Homer News

  • Agriculture in Homer has been evolving over the years. Before Alaska was a state, Alvin Mattox was running his cows down on the Beluga Flats (think Mattox Street), but when the dam was built to create Beluga Lake he moved to where Kachemak Selo is now so he could continue to run his cows on the mine...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:07pm
  • An ATV crash and rollover injured two boys about 7 p.m. on July 4 at Bishop’s Beach. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said the boys ages 9 and 14 had been riding their ATV about a quarter-mile up from the beach parking lot and west of Ocean Shores Motel. Homer Volunteer Fire Department staff and volun...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:02pm
  • More residents of Soldotna’s Funny River area will soon have access to natural gas in their homes. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a resolution at its June 21 meeting forming the Funny River East Utility Special Assessment District, which will allow for the extension of an existing n...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:00pm
  • 20 years ago in the Homer News:   Native-born Australian Steven Page crossed the Spit Run’s finish line first, though he only decided to run the race the night before. Page, 24, was backpacking around Alaska and arrived in Homer the day before the event. “I was walking around the docks the ...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:48pm
  • If the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Healthcare Task Force wants to make changes to how the hospitals operate, it will have to address some roadblocks in the current governance structure first....

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:46pm
  • Furie Operating Alaska is taking the first steps towards adding an oil platform to its Kitchen Lights gas development in Northern Cook Inlet. Furie Senior Vice President Bruce Webb said in an interview the company plans to re-enter the KLU-4 well roughly six miles north of the Julius R platform the ...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:46pm
  • On a trip to the Spit one can find freshly cooked seafood, gift shops, fishing charters, tourists from a variety of places and, now, gelato. Nestled in between AK Starfish Co. and Alpaca Connection, Carmen’s Gelato serves up authentic Italian gelato, made by 29-year-old Homer native Carmen Ricciar...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:38pm
  • The owner of the Alaska Dispatch News, Alice Rogoff, crashed her floatplane about 5:50 p.m. Sunday, July 3, in Halibut Cove. She was the pilot and only occupant. Rogoff did not suffer any injuries, she said in a statement. In a press release, Alaska Wildlife Troopers reported they responded by boat ...

    Mon, 07/04/2016 - 4:15pm
  • Homer Electric Association has seen about 30 damage claims filed by customers affected in a power surge on June 21. The surge happened last Tuesday evening when a polymer-composite insulator broke on a power pole near the Homer Police Station on Heath Street. A 25 kilovolt line fell onto a lower vol...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:08pm
  • A man alleged to be both a victim and an assailant in a May 19 shooting at Karen Hornaday Park will make a plea deal on a collection of charges, including a charge of second-degree assault....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:07pm
  • 20 years ago in the Homer News:   A Minnesota man took the lead in the Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 379-pound catch. Jerry Meinders of Willmar, Minn. broke the derby record with a fish that took “all hands, three tries, a harpoon and a winch to haul the hefty fish aboard.” “My legs are st...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:55pm
  • After time ran out on a court rule requiring either a preliminary hearing to be held or a grand jury make an indictment, three felony charges have been dismissed against Dellna Vanbuskirk, a Homer man Homer Police alleged robbed at gunpoint the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station in January, taking cash a...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:46pm
  • A volunteer trained in disentangling whales and a National Oceanic and Atmoshpheric Administration law enforcement officer freed a juvenile humpback whale last week after it got tangled up in line and a buoy. It took about three hours for Josh Tobin, the volunteer, and Kasey Mayhew, the officer, to ...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:46pm
  • Editor’s note: The story has been updated to clarify why the citizen group did not turn in signatures. A citizen group seeking to ban by a vote commercial cannabis in Homer failed to deliver petition booklets by the June 23 deadline. On March 25, petitioners seeking to prohibit by local o...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:43pm
  • From police patrol cars to possibly a new station, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting offered some relief to the Homer Police Department. A low-ticket item was $65,000 for two used Fords, but topping the list was up to $12 million in bonds to build a new police station....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:42pm
  • David Stammen of Sidney, Ohio reeled in his first halibut aboard a Homer Ocean Charter boat on Tuesday, June 21 — followed by 12 more over the course of his fishing trip on Tuesday and Thursday, June 23. “It was amazing, other than the fact that you’re just about falling off the boat,” David...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:42pm
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski paid a visit to Homer on Saturday, June 25, where she visited the Homer Farmers Market, talked with locals, and chowed down on a local favorite — Alibi’s halibut taco — in the early afternoon. Murkowski stopped in Homer on her way to the BlueCrest Energy’s ceremonial open...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:42pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, the Alaska governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state’s oil wealth, but he kept enough money in place to award everyone a $1,000 payout. Gov. Bill Walker had said recently that all budget-cutt...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:05pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s cabinet is finally whole again. Walker introduced Anchorage attorney Jahna Lindemuth as Alaska’s new attorney general at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Lindemuth replaces former Attorney General Craig Richards who resigned abruptly June 23 citing personal reasons. Walke...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:44pm
  • After the state issued its first marijuana growing permits on June 9 and 10, nine local cultivators were approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday. Many expect to have crops ready by the end of the year....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:30pm

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