Homer News

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools on the southern peninsula will switch to new start and end times in August 2017 due to the change from single-tier busing to double-tier busing. The times announced by KPBSD on Dec. 15 are nearly identical to the schedule “X” agreed upon by lower ...

    Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:24pm
  • The plans for a history conference next April in Soldotna marking the anniversary of America’s purchase of Alaska from Russia are under way. With just over four months until the event, the organizers are gathering presenters, public engagement and, as always, stories. “It’s progressing,” sai...

    Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:24pm
  • Plans for the central Kenai Peninsula’s first medical detox facility are underway. Over the last several years, opioid addiction on the Kenai Peninsula and in Alaska in general has become a significant public health issue. Last May, the community coalition Change 4 the Kenai brought it to broader ...

    Wed, 12/21/2016 - 2:57pm
  • Culture shifts, as does policy. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, master of the nation’s most valuable fishing region, decided on Dec. 10 to implement a new plan that in some ways reflects changing attitudes and economies in the North Pacific and in Alaska. The plan involves allowing g...

    Wed, 12/21/2016 - 2:57pm
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski accused House leaders of forgoing negotiations on her overarching energy policy bill to begin holiday celebrations early. Still steaming more than a week after it became clear her signature piece of legislation would die in the lame duck session of Congress, Murkowski said in a D...

    Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:35pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker called for continued budget cuts, more state wage freezes, fuel tax increases and again proposed using Permanent Fund income to shrink Alaska’s $3 billion-plus annual deficit in his 2018 fiscal year budget package released Dec. 15. The administration’s $4.21 billion fiscal 2018 ...

    Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:07pm
  • The Alaska Republican Party Central Committee last Saturday sanctioned three Republican Party representatives — including District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton — for their role in forming a Democratic, Republican and independent majority coalition in the Alaska House. Also sanctioned were District 15 Rep...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:25pm
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is suing the Kenai Peninsula Borough over the borough assembly’s invocation policy, which it claims is discriminatory. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, comes on the heels of the assembly recently reviving its controversial invocation guideline policy, init...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:25pm
  • A change of plea hearing for Stephen Boyle set for Dec. 13 has been continued to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2017, at the Homer Courthouse. Boyle had been scheduled to enter a plea, but his lawyer, Andy Pevehouse, said he has not been able to discuss a possible plea agreement with Kenai assistant district at...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:13pm
  • Homer Electric Association crews will be working on a maintenance project in the Anchor Point area starting Dec. 19 and with an anticipated completion date of Jan. 1, 2017. The crews will be installing new fuses along the power line which will improve the reliability of electric service....

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:13pm
  • A Homer man found a friend dead in her bed at their Kachemak Drive home, Homer Police said in a press release on Dec. 13. About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday a 44-year-old man made a 911 call reporting he found his friend, Lisa Tinnin, not breathing and unresponsive. Homer Police and Homer Volunteer Fire Depart...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:13pm
  • Paul Banks Elementary School teacher Wendy Todd’s kindergartners say the darndest things in their letters to Santa Claus. From wondering if Santa will make it to their house and pondering the reality of flying reindeer to asking for specific toys and help finding a lost bat, Homer’s children wil...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:12pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Dec. 15: Winter concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 16: Glow dance for fifth-eighth grades, 6 p.m. Dec. 19: Site council meeting, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20: Second-fourth grade Pratt Museum and Islands and Oceans Dec. 21: Fifth-eighth grade class party,...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:12pm
  • Public defenders are working through discovery in the case of a Homer man accused of murder in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer. Lee John Henry, 55, was indicted by a grand jury Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murde...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 1:36pm
  • Ballot counting for an election to deregulate Homer Electric Association Inc. started Dec. 8 and is continuing. An independent accounting firm is counting the ballots, said Ann Wilde, a section manager with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. The RCA will certify the election no later than Dec. 27 ...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:59am
  • Dr. Patrick Huffman and his staff joke that they may nickname the latest tool in their disease-fighting arsenal R2-O2. The resemblance of the low-pressure hyperbaric oxygen chamber in Huffman’s Frontier Natural Health office in Homer to the beloved Star Wars’ robot character R2-D2 is hard to mis...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:58am
  • The Kenai Peninsula has seen a steeper drop in jobs than the state in general between the first two quarters of 2015 and 2016....

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:58am
  • A flock of rock sandpipers scatters after a big wave hit the beach at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit last Saturday. Rock sandpipers return to Kachemak Bay in the fall and can be seen in big groups on the spit....

    Thu, 12/08/2016 - 2:16pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Dec. 8: Family Ed Night, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12: Pre-K Anchor Point Library, 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Dec. 12: Fifth-eighth grade caroling: 11:50 a.m.-1:50 p.m. Dec. 14: Fourth-sixth grade basketball at West Homer, 4 p.m. Dec. 15:...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:17pm
  • ’Tis the time of the season when children take stock of the year and weigh the good they have done against the mischief they have managed to see if they qualify for presents from Santa Claus. Chapman’s kindergarten, first, second and third grade students wrote letters to the red-suited, cookie-e...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:14pm

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