Homer News

  • In the long-running Ken Castner v. City of Homer case, the Homer City Council on Monday approved a $42,500 settlement with Castner and his attorney. The council met in executive session to consider a settlement offer from Castner’s attorney, Stephan Williams. Castner said he will receive $100 in t...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:20pm
  • Editor's note: The photo caption has been corrected to identify the Wiard brothers properly. It’s called compounded complicated grief — when one loss follows another. And another. When a person doesn’t have time to process the first shattering before the next one happens....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:19pm
  • Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check; only criminal activity will be checked. All information will be kept confidential. To complete the process, visit the school district’s web page at ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:14pm
  • It’s Homecoming Week at Homer High, and that means celebrating Mariner spirit every day. All week long, students have shown their school pride at themed spirit days: ’Merica Day, PJ Day, Twin Day, Class Color Day, and Blue and Gold Day. On Friday, the school invites the whole community to come o...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:13pm
  • Chapman School Oct. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough community meeting at 3 p.m. Contact Michele Turner at 714-2165. Oct. 8: Homer Electric Association community barbecue at Chapman, 5 p.m. Contact Joe Gallagher at HEA for more info. Oct. 20:...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:13pm
  • She walks slowly, but Angelica Haakenson is walking. Twelve-year-old Angelica of Anchor Point lost both her legs in a car accident on Christmas Day of 2014. After months of convalescence in Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage and physical therapy, s...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:12pm
  • A man witnesses described as “dressed like a pirate” faces a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, following an incident last Friday evening at the Homer Ferry Terminal. Homer police arrested Bret Herrick, 54, on the charge. No one was injured, and Herrick did not resist arr...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:09pm
  • It looks like Southcentral Alaskans will have a new way to get their sugar fix, thanks in part to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. The state economic development corporation’s board approved participation in a $6.9 million loan Sept. 24 to finance an East Anchorage retail ce...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:38am
  • Alaska Realtors holding convention at Land’s End  Members of the Alaska Association of Realtors are in Homer this week for the group’s annual convention. The convention theme is “Charting Your Cosmic Course.” Convention events are happening at Land’s End Resort and go...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:37am
  • Gov. Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker are the featured speakers at the Southern Peninsula Senior Summit, to be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Homer Senior Center. The Walkers speak at 2 p.m....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:35am
  • Area residents armed themselves with the legal information they’ll need as they age during an elder law clinic on Tuesday at the Soldotna Public Library. Greg Peters, an elder law program director for Alaska Legal Services, travels all over the state to give presentations to Alaska’s aging popul...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:34am
  • The Port MacKenzie rail line extension is nearly two-thirds complete, but there is currently no funding for future work. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Manager John Moosey said the borough has about $500,000 available for the approximately $303 million endeavor. “Segment 5 is close to being complete, b...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:33am
  • The Alaska Marijuana Control Board accepted draft regulatory language on Sept. 24 that would ban cannabis social clubs, unable to establish any regulations around a license type that was not specified in the ballot initiative that legalized cannabis. The existence of cannabis social clubs will now d...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:33am
  • It’s not over. The Market is not done. Well, it may officially be over, but it’s not done. The Homer Farmers Market only officially runs through September. That means that the majority of vendors are done selling there and all the entertainment and credit card machine and the Market logo stuff w...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:32am
  • “I’m not trying to buy love. I’m trying to sell gas.” So declared Gov. Bill Walker in a press conference Friday as he explained to the state’s political reporters why his call for a special session next month includes a controversial tax plan. The third special session of the Alaska Legisl...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:29am
  • Big Fireweed Academy Sept. 24: Open House and Harvest Festival, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7: Picture Day, 12:45 p.m. Little Fireweed (grades K-2) Sept. 29: Open House, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Oct. 7: Pictur...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:47pm
  • Although the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation last week shut down a Halibut Cove oyster farm because of increased paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) levels, oysters sold by the Kachemak Bay Shellfish Growers Cooperative remain safe to eat, Marie Bader, the president of the Kachemak Shel...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:47pm
  • Falcom Greear’s musical talent has been a known fact in Homer for years: when he was just 10 years old, Greear put on a solo show at the Council on the Arts entitled “10 Songs From a 10-Year-Old.” By age 13, he’d performed an opera at Bunnell Street Gallery, sung in Jubilee five times and at...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:47pm
  • The beginning readers at Little Fireweed now have something to look up at between exploring books during Partner Reading Time: a new mural on the library wall.  Over the summer, kindergarten teacher Kim Fine invited three local artists — Nancy Wise, Barb Wyatt and Sarah Robertson — to decor...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:45pm
  • This is it. As predictable as fireweed fluff, it comes to this every year.  The last official day for the Homer Farmers Market is this Saturday. This means several important things.  First of all, it means that this is your last chance to buy a raffle ticket for the turkey dinner of local ...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:45pm

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