Homer News

  • 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 - 12:15pm
  • 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 - 9:25am
  • 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 - 9:24am
  • 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 - 9:24am
  • 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 - 9:23am
  • 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 - 9:22am
  • 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 - 9:21am
  • 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 - 9:20am
  • 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 - 9:18am
  • 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 - 9:17am
  • 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 - 9:16am
  • 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 - 8:36am
  • 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 - 8:31am
  • 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 - 8:25am
  • 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 - 8:22am
  • 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 - 8:22am
  • On Tuesday, a week after Homer property owners were to have paid the first installment on their Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment bill, city officials were still tallying how many people had paid the assessment in full, had paid the first installment, had received deferments and had failed to pay...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:21am
  • 1. The Load and Launch Ramp will be closed Sept. 15-Dec. 15. 2. Rebar sticks out of the current concrete launch ramp because of degradation, erosion has undercut areas in the lowest part of the ramp and tripping hazards exist on the float system. 3. Total project cost is about $3.5 million, with app...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:19am
  • Update: The caption has been corrected on the fishhook sculpture photo properly identifying it as a circle hook. And like that, another furious tourist season draws to a close — or nearly so — on the Homer Spit. A great blue heron was among the Labor Day weekend visitors. Like many others on the...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:17am
  • Members of the Indonesian Coast Guard and navy began two weeks of training at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward Aug. 24. The training for the group of 15 is focusing on the U.S. Coast Guard-approved Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, an international emergency response networ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:03am

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