Homer News

  • Wintertime events that bring high numbers of tourists to Homer equal revenue spikes in local businesses for more than just a weekend.  Events attracting one-time visitors provide the opportunity to showcase the town’s recreational sporting events and activities such as fishing and skiing, whi...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:26am
  • After three ordinances and four Homer City Council meetings, the council on Monday wrapped up its work on whether commercial cannabis activities should be allowed in the city.  In a unanimous decision, it approved on reconsideration an ordinance regulating by zoning district the cultivation, ma...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:19am
  • The Alaska Food Policy Council recently awarded its first Food Hero awards at its semi-annual Food Festival & Conference. The awards were presented to Kyra Wagner of Homer for her individual contributions to Alaska’s food system and to the Tyonek Tribal Conservation District for its Tyonek Gro...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:27pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker issued an administrative order on Feb. 29 establishing a mariculture task force for shellfish and sea plants. Walker’s order responds to both economic and ecological concerns. The release touts the potential economic benefits to coastal communities and the Alaska fishing industry....

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:26pm
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill on March 3 that would require all genetically engineered salmon to carry the words “genetically engineered” or “GE.” The bill’s language resulted from discussions between Murkowski and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, strengthening earlier FDA la...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:25pm
  • Bagel Shop co-owner  Mikela Aramburu stands at the counter of the new espresso area in the addition to the bagel bakery and cafe on East End Road. The Bagel Shop reopened on March 1 after remodeling. The addition doubles the size of the cafe and adds more seating. The espresso counter will open...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:24pm
  • The next court battle over the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System won’t be for at least another five years. Two settlements over the taxable value of TAPS between the State of Alaska, its owners and municipalities along the pipeline corridor were announced March 1. The agreements fix the va...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:23pm
  • The new design center at Spenard Builders Supply on Lake Street is a result of practical thinking and artistry, brought together by design center project manager Geoff Murphy.  After deciding it was time to update the displays in the design center, Murphy came up with a plan to make the space e...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:22pm
  • Apache Corporation, which has been exploring oil and gas resources in the Cook Inlet area, announced recently that it will exit the state. The Houston, Texas-based corporation has been exploring north of Nikiski since approximately 2010. Apache’s Alaska general manager, John Hendrix, informed the ...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:18pm
  • Students in fourth through sixth grades at Fireweed Academy showed off models of famous buildings at the Structures Expo on March 4.  The students spent time in school and at home to create structures out of a variety of materials — cardboard, plastic foam, paint, hot glue and even Rice Krisp...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:52pm
  • March 14-18 : Spring break, no school. Girassol Learning Center and Art Studio now taking students Girassol offers early preschool, preschool, and after school programs for school age children. The center combines Montessori, Constructivism theory and Reggio Emilia ...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:50pm
  • Eric Waltenbaugh has verbally accepted the principal position for West Homer Elementary, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff.  Waltenbaugh is currently serving as a middle-high school teacher and curriculum specialist in the Kodiak School District,...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:50pm
  • A preliminary hearing was held and continued last Friday for Dellan Vanbuskirk, 28, charged with an armed robbery of the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station. Seward Magistrate George Peck, filling in for Judge Margaret Murphy, continued the hearing for Vanbuskirk to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Homer Courthous...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:23am
  • Both those who go out to sea in search of a big catch and those who choose to stay on dry land have chances to win big at the 23rd annual Winter King Salmon Tournament on Saturday, March 19. The all-day event will give away cash and merchandise prizes in the form of bets, raffles, drawings and, of c...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:19am
  • All humans share at least two experiences: birth and death. What comes after birth marks our time on earth. What happens after death is more a mystery — even though we face it daily.  In obituaries posted at the Homer Post Office and printed in the Homer News, we read of revered elders, disti...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:14am
  • A preliminary hearing for a Homer man charged with illegally growing marijuana was held and continued at the Homer District Courthouse last Friday. Seward Magistrate George Peck, filling in for Judge Margaret Murphy, set a new date for Joseph Gabryszak, 32, to 3:30 p.m. April 5, also at the Homer Co...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:13am
  • Eric Waltenbaugh verbally accepted the principal position for West Homer Elementary, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff. Waltenbaugh is currently serving as a middle-high school teacher and curriculum specialist in Kodiak School District, and has been ...

    Fri, 03/04/2016 - 2:27pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections March 1: Iditaread starts. Contact Kristin Metz at 226-1880 for more information. March 1: ACT testing at the Homer Connections office, 8:15 a.m. March 2: Homer Ro...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:20am
  • City’s deputy clerk named communications director for statewide association Melissa Jacobsen, deputy clerk for the City of Homer, was unanimously elected to the office of communications director on the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks Executive Board at the group’s annual ...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:18am
  • Commercial salmon fishermen in Lower Cook Inlet can expect about a quarter of 2015’s harvest in 2016, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s projection. The Lower Cook Inlet Salmon Fishery Outlook, published Friday, includes both wild runs and returns from the Cook Inlet Aquacultu...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:17am

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