Homer News

  • Around the living room of the house that Sunni Hilts and her husband built themselves soon after moving to Seldovia in 1970, the display of framed family photos is bright and lively enough to rival the snowy wonderland out the window. Hilts points out their five children, one of whom was an Alaska N...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:22am
  • Speaking like a doctor advising a patient with high blood pressure to lose weight and exercise, in a talk in Homer last week Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre gave a frank diagnosis. But like a good doctor, he also offered a bit of hope and some good news.  “I’ve heard concerns, th...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:19am
  • Gov. Bill Walker is proposing the biggest changes to Alaska’s system of taxes and revenue since Jay Hammond signed legislation eliminating the state’s income tax in 1980. In a speech beginning at 11 a.m. in Anchorage, Walker proposed reviving the state income tax, increasing most taxes already c...

    Wed, 12/09/2015 - 12:40pm
  • A chance encounter by a Homer Police Department officer on patrol at about 5 a.m. Wednesday disrupted an assault on an East End Road man in the driveway of his home across the street from Paul Banks Elementary School. Police said a man armed with a shotgun and a .45-caliber handgun scuffled with the...

    Fri, 12/04/2015 - 1:52pm
  • Marine Trades Roundhaul  set for Friday at Otto’s Otto’s Machine Works on Ocean Drive opens its doors to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for the Homer Marine Trades Association Roundhaul, “a networking, shoot-the-breeze, catch up with old friends kind ...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:54am
  • Despite ever-growing concern about the future of Alaska’s economy, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent in October. Nationwide, the unemployment rate continued to fall — down to 5 percent compared with 5.7 percent a year ago, according to a state Labor D...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:53am
  • JUNEAU — The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry backtracked Tuesday and adopted stricter residency requirements for applicants for pot business licenses. The Marijuana Control Board scuttled a rule adopted last month that would use the residency requirem...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:52am
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    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:50am
  • Whether people get their news and advertising in print or online, a tsunami of ads from media up the road might have tempted holiday shoppers to drive north to Soldotna and Anchorage or browse online. To keep gift buyers on the lower Kenai Peninsula for the big shopping weekend after Thanksgiving, l...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:31am
  • Make it so. Yup, if Thanksgiving weekend started the season, this Friday and Saturday the holiday kicks into warp drive with not just the opening of the Nutcracker ballet (see story, page 1), but the annual Nutcracker Faire. The fair runs 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday at...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:03am
  • When Jill Berryman stopped by Nutcracker rehearsal last Sunday to offer feedback to dancers, she said she was thrilled by the new additions to the show. Berryman directed Homer’s annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet from its debut in 1989 until five years ago, when her daughter, Sabrena “B...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:02am
  • Several organizations and activists are voicing opposition to the Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining, Land and Water plan to build a parking lot near the mouth of the Kasilof River. The department, which manages the Kasilof River Special Use Area, proposed a development plan in late ...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:00am
  • Chapman School Dec. 3: Winter concert by grades K-8, 7 p.m. Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 9: Nutcracker performance, 7 p.m. Intermission bake sale fundraiser. Dec. 14: APC meeting in Room 103 at West Homer Elem...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:52am
  • Ask 8-year-olds in most parts of the country to name invasive species in their town, and you’d get a lot of confused looks. But when Matt Steffy, a natural resources specialist at Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, posed that challenge to a class of third- through sixth-graders at Firewee...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:51am
  • For nearly his entire life, Atz Kilcher has been going up into the Fox River Flats to enjoy the wilderness. Soon, he may be able to bring more people with him....

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:44am
  • Donor to help homeless students After learning about a candlelight vigil to support homeless youth on the Kenai Peninsula last week, a generous person has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations to the school district’s Students in Transition program, which provides supplies a...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:42am
  • There’s a piece of paper taped above Carol Swartz’s desk that reads, “To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?” It’s an apt description of Swartz’s feelings toward her job as director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College of University of...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:41am
  • Beginning at the age of 5, children in Homer can audition for the biggest ballet production in the town, the Nutcracker. Skill level ranges from beginner to experienced dancers, and the experience can be in many types of dance. There are more than 150 parts for youth ages 5-18, with the parts evolvi...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:37am
  • When the curtains open at Mariner Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 5, nearly 100 people will pirouette, leap, tango and hula hoop across the stage — the 27th annual Homer Nutcracker Ballet includes 85 dancers between the ages of 5 and 18, and 13 adult performers. But backstage, in the light and sound boo...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:24am
  • By a 3-to-1 margin, Proposition 1 easily passed in a special election on Tuesday. The measure diverts into the general fund a .75-percent sales tax collected for the Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund. With a 13-percent turnout, voters in both Homer precincts approved the vote.  Prop 1 won...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:19am

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