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  • All summer I have been highlighting different producers from the Homer Farmers Market. I have talked about acres under production, techniques and infrastructure.  But occasionally the Market sees a booth stocked with produce that wasn’t produced by the farmer at all.  Mike “Spoonman”...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:03pm
  • Municipalities across the Kenai Peninsula are slated to consider asking the Alaska Board of Fisheries hold the 2017 Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meetings on the Kenai Peninsula. Joint Resolution No. 1 is expected to come before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and the Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Seldovi...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:58pm
  • An error made during maintenance of the National Weather Service, Anchorage, alert system caused a false tsunami alarm this morning. At about 10:20 a.m., tsunami warning sirens on the Homer Spit, Ocean Drive and Bishop’s Beach went off, causing some people to evacuate and the Homer Police Departme...

    Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:03am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is changing the way schools respond to armed intruders through training in ALICE, Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, the school district announced in a press release issued Monday. Training and collaboration between law enforcement and school prin...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:33am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Today: Board candidate orientation, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Soldotna. Sept. 1: School holiday. Sept. 8: School board meeting, Homer High School, 7 p.m. Sept. 17: Early release. ...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:32am
  • Constructing a new school for Kachemak Selo has found its way to the top of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s six-year-plan for fiscal years 2015-2021.  “Placing a new school at the top of the priority list positions the project, makes it eligible, to gain maximum points from th...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:29am
  • In November 2013, Josh Chambers was wounded in action while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan. For the injuries he sustained in that attack, Chambers, a 2000 Homer High School graduate who is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., has received the Purple Heart. For his ...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:13am
  • Alaska State Troopers last week charged a Homer man with driving under the influence after investigating a report that a Jeep was in the Anchor River near Mile 162.5 Sterling Highway. Christopher Dawson, 52, also was charged with protection of fish and game-operating a motor vehicle in a salmon stre...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:10am
  • SOLDOTNA — Jobs for Alaskans, funding for education and improving health care were topics that resonated with five candidates vying for three seats in the state House of Representatives as they discussed their legislative goals during a forum Tuesday in Soldotna. The five candidates running for Di...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:57am
  • Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the monthly “Pay It Forward” column, the Homer News is printing a list of needs provided by some of Homer’s nonprofits. Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic & The R.E.C. Room needs DVD movies (appropria...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:47am
  • Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Kachemak Bay Campus associate professor Michael Hawfield to the Alaska Historical Commission, the governor’s office announced in a press release last week. Hawfield was appointed to a seat nominated by the Alaska Historical Society. Parnell also appointed Wayne Jensen o...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:46am
  • Margaret Cisco of Assistive Technology of Alaska will visit Homer and Anchor Point on Sept. 4 and 5 to meet with individuals experiencing vision and-or hearing loss and demonstrating assistive equipment that could make everyday life easier. On Sept. 4 from 1:30-5 p.m., Cisco will be at Anchor Point ...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:44am
  • A short section of Kachemak Drive will be closed to through traffic from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 3. The Alaska Department of Transportation will be repairing a stretch of road along Kachemak Drive on the west end about a half-mile from the Homer Spit intersection. Work will continue on Sept. 4 wit...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:43am
  • Striking Enstar Natural Gas worker Wally Jacks waves at cars as fellow striker Geoff Decter sits in a chair behind him on Aug. 14. Members of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367, the strikers set up a picket line in front of the Enstar offices on the Sterling Highway....

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:39am
  • An Anchorage man and reality TV star has pleaded not guilty to first-degree auto theft and driving under the influence in an Aug. 4 incident in which Alaska State Troopers found the man pinned under a crashed car that turned out to have been stolen from Homer. ...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:28am
  • The Homer City Council reviewed the city’s 2015-2020 Capital Improvement Plan, CIP, at the council’s work session on Monday. The next step is for the public to weigh in at a public hearing at the council’s Sept. 8 regular meeting. “Last year we went through a fairly exhaustive process on how...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:17pm
  • Runners, walkers, bicyclists and rollerbladers are making good use of the recently extended Spit Trail. Walls of the new harbormaster’s office are going up. Now, a project is about to kick off within the harbor itself. “By this time next year, wow, the harbor will have a whole different look,”...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:17pm
  • KENAI — U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, joined panelists at the Kenai River Classic Roundtable in a discussion about recreational fishing and the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act Aug. 22 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex....

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:38pm
  • A trade group for the nation’s big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year. If correct, the forecast would be more good news for the airlines. Nine leading U.S. carriers earned $3.8 billion in the first half of this year — ...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:35pm
  • The United States seafood industry is pushing for Russia to end its import ban on food from several countries including the U.S., but if it doesn’t, a coalition of companies wants an import ban in response. Industry groups and seafood businesses have asked for a ban on Russian seafood, including A...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:30pm

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