Homer News

  • Ballot Measure 1 would allow residents to register to vote when they apply for PFD   Ballot Measure 1 is the sole voter intiative on this fall’s general-election ballot. If approved by voters Nov. 8, Ballot Measure 1 would allow Alaskans to register to vote when they apply for their PFD each ...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:34pm
  • State Sen. Anna MacKinnon of Eagle River has tried for more than four years to make student loans cheaper. That effort will now be decided by voters on Tuesday. If enacted, Ballot Measure 2 would amend Alaska’s Constitution so the state could borrow money on behalf of the Alaska Student Loan Corpo...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:18pm
  • In the presidential election on Nov. 8, if voting Democrat, Alaskans will choose June Degnan, D’Arcy Hutchings and Victor Fischer. If voting Republican, they will choose Sean Parnell, Jacqueline Tupou or Carolyn Leman. Or maybe they will choose a slate from the Constitution Party, the Green Party ...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:15pm
  • The 2016 Rotary Health Fair will provide the Homer-area community with an opportunity to consult with a new array of doctors, get a flu shot, do a variety of wellness checks and even enjoy a massage. The fair, which has served Homer residents for 33 years, has many services for the community to take...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:12pm
  • The Insurance Services Office, or ISO, has reclassified the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area to a better ISO rating. The service area’s rating has improved from a 7/9 to a 5/5Y rating, Fire Chief Al Terry said in a press release last week. The new rating affects insurance rates...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 1:29pm
  • KBFPC board names Catriona Reynolds as new executive director Catriona Reynolds has been named the new executive director of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. She previously worked as clinic manager there....

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 1:26pm
  • Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is moving forward with plans to update its obstetrics wing and to install the Kenai Peninsula’s first catheterization lab. The hospital has been looking to update the obstetrics department for years and has observed a growing need for a catheterization lab ...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 1:19pm
  • As Homer Electric Association proceeds with its election to withdraw from the oversight of the state utilities regulator, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the HEA subsidiary Alaska Electric and Energy Cooperative is also planning a deregulation election....

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 1:15pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s task force on health care reached a set of final recommendations last week. The Healthcare Task Force, which has been meeting for more than a year, unanimously approved an 11-page report to the borough administration and assembly with recommendations for how to move f...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 1:09pm
  • Gov. Walker stops short of selling pension bonds The Walker administration has put its plan to sell up to $3.3 billion in pension obligation bonds on hold. Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday in a statement from his office that concerns from the members of the Senate Finance Committee about the proposal l...

    Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:25am
  • Budget cuts take bite out of herring harvest The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is buckling under deep budget cuts, and now the state’s largest herring fishery is feeling the squeeze. ADF&G has canceled vital abundance studies and surveys for several fisheries, meaning fishermen won’t ge...

    Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:19am
  • KPBSD teachers, support staff unions vote to ratify contract The associations for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s teachers and support staff have voted to ratify a proposed tentative agreement on their contracts....

    Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:16am
  • Northern lights sine over Homer as seen from Diamond Ridge early Sunday morning. The Orionoid meteor shower also happened that night. One meteor can be seen flashing in the lower right of this photo. Alaska as far south as Kodiak had spectacular aurora viewing through early Tuesday morning. This pho...

    Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:00pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy (both schools) Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences. Nov. 3: Fireweed Share the Spirit Movie Night at Homer Theatre featuring The Polar Express and several student-made shorts. Homer Flex Oct. 27-28: Parent-teacher conferences by...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:03pm
  • Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensices (DDF) team competed in Chugiak over the weekend of Oct. 22, placing in a total of 10 categories. Placing were: • Lauren Jones and Zane Boyer — first place, Duet Acting; • Landon Bunting — first place, Pantomime; • Johanna Allen — second ...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:56pm
  • Play is an essential part of childhood development and early literacy. Play provides children the opportunity to explore learned concepts further, try out new vocabulary, imagine and create the fantastical, collaborate with others, and practice storytelling; all while having fun!...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:53pm
  • On the first day of early voting on Monday, 3,300 Alaskans statewide cast their ballots, including 142 in Homer — a sign of high interest in the presidential election. As we count down to election day on Nov. 8, Alaskans have become caught up in one of the most intense presidential campaigns ever....

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:44pm
  • In the first regular meeting of the new Homer City Council and chaired by new Homer Mayor Bryan Zak, the council picked up some unfinished business left from previous meetings. In a meeting with five public hearing items, the meeting ran until 9 p.m. The council passed two main resolutions: • Reso...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:41pm
  • A Kenai grand jury on Oct. 20 indicted Lee John Henry, 55, on murder and robbery charges in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews. The grand jury charged that Henry killed Matthews, then 61, on July 28, 2013, as Matthews walked on the Boystown Trail from Poopdeck Street toward his home in an apartment on ...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:58pm
  • Juniper Lanmon-Freeman cried the first time she attended the birth of a child. A licensed midwife, Lanmon-Freeman now delivers two to three babies per month for mothers at their homes. But the job goes far beyond that — by the time she delivers the child, she’s spent weeks with the mother. “(O...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:49am

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