Homer News

  • At a Monday press conference, Jim Lavrakas announced the official results of the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Topping the list was the jackpot winner, 16-year-old Eagle Scout Jackson Hobbs of Franklin, Idaho. Hobbs will pocket a $16,731.50 check for the 335-pound halibut he caught Aug. 19 while...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:32pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Oct. 20: School board, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers, Soldotna, 7 p.m. Oct. 29: Early release day.   Chapman School Through Sept. 26: Oceanography field trip,...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:11pm
  • The Homer High School DDF — Drama, Debate and Forensics — team began its season with a meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage last weekend and came home with some impressive results: Duet acting: 1. Evan Boyer and August Kilcher; 2. Robert Hockema and Eryn Gillam; 3. Loren Jo...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:06pm
  • Identifying what stands out about Connections, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s homeschool program for grades K-12, was easy for Lee Young, principal of the program for the past 10 years. “The relationships with parents,” said Young. “I’ve been in public education for a lot of...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:05pm
  • A Soldotna man is the top prize winner in the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council’s Ram 1500 Stay & Play Raffle. Winners were drawn Sept. 16 at a joint Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce luncheon. The top prize, a 2012 Ram 1500 truck from Stanley Chrysler, went to Mike Erstrom. Erst...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:00pm
  • There is a new suitor for Buccaneer Energy’s Alaska assets and a tangled web of legal challenges continue for the bankrupt independent producer. Miller Energy Resources Inc. announced its intent to spend $40 million to $50 million on “substantially all” of Buccaneer’s Alaska holdings in a Se...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:59pm
  • There was something for every palate — from homemade marshmallows to salmon shark sliders — at Saturday’s second Taste of Homer event held at Wasabi’s. New this year were People’s Choice Awards, which went to Land’s End Resort (for their entree); Vida’s Thai (for appetizers); Red Bird ...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:57pm
  • It’s a damp September morning in Homer. The front door swings open.  “Pretty little shop here,” a lady says, crossing the wide plank floor to the counter.  There’s a view of the bay from the window. Artwork by Homer artist Marjorie Scholl decorates the walls. Single nasturtiums in ...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:51pm
  • State expenditures on employee and retiree health care are bending downward a bit this year due to cost control steps the state is taking, but the reluctance of many specialty providers to join health care networks is undermining those efforts, Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:45pm
  • Marking the last official Market of the season, this weekend is the traditional Harvest Meal down at the Homer Farmers Market.   At noon you will find huge pots of veggie soup created from local produce and potluck dishes from community members.   It amazes many visitors to Alaska that our...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:41pm
  • If horseman Ron Wilhoit has a business plan, it is clearly built around mythologist Joseph Campbell’s advice to “follow your bliss.” That’s exactly what the former owner of Tye Dye Trucking, a Seattle waterfront trucking business, is doing and he couldn’t be happier. With Alaska Draft Hors...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:37pm
  • 1.What is the most important duty of the borough mayor? What will be your approach to that job? ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:21pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre is no stranger to campaigns. All told, this is his tenth, including his years in the Alaska State Legislature from 1985-1996 and as the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor from 1996-1999 and 2011 until the present. “I have lots of experience and I have establis...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:20pm
  • Letting the experience of the past frame his vision for the future, Carrol Martin’s reasons to be elected as the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s next mayor are to prepare peninsula residents for the next disaster. “I think of the disasters that we need to plan to avoid,” said Martin. “One is tha...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:19pm
  • With a background that includes serving as mayor and law enforcement officer for the city of Soldotna, being pastor of a church and accumulating day-to-day lessons of life in general, Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor candidate Tom Bearup believes he has acquired “a lot of quality things over the year...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:18pm
  • Lower Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will consider a ballot question, Proposition C, that will expand the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area.  While the intent is clear, the actual expansion may confuse voters since it shifts the service area boundary into the ocean — an area with no...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:16pm
  • Two propositions on the Oct. 7 regular election ballot will gauge local opinion on two Kenai Peninsula Borough issues. Proposition A asks voters who live outside of cities to consider whether the borough should exercise limited animal control powers and if it should charge a property tax to pay for ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:16pm
  • A candidate for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 8-Homer, Kelly Cooper isn’t waiting until she’s elected to find out what’s going on in the borough. She’s already doing some homework. “When I got on the (South Peninsula) hospital board, I did that, too,” said Cooper, a SPH o...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:14pm
  • There are many home-bound lonely seniors and there are many frazzled families trying to juggle lives with their care. I took the Hospice training about 15 years ago and have primarily been active with their Visitor Program. A couple hours a week to provide respite or to sit with an interesting senio...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:13pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly moved smoothly and quickly through the agenda of its regular meeting held in Homer on Tuesday. The biggest attention-getter of the evening was assembly member Bill Smith, who represents District 8-Homer on the assembly. Having served on the assembly since 2007, t...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:12pm

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