Homer News

  • On his visit to Homer last Thursday to be the host of the fifth Governor’s Family Picnic held in Alaska this summer, Gov. Sean Parnell stopped by the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club weekly noon meeting for a short speech and a lot of questions. “I like to spend a lot more time interacting with you than...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:09pm
  • The Homer Advisory Planning Commission has denied a conditional use permit application by Eric Lee of Slingblade Aviation to put a heliport on the Homer Spit. Lee proposed a helipad that would be on the beach across the Homer Spit Road from the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. He would run about five fli...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:46pm
  • The first Concert on the Lawn was held 34 years ago. Although the weather was the best the concert has enjoyed in a number of years, attendance was down. KBBI reported 850 concert-goers on Saturday and 550 on Sunday....

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:22pm
  • A preliminary hearing was continued on Friday, July 26, in the case of Zachary Fraley, the Homer High School student charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, for allegedly placing a bomb-like device at the high school that caused an evacuation of the school on May 16.  Judge...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:18pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Homer Police are calling the death of a Homer man “suspicious.”  Two people walking the Poopdeck Trail found the body of Mark Matthews, 61, about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. Matthews was lying on his back, police said in a press release. Hi...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:17pm
  • A 9-year-old boy who nearly drowned at Bishop’s Beach last Thursday is in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Providence Hospital recovering from his injuries.  According to Homer Police, at about 3:45 p.m. Katie Brock, the mother of the boy, Anthony Brock, 9, reported him missing at Bishop...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:16pm
  • Buccaneer Energy Limited this week announced the latest results for its Cosmopolitan well site in lower Cook Inlet off Stariski Creek. According to a July 30 press release, the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence has drilled into two oil zones in the Tyonek formation totaling 86 feet betwee...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 12:16pm
  • Alaska’s two major in-state telecoms have joined forces. Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. and General Communication Inc. announced July 23 that they had combined their wireless infrastructure into the Alaska Wireless Network, or AWN. The AWN transaction closed shortly after the Federal Com...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 12:16pm
  • Developers of a potential large copper and gold mine at the Pebble prospect say they are focused on completing their plan for the project and applying for permits by the end of the year. “It’s our top priority,” said Mike Heatwole, spokesman for the Pebble Limited Partnership, a joint-venture ...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 12:12pm
  • New gas contracts are being signed with Southcentral electric utilities, alleviating concerns that there could be near-term gas shortages. Hilcorp Energy has concluded new gas contracts with two Southcentral Alaska utilities and negotiations are continuing with a third, Hilcorp and the utilities con...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 12:09pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 12:05pm
  • Tomatoes have started showing up at the Homer Farmers’ Market.  Even some artichokes and pumpkin. The summer is in full swing. But vegetables aren’t the only aspect of diversity at the Market.   The craft vendors never cease to impress me with their skill and diversity. Last weekend I ...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:56am
  • Like many seniors whose expenses often include costly medications, Homer resident Kay Jones was on the lookout for cheaper alternatives when she saw an ad that promised significant savings. Those savings turned out to be a scam that fortunately did not cost her too dearly, but did result in the loss...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:55am
  • Homer Police are calling the death of a Homer man “suspicious.” Two people walking the Poopdeck Trail found the body of Mark Matthews, 61, about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. Matthews was lying on his back, police said in a press release. His body was sent to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office for a fo...

    Tue, 07/30/2013 - 2:17pm
  • Thirty years since the Kenai Peninsula Borough converted the Homer landfill to a baling-landfill facility, the site will undergo another conversion of sorts Aug. 1, with completion of a 9,000-square-foot building where household trash, referred to as municipal solid waste, will be placed into contai...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:18pm
  • Buccaneer Alaska Operations updated city officials and the public on the oil and gas company’s current southern Kenai Peninsula operations and plans for the future, with an emphasis on the West Eagle drilling project, at three presentations this week. The first was at the regular meeting of the Ho...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:11pm
  • At 3 p.m., Gov. Sean Parnell will turn a valve at South Peninsula Hospital, marking the flow of natural gas into the first public building in Homer’s Natural Gas Special Assessment District. The public is invited to a brief ceremony to hear comments by individuals instrumental in the project....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:07pm
  • Frustrated by what they see as an anti-business attitude on the Homer City Council, a group of about 20 small businesses earlier this month started a new advocacy group, Homer Voice for Business. The organization includes real estate agencies, laundromats, restaurants, hotels and a brewery....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:06pm
  • Teen killed in ATV accident A 15-year-old died in a Clam Gulch all-terrain vehicle accident Saturday. According to a Monday Alaska State Troopers report, troopers, Central Emergency Services and Ninilchik EMS personnel responded to an ATV accident just before 12:45 p.m. Troopers spo...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:04pm
  • A worker with a subcontractor on the Enstar Natural Gas pipeline project suffered a serious injury last Friday afternoon. The man had an injury to his leg and was taken to an Anchorage hospital for treatment, said Enstar spokesperson John Sims.  While not life threatening, Sims said the injury ...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:33pm

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