Homer News

  • Homer is known as a traveling community. It doesn’t take long to find someone who has spent considerable time abroad, bouncing from one hostel to the next, meeting others of a like mind. Wes Fazio, who bought property here only two years ago, is one of those travelers who now calls Homer home. He ...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:48pm
  • Homer Chamber of Commerce Communications and Member Relations Coordinator Jorge Davilla is leaving his position at the chamber and the town of Homer. Davilla, who has worked at the chamber for nearly two years, plans to leave Homer in late July or early August. His last day has not yet been determin...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:48pm
  • The Alaska Division of Forestry has issued a burn permit suspension as of 8 a.m. July 18 for the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak areas. According to a notice from the Homer Volunteer Fire Department, the suspension has been put in place due to high to very-high fire danger in the region and the continued...

    Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:49am
  • The A2 out of George Town, Cayman Islands, is moored at the Homer Harbor System 5 dock on Monday. The 154-foot superyacht sailed to Homer from Miami, Fla. The yacht is owned by billionaire George Lindemann of Palm Beach, Fla. The Feadship yacht was rebuilt in 2011 and 2012 by Pendennis shipyard, Uni...

    Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:15am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska House has asked the Senate to meet in joint session to consider potential overrides of vetoes made by Gov. Bill Walker, Speaker Mike Chenault said Wednesday. The Nikiski Republican said he sent a letter to Senate President Kevin Meyer asking for a joint session Friday. Chenault...

    Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:37am
  • Alaska State Troopers and the Kenai Police Department seized nearly half a pound of heroin and $23,000 in cash from a Kenai home in a raid Monday. At approximately 3 p.m., troopers served a warrant on a home in Kenai with the assistance of the Kenai Police Department. Inside, they found Kenai reside...

    Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:35am
  • Only members of the Republican Party or nonpartisan or undeclared voters may vote this ballot. All names are listed in the order and as they appear on the ballot. All candidates are Republican Party members.   U.S. Senate Lochner, Bob Murkowski, Lisa Kendall, Paul Lamb, Thomas ...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:25pm
  • A Homer man who had robbery charges dismissed has now been indicted on three counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree vehicle, both felonies, and third-degree theft. The Kenai Grand Jury on July 6 indicted Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30. The charges stem from an incident on Jan. 6 in which Homer Polic...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:13pm
  • A caption for a photo in the July 7 Homer News incorrectly described how Joy Steward was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Foundation Fellow Award. Steward became a Paul Harris Fellow upon a unanimous vote of the Homer-Kachemak Bay Rotary Club Board of Directors in recognition of her many yea...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:06pm
  • The National Transportation Safety Board last Friday released its preliminary report of a July 3 plane crash in Halibut Cove that severely damaged a Cessna 206 flown by Anchorage pilot Alice Rogoff....

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:06pm
  • Homer Medical Center is hosting a sports physical clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16. The clinic is for high school students in need of a physical for participation in school-sanctioned activities. Exams on this one-day event are offered free of charge by volunteer health care providers ...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:06pm
  • Early voting starts Aug. 1 at the Homer City Clerk’s office. Deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m. July 17. Visit voterregistration.alaska.gov. Register to vote in person at the Homer City Clerk’s office until 5 p.m. Friday or at the Division of Motor Vehicles office 6 p.m. Friday. The Homer...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:48pm
  • Search on Pulse Point, a smart phone app that locates nearby public-access automated external defibrillators, and in downtown Homer locations pop up like Homer City Hall, the Homer Public Library, Public Works and the Homer Harbor Office. Google Maps shows public-access AEDs at Wells Fargo, First Na...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:48pm
  • If lower Kenai Peninsula voters want a choice of who will represent them in the Alaska House for District 31, they’ll have to pick the Republican Party ballot in the Aug. 16 primary. With only Republican Party candidates competing, and no independents on the general ballot, barring a write-in camp...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:47pm
  • Homer residents — young, old and in between — came together on Saturday, July 9, to celebrate the 60 years South Peninsula Hospital has served the lower Kenai Peninsula area. Many chowed down on a barbecue lunch provided by Black Jaxx BBQ, a local food truck in Homer and Soldotna, enjoying ribs,...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:31pm
  • Health care employment continues rising in the state, though economists are still unsure precisely what drives that growth to the levels observed. A state Bureau of Labor Statistics report released in May detailed that the Anchorage’s health care employee ranks rose by 1,000 year-over-year. This h...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:05pm
  • The Board of Education approved a revised FY17 Operating budget at its Monday meeting, including a transfer of $655,072 from the general fund into the fund for student transportation....

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:29am
  • I made a huge mistake at the Homer Farmers Market last week. I told a friend who was visiting from out of town that I would meet him there. And then I forgot to specify the time. I didn’t have his number so I couldn’t call and check in. I just had to see if he came and hope I saw him in the crow...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:28am
  • The 29th Alaska Legislature on Monday began its fifth special session since the gavel first sounded in January 2015, but lawmakers appear uncertain on their path forward and unsure even what the next few days will bring. Gov. Bill Walker called the special session in an attempt to balance the state...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:28am
  • In a town that so highly values local business, anytime one closes its doors, it is an event of memory and mourning. Residents hold a certain fondness for each beloved small business, and Timeless Toys is no exception to this rule. Opened by Becky Pfeil in 1997, Timeless Toys has become an icon to H...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:28am

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