Homer News

  • Homer Electric Association members will see rates drop about a penny with the quarterly Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, HEA announced on Wednesday. The COPA falls from 7.9 cents to 6.6 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s about a $6.88 a month savings for the average HEA customer using 550 kilowatt ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:15am
  • Tonight, Nouredine Mama will celebrate Christmas for the first time.  The 16-year-old exchange student from Cameroon is Muslim, and though at home in the capital city of Douala he got a vacation from school in December, his religious holidays fell in the summer and fall. So the lighted tree in ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:14am
  • It’s going to be a long five months. Before Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, starts packing for the trip to Juneau after the New Year, he stopped by Homer last week to meet with Senate District P constituents. Last Thursday Stevens visited the Homer Courthouse and the Homer Senior Center, spoke at the...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:11am
  • Like any 9-year-old boy, Isaiah wants all sorts of cool toys for Christmas — an Xbox, a go-cart, a motorcycle and a Nintendo. On Monday, the winter solstice, he got something a lot of kids take for granted: A home. “I was so excited, I wanted to cry,” Isaiah said of arriving in Homer for the h...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:09am
  • Comments and discussion stretched late into the night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s first Marijuana Task Force meeting after the statewide marijuana regulations came out. The task force received comments for hours from members of the public, all urging them to stay as close to the state regulat...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:08am
  • Sustainable Wares owner Karen West holds a garden gnome that had been outside the building and missed being hit by a Volvo that bumped into the corner of the building on Dec. 7. One corner of the store was dented (see photo at right), one window was broken and other windows and sheetrock wer...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:07am
  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council raised pollock quota for 2016, but only by half the requested amount, locked in by the 2 million metric ton cap for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery. The 2016 pollock limit for the Eastern Bering Sea is 1.34 million metric tons, a 30...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:05am
  • The Sterling Highway through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge may soon be a little more wildlife-friendly. As a part of the resurfacing and road improvement project, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and engineering consulting firm DO...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:49am
  • After considering several possible paths for a new highway section around Cooper Landing, the Alaska Department of Transportation named its preferred path for the new road on Friday. ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:48am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District All KPBSD schools will have winter break from Dec. 19 through Jan. 3. School will start again on Jan. 4. Happy holidays! Chapman School Dec. 14-18: Information Services Week. Chapman School would like to thank...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:27am
  • Outside of an entomology conference, you couldn’t find a group of people happier to see several dozen bugs than the packed audience in Mariner Theatre last Thursday afternoon.  Nearly every seat was filled for Paul Banks Elementary School’s performance of “A Bugz Christmas,” a musical a...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:26am
  • The Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club sponsors two $1,500 scholarships for the spring 2016 Kachemak Bay Campus semester. Application packages must be received by Dec. 30.  Applicants must attend the Kachemak Bay Campus and demonstrate the best combination of financial need, academic achievement, c...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:25am
  • I  can’t type the word “home” without an “r” on the end of it. Our family has made Homer our home for more than 30 years and I am sure that is why.  We are fortunate to have both our sons home for the holidays again this year. Since the Other Fisherman and I married 38 years ago ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:50am
  • Reality TV star Atz Kilcher withdrew last week an application to lease state land in the Fox River Flats for an art and music wilderness camp. Candace Snow, a natural resources specialist with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, said Kilcher pulled his application on Dec. 10. ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:45am
  • In a status hearing held in Homer District Court on Monday, Judge Margaret Murphy rejected a motion for dismissal filed by lawyers for Wilma TV in a case involving alleged hunting with helicopters associated with the Discovery Channel show, “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:44am
  • In a courtroom filled with artists and supporters of Homer’s annual Burning Basket project, the 18-year-old Homer man accused of destroying this year’s basket on Tuesday pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal mischief. After accepting blame, Elias Graham said he had wanted earlier to make resti...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:41am
  • Homer Police this week arrested a man in another armed home invasion, the second this month.  No one was injured in an incident about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in which police allege James Peltier, 57, of Anchor Point man entered a Lakeside Drive home with a shotgun and then chased after two men who r...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:33am
  • McNeil Canyon Elementary School students Charity Martin, Wynne Reed, Breyan Cathey, Neviya Reed and Kappa Reutov pose in their rag doll costumes for the school’s performance of “A Holiday Moosical” on Dec. 10. Forty students participate in the school’s Drama Club and showed off what ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:28am
  • The Christmas Bird Count is a very special day for birders. One whole day devoted to birding — sunup to sundown, working in a team to count all the birds in the Homer area. Then, after dark, meeting with the other participants to compile what was seen. Finally a big, warm potluck meal further incr...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:27am
  • Ready or not Alaskans, here comes reality: higher taxes, more of them and a smaller dividend. Gov. Bill Walker last week unveiled his long-range fiscal plan for the state. It includes a personal income tax as well raising nearly every state industry tax in the face of yearly budget deficits approach...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:25am

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