Homer News

  • The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved significant 2016 health insurance rate increases for individual and family policies issued by two companies selling health coverage. A much smaller increase of 4 percent was approved for policies covering small groups of 50 to 250. For the individual and...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:49am
  • Labor Day weekend is upon us and the chill in the air is right on time.  It is always at this time of the year that the mountains remind us of the fleeting character of summer with their termination dust.  This weekend is definitely one of the best showcases for the Homer Farmers Market we...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:48am
  • The impact of plummeting oil prices is finally hitting Alaska’s oilpatch. ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. said Tuesday it will cut about 10 percent of its 1,200 Alaska employees....

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:48am
  • If you lived in the woods on the Kenai Peninsula in the 1990s, you may not want to read this article. Those were the years when the spruce bark beetle outbreak killed most of the mature spruce forest on the Kenai, some 3.5 million acres.  Living out Homer’s East End Road, my wife and I spent ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:41am
  • Though President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska this week didn’t bring him to the lower Kenai Peninsula, he got a scent of Homer when local flower grower Alaska Perfect Peony was picked to provide the official presidential bouquet at his Anchorage hotel, the Captain Cook. “It was pre...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:38am
  • Standing at the bow of the Viewfinder, President Barack Obama gripped the steel railing as the boat cut through the deep blue water of Resurrection Bay amid the mountains, islands and glaciers in the Kenai Fjords National Park. ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:33am
  • A thawed salmon filet that tastes the same as a fresh one? Is this too good to be true? A group that calls itself Ocean Rich Communities of Alaska, or ORCA, says it is interested in bringing a high-tech Japanese freezing technology to the Homer Spit that can produce once-frozen fish indistinguishabl...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:31am
  • A Homer man survived a night about 200 feet up a 300-foot tall bluff near the Baycrest Hill turnout before being rescued last Thursday. ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:28am
  • Starting at the Sept. 14 Homer City Council meeting, the city’s 2016 budget will dominate its discussions. The biggest question will be how to fill a probable $1 million budget gap in a general-fund budget of about $12 million.  “That’s the shortfall I’m looking at,” said City Manager...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:27am
  • Late Sunday, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, an Ohio Republican and Speaker of the House, said he was “deeply disappointed” that President Obama allowed U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to restore Denali’s name from Mount McKinley. On Monday, Jewell said it doesn’t matter. “T...

    Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:59pm
  • KBBI is looking for a volunteer to help stuff envelopes for a mailing on Sept. 8, 9 and/or 10 any time between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 3913 Kachemak Drive in town by city hall. Contact:  235-7721 ext. 221 or email dorle@kbbi.org   ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:28am
  • Marine Trades group  to attend Seattle expo Homer Marine Trades Association recently sent its members renewal forms and cooperative marketing forms for 2016. The association “is looking forward to another great year promoting Homer and our port as the best pl...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:00am
  • A small creek is causing big trouble for Chuitna mine developers and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, heard arguments from Chuitna Citizens Coalition, Cook Inletkeeper, the Alaska Center for the Environment and PacRim Coal in the latest ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:58am
  • Bering Straits Native Corp. is now in the hardware business. The Western Alaska Native regional corporation announced its purchase of Alaska Industrial Hardware Aug. 3. BSNC President and CEO Gail Schubert said in a release the sale was evaluated for nearly a year. “We determined that AIH is a sol...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:57am
  • Like a gold rush, Alaska’s upcoming green rush will bring stacks of specie and currency, along with a version of the Pinkertons to guard the loot....

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:56am
  • From shiny pepper mills to smooth cutting blocks, one of Homer’s newest shops testifies to its name. The Classic Cook, a kitchen boutique, opened its doors July 18, and so far, it’s been a hit. Janie Buncak is the owner and sole employee — for now — and can be found daily at 158 W. Pioneer A...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:51am
  • On Monday, as the price of West Texas crude oil dipped below $39 per barrel for the first time in six years, state revenue commissioner Randall Hoffbeck told the Alaska House Finance Committee that the decline is exacerbating the state’s budget problems. The state’s budget is based on an average...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:40am
  • At last week’s Zucchini Festival, Dave Aplin gave a sincere moment of gratitude to the main sponsors of the Homer Farmers Market: The Sun and The Precipitation.  Then, he warned the audience of the upcoming thrills and spills of the Zucchini Races. Then, he introduced the Zucchini Queenie, Be...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:36am
  • Alaska’s agriculture industry has one of the highest rates of direct-to-consumer sales in the nation. Increasingly, producers are taking advantage of farmers markets and word-of-mouth marketing to move surplus produce off of small farms and onto local tables without any middlemen....

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:34am
  • KETCHIKAN — The boat race that challenged contestants to sail, paddle or pedal their vessels from Washington to Alaska will return next year. This summer’s Race to Alaska was a simple concept: teams raced the 750 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan for a $10,000 first-place prize, repo...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:08am

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