Homer News

  • Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article, which appeared in the Oct. 8 edition of the Homer News, said Alaska Center for the Environment and Cook Inletkeeper filed for instream flow reservations, in addition to Chuitna Citizens Coalition. ACE and Cook Inletke...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:46am
  • Commercial fishermen operating more than three miles from shore have until today to get a mandatory dockside safety exam from the United States Coast Guard. Boats that are out of the water or tied up for the winter will need one before resuming operation next season. The dockside exams have been vol...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:42am
  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks will begin a study designed to encourage high school-age girls to consider geophysics and technology science careers through summer academies. The National Science Foundation is funding the three-year, $1.1 million project, called BRIGHT Girls — short for Budding...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:40am
  • The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is asking for proposals on how to spend $2.2 million in federal disaster funds geared toward salmon research in Cook Inlet and the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. The funding opportunities will be welcome in wake of state budget cuts that claimed the Chinook Sa...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:39am
  • ANCHORAGE — Two drill vessels employed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska’s northwest coast have safely departed Arctic waters for the Pacific Northwest. The 572-foot Noble Discoverer, owned by Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, reached Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands on Sunday afternoon. After a Co...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:38am
  • As of Oct. 6, the intersection of Pioneer Avenue and Main Street is a four-way full stop intersection. The new stoplight is not yet connected to power, so it remains dark, but Swanson General Contractors owner Rob Swanson, whose company put in the light, wants to emphasize that that doesn’t mean i...

    Mon, 10/12/2015 - 11:01am
  • Alaska salmon scored a partial victory this week, but PacRim’s coal mine could still happen. On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources granted an instream flow reservation, or IFR, to Chuitna Citizen’s Coalition for the lower section of Middle Creek. Middle Creek is part of the wate...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:48pm
  • Proposition 1, a controversial ballot initiative to remove from some cities the right to tax groceries year-round, passed in a landslide Tuesday night, with overwhelming support in Homer. Proposition 1 is the continuation of a 2008 citizens’ initiative to repeal the winter tax on nonprepared foods...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:47pm
  • In the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly race between two political novices, Willy Dunne, 60, handily defeated Dawson Slaughter, 25, with 56.26 percent to 43.51 percent of the vote in unofficial results.  Dunne, of Fritz Creek, led in all precincts except Slaughter’s hometown of Anc...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:46pm
  • In unofficial Homer City Council results, Donna Aderhold has emerged as the apparent top vote getter, taking 46 percent of votes cast. To avoid a run-off, candidates had to receive at least 20 percent of the total votes cast for two seats, said City Clerk Jo Johnson. Aderhold easily overcame that ba...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:44pm
  • Nikiski area residents shot down a law enforcement service area in Tuesday’s municipal election. Barring any changes after absentee ballots are counted, Proposition 2 failed with 541 votes cast against it and 399 votes in favor of it. The measure asked Nikiski voters to approve the creation of a N...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:38pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting input from interested persons at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled for  6 p.m. Oct. 15 at a school near you, via MS Lync. For information, or to find a l...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 1:36pm
  • For most preschoolers, nothing could beat meeting a real live superhero. But a special event at Paul Banks Elementary School on Sept. 30 came pretty close: As part of a 20-year partnership about fire safety education, the Homer Volunteer Firefighters paid a visit to Emily Priest and Mindy Hunter’s...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 1:35pm
  • The signs of fall in Homer are many: the Spit closes, the tourists disperse back to their respective homes Outside. Fireweed burns red on the Reber Trail. Moose season ends. And outside Elise Boyer’s house up East Hill Road, a line of cars fills the driveway. Inside, nine people have gathered to c...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 1:15pm
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    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:26pm
  • The British adventurer who arrived by kayak in Homer in August 2014 as part of an attempt to circumnavigate the world totally by muscle power has had to abandon ship during the last leg of her adventure, a trans-Atlantic Ocean crossing. Sarah Outen, 30, was picked up by a passing ship, the Federal O...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:24pm
  • It’s not uncommon for children to live longer than the age of their parents, but when a father lives well into his 90s, the bar gets set a bit higher. On Sept. 27, Wendell Stout did just that. His father, Ray Stout, lived from 1885 to 1984, dying just two months short of his 100th birthday. On Sep...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:23pm
  • Alaska Air Guard does rescue training The Alaska Air Guard did water-rescue training in Kachemak Bay and Homer from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. The 210th, 211th, and 212th Rescue Squadrons of the Alaska Air Guard’s 176th Wing trained on water rescue tactics along with a boat crew as suppo...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:12pm
  • An Anchor Point man faces federal charges for allegedly threatening law enforcement over the radio. Larry Clarence Volz Jr., 58, was arrested Oct. 1 during a Federal Bureau of Investigation search of his home on the 41000 block of the Old Sterling Highway in Anchor Point. An FBI SWAT team executed a...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:10pm
  • The proposed Alaska Marine Highway System, or AMHS, schedule for the summer 2016 season, which runs May through September, is now available for public review and comment. The proposed schedule can be accessed through a link on the homepage at FerryAlaska.com or directly through the following address...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:00pm

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