Homer News

  • Steve Veldstra is and isn’t new to Wagon Wheel.  He is in the sense that he and his wife, Stacey, and their six children, bought the garden and pet supply business from Barbara Walker in May.  He isn’t in the sense that he worked for Walker at Wagon Wheel from 1984 to 1997. He is quick...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:56am
  • Bristol Bay is expecting another whopping sockeye salmon run, the third consecutive year of above-average harvests. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists predict that 46.5 million sockeye will return to area rivers, meaning a commercial harvest of around 30 million. The fore...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:52am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is preparing to roll out the most radical change to the state’s annual budgeting process since the creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund in 1976. Lawmakers on Oct. 28 were briefed on a budget plan that redirects almost all of the state’s oil revenue...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:52am
  • Once the Alaska Marijuana Control Board’s draft regulations are approved and marijuana processing licenses can be issued, what Alaska State Troopers said Robert Carroll did when he allegedly made hash oil would be legal — but not until then....

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:44am
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Literature, membership survey 235-6822 Advanced Dental Center - Mark Laurin Goodie bags with toothbrushes, floss, chapstick and brochures on dental health and what services center offers 349-6522...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:33am
  • Back in 2009, on a night when sleep didn’t come easily, Rep. Paul Seaton was watching a University of California TV program that featured an international research report on vitamin D. He was amazed at what he heard: that with adequate levels of vitamin D, 50 percent of breast cancer cases could b...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:29am
  • For 32 years, the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and South Peninsula Hospital have teamed up to bring the southern Kenai Peninsula the annual health fair. The purpose is all in the fair’s theme: Take a Day to Be Well. This year the fair takes place from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Homer High ...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:07am
  • Chapman School Nov. 5: Basketball vs. ABC at Chapman, 4 p.m. Nov. 6: Basketball at Skyview, 3 p.m. Nov. 7: Senior Center Craft Bazaar, 10 a.m-3 p.m. Nov. 10: Basketball at Ninilchik, 4 p.m. Nov. 12:...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:06am
  • Schools all over the peninsula celebrated Halloween in style last week. Paul Banks Elementary School got into the holiday spirit with a parade last Wednesday, Oct. 28, and at McNeil Canyon Elementary’s Fall Carnival on Friday, Oct. 30, students and families alike got to show off costumes both swee...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:05am
  • Over the objection of the murder victim’s mother, a sentencing hearing in the case of convicted murderer Demarqus Green will be held at the Kenai Courthouse instead of in Homer as previously scheduled.  A hearing scheduled for Oct. 26 was rescheduled to next week. On a motion by Kenai Distric...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:38am
  • “Yesterday I went outside and I cried. I thought, What am I doing crying? It’s just a language. But what is just a language?”  So begins the 23-minute film, “Kiputmen Naukurlurpet: Let It Grow Back.” A documentary made in 2004 for the Pratt Museum by people from the nearby Native vill...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:34am
  •   The northern lights put on a show late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, as seen in this photo taken about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday from McNeil Canyon. According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute’s aurora forecast, northern lights should be visible from Barrow ...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:27am
  • The city of Homer and Homer Electric Association have negotiated reductions in demands for payment by a law firm representing the Buccaneer Creditors’ Liquidating Trust. The demands came out of proceedings filed by Buccaneer Oil after it declared bankruptcy in May 2014. City attorney Thomas Klinkn...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:23am
  • Pilot error caused the Oct. 23, 2013, crash of an Era Aviation Beechcraft 1900 C/C at the Homer Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report approved in September.  The two-engine plane slid on its belly from the east end of the runway to near the terminal after the landin...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:22am
  • Editor's note: This story was changed to correct the date of the special election for Proposition 1. The election is Dec. 1. In unofficial results in a run-off election for a Homer City Council seat, political newcomer Heath Smith easily beat incumbent city council member Beauregard Burgess with 310...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:17am
  • In unofficial results for the city of Homer run-off election for a Homer City Council seat, political newcomer Heath Smith easily beat incumbent city council member Beauregard Burgess by 310 to 192 votes, a 118-vote margin. With 115 absentee votes and two special needs votes to be counted, or 117 vo...

    Tue, 11/03/2015 - 9:42pm
  • Pilot error caused the Oct. 23, 2013, crash of an Era Aviation Beechcraft 1900 C/C at the Homer Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report approved last month. The two-engine plane slid on its belly from the east end of the runway to near the terminal after the landing gear c...

    Fri, 10/30/2015 - 5:38pm
  • The Healthcare Task Force zeroed in on the hospitals at its meeting last week. At its third meeting, the Healthcare Task Force heard from the representatives of Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board about their roles in hospital...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:43am
  • The board of directors for the Homer Farmers Market announced this week it has received an award of $81,345 in USDA funding through the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program.  The Homer market is one of 164 projects funded this year around the nation through this p...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:41am
  • The empty building that once buzzed with Alaska Wild Berry Products jam-, jelly- and candy-making energy was humming last Saturday.  Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., customers browsed, shopped and visited with 24 farmers, artists, crafters, cooks, beverage-makers and musicians participating in openi...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:40am

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