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  • 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
  • By a 3-to-1 margin, Proposition 1, the vote to divert into the general fund sales taxes collected through the city of Homer's Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund, easily passed in a special election on Tuesday. With a 13-percent turnout, in unofficial results, voters in both Homer precincts appr...

    Tue, 12/01/2015 - 10:08pm
  • A low-budget campaign by the city of Homer to influence the outcome of Proposition 1 appears to follow state law, Paul Dauphinais, the executive director of the Alaska Public Office Commission, said this week....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:22am
  • Nathan Davis, a college student visiting from Colorado for Thanksgiving, takes a walk on a snowy Bishop’s Beach at sunset on Sunday, Nov. 22....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:56am
  • If Alaska fishermen want coffee at the 2017 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting, the Alaska Board of Fisheries might have to change the location to the Kenai Peninsula. In a Nov. 16 letter to the Board of Fisheries, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and Soldotna Mayor P...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:33am
  • The Alaska Marijuana Control Board accepted its final draft of the regulations that will govern the new industry, legalized by Ballot Initiative 2 in November 2014. The new cannabis industry regulations include a concession to marijuana clubs that still leaves a hazy legal area to be challenged late...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:27am
  • After five years of debate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically modified salmon for food. The AquAdvantage salmon, produced by Massachusetts-based biotechnology company AquaBounty Technologies, is the first genetically modified animal approved for food in the United States. Th...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:25am
  • Diana Jeska of the Homer Community Food Pantry, left, accepts a check from Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Homer branch manager Alita Mahan. Alaska USA Foundation recently announced that Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members contributed $76,300 to support community food banks during the an...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:21am
  • Boat owners should be bracing for a new round of regulations for older boats more than 50 feet in length.  The Alternate Safety Compliance Program, part of the U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2010, is due to take effect in 2020, which seemed far into the future when it was first propose...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:19am
  • The summer of 2015 was a hard one for our native trees. Lack of snow and unusually warm dry weather early in the spring put spruce trees into stress mode. So for the first time in our part of the world, the Spruce Aphid (Elatobium abietinum) originally from Europe, has found its way to our ...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:07am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District All KPBSD schools will release early today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving break. There will be no school on Thursday or Friday. Happy Thanksgiving! Fireweed Academy (all grades) Dec. 18-Jan. 3: Holiday ...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:42am
  • Each year two Alaska schools are honored as a National Title I Distinguished School. This year, Chapman School in Anchor Point was recognized for exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. Nikolaevsk School in Nikolaevsk was recognized for significantly closing the achievemen...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:41am
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward. Center for Alaskan Coas...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:35am
  • Planning panel holds hearings on subdivisions; discusses pot regs The Homer Advisory Planning Commission holds two public hearings at its next meeting on Dec. 2. The commission also continues discussion on regulations regarding cannabis. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Cowles Co...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:29am
  • Homer’s book clubs often lead to intense discussion among small groups, but it’s not often that a book leads to a wider town conversation. This fall on Sept. 18 the Friends of the Homer Public Library held what could be called a mega book club: a standing-room only talk at the library on Atul Ga...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:28am
  • The Healthcare Task Force is warily moving forward with Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s proposal to hire a consultant on rural health care....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:25am

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