Homer News

  • A Homer man who grew an estimated $1.5 million worth of cannabis at an indoor grow operation off East End Road pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an amended charge of attempted fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, possessing more than 25 cannabis plants.  Homer District Court Ju...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 8:04am
  • The Furie Alaska jack-up rig Randolph Yost is at the Deep Water Dock in Homer last Friday as fishing boats conduct spill-response exercises in Kachemak Bay.  According to City Manager Katie Koester’s report to the Homer City Council at its Monday meeting, the rig will leave the Deep W...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:19am
  • JUNEAU — A life-sized whale statue has landed Juneau in hot water as a cruise ship association alleges it’s a symbol of the Alaska city’s misuse of millions in fees paid by visitors. The Cruise Lines International Association and its Alaska affiliate filed a lawsuit against the city and boroug...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:07am
  • The back-and-forth over who will pay what to state retirement plans has caused plenty of consternation in Juneau the last two weeks, but a new study concludes the debate would be unnecessary if Alaska had just followed its own guidelines the last time state pensions were reformed....

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:05am
  • The KBBI AM 890 Public Radio board of directors has appointed program director Terry Rensel to succeed Dave Anderson as general manager, KBBI announced in a press release last month.  Anderson retired April 8. Rensel started Monday as the new general manager....

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:00am
  • The Homer College, Career and Job Fair will be a one-stop shop for job seekers and employers to meet and greet each other.  The fair is for those people just entering the job market as well as experienced workers considering a career change. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Kache...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:55am
  • ANCHORAGE— Helicopters trying to rescue two skiers trapped on an Alaska ice field for four days waited out whiteout conditions that one pilot said were like flying inside a pingpong ball. The winds and blowing snow subsided enough Tuesday to allow an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter to land in...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:47am
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    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:12am
  • West Homer Elementary School is abandoning its tri-yearly science fair competition for a night of science fun for students and their parents.  Science Palooza will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature hands-on activities and the grand opening of the school’s nat...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:09am
  • Chapman School  April 15: Track meet at Kenai, 3 p.m. May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten Screening.   Fireweed Academy (3-6) April 15: Spaghetti feed 6th grade fundraiser, noon. April 15: Gwe...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:06am
  • Editor's Note: This story has been edited to correct Bob Enea's name.  A phone call from former crew member Jim Herbert informed David and Dennis Fry that the boat they fished on in the 1970s with their father was the Western Flyer — the vessel on which author John Steinbeck took the...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:52am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The minority leader of the Alaska House said Wednesday that if his caucus isn’t satisfied with changes to the state’s oil and gas tax credit program, it will be hard to justify going into a major state savings account to help cover state costs. Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Ancho...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:33am
  • A proposed change in Alaska’s senior exemption on property taxes has been deleted from Senate Bill 210 by the Senate Finance Committee.  In his weekly newsletter, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, announced the committee deleted language which moved exemptions for seniors and disabled military veter...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:32am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that as much of an optimist as he is, he doesn’t see state legislators wrapping up work on all the pieces needed for a fiscal plan by the scheduled end of the regular legislative session Sunday.  ...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:32am
  • A proposal by Homer Mayor Beth Wythe to fund at $600,000 a community recreation center that died at the March 29 Homer City Council meeting came back in a different form on the agenda Monday night. Wythe had proposed a grant that would come out of city reserves, but council member David Lewis upped ...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:29am
  • “If you had to summarize the arts in Homer, two words: Mary Epperson,” retired Homer High School teacher Mark Robinson said on Mary Epperson Day, a big celebration of her life at the Homer Council on the Arts In June 2014. Called the “creative heart of Homer,” Epperson, 93, died after a shor...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:28am
  • For people addicted to opiates — or any other substance — there are many barriers to successful recovery, despite the quality of resources that may be available. In Homer, not only is there a lack of care for existing addicts, but there also is a lack of a coordinated approach to prevention....

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:22am
  • Alaska’s tourism industry should be a bright spot in 2016 as other sectors of the state’s economy face uphill battles.  The final tally of cruise passengers, which often make up more than half of all visitors to the state, is expected to be up about 2 percent over what was a strong 2015, ac...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:51am
  • The end of winter in Homer marked the beginning of a short but sweet season for Homer residents Anna Meredith and Jake Beaudoin.  In the small window of time between the spring thaw and budding leaves, usually between 15-24 days, Meredith and Beaudoin collect sap from approximately 600 Kenai bi...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:50am
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released statewide forecasts for salmon, and 2016 promises fewer fish than last year’s price-deadening sockeye glut.  Statewide, ADFG said 2016 will see a drop in the total salmon harvest, led by an especially sharp decline in pink salmon. Projection...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:34am

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