Homer News

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District April 16: Early dismissal, 1:40 p.m. April 18: Vacation day.   Chapman School Students of the quarter: Pre-K Valerie McAnnelly and Carter Drake, kindergarten Carter Woodh...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:53pm
  • With high school graduation little more than a month away, there are still scholarship dollars available to help fund continuing education. Among them is financial support for both college and technical programs. Some are for this year’s graduates and some are for past-year graduates. Not all of t...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:52pm
  • Beginning Friday, Homeric Traders is open for business from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The new business, which specializes in buying, selling and trading “the Alaskan Way,” is owned and operated by Ken Sprague and Nickie Knight of Homer. The store features “high quality, vintage,...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:36pm
  • The House Fisheries Committee held a short hearing on Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointees to the Board of Fisheries on Tuesday, and public testimony on the incumbents was mixed. Parnell appointed Sue Jeffrey of Kodiak, John Jensen of Petersburg and Reed Morisky of Fairbanks to the board April 2. The co...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:35pm
  • The Homer College, Career and Job Fair attracted between 150-200 people last Friday, according to Kim Frost, student and enrollment services coordinator for Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage. “There was great community participation and great participation...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:34pm
  • Kendra Bush-St. Louis has started work as the new environmental educator for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, with offices in the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. She takes the place of Lisa Matlock who left the refuge for other opportunities nearly two years ago. “Kendra will...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:18pm
  • Months of renovations and $2 million later, PRL Logistics Inc. CEO Ron Hyde said he expects to be open for business in Kenai in about a month. “As we’ve continued to watch Cook Inlet and seeing this surge in activity, it just really made sense to start making plans to support work down here for ...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:17pm
  • JUNEAU — The Senate Finance Committee unveiled a $1.9 billion capital budget Monday, which co-chair Kevin Meyer said was in keeping with the goal of a smaller state infrastructure budget....

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:10am
  • JUNEAU — A major shareholder of a company behind a contentious Alaska mine project on Monday announced it was giving its shares away to two Alaska charitable organizations, at least one of which belongs to a larger group that has come out publicly against the project. London-based mining company R...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:08am
  • The Kodiak seine fleet is embarking on a new fishery to test the viability of catching pollock with that gear type, a species that is generally caught with trawl gear. The fishery will take place in state waters, within three miles of shore, under a special “commissioner’s permit” issued by th...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:06am
  • JUNEAU — The House Rules Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow out-of-state residents to serve on the board of directors of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. The committee introduced HB383 at the request of House Speaker Mike Chenault, who was a lead sponsor of a measure pa...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:05am
  • ANCHORAGE — An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska’s largest daily newspaper. Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, will purchase the Anchorage Daily News from The McClatchy Co. for $34 million. The sale is expected to...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:04am
  • What started as a report of a domestic violence assault ended in the death of 24-year-old Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic of Homer in an incident Wednesday evening on McLay Road, about four miles out East End Road.  According to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers, the troopers received a rep...

    Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:18pm
  • It’s been 11 years now. And they keep going back.  In the middle of March, during the week of spring break, a team of volunteers from Homer’s Glacier View Baptist Church packs their work clothes and heads to Mexico. Destination: San Vicente, a small town on the Baja Peninsula where approxim...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:46pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly discussed changes to its budget and considered changes to members’ compensation at its Tuesday meeting. While an ordinance sponsored by assembly member Brent Johnson and a substitute sponsored by assembly member Bill Smith were both up for public hearings, an e...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:36pm
  • A solution and design for an unsafe and slow intersection will move a step closer toward construction this month when Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities officials choose one of three alternatives for the Main Street and Sterling Highway intersection.  Those alternatives a...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:27pm
  • In a year when some of the most seasoned Iditarod racers pulled themselves and their dog teams out of what’s known as the “Last Great Race”  — Jeff King and DeeDee Jonrowe, for example — Homer snowmachiners Dr. Paul Sayer, Dr. Paul Raymond and Raymond’s daughter Kendra, a stude...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:24pm
  • As contractors with Enstar Natural Gas ramp up construction this month on the second phase of the Homer natural gas expansion, some landowners on Kachemak Drive have balked at granting easements to extend the gas line. More than 17,000 feet of natural gas line has already been installed on the Homer...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:05pm
  • About 50 people, including several Alaska State Troopers and Homer Police officers, attended Stand Up Homer, a March 27 gathering that was part of statewide Choose Respect rallies. Choose Respect is part of Gov. Sean Parnell’s initiative to address and end domestic violence and sexual assault. “...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:56pm
  • With the capital budget and what it means for the southern Kenai Peninsula still to be determined, other legislative action affecting the area is finding approval in Juneau. Passing both the Senate and House and signed March 26 by Gov. Parnell was a bill removing Homer’s port and harbor and munici...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:53pm

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