Homer News

  • The Kevin Bell Arenaneeds stacking chairs with sled bases as skating aides during public skates.  Contact: info.kevinbellarena@gmail.com   The R.E.C. Room (Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op)needs four large plastic tote storage bins wi...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:18am
  • Tip of the Spit • Flat-bottomed sea stars litter the beach and dangle from pilings during very low tides • Sea birds — including black-legged kittiwakes, glaucous-winged and mew gulls, and sheerwaters — gather near the metal “dolphins” where the Homer Grind Shack discharges fish...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:17am
  • Recognizing some citizen reluctance to the idea of funding a public safety building that could cost as much as $30 million, the Homer City Council on Monday rejected a proposal to appropriate $621,000 for a 35-percent design of a new police and fire building. It did pass on a 5-1 vote an amended ord...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:07am
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that occurred Tuesday around 6:30 p.m had its epicenter on the west side of Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park, 58.8 miles northwest of Homer and approximately 44 miles southwest of Mount Redoubt Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazard we...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:04am
  • In 1966, when Daisy Lee Bitter, then a middle school science teacher in Anchorage, first brought a school group down to Homer for a daylong marine science field trip on the Spit, the group came by chartered DC-3 twin-prop airplane. Bitter was eager to show her students the incredible diversity of ma...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:02am
  • At life’s most difficult times, hospice caregivers offer valuable help. Yet hospice relies on the community for help in return. Volunteers and donors make it work....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am
  • In a meeting with an 8-page agenda and 26 items, the Homer City Council on Monday met until 10:10 p.m. — “my longest city council meeting yet,” first-term member Catriona Reynolds described it....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:55am
  • Most area moths are small, with wingspans of about an inch. But catching them with a digital camera macro lens gives us an opportunity to see their intricate, beautiful and sometimes bizarre details up close. Little is known about Alaska’s moths, so this area may harbor some biological rar...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:25am
  • Bristol Bay lived up to its reputation for unpredictability as a bizarre late rush of sockeyes has surged into fishermen’s nets nearly a week past the historical peak, with enough still coming to potentially surpass the 20-year average harvest by several million fish....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:19am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling in litigation over the initiat...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:18am
  • With Alaska Medicaid cut by $51.9 million in this year’s state budget, Kenai Peninsula Medicaid providers are seeing the first financial effects of the underfunded program in the elimination of annual increases to their Medicaid reimbursement rates....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:09am
  • Running a small business is tough, with national surveys showing high attrition rates. Homer certainly has turnover and challenges for entrepreneurs. Adrienne Sweeney is one local business person who recently earned a formidable edge. This spring she completed a prestigious national program for busi...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:08am
  • Running a small business is tough, with national surveys showing high attrition rates. Homer certainly has turnover and challenges for entrepreneurs. Adrienne Sweeney is one local business person who recently earned a formidable edge. This spring she completed a prestigious national program for busi...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:07am
  • Those hoping to get in on the ground floor of Alaska’s legal marijuana industry now have a supporter. The Alaska Marijuana Industry Association announced it is open for business July 9 during a briefing at The Boardroom workspace in downtown Anchorage. Alaska Marijuana Industry Association preside...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:05am
  • What are the traditional dishes you cook that have been passed down through the generations? Are the majority of your meals coming from a long lineage of food culture, or are they mostly swayed by what was on sale or quick to make? When I say “Italian food” or “Mexican food” a picture of ver...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:04am
  • The Kachemak Shellfish Mariculture Association, or KSMA, has been cultivating its dream of a local oyster hatchery in Homer since 2012. The hatchery raised more than 6 million oysters last spring and placed them into Kachemak Bay’s waters to grow to size over the winter months.   With headqua...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:03am
  • A year ago, Junie Rose regained consciousness to find her head in the lap of a stranger, her motorcycle smashed, traffic stopped around her and an ambulance arriving. She began to cry. Not, she said, for the pain, but out of the frustration that she could not continue on her quest to ride across the...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:37am
  • Alaska’s path to financial stability will be neither short nor easy, and local residents will have the chance to weigh in on the issue before the state forms its final plan of action. Randall Hoffbeck, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, addressed area residents in a presentation cal...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:30am
  • You can’t venture onto the Homer Spit without noticing something new and interesting — totes of beautiful red rockfish just unloaded at the Fish Dock; dark gray seabirds, shearwaters, among the scores of kittiwakes and gulls off the tip of the Spit; the 90-year-old wooden halibut schooner, the G...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:30am
  • Eighteen riders and horses practice their jumps at Mariner Beach Friday. It was the wrap-up to a five-day clinic in which instructor Jim Briggs of Washington taught dressage, show jumping and cross-country jumping....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:25am

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