Homer News

  • Update: Homer Police on Tuesday identifed the man found dead on the Homer Spit last Saturday. He is Jeff Wraley, 56, of Homer. Next of kin has been identified. No foul play is suspected.    Homer Police have enlisted the help of the Alaska Medical Examiner’s office in identifying a man f...

    Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:45pm
  • An independent review of the Legislative Council’s options to deal with the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building found the cost of purchasing the building to be nearly on par with moving the Legislature’s Anchorage offices elsewhere. San Francisco-based Navigant Consulting Director ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:27pm
  • JUNEAU— Bills calling for increased local contributions to two state pension programs and an overhaul of a community assistance program have been proposed in the Alaska Senate as lawmakers look to further cut costs amid a bulging budget deficit. Measures introduced Monday would increase local cont...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:26pm
  • With little appetite from legislators for a general obligation bond package, bare bones capital budgets the next couple years are probably a harsh reality of the state’s fiscal situation. The administration’s proposal for a $500 million general obligation, or GO, bond package to fund up to $250 ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:26pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas Co. appears to have locked up 90 percent of its gas supply needs into 2021 after finalizing a deal with Furie Operating Alaska. The gas supply and purchase agreement filed March 14 with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is for a firm supply of 6.2 billion cubic feet, or bcf, of ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:25pm
  • Public hearing to be held on Beluga Lake floatplane road...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:15pm
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward. • Special Olympics ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:39pm
  • Students statewide were unable to start the Alaska Measures of Progress and Alaska Alternate assessments Tuesday, the first day scheduled for this year’s round of testing. A construction vehicle at the University of Kansas, which houses the testing vendor, the Achievement and Assessment Institute,...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:42pm
  • Chapman School  April 1: Early release day. Students dismissed at 1:40 p.m. April 4: Track starts for 7th and 8th grades. April 12: Child Find at Chapman. Call to set up appointment. April 15: Track meet at Ken...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:42pm
  • Since one of Homer’s main industries takes place on the water, it follows that the high school would put a spotlight on the marine trades. From students who spend the summers fishing with their families or working a summer job on a boat, to those who have their sights set on an ocean-related caree...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:41pm
  • “Compassionate-Caring-Community” is the theme for the 2016 South Peninsula Haven House Women of Distinction awards. This year’s honorees embody that spirit, said Haven House volunteer Sherry Stead. ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:37pm
  • Charges that they used a helicopter to hunt for black bear have been dismissed against Atz Lee and Jane Kilcher, a Homer couple who star in the reality TV show “Alaska: The Last Frontier.” Alaska Wildlife Troopers alleged that the Kilchers had been transported by helicopter to Bradley Lake in Se...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:29pm
  • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stood out at the Alaska Democratic caucuses on Saturday as the clear winner. Sanders received 81.6 percent of the delegates and 79.6 percent of the votes, according to results released by the Alaska Democratic Party.  The 10,617 Alaskans who atte...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:28pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough health-care system should adopt a regional alignment strategy and embrace the future as national health care moves from a fee-for-service to a population-based payment model.  That’s the recommendation of a report released Tuesday afternoon in a briefing by Eric Sh...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:25pm
  • Parking lots, storm drains, the cop shop, a remodel of the fire station and community recreation. At its Monday night regular meeting, the Homer City Council dealt with a lot of the details of running “the city that works,” Homer’s official government motto, but also postponed or sent back to ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:23pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The first batch of marijuana business license applications is available to the public, and so far Alaskans have more interest in growing than selling. The Marijuana Control Board began accepting license applications on Feb. 24, but only made them available to the public March 14. Publi...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:47am
  • JUNEAU — Two Republican lawmakers want to add legislative oversight to the board of an organization that plays a key role in Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project development. Both Sen. Mia Costello and House Speaker Mike Chenault have proposed adding two non-voting lawmakers to the board of the...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:45am
  • At a distance of 220 miles and a 40-minute flight from South Peninsula Hospital to Anchorage, the time and distance can present challenges for getting intensive care at the lower Kenai Peninsula’s only rural hospital. If the weather is bad, LifeMed and other medevac services can’t fly. Patients ...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:42am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said he is willing to call the Legislature into a special session if lawmakers don’t pass any revenue proposals to help close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. His push for more income comes as the state’s Department of Revenue on Monday released a forecast...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:38am
  • Not surprisingly, Alaska’s fiscal picture got worse with the March 21 release of the 2016 Spring Revenue Forecast. Total state revenue for the 2016 fiscal year, which ends June 30, is now projected to be about $3.6 billion, down more than 60 percent from the $9.5 billion of income estimated in the...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:37am

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