Homer News

  • Raymond Marshall is leaving the principal post at West Homer Elementary School after the completion of the current school year. After spending six years in the position, Marshall is looking to pursue other opportunities outside of Alaska, he said. Resigning earlier in the year gives the school distr...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:56pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Public budget meeting to address school funding Feb. 23: Homer High School Library, 5:30 p.m. Parents, staff, students, business partners, community members and elected officials are invited to attend the pub...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:55pm
  • Alaska’s contractors will begin to feel the effects of the new oil reality in 2016 as statewide capital spending declines about 18 percent from last year, according to a construction industry forecast. The University of Alaska Anchorage Institute for Social and Economic Research projects just more...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:18pm
  • Although the outright price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, buying a home may be more affordable overall in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The average price of a home on the peninsula in the first half of 2015 was $265,912, as compared to Fairbanks’ $239,413, according to a December 2015 analysis...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:55am
  • The job is getting serious for the borough’s Healthcare Task Force as members are still trying to determine a purpose and direction. The task force and members of the public got a first glimpse at the contracted health care consultants’ opinions at the task force’s Feb. 3 meeting. Altogether, ...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:54am
  • Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, or KBFPC, has been awarded the Alaska Community Service Award for Health by the Alaska Public Health Association.  The annual award recognizes an organization, business or group making a significant contribution to improving the health of Alaskans. Clinic Ma...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:45am
  • JUNEAU — For 13 months, Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, has been working on a plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to partially balance Alaska’s state budget. On Tuesday, she finally unveiled the proposal, which could halve the state’s nearly $4 billion deficit in a single year. “With my pla...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:33am
  • Spencer named hospital’s 2016 chief of medical staff South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors welcomes a new board member and re-appoints three. Lane Chesley was appointed in January to serve for one year in a vacated seat, and Vickey Hodnik, DDS, Matt Ha...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:26am
  • A new ordinance to completely ban commercial cannabis in the city of Homer has been introduced by council member Heath Smith. The council has been considering and introduced another ordinance regulating cannabis activities by zoning district. Smith’s ordinance, 16-06, would not allow any commercia...

    Fri, 02/05/2016 - 4:37pm
  • For the second time in her career, Gina Pelaia, a real estate agent with Bay Realty, was the recipient of the Realtor of the Year award at the annual Kachemak Board of Realtors holiday party and fundraiser last December. “This means a lot to me, to be recognized by my association and my fellow Rea...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:01pm
  • The 23rd Annual Kachemak Board of Realtors holiday party and auction, which was held in December at Wasabi’s, raised $7,000 for local charities and scholarships. New board members also were installed, and awards were given to three local agents.  John Calhoun received a Lifetime Achievement a...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:59am
  • A well-known Homer chef is among the Class of 2016 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40.  Mandy Dixon, owner of La Baleine Café on the Homer Spit and executive chef of Within the Wild Adventure Company, was named to the prestigious list of young professionals....

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:55am
  • As other oil and gas companies seek to trim expenses with layoffs and stalling development, Hilcorp Alaska has no plans to stop acquisitions. The company will continue to buy properties in Alaska, said Chad Helgeson, the Kenai area operations manager, in an update to the public at the annual Industr...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:54am
  • AVTEC gets $5M donation Alaska’s primary vocational school is upgrading its Maritime Training Center, for free. AVTEC’s Seward campus will soon receive new equipment and state-of-the-art simulators valued at more than $5 million as part of a donation from Superior Energy Service...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:44am
  • Homer High School’s DDF (Drama, Debate and Forensics) team competed at Service High in Anchorage on Jan. 29-30 and placed in several categories. They will next compete at the state tournament in Anchorage on Feb. 18-20. 1st Place, Solo Acting: Lindsey Schneider 2nd Place, Duet Acting: Ciara Jones ...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:01am
  • The annual Paul Banks Elementary School Bingo for Books was a fun evening for the 250-plus students, parents and staff who attended the event. It was the best-attended Bingo for Books in many years.  The majority of students left with at least four brand-new books. Bingo for Books’ focus is p...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:59am
  • Chapman School Feb. 4-5: Conferences, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., no school.  Feb. 5: Wrestling at Homer, 10 a.m.  Feb. 8: 7th/8th grade Battle of the Books. Connections Feb.  1-12: First sessio...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:57am
  • The 21 students representing Homer High School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District 2016 Career and Technical Student Organization Conference showed off their skills and picked up awards in 10 out of the 15 categories. ...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:56am
  • Groundhog Day came Monday evening for Robert Ruffner. The Soldotna conservationist got a call from Gov. Bill Walker Monday night asking if he would accept a nomination to the state Board of Fisheries again, nearly a year after his first confirmation narrowly failed to pass the Legislature. Ruffner s...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:46am
  • JUNEAU — The trans-Alaska Pipeline System is still 100 percent full. The speed of oil flow, not the amount of oil in the 39-year-old pipeline, is the issue creating engineering challenges for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, engineer Rob Annett told legislators and members of the public during a ...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:37am

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