Homer News

  • Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the monthly “Pay It Forward” column, the Homer News is printing a list of needs provided by some of Homer’s nonprofits.   Big Brothers & Big Sisters needs big brother and big sister volunteers; of...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:36pm
  • The new Harbormaster’s Office is taking shape overlooking the Homer harbor. Project Engineer Dan Nelson of the city of Homer’s Public Works Department estimated the structure is about 50 percent complete and estimated the move-in date will be in March. Construction of the $2.1 million, 4...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:27pm
  • With the local election in the rear-view mirror, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre is looking to continue the momentum his administration has made and asks residents to keep an open mind moving forward. Navarre, now in his third term as borough mayor and second consecutive, said the electio...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:23pm
  • SOLDOTNA — They couldn’t have timed it better. As the last of the interagency team of invasive northern pike killers stepped off Derks Lake on Oct. 9, it began to snow in Soldotna. If all goes according to plan, the fish-killing piscicide rotenone will work its way through each of the four lakes...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:16pm
  • SOLDOTNA — They couldn’t have timed it better. As the last of the interagency team of invasive northern pike killers stepped off Derks Lake on Oct. 9, it began to snow in Soldotna. If all goes according to plan, the fish-killing piscicide rotenone will work its way through each of the four lakes...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:16pm
  • High tunnels are here to stay. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced last month the High Tunnel Cost Share grant program is no longer an interim practice. “The program has been tested and proven in the last four or five years,” said Meg Mueller, the NRCS Kenai district conser...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:15pm
  • High tunnels are here to stay. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced last month the High Tunnel Cost Share grant program is no longer an interim practice. “The program has been tested and proven in the last four or five years,” said Meg Mueller, the NRCS Kenai district conser...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:14pm
  • The University of Alaska Southeast is offering an online, self-paced course in marine electrical systems for fishermen who want to be able to work on their own boats and know when to call the pros. “It’s geared toward people like commercial fishermen, people who own a boat and w...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:08pm
  • The first time the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published an environmental impact statement under its current process, the proposed project was based in Nikiski — now, federal regulators have returned, nearly 40 years later, to evaluate the latest mega-project in Alaska’s pipeline histor...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:05pm
  • On Sunday, Two Sisters Bakery saw the usual morning commotion, but this time it was happening away from the counter line....

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:55pm
  • Fireweed Academy students are wrapping up a skeletal systems study while also learning about Day of the Dead, a centuries-old holiday mixing ancient Aztec and traditional customs celebrated throughout Mexico and Central America. In teacher Stephanie Zuniga’s third- and fourth-grade classroom, stud...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:22pm
  • Deb Evensen, a national educational consultant specializing in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, will discuss new ways to help children with FASD be successful from preschool through the adult years. The presentation is part of Kachemak Bay Campus’ public health lecture series  It will be held...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:20pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Nov. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, Soldotna, 7 p.m. Nov. 26: Early release day. Chapman School Oct. 29-31: Parent-teacher conferences. Oct. 30-31: ...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:19pm
  • A tiny front-page entry in the Sept. 23, 1983, Homer News, announced bids for construction of a new Homer High School had been received. Two years later, a much larger front-page story announced the newly finished school’s main doors welcomed 400 students for the 1985-1986 school year. In 2014, th...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:39am
  • Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, was in Homer last week to meet with voters of the recently formed Senate District P, a product of redistricting. While the district’s boundaries may be new — they encompass House Districts 31 and 32, including the southern Kenai Peninsula and stretching southwest to ...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:07pm
  • Dawn Thorp and Stephanie Nicholls were married Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony at the top of Baycrest Hill. They are the second Homer couple to file for a wedding license since the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted in Alaska earlier this month. Before moving to Alaska in 2012, they celebrated a ...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:04pm
  • KENAI — In as much as could be shared in one-minute increments, the three candidates for one of Alaska’s two U.S. Senate seats expounded issues in Cook Inlet, the state and nationwide during a Tuesday forum in Kenai.  The format of the discussion did not allow for debate or much back-and-fo...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:02pm
  • With less that two weeks left until the Nov. 4 general election, Cordova-born Robert “Moose” Henrichs is busy spreading the word that he is running as a candidate for Senate District P. Also running is Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak. “Things are going well,” Henrichs, who describes himself as a...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:59pm
  • During a forum sponsored by the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce earlier this week, the three candidates for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Mark Begich discussed several Cook Inlet issues, including:   Q: A tremendous amount of federal dollars have gone into research, particularly ...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:43pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital invites kids under the age of 7 to the Trick or Treat Fun House from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. There will be tricks, treats and games at the hospital’s Pediatric Therapy Gym, which is in the Rehabilitation Department (use the hospital’s lower-level, west-end entrance)...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:41pm

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