Homer News

  • This year, the Fourth of July falls on Saturday, which means some good news for celebrants on the lower Kenai Peninsula: • Hey, you might get Friday off, too. City, borough, state and federal offices are closed Friday, as is the Homer Senior Center lunch. • That makes the holiday a three-day wee...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:50am
  • I would like to talk about community health, but I am not a health professional.  Let me make that clear up front. Luckily, one of the beautiful things about this community is that nothing is black and white. All you have to do is read the opinion pieces in the newspaper in February to know tha...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:44am
  • Most of the traffic at the Salty Dawg at 11 a.m. on a recent Monday consists of tourists buying sweatshirts. But there’s some workaday drinking going on in here, too, including three guys from Louisiana off the 250-foot M/V Reliant. Employed by a contractor for Crowley on a natural gas pi...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:36am
  • A reckless driver in a Jeep Cherokee on Pioneer Avenue about 8 p.m. June 25 prompted two people to make 911 calls. Police said several people also called on the nonemergency line. When the driver hit a stop sign at Forest Glen Drive off the Sterling Highway, that got the attention of an off-duty Ala...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:31am
  • The Homer City Council set an apparent record at its regular Monday night meeting with what may be the largest council packet ever, a two-volume, 1,600-page tome that included 700 pages on beach policy recommendations.  Technically, the June 29 meeting was a special meeting since most council m...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:30am
  • Bad bugs attacking the forest have become a recurring nightmare for Alaska. The latest alarm comes from Halibut Cove, where tiny invaders created an icky spring surprise. How much of a threat they really pose to the trees and even their exact identities remain to be seen....

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:27am
  • Firefighters and Homer Police responded to numerous calls last week for people burning campfires, but otherwise the lower Kenai Peninsula has been spared huge wildfires raging elsewhere in the state. With continued dry weather, low winter snowfall and equipment and firefighters spread thin around th...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:18am
  • PILE BAY — It’s noon. Iliamna Lake is calm and half a dozen fishermen are sitting around in the grass outside the bathroom at Pile Bay using free wi-fi. A soon-to-be setnetter makes a Facebook page for another fisherman. His brother (and this reporter) pitch in with photos and suggestions for fr...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:04am
  • For growers in the Kenai Peninsula’s developing agriculture industries, exporting internationally is still an option. A Division of Agriculture inspector position that issues phytosanitary certifications, or phytos, which are required by some importing countries, has been restored indefinitely, af...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:04am
  • I wish I had a tape measure at last Saturday’s Homer Farmers Market.  That broccoli and cauliflower must have been at least 10 inches across. Here we haven’t even reached July yet and we are already getting produce that big.   Whether it is the huge broccoli from the Chmielowiecs or Lo...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:56am
  • Presenters at a June 17 joint meeting of the House and Senate Resource Committees identified Cook Inlet companies as heavy users of oil tax credits....

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:53am
  • Nearly six months after the idea was announced, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors approved the $52.5 million purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas during a special meeting June 11. Included in the purchase price are all of the companies under Pentex Alaska Natural...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:51am
  • Friends of the Homer Public Library needs volunteers to help clean up/landscape the western lot and the use of a stump grinder on Sunday, June 28, from 1-5 p.m. at the library. Meet in the library parking lot at 1 p.m. Contact:Erin Hollowell at erin@friendshomerli...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:09am
  • When two artists join lives together, it’s inevitable that their art also will merge. For Asia Freeman and Michael Walsh, a couple who met through art and have been married for 5 years, sometimes that collaboration becomes a synthesis, as with their installation art work, “Backyard, Alaska,” s...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:07am
  • A single-car crash last week killed a Homer man. Alaska State Troopers said Bradley Dickey, 79, died of his injuries at the scene after his 1998 GMC Sierra truck left the road and hit a ditch about 4 p.m. June 17 near Mile 147 Sterling Highway near Stariski Creek....

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:45am
  • Sunday’s solstice officially marked the end of spring and beginning of summer. But for practical purposes, summer arrived early on the southern Kenai Peninsula, continuing the trend of record warm temperature anomalies. Average Homer temperatures ran about 5 degrees Fahrenheit above long-term norm...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:44am
  • More than a year ago, things looked bleak for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. The House Subcommittee on Fish and Game had cut annual funding. KBRR’s state partner, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, had told Homer’s community research program it would have to find another partner. All th...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:40am
  • Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect that Shell is not moving 1,900 people to Alaska this summer. A massive red-hulled ship tied up at the Deep Water Dock last week. The 750-foot-long M/V Marika was an impressive sight as it dwarfed structures on the Spit. It staye...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:37am
  • The State Forester announced yesterday that all open fires are now banned in Southcentral Alaska, including the Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Due to past and prevailing weather conditions which have caused extremely dry conditions for the Kenai Peninsula, ...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:39am
  • Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert L. Painter was approved by the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Commission during the May 2015 review meeting to receive the Certified Emergency Manager credential. The CEM designation is the highest honor of professional achievement available from the I...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:15am

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