroom, has been honored with the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Jerry Dixon Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. Carmen Field, 53, who died May 31, 2016, received w...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:04am
  • Fire severely damages Fireweed Avenue home An early evening fire last Saturday severely damaged a Fireweed Avenue off East Hill Road. According to Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Painter, HVFD received a page about 7:30 p.m. July 2. When firefighters responded the fire was fully involve...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 9:58am
  • The Kenai Peninsula’s economy depends even more on the ocean and rivers than is apparent on paper....

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:07pm
  • Agriculture in Homer has been evolving over the years. Before Alaska was a state, Alvin Mattox was running his cows down on the Beluga Flats (think Mattox Street), but when the dam was built to create Beluga Lake he moved to where Kachemak Selo is now so he could continue to run his cows on the mine...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:07pm
  • An ATV crash and rollover injured two boys about 7 p.m. on July 4 at Bishop’s Beach. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said the boys ages 9 and 14 had been riding their ATV about a quarter-mile up from the beach parking lot and west of Ocean Shores Motel. Homer Volunteer Fire Department staff and volun...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:02pm
  • More residents of Soldotna’s Funny River area will soon have access to natural gas in their homes. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a resolution at its June 21 meeting forming the Funny River East Utility Special Assessment District, which will allow for the extension of an existing n...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:00pm
  • 20 years ago in the Homer News:   Native-born Australian Steven Page crossed the Spit Run’s finish line first, though he only decided to run the race the night before. Page, 24, was backpacking around Alaska and arrived in Homer the day before the event. “I was walking around the docks the ...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 1:48pm
  • If the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Healthcare Task Force wants to make changes to how the hospitals operate, it will have to address some roadblocks in the current governance structure first....

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 1:46pm
  • Furie Operating Alaska is taking the first steps towards adding an oil platform to its Kitchen Lights gas development in Northern Cook Inlet. Furie Senior Vice President Bruce Webb said in an interview the company plans to re-enter the KLU-4 well roughly six miles north of the Julius R platform the ...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 1:46pm
  • On a trip to the Spit one can find freshly cooked seafood, gift shops, fishing charters, tourists from a variety of places and, now, gelato. Nestled in between AK Starfish Co. and Alpaca Connection, Carmen’s Gelato serves up authentic Italian gelato, made by 29-year-old Homer native Carmen Ricciar...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 1:38pm
  • The owner of the Alaska Dispatch News, Alice Rogoff, crashed her floatplane about 5:50 p.m. Sunday, July 3, in Halibut Cove. She was the pilot and only occupant. Rogoff did not suffer any injuries, she said in a statement. In a press release, Alaska Wildlife Troopers reported they responded by boat ...

    Mon, 07/04/2016 - 3:15pm
  • Homer Electric Association has seen about 30 damage claims filed by customers affected in a power surge on June 21. The surge happened last Tuesday evening when a polymer-composite insulator broke on a power pole near the Homer Police Station on Heath Street. A 25 kilovolt line fell onto a lower vol...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:08pm
  • A man alleged to be both a victim and an assailant in a May 19 shooting at Karen Hornaday Park will make a plea deal on a collection of charges, including a charge of second-degree assault....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:07pm
  • 20 years ago in the Homer News:   A Minnesota man took the lead in the Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 379-pound catch. Jerry Meinders of Willmar, Minn. broke the derby record with a fish that took “all hands, three tries, a harpoon and a winch to haul the hefty fish aboard.” “My legs are st...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:55pm
  • After time ran out on a court rule requiring either a preliminary hearing to be held or a grand jury make an indictment, three felony charges have been dismissed against Dellna Vanbuskirk, a Homer man Homer Police alleged robbed at gunpoint the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station in January, taking cash a...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:46pm
  • A volunteer trained in disentangling whales and a National Oceanic and Atmoshpheric Administration law enforcement officer freed a juvenile humpback whale last week after it got tangled up in line and a buoy. It took about three hours for Josh Tobin, the volunteer, and Kasey Mayhew, the officer, to ...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:46pm
  • Editor’s note: The story has been updated to clarify why the citizen group did not turn in signatures. A citizen group seeking to ban by a vote commercial cannabis in Homer failed to deliver petition booklets by the June 23 deadline. On March 25, petitioners seeking to prohibit by local o...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:43pm
  • From police patrol cars to possibly a new station, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting offered some relief to the Homer Police Department. A low-ticket item was $65,000 for two used Fords, but topping the list was up to $12 million in bonds to build a new police station....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:42pm

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