Homer News

  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is now facing a nearly $1 million deficit for the next school year.  While the Legislature restored a base student allocation increase that had been eliminated in the eleventh hour a budget conference committee, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly ch...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:24am
  • For the second year in a row, due to the state budget deficit, the city of Homer will not receive money from the state for Capital Improvement Plan projects. Projects on the Department of Transportation list will be funded, however, according to Jenny Martin, legislative aide for Rep. Paul Seaton’...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:22am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the budget for fiscal year 2017 at its Tuesday meeting. The budget will go into effect after the borough’s current fiscal year ends on June 30. Many assembly members said they were pleased with the administration’s efforts to reduce borough spending ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:19am
  • The six sisters from Homer’s widely-known homesteading family, the Kilchers, will talk about their experience making a life as first generation homesteaders in Alaska at a discussion panel in Beatrice, Neb., on June 18 and 19. The panel is a featured part of the 100th anniversary homestead celebra...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:47am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre hopes to set a precedent for construction in rural areas starting with the K-12 Kachemak Selo replacement school the legislature agreed to fund this session.  Navarre will look to lessen or waive the local match required to receive state support entire...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:37am
  • Give ’em shelter. That’s the idea of the Boat House project, a proposal to build a pavilion on the Homer Spit at the site of the old Harbor Office near Ramp 2. ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:25am
  • On a good day when fishermen pull sea-bright king salmon out of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon faster than the tide runs, the cleaning tables fill up with people cleaning their catch. You’d better watch your back — and the sky — lest a ravenous gull scoops down and snags a fish. “While tryin...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 9:40am
  • The seventh annual Hospice of Homer golf tournament fundraiser gives golfers of all skill levels the chance to play, have fun, and even win a prize or two.  The tournament will be held at The Tips Golf Course, a par three, nine-hole course out East End Road with a breath-taking view of Kachemak...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 5:53pm
  • The Pratt Museum announced on Tuesday that executive director Diane Converse has resigned to focus on family obligations. “It has been an honor to serve as the Pratt Museum’s director/CEO since the fall of 2009,” Converse said in a statement in the museum’s newsletter. “Balancing life and ...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:58pm
  • Members of the panel on the 40th anniversary of the Kachemak Bay oil and gas lease buyback reflected on the effort it took to keep the oil companies out of Homer waters. The other message of the night was for Homer and Kenai Peninsula residents to stay vigilant in preserving the future....

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:57pm
  • 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 - 4:57pm
  • 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 - 4:56pm
  • 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 - 4:53pm
  • 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 - 4:45pm
  • 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 - 4:44pm
  • 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 - 4:43pm
  • 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 - 4:34pm
  • 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 - 3:42pm
  • 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 - 3:40pm
  • 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 - 1:41pm

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