Homer News

  • Despite ever-growing concern about the future of Alaska’s economy, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent in October. Nationwide, the unemployment rate continued to fall — down to 5 percent compared with 5.7 percent a year ago, according to a state Labor D...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:53am
  • JUNEAU — The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry backtracked Tuesday and adopted stricter residency requirements for applicants for pot business licenses. The Marijuana Control Board scuttled a rule adopted last month that would use the residency requirem...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:52am
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    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:50am
  • Whether people get their news and advertising in print or online, a tsunami of ads from media up the road might have tempted holiday shoppers to drive north to Soldotna and Anchorage or browse online. To keep gift buyers on the lower Kenai Peninsula for the big shopping weekend after Thanksgiving, l...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:31am
  • Make it so. Yup, if Thanksgiving weekend started the season, this Friday and Saturday the holiday kicks into warp drive with not just the opening of the Nutcracker ballet (see story, page 1), but the annual Nutcracker Faire. The fair runs 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday at...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:03am
  • When Jill Berryman stopped by Nutcracker rehearsal last Sunday to offer feedback to dancers, she said she was thrilled by the new additions to the show. Berryman directed Homer’s annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet from its debut in 1989 until five years ago, when her daughter, Sabrena “B...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:02am
  • Several organizations and activists are voicing opposition to the Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining, Land and Water plan to build a parking lot near the mouth of the Kasilof River. The department, which manages the Kasilof River Special Use Area, proposed a development plan in late ...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:00am
  • Chapman School Dec. 3: Winter concert by grades K-8, 7 p.m. Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 9: Nutcracker performance, 7 p.m. Intermission bake sale fundraiser. Dec. 14: APC meeting in Room 103 at West Homer Elem...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:52am
  • Ask 8-year-olds in most parts of the country to name invasive species in their town, and you’d get a lot of confused looks. But when Matt Steffy, a natural resources specialist at Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, posed that challenge to a class of third- through sixth-graders at Firewee...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:51am
  • For nearly his entire life, Atz Kilcher has been going up into the Fox River Flats to enjoy the wilderness. Soon, he may be able to bring more people with him....

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:44am
  • Donor to help homeless students After learning about a candlelight vigil to support homeless youth on the Kenai Peninsula last week, a generous person has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations to the school district’s Students in Transition program, which provides supplies a...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:42am
  • There’s a piece of paper taped above Carol Swartz’s desk that reads, “To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?” It’s an apt description of Swartz’s feelings toward her job as director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College of University of...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:41am
  • Beginning at the age of 5, children in Homer can audition for the biggest ballet production in the town, the Nutcracker. Skill level ranges from beginner to experienced dancers, and the experience can be in many types of dance. There are more than 150 parts for youth ages 5-18, with the parts evolvi...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:37am
  • When the curtains open at Mariner Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 5, nearly 100 people will pirouette, leap, tango and hula hoop across the stage — the 27th annual Homer Nutcracker Ballet includes 85 dancers between the ages of 5 and 18, and 13 adult performers. But backstage, in the light and sound boo...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:24am
  • By a 3-to-1 margin, Proposition 1 easily passed in a special election on Tuesday. The measure diverts into the general fund a .75-percent sales tax collected for the Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund. With a 13-percent turnout, voters in both Homer precincts approved the vote.  Prop 1 won...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:19am
  • By a 3-to-1 margin, Proposition 1, the vote to divert into the general fund sales taxes collected through the city of Homer's Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund, easily passed in a special election on Tuesday. With a 13-percent turnout, in unofficial results, voters in both Homer precincts appr...

    Tue, 12/01/2015 - 10:08pm
  • A low-budget campaign by the city of Homer to influence the outcome of Proposition 1 appears to follow state law, Paul Dauphinais, the executive director of the Alaska Public Office Commission, said this week....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:22am
  • Nathan Davis, a college student visiting from Colorado for Thanksgiving, takes a walk on a snowy Bishop’s Beach at sunset on Sunday, Nov. 22....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:56am
  • If Alaska fishermen want coffee at the 2017 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting, the Alaska Board of Fisheries might have to change the location to the Kenai Peninsula. In a Nov. 16 letter to the Board of Fisheries, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and Soldotna Mayor P...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:33am
  • The Alaska Marijuana Control Board accepted its final draft of the regulations that will govern the new industry, legalized by Ballot Initiative 2 in November 2014. The new cannabis industry regulations include a concession to marijuana clubs that still leaves a hazy legal area to be challenged late...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:27am

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