Homer News

  • At meetings in Homer and Ninilchik last week, Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck laid out the cold, hard facts. Like a sourdough looking to get through the winter with half a food cache full of moose, Alaska has a fiscal gap it has to close in three years before its savings res...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 7:27am
  • Enrollment for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is hovering at 90 fewer students than originally projected, which may mean a nearly $1 million cut to expected local and state funding for the 2015–2016 school year. Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones discussed a one-day snapshot from the...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 7:26am
  • In this year’s Homer City Council race, the buzzword might be “diversity.” Several candidates cited the desire for a more balanced council as why they’re running. “I want to see more of an evened-out council,” said candidate Joni Wise, 35 and the mother of five children. “I believe you...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 7:25am
  • Homer Flex School will open its doors to the public from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, for its annual Open House. Produce from the school garden will be served, and school officials will be giving tours of both the garden and the school. The school’s new Mental Health Counselor, Agusta Lin...

    Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:16pm
  • Despite an attempted torching on Friday night and destruction of the Burning Basket early Sunday at Mariner Park, artists on Sunday morning said they will rebuild “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening.” “We are going to still have a Burning Basket,” said artist Mavis Muller, the fa...

    Sun, 09/13/2015 - 11:15am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a petition Sept. 1 to establish a gas line in the Diamond View Estates community off Diamond Ridge Road in Homer....

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:25am
  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center has three workshops planned for September. All of them will be at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Sept. 14 — Start A Business: This workshop is designed for people thinking about starting their own business. It covers ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:24am
  • All government and school facilities in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will soon have access to an online system for chemical safety information. After an August 2014 Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection showed deficiencies in the Bear Creek volunteer fire station, the borough faced...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:24am
  • A new full-service community medical center is slated to open in Kenai. A federal grant to the Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska, a Soldotna-based nonprofit that already operates two facilities that provide dental, behavioral health, psychiatric and medical services, will fund the center...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:23am
  • The State of Alaska has promised to wire Cook Inlet Energy LLC — a subsidiary of Miller Energy Resources — a $6.4 million partial tax credit payment as the company works its way through an involuntary bankruptcy case....

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:22am
  • The Alaska Marine Safety Education Associ-ation, or AMSEA, will offer a 12-hour fishing vessel drill conductor workshop in Homer from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the the Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway. ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:21am
  • The Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s big boat nightmare might finally be over. Borough Manager John Moosey got approval from the Mat-Su Assembly last week to sell the M/V Susitna ferry for $1.75 million to the Philippine Red Cross. “I’m elated that this ship will be put to the noble work of saving ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:20am
  • The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is parsing out what should be its business and what should be left to good business sense. Aug. 31 began a two-day meeting for the Marijuana Control Board, which is on an aggressive deadline to approve a set of cannabis industry regulations. The board is reviewing ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:18am
  • All this cloudy weather, the earlier sunsets and later sunrises all seem to be saying that summer is winding to a close. When you look at the calendar and realize that there are only three Saturday markets left for the Homer Farmers Market, then you know it’s true. But the end of summer means more...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:17am
  • Negotiations on Alaska LNG Project agreements with the state of Alaska are at a critical juncture, Gov. Bill Walker said in an interview Friday. “We’re not as close as I wish we could be. There are a number of significant issues we have to get closure on,” before legislators can be notified of...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:16am
  • A proposed ordinance that would restrict driving on Homer beaches east of Bishop’s Beach won’t be introduced until January, council member Catriona Reynolds said last week. Reynolds had said earlier she and council member Francie Roberts intended to introduce a compromise beach policy ordinance ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:36am
  • One of Homer’s newest sports might have a funny name, but pickleball has become a great sport accessible to all ages.  It’s played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with an oversized ping pong paddle and a whiffle ball. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping p...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:31am
  • The intricate patterns of quilts made by Laveda Youngblood reflect the 80-year-old’s artistry. For more than 20 years, she has selected, as well as created her own designs. She’s matched fabrics, embroidered and appliqued detail. She’s stitched by hand and machine hundreds of quilts that have ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:25am
  • There has been a recent increase in the number of dead sea otters washing ashore on Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet beaches, including multiple carcasses within short stretches of beach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a press release last Friday. ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:22am
  • As the city of Homer starts its budget debate at the next Homer City Council meeting on Monday, the larger question of how to balance the state budget also continues.  This week, Rep. Paul Seaton is the host of town hall meetings in Ninilchik and Homer to discuss state revenue options to addres...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:22am

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