Homer News

  • From 5 to 7 p.m. today, the Pratt Museum holds an event celebrating a $900,000 grant it received in the state capital budget. The money will give a major boost to the museum’s capital funding campaign for a new museum building. ...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:39pm
  • The city of Homer has settled with two of three property owners who filed claims in a sewer line backup that pushed raw sewage into three homes on the north shore of Beluga Lake in January 2013. Homeowner Steve Bambakidis accepted a $45,000 settlement and homeowner Ken Halpin accepted a $250,000 set...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:39pm
  • Less than a week after one of his primary opponents, Joe Miller, spoke in Homer for Father’s Day, last Thursday Dan Sullivan visited town for two public meetings and some boots-on-the ground campaigning. Sullivan, 49, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, is running against Mille...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:26pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A judge in Anchorage is conducting a trial in a voting rights lawsuit filed by several Alaska villages that alleges the state has failed to provide accurate, complete translations of voting materials into Alaska Native languages. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the case wen...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:24pm
  • Condominium owners once again are expressing their concerns over the city’s assessment of condos within the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District. Margarida Kondak of the High Tide Condominium Association on Monday read a letter signed by numerous condo owners to the Homer City Council ask...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:15pm
  • Shoshana Sadow rides Tauronus during jumping clinics on the beach at Mariner Park June 19th...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:12pm
  • Now that it’s summer and the roads and trails have been swept, walkers and bicyclists have become more common. The completion of the Homer Spit trail from Kachemak Drive to Land’s End has brought more traffic to the new trail winding along the harbor. With more users has come conflict, and a pus...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:11pm
  • As a part of the Chinook Salmon Research Initiative, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking at the genetic stock composition of the marine king salmon fishery. There are port samplers stationed at the Homer Harbor, and Deep Creek and Anchor Point tractor launches conducting quick intervie...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:52pm
  • When Bernie and Marion Simon arrived at their Kasitsna Bay cabin on June 19, they were greeted by a bald eagle that appeared to be suffering from a wing injury. “The poor guy was hungry and so cold and wet,” said Marion Simon. “He couldn’t hop around. He kept stepping on his wing.” The Sim...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:31pm
  • Hired as chief of the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area in January, Jim Dycus quickly saw the need for additional extrication equipment to help remove motorists from mangled vehicles. “When I had been here two months, we’d had six wrecks,” said Dycus of Sterling Highway vehi...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:07pm
  • JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON (AP) — The roar of airplanes will be a little more evident in Alaska’s largest city. Officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say the runway that runs east-to-west will be closed for about a month for repairs. The east-west runway is the busiest at the Anchora...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:15pm
  • Vitto Kleinschmidt has been named publisher of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, succeeding Stan Pitlo, veteran newspaperman who is retiring. The announcement was made by Derek May, executive vice president of Morris Publishing Group. Pitlo began his career in advertising at the Anchorage Times and wo...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:14pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Next summer, there’ll be a new ship docking in Dutch Harbor and Nome on its way to the Arctic. But first, the research vessel Sikuliaq is headed to Honolulu for its inaugural research cruises. This summer, the 261-foot oceanographic research vessel will make its way from the Great La...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:11pm
  • The prospect of new port facilities in Western Alaska will rely heavily on arctic oil and gas development, according to a recent Northern Economics study. Commissioned by Bering Straits Native Corp. and marine services company Crowely Maritime Corp., the feasibility analysis released June 6 focused ...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:08pm
  • WILLISTON, N.D.  — North Dakota has joined the ranks of the few places in the world that produce more than a million barrels of oil per day, due in large part to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state. The April figures released June 17 by the state’s Department of...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:07pm
  • The Homer Stage Line works to offer timely and affordable freight and passenger transportation prices, and guarantees the option of taking the scenic route rain or shine.  “Why fly when you could enjoy the most beautiful drive on earth?” asks Alecia Claunch, owner and part-time driver....

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:06pm
  • Despite the fact that we are proud to have absolutely no fish farming allowed in Alaska, we also are proud to have a wonderful variety of fish available at the Homer Farmers Market. When it comes to seafood options, there may not be a more fun place to find what you want....

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:05pm
  • The city of Seward is ready to jumpstart development that has been decades in the making. When Gov. Sean Parnell signed the fiscal year 2015 capital budget May 28, Seward was officially awarded $5.9 million from the state to complete its breakwater and begin full-scale work on what the city calls th...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:03pm
  • Voters and taxes dominated a nearly four-hour Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday night. While the assembly postponed its vote on an ordinance that would require borough elections to be held by mail, it did narrowly pass an ordinance to change the 60 percent voter approval requirement t...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:11pm
  • Dan Sullivan visits Homer today. A candidate running for the Republican Party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat of Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who is running for re-election, Sullivan visits at these times and places: • 3-4 p.m. today, Kachemak Board of Realtors meet and greet; Homer Elks Lodge;...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:57pm

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