Homer News

  • Micah Mershon pretends he’s a movie star walking the red carpet as his “fans” react during Oscar dress-up day last Friday at West Homer Elementary School. Students dressed up as movie stars and celebrities for the day....

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:04pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District March 7: Inservice, no school, end of quarter. March 10-14: Vacation days. April 1-3: Student testing. April 16: Early dismissal, 1:40 p.m. April 18: Vacation...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:03pm
  • Homer High School students earned fifth place overall in the state National Ocean Science Bowl competition held last weekend in Seward. Seventeen teams from all over Alaska participated. Homer’s NOSB team consists of coaches Bruce Rife, a science teacher, and Kris Holderied of NOAA; and students L...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:02pm
  • Next week, Homer students will be out of school for spring break. What’s a kid to do? Turns out, quite a bit. Here’s a round-up of what’s happening next week to keep your kids out of the doldrums. Swimming: Open Swim will be from 1 to 3 p.m. every day except Sunday. $5 for adu...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:01pm
  • Dr. Gary Chapman will lead a conference titled “The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted” from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 15 at Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre. Chapman is the author of the best-selling book, “The Five Love Languages,” which has been translated into more than 36 languages. He a...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:52pm
  • Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Monday night rescued a man canoeing across Kachemak Bay in a 14-foot Coleman “Scanoe” canoe.  Troopers in the P/V Augustine found Mark Makris, 27, of Anchorage, north of Sixty Foot Rock and about 2.5 miles off the Homer Spit after an acquaintance reported Makris ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:51pm
  • A car crash in Anchor Point on Monday afternoon caused life threatening injuries to a Homer man. Mark Shufelt, 51, was taken by a medevac flight from South Peninsula Hospital to an Anchorage hospital where he is listed in serious condition. According to an Alaska State Trooper press release, at abou...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:45pm
  • On Saturday night, join Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT) and raise a toast to some of the Kenai Peninsula’s finest forward thinkers.  Twenty-five years ago, a group of people got together and formed Alaska’s first land trust dedicated to helping private land owners preserve naturally, re...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:43pm
  • Former Homer City Manager and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Ronald Drathman, 71, died Feb. 27 of natural causes at South Peninsula Hospital. A memorial service was held on March 5 at the Homer Elks Lodge....

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:35pm
  • The aurora borealis glow on the northern horizon last Thursday as seen from Diamond Ridge. For forecasts of aurora activity, visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute’s website at ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:33pm
  • At a meeting and public hearing Thursday night, the Homer Public Arts Committee didn’t just reject the idea of putting a bust of Brother Asaiah Bates in WKFL Park. It recommended not accepting into the city art collection at all a proposed donation of the $18,500 bronze bust.  John Nazarian, ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:33pm
  • Facing bigger state funding deficits than expected, last week the House Subcommittee on Fish & Game cut general funding for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve — zeroing out a $175,000 appropriation for the first Alaska reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and potentially sh...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:31pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — President Barack Obama has proposed cutting the funding for the federal coordinator’s office for Alaska gas line projects....

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:21pm
  • During national Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, South Peninsula Hospital is offering incentives to support colonoscopy cancer screenings. Dr. Greg Hough, general surgeon, is offering free colonoscopy consultations during March, a savings of up to $300. A free $20 token to the Homer Farmers’ Mar...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:20pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas has started its 2014 construction season with continued work on the city of Homer natural gas distribution line. The focus of this year’s work is on the western and northern parts of the city and the Homer Spit. Everyone in the city should have access to gas by the end of the co...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:19pm
  • Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and City Manager Walt Wrede will be the guest speakers at the March luncheon meeting of the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will begin at noon Tuesday at The Alibi, 453 E. Pioneer Ave. Wythe and Wrede will present the “State of the City” address. Lunch is available ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:19pm
  • JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said Monday that Alaskans should never amend the state constitution as a “fix” for education. Proposed constitutional amendments pending before state lawmakers would allow for public money to be used for private or religious schools. Supporters see this as a way ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:18pm
  • Partnering with industry on a major gas pipeline and natural gas liquefaction plant will expose the state to multi-billion-dollar cash calls from 2019 through 2024 while the project is in construction. Those also are the years when the state’s liquid cash reserves will be nearing exhaustion if the...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:15pm
  • Minority Democrats in the Legislature unveiled their vision of an oil tax system should voters this summer roll back the tax structure lawmakers approved last year. It includes the idea of the state getting directly into the oil business by allowing the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Autho...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:12pm
  • A bright afternoon winter sun comes through the large windows in South Peninsula Hospital’s cafeteria. An equally bright smile is on the face of Stephanie Harry.  Cloth in hand, Harry ensures traces of tables’ previous occupants are wiped away, leaving a clean surface for the next people ch...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:08pm

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