Homer News

  • 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
  • Yellow birches and crimson fireweed bring a dash of color to Kachemak Bay scenery, as seen from the Reber Trail in these photos taken this week. The Kenai Mountains and higher elevations in Homer also got a sprinkling of termination dust....

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:44pm
  • Since its opening in 1998, K Bay Caffe has boasted “the best latte on the peninsula.” Now it can boast something else: a bright, open, south-facing location with lots of space. The new building, which opened its doors Sept. 17, is located at 378 E. Pioneer Ave., next door to the car wash on Sved...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:43pm
  • 1. What do you see as the top-3 core services provided by the city of Homer?...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:37pm
  • The R.E.C. Room (youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op) needs a refrigerator.  Contact: Anna Meredith, recroom@kbfpc.org, 235-3436 ...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:35pm
  • New census data shows that poverty has increased in Alaska, but it may not be as simple as the numbers make it look. Alaska’s statewide poverty rate climbed in 2014 to 11.2 percent, a 1.3 percent increase from 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey data. It wa...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:33pm
  • The price of Cook Inlet natural gas continues to trend downward as utilities and producers agree to contracts beyond 2018. Homer Electric Association has signed a gas purchase agreement with Furie Operating Alaska LLC to purchase natural gas beginning April 1, 2016, for $6.50 per thousand cubic feet...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:31pm

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