Homer News

  • Friday was the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. That calendar convention never reflects Alaska realities, but it provides a convenient excuse to indulge in the time-honored tradition of complaining about the weather.  For the second year in a row, Homer residents despair of getti...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:55pm
  • JUNEAU — With polarizing issues facing the Alaska Legislature, there couldn’t have been a more interesting time for the state’s freshman U.S. senator to make a stop at the Capitol. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, made it clear in his first-ever address to lawmakers that his intention is to push a...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:58am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — A Senate subcommittee has proposed cutting $23 million from Alaska’s transportation department budget compared with this year, $8.9 million more than the House cut. Sen. Dennis Egan expressed frustration with the proposed ferry system cuts, which subcommittee chair Peter Micciche a...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:44am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Aspiring actors and representatives of companies that support the film industry testified in support of the state’s film tax credit program during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Sen. Bill Stoltze’s bill to end the state’s film...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:43am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Alaska Department of Transportation has shifted more than $1 million designated in 2012 for design of Anchorage bicycle infrastructure to other projects and bike advocates say it’s a setback for improving safety in Alaska’s largest city. More than 125 people in 2012 wrote ...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:43am
  • KENAI — A directional drill rig is tunneling into the ground along Bridge Access road where it will run underneath the Kenai River and connect a portion of the four-mile pipeline that Enstar Natural Gas Company began laying in February. Workers with Arizona-based Southeast Directional Drilling wor...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:41am
  • Roland Maw has been charged in Montana following an investigation regarding residency issues. Jim Kropp, chief of law enforcement for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, confirmed that the state has charged Maw, who owns property near Dillon, with seven counts of affirming to a false statement in ord...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:40am
  • A remote beach on the west side of Cook Inlet has seen an uptick in traffic as clammers hitch rides with charter boat captains or hop on small planes to find a stretch of beach where many say the razor clams are beyond comparison to any found on the Kenai Peninsula. The Polly Creek beach, near Tuxed...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:39am
  • Fishermen from around the state began showing up in Homer today for the annual Winter King Salmon Tournament. The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center had steady lines of fishermen registering this morning. Fishermen headed out today to scout out fishing spots and get in some salmon fishing....

    Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:31am
  • The Homer City Council will interview two applicants, both city employees, for city manager at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Cowles Council Chambers, City Hall. To be interviewed are Matt Clarke, deputy harbormaster, and Katie Koester, community and economic development coordinator....

    Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:24pm
  • By MELISSA GRIFFITHS Morris News Service - Alaska JUNEAU — Southeast Alaska has been very successful in using Alaska Energy Authority funds for renewable energy projects — too successful if you ask some other regions. The authority runs a renewable energy fund that is m...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:45pm
  • NOME — If ever there was uncertainty about the outcome of the world’s most famous sled dog race, it was this year. Warm weather and a lack of snow in much of Alaska spurred organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to forge an untested route, utilizing the state’s extensive system of froz...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:45pm
  • JUNEAU — Alaska Department of Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken said his department would meet Alaska’s budget challenges head on “by consolidating and creating efficiencies where possible” while “striving to have minimal impacts on core services.” Luiken’s remarks came during th...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:44pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly this week rejected the ordinance that would repeal the nine-month sales tax exemption on groceries. However, the issue is not completely off the table.  During Tuesday’s meeting, the assembly agreed to postpone voting down president Dale Bagley’s propose...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:44pm
  • The Alaska Board of Game voted to give Kenai Peninsula brown bears a bit more protection by lowering the cap on how many can be killed each year before the state shuts down the hunt. After hearing from federal Kenai National Wildlife Refuge managers and biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish ...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:44pm
  • At first glance, the Anchor River seems remote and wild. After all, Anchor Point is small, even by Alaska standards, and the river’s headwater streams fan out into wetlands and the hilly hinterlands of the south peninsula. But the river’s valued fish runs are struggling, and for years observers ...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:42pm
  • In an emotional change-of-plea and sentencing hearing at the Homer Courthouse on Thursday, a 2.5-year-old case involving a teenage drinking party incident that shocked Homer ended with two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Resetarits, pleading guilty to first-degree harassment of a 17-year-old boy passed...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:25pm
  • Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were invited to a Feb. 27 celebration catered by the HHS Culinary Arts class. Third-quarter winners are, from left, Valerie Rios nominated by Mr. Stineff; Laure...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:20pm
  • The Scholastic Book Fair is happening at the West Homer Elementary Library.  The book fair is open to the public March 23-March 27 during the school day.  From 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 24, the public also is invited to Family and Friends Fun Night at the book fair with door prizes and refreshm...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:20pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District March 27: Early release day. April 6: School board meeting, Soldotna.  May 1: Early release day. May 4: School board meeting, Seward.   Homer High School...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:18pm

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