Homer News

  • 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
  • The plans before the Legislature to use the Permanent Fund’s investment returns to pay for government have much in common, while their differences exemplify the priorities of their sponsors. The plan that is ultimately chosen will go a long way toward shaping the relationship Alaskans have with th...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:15am
  • Homer High school students attended the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl competition in Seward on Feb. 26-28, taking home six awards in their events. The Ocean Bowl consists of eight events, of which Homer competed in five.  The competition focuses on topics related to the study of the oceans...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:46am
  • For those who attended, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Forensics Competition was one of the best shows on the peninsula last weekend. Tustumena Elementary School hosted the district-wide Feb. 27 competition during which fourth-sixth graders performed a range of comedic and dramatic sket...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:45am
  • After a trip to Washington state in February for a farmers market conference, the management of the Homer Farmers Market is certain of one thing — Homer’s small town market is on par with, or exceeding, other markets in the United States....

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:26am
  • Republican Party members on the lower Kenai Peninsula joined a record turnout statewide in the party’s Alaska version of caucuses, the Presidential Preference Poll.  Voters in House District 31, which includes Homer, echoed statewide results, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz winning by 1.8 percent ov...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:23am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A lack of snow in Alaska’s largest city has led the world’s most famous sled dog race to shorten its ceremonial start this weekend. The Iditarod Trail Committee said in a news release Wednesday that the route will be reduced to 3 miles from its normal 11 miles on Anchorage str...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:20am
  • The district expects to hear from the state Legislature about how much money it will get April 27, the last day of session, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Director of Finance Laurie Olson. ...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:19am
  • A bill introduced Feb. 24 by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, would allow local governments to choose whether they wanted to grant a property tax exemption for resident seniors age 65 and older.  House Bill 338 would amend a current state law that mandates a $150,000 exemption on property assessments...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:18am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek interviewed five candidates for the open West Homer Elementary School principal position in a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25. The district expects to announce the person filling the position on Tuesday, March 1, Dusek said. The p...

    Fri, 02/26/2016 - 1:15pm
  • Flight company ordered  to pay whistleblower pilot ANCHORAGE (AP) — An attorney for a Homer-based Bald Mountain Air Services says the company denies allegations that it improperly fired a pilot in 2012. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:40am
  • The market for Alaska’s refineries is becoming even tougher with reduced demand and increased pressure to compete with imported fuels....

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:38am
  • Kachemak Board of Realtors President Gina Pelaia poses with Darlene Hildebrand, executive director of Hospice of Homer, after presenting Hildebrand a check for $2,000 for Hospice. The Realtors raised the money during their annual Christmas Auction and Benefit. In addition to presenting Hospi...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:35am
  • The FDA could require mandatory labeling for genetically engineered salmon as soon as March. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has lifted a nomination hold on the nomination of Dr. Richard Califf as U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief, saying the administration has guaranteed mandatory labeling requirements f...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:33am
  • ANCHORAGE — Marijuana business can expect a hefty square footage price for retail, cultivation and manufacturing leases within the Municipality of Anchorage once they open for business. On Wednesday, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board started accepting business license applications. In the meantim...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:31am
  • Local representatives of the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project said that although their leaders have spoken of possible delays, employees of the project remain set on smaller steps before them. These steps include creating final drafts of impact reports and completing property acquisitions ...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:30am
  • JUNEAU — A regulatory board in Alaska on Wednesday began accepting applications for marijuana business licenses — the next step in setting up the state’s legal pot industry. Leif Abel has had the date marked on his calendar. He and his partners have been building a facility on the Kenai Penins...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:27am
  • Homer High School is taking an artistic approach to difficulties faced by students. Several pieces of installation art can be seen around the school — from a white board where students wrote their aspirations to a slew of insults covering the walls of a stairwell.  Art teacher Alayne Tetor as...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:42am
  • Chapman School Feb. 26: Volleyball tournament at Chapman. Fireweed Academy (all grades) March 11 : Teacher inservice day, no school. March 14-18 : Spring break, no school Fireweed Academy K-2) ...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:26am
  • McNeil Canyon Elementary students are heading to Tustumena Elementary in Kasilof to compete in the district forensics competition on Saturday at 10 a.m. McNeil students will compete against others from throughout the peninsula, including Sterling, Soldotna, Seward and Nikiski, across nine categories...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:23am

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