Homer News

  • After years of investigation, Homer’s only unsolved murder now awaits a decision by the Kenai District Attorney on whether charges can be filed. Three years ago today, someone killed Mark Matthews, then 61, leaving his body off the Poopdeck Trail between Hazel Avenue and Pioneer Avenue. Homer Poli...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker visits Homer at 2 p.m. Tuesday for a meeting with Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and the Homer City Council. Held in the Cowles Council Chamber, Homer City Hall, the meeting is open to the public. At press time, Walker’s press office had not confirmed other details of his visit. Walker ha...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Two Cessna 206 airplanes operated by bear viewing tour companies crashed while taxiing on a Chinitna Bay beach the same afternoon on July 19. No one was hurt in the incidents. Pilots reported the incidents at 4 p.m. last Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board air crash investigator Shaun Will...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:05pm
  • In its first meeting after a short summer break, the Homer City Council on Monday moved forward on issues basic to city government— water, animal control and the budget. It took these actions: • Held a public hearing and approved a substitute on Ordinance 16-38, an overhaul of the city’s anima...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy on July 21 continued a preliminary hearing for Stephen R. Boyle, 43, a Homer man charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Boyle is the deputy fire chief for Kachemak Emergency Services. Boyle was released on bail last month and remai...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Residents of Anchor Point, Homer and Seldovia could see drilling rigs off their coasts in the future if the federal Department of the Interior gives it the green light. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf, has issue...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 12:55pm
  • This season is moving fast. Summer always does, but never like this. There are already beans and peas and, yes, pumpkins down at the Homer Farmers Market. Our early season caught Bob Durr by surprise. He planted hundreds of pumpkins this year figuring that they would be ready for decorating for Hall...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 12:55pm
  • In a small town like Homer, it’s important to have niche businesses, which both fill a need in the community and contribute to its economy. One of these niche businesses, which opened this month, is The Dragon’s Den, the go-to store in Homer for any and all involved in gaming. Abe Alborn, owner ...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:54am
  • EPA fines BP, Hilcorp for North Slope spills JUNEAU (AP) — BP Exploration Alaska and Hilcorp Alaska have agreed to pay fines imposed by the federal government for spilling oil and waste on the state’s North Slope. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement with the compani...

    Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:08pm
  • Pollution reduction settlement reached By PHUONG LE The Associated Press SEATTLE — The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West. The agreement wit...

    Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:07pm
  • Walker creates new Cabinet position for oil-gas advisor By Elwood Brehmer Morris News Service - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s Cabinet is changing again, this time by way of addition. Walker announced Monday longtime oil industry professional John Hendrix has been appointed as his chief oil and gas adv...

    Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:03pm
  • The Alaska LNG Project is moving forward with an aquifer pump test on its land in Nikiski this summer. The project, a collaborative effort between ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, BP and the state of Alaska to bring natural gas on the state’s North Slope to market, has conducted geophysical and geotech...

    Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:00pm
  • Unusually warm temperatures, low humidity and dry brush and forest has put fire departments on edge across southcentral Alaska. The fire danger is high in Homer, and burn permits have been suspended. A wildland fire burning through Chugach State Park near the McHugh Creek trailhead sent plumes of ha...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:10pm
  • When people in Homer play Pokemon Go — the augmented reality game that launched in the United States as a smartphone app on July 6 to mass popularity — a world in which they can catch pocket monsters isn’t the only place they are transported to.  Players of Pokemon Go also travel back in ...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:09pm
  • In the five months since the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office began accepting applications for commercial cannabis operations, just a half dozen businesses on the lower Kenai Peninsula have applied for cultivation or retail permits. None of them have started production. As Alaska goes thr...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:07pm
  • Applications to date: Active— Marijuana Control Board has issued license subject to METRC (Marijuana Enforcement Tracking, Reporting and Compliance) credentialing and preliminary inspection: • Talisman Farms, 62250 Crossman Ridge Road, Homer Owner: Omar Gucer, H...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:58pm
  • Homer High School senior Eryn Gillam and Nikolaevsk School sophomore Chelsea Johnson chose to spend five weeks of their summer learning. The girls are in their second week of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s Acceleration Academy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where they ...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:19pm
  • Soldotna Creek Park’s playground looks safe enough in the sunshine with kids clambering over monkey bars, but to the right eyes, it’s full of monsters. These monsters are tamable, though — they’re Pokemon, and there are hundreds of trainers, or players, on the Kenai Peninsula ready to catch ...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 1:44pm
  • What really matters? Is it your mortgage? Your kids? Your job? Your health? They say it’s the little things that count. What are the little things that effect all of these big things in our lives? What matters most? Food. I haven’t met a person yet who didn’t eat. Hopefully three times a day. ...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:49pm
  • Rattling along the deep ruts of the sand on the Kenai River’s south beach in a side-by-side, Jason Floyd took orders for mochas. He wheeled the vehicle expertly among dipnets, dipnetters, coolers and tents on the beach Monday — this crowd, though still thick, was nothing compared to the crowd th...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:49pm

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