Homer News

  • The South Peninsula Haven House Board of Directors announced last Monday that it has named Melissa (Missi) White as its new executive director effective June 1. White brings a wealth of collaborative experiences to Haven House reflecting two decades of military service, academic excellence and volun...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:57pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center announce the full-time obstetrics and gynecology practice of Katie Ostrom, M.D.  Dr. Ostrom attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed her residency at the University of New Mexico. She practiced for the last 10 years i...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:56pm
  • KENAI — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, visited Kenai Tuesday to hold a field hearing for the Senate Resources Committee on how federal management conflicts with local management on the Kenai Peninsula.  Wildfire management drove much of the conversation, but federal land management that limit...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:53pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker found little to praise in the Legislature’s passage of a state budget, saying lawmakers still need to act on a plan to address Alaska’s deficit. During an at-times fiery news conference, Walker asked whether the state has to go broke before action is taken. Legislator...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:45pm
  • By KYRA WAGNER FOR THE HOMER NEWS The Homer Farmers Market was bustling on opening day. The sun was shining, marimbas were playing and the booths were all full. The Homer Farmers Market is such an icon of this town that it may seem like it has been here forever. (For ph...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:44pm
  • KODIAK — Kodiak College is cutting some programs that are no longer in demand to save money during a difficult fiscal time for the state. Kodiak College asked the University of Alaska Anchorage to stop admitting students to two undergraduate certificates: one in construction technology and one in ...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:43pm
  • Panama Reds Indoor Gardening Supply opened in Homer in the last weeks of May, bringing soils, plant fertilizers and other gardening equipment for both indoor and outdoor gardening.  The shop is located next to Cycle Logical in the East Village shopping center, Mile 3.6 East End Road. The store ...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:34pm
  • Fireweed Academy’s academic policy committee offered the position of principal to Todd Hindman, who accepted. Hindman founded and worked as principal in Nome, Alaska’s Anvil City Science Academy. “We are very excited to welcome Todd to Homer and to our school,” wrote academic policy committe...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 2:42pm
  • Fireweed Academy Principal Kiki Abrahamson has been ready to retire for a couple years, but she was not ready to leave Fireweed, she said. Even now, after she announced her retirement, and celebrated her time at the school with current and former students at a retirement party, Abrahamson plans to c...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 2:40pm
  • Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik American Legion and VFW members traveled to three ceremonies along the lower Kenai Peninsula to honor the memory of dead servicemen and women of all wars.  ...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:41pm
  • A hearing was held and continued last Friday with Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy for two Homer men involved in a shooting on May 19 at Karen Hornaday Park. Reily Arambul, 20, and Sean Carpenter, 26, attended hearings telephonically from Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai.  Homer Po...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:36pm
  • A proposed harbor moorage rate increase got caught in procedural limbo at the May 23 Homer City Council meeting. Following objections by several Homer small-boat owners, the council postponed and set for a public hearing Resolution 16-054, a resolution setting the rate schedule, but failed to even c...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:32pm
  • This month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event will be hosted by Alaska Ultimate Safaris. The mixer will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Alaska Ultimate Safaris headquarters, 3589 Brown Bear Loop on Beluga Lake, next to McDonald’s. This is the perfect stop to enjoy some...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:19am
  • AUGUSTA, GA — Deedie McKenzie, vice president of operations for Morris Publishing Group, or MPG, has been named publisher of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai and group publisher of Alaska Media Partners, overseeing the MPG properties in Anchorage and Juneau.  The announcement was made Tuesday b...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:19am
  • JUNEAU — MasterCard customers across the state Tuesday reported receiving text messages in a fraudulent attempt to gain private banking information, according to a press release by First National Bank Alaska. Valerie Bale, First National’s vice president of electronic banking, said there hasn’...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:17am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly cut its support for the Central Area Rural Transit System out of its Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The borough has given funding to the nonprofit since 2001 in support of its operations. The organization, abbreviated to CARTS, provides door-to-door public transportati...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:16am
  • The power of public comment took down an effort to set up a gun club in a valley near Seldovia. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly considered a resolution May 17 to reclassify a parcel of land near the remote community of Seldovia on the southern Kenai Peninsula as recreational. The Seldovia Sport...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:15am
  • This Legislature’s fourth special session began midday Monday when legislators were given bills to address two of Gov. Bill Walker’s 10 original agenda items. Those bills were an omnibus tax bill and a seemingly noncontroversial bill providing health insurance to families of emergency responders...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:13am
  • Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s released a statement on May 19 warning the Legislature once again that a failure to address the $4 billion budget gap may further lower Alaska’s credit rating. The Legislature adjourned on May 18 at the end of an extended, 121-day session without passi...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:12am
  • Haven House’s Young Women of Distinction award recipient Lilli Johnson graduated from Homer High School in three years. Johnson plans to take a gap year and teach in Uganda. Her advice to Homer High students is to take care of themselves first. “It’s totally worth it to watch Netflix and not d...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 8:44am

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