Homer News

  • Editor’s Note: It’s become a Christmas tradition that every year the first-graders in Wendy Todd’s class at Paul Banks Elementary School share their holiday drawings and letters to Santa. We’ve tried to stay true to the kids’ spelling....

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 9:25am
  • Chamber car, airline ticket raffle winners announced The Homer Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the car and airline ticket raffle: • Charlie Kauffman, from Anchor Point was the winner of the car raffle. He chose to take the $15,000 voucher instead ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:57am
  • While the city of Soldotna is now a local regulatory authority — allowing it to profit from the commercial production, testing and sale of marijuana — no businesses will be selling, growing or testing marijuana in Soldotna for the next two years. The Soldotna City Council on Dec. 9 voted to put ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:56am
  • KENAI — Setbacks for commercial marijuana establishments may become more tightly regulated in Kenai than they are at the state level. Alaska’s regulations for commercial marijuana require establishments to be be 500 feet away from schools, youth centers, churches and correctional facilities. In ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:55am
  • Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt, left, and Ryjil Christianson get into the Star Wars spirit as Han Solo and Princess Leia for the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Homer Theatre on Dec. 17. All 205 seats were sold out for the first showing on the lower Kenai Peninsula of the seve...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:53am
  • In the face of impending fiscal disaster, the state of Alaska is partnering with regional economic development organizations and chambers of commerce to research the statewide business climate. Economists have been examining ways to diversify the state’s economy as the price of oil continues to dr...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:51am
  • Nominations  now open for 2016 HCOA awards Nominations are open for the Homer Council on the Arts 2016 Annual Arts Awards. Awards are presented in the categories of Arts Leadership, Arts Education, Youth Artist of the year, Artist of the Year, Arts Lifetime Achievement, Busine...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:35am
  • Alaska State Troopers have arrested and charged a Nikolaevsk man with third-degree assault after a woman injured her head so severely she “flat lined” — had no pulse — at the South Peninsula Hospital Emergency Room.  Domnin Martushev, 43, was arrested on Saturday on one count of second-...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:29am
  • The man Homer Police allege crashed his Volvo into the Sustainable Wares building on Dec. 7 has apparently skipped town — even after being hospitalized for a neck injury. Homer Police last Friday charged Daniel A. Grosser, 36, of Anchorage, with reckless driving, failure to give immediate notice o...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:28am
  • A red-breasted sapsucker was found up Spencer Street on Saturday’s Christmas Bird Count. A rare bird for Homer — only having been seen once or twice here previously — this was a significant find by Aaron Lang and his team covering the north side of East End Road. A spectacular, red Christmas-y...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:27am
  • Our family became dear friends with a butcher many years ago and we have enjoyed dining upon roasted prime ribs of beef for our Christmas Eve dinner many years now.  I am finally getting a handle on how best to cook a rib roast. When I go to the big kitchen in the sky, I would like “She final...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:19am
  • Homer Electric Association members will see rates drop about a penny with the quarterly Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, HEA announced on Wednesday. The COPA falls from 7.9 cents to 6.6 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s about a $6.88 a month savings for the average HEA customer using 550 kilowatt ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:15am
  • Tonight, Nouredine Mama will celebrate Christmas for the first time.  The 16-year-old exchange student from Cameroon is Muslim, and though at home in the capital city of Douala he got a vacation from school in December, his religious holidays fell in the summer and fall. So the lighted tree in ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:14am
  • It’s going to be a long five months. Before Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, starts packing for the trip to Juneau after the New Year, he stopped by Homer last week to meet with Senate District P constituents. Last Thursday Stevens visited the Homer Courthouse and the Homer Senior Center, spoke at the...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:11am
  • Like any 9-year-old boy, Isaiah wants all sorts of cool toys for Christmas — an Xbox, a go-cart, a motorcycle and a Nintendo. On Monday, the winter solstice, he got something a lot of kids take for granted: A home. “I was so excited, I wanted to cry,” Isaiah said of arriving in Homer for the h...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:09am
  • Comments and discussion stretched late into the night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s first Marijuana Task Force meeting after the statewide marijuana regulations came out. The task force received comments for hours from members of the public, all urging them to stay as close to the state regulat...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:08am
  • Sustainable Wares owner Karen West holds a garden gnome that had been outside the building and missed being hit by a Volvo that bumped into the corner of the building on Dec. 7. One corner of the store was dented (see photo at right), one window was broken and other windows and sheetrock wer...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:07am
  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council raised pollock quota for 2016, but only by half the requested amount, locked in by the 2 million metric ton cap for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery. The 2016 pollock limit for the Eastern Bering Sea is 1.34 million metric tons, a 30...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:05am
  • The Sterling Highway through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge may soon be a little more wildlife-friendly. As a part of the resurfacing and road improvement project, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and engineering consulting firm DO...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:49am
  • After considering several possible paths for a new highway section around Cooper Landing, the Alaska Department of Transportation named its preferred path for the new road on Friday. ...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:48am

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