Homer News

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District May 21: School closes.   Chapman School May 5: Kindergarten to Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. May 5-16: Swimming in Homer, grades 2-3. No swimming on May 8-9. ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:35am
  • Eighth-grader Jack Heimbold of Chapman School is the school’s Masonic Award recipient. Jack was nominated by the school’s principal, Conrad Woodhead, selected for his high character and academics. In presenting Jack with the award, Woodhead said Jack represented such Chapman student body traits ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:33am
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Tuesday the names of her 10 first-session summer interns that will work in Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office. Alfonso Sitenga of Homer is among those named. Others include Lyndsey Brollini, Nicole Eldred and Mckenzie Stepovich of Anchorage; Dierdre Creed of Kotzebu...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:33am
  • The Chapman School gym was full of science and the young scientists displaying their projects at the school’s April 23 science fair, coordinated by teacher Jonathan Sharp. The projects ranged from Tyler Johnson’s blue-ribbon research into how likely hunters are to accurately identify legal-sized...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:32am
  • The sunken ferry dock in Skagway has its head back above water. Western Marine Construction Inc., a Juneau-based company, was contracted over the weekend to work on the dock’s infrastructure. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced the dock’s raising by Facebook on...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:17am
  • Following the loss of both employees at the Homer Division of Motor Vehicles office, the office at 3798 Lake St. is now on an abbreviated schedule.  The office is open today from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with a closure from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for road tests, and will be open on a schedule to be anno...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:17am
  • ANCHORAGE — The embodiment of an Alaska cliche is for sale. The massive urethane igloo that’s a must-stop for summer tourists heading up the Parks Highway en route to Denali National Park and Preserve can be had for $300,000....

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:15am
  • KENAI — The rising cost of health-care premiums for city employees has the city of Kenai grappling with a proposed half mill rate increase as administration works to finalize the city’s operating budget for 2015. Kenai City Manager Rick Koch said the mill rate has not increased in the eight year...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:13am
  • The Kenai branch of Acuren USA has suspended operations after the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission found high radiation readings during a surprise inspection in early April. The company is licensed to use radioactive materials when inspecting pipe welds. According to a confirmatory action...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:12am
  • The Homer News took home 13 Alaska Press Club awards last Saturday at the statewide media organization’s annual conference and banquet. Now celebrating its 50th year, the Homer News also took third place for best weekly newspaper. Topping the list are five first-place awards: • Best sports photo...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:11am
  • Homer News staff writer Michael Armstrong, also a science fiction writer, has been honored for his service to the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a national writers organization. He will receive the Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA award at SFWA’s Nebula Awards banquet in San ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:00am
  • ANCHORAGE — The three main Republican candidates for U.S. Senate all are anti-abortion, believe government surveillance goes too far and are not in favor of legalizing marijuana. Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan and current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell answered questi...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:56am
  • The Togiak sac roe herring fishery started nearly two weeks earlier than predicted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game analysis of Bering Sea ice and temperature models. That analysis called for the fishery to kick off May 10. Instead, it started with a gillnet opening April 27, lasting until ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:52am
  • Resources for All Alaskans, a group formed to combat a proposed initiative to ban commercial setnet fishing in certain parts of the state, met in Kenai to talk strategy with several local fishing groups after being dealt a blow when an Alaska Superior Court judge ruled that it could not intervene in...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:49am
  • Cook Inletkeeper announces the Ninth Annual Homer Electronics Recycling Day will take place from 10 a.m.-3p.m. Saturday at Spenard Builders Supply....

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:25pm
  • Everyday is like thisthe short and long of forgetting:a man with a walking stick, a limp;his daughter in a red sweatshirtcrossing the berm.  — “Listening for the Rain,” by Wendy Erd, one of her Beluga Slough poems BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:16pm
  • Following the fatal bombings at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, “Boston strong” became a guiding chant. For the city. For the 36,000 runners that ran the 26.2 miles on Monday. And for Homer’s Mike Illg. In October, Illg, who was raised in Boston and is the coordinator of the city ...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:13pm
  • House District 30 and the lower and central Kenai Peninsula could get $7 million in capital projects if a budget on the table in the Alaska Legislature passes. Of that amount, $2.2 million is for department requests or reappropriations. Funding for new projects totals $4.7 million. Topping the list ...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:11pm
  • Legislators have their boxes packed, computers have been shipped to local offices and some aides have boarded the ferry and left Juneau, but as of late Wednesday morning, the 28th session of the Alaska Legislature remained at work as a joint House-Senate conference committee struggled to resolve dis...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:08pm
  • Southern Kenai Peninsula students swept clean the annual “Caring for the Kenai” awards at Kenai Central High School last week:First place, $1,600: Katherine Dolma, Homer, with a proposal for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to install green roofs;Sixth place, $550: Jane Rohr, Homer, w...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 2:54pm

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