Homer News

  • Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to show that the vast majority of homeless students on the peninsula are unsheltered but a few who are either over 18 or staying with a parent and a victim of domestic violence are sheltered at South Peninsula Haven House; and that t...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 8:21am
  • NAPA to host this evening’s Business After Hours event Kachemak Auto Parts/NAPA will host today’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. The mixer is from 5-6:30 p.m. at the auto parts store, located at 3545 Main Street. There will be plenty of do...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:39am
  • Managers are concerned that pressure on the Kenai River could increase if the Alaska LNG project goes through. The project is still tentative and will not receive a final ruling until 2018 at the earliest, but if it does go through, the borough could see an influx of as many as 5,000 workers for the...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:38am
  • Alaska Communications System Group Inc. revenue is down after selling off its wireless business to its fellow Alaska telecom GCI, but net income through nine months has sharply increased. Net income through three-quarters of the year for Alaska Communications was $12.6 million compared to just $2.6 ...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:37am
  • General Communications Inc. had another strong quarter in terms of revenue, particularly broadband subscribers and tourist season roaming fees, but the company is still absorbing last year’s major purchase of wireless business in its bottom line. GCI reported $19.9 million in net income in the thi...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:36am
  • JUNEAU — Eight attorneys have applied for the upcoming vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court. Justice Dana Fabe has announced plans to retire June 1. Fabe was the first woman appointed to serve on the court. The Alaska Judicial Council released the names of the applicants and biographical informatio...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:35am
  • Brian Nerland will retire from KeyBank at year-end and Commercial Banking Executive Lori McCaffrey will succeed him as Alaska market president. With his retirement, Nerland will complete a 30-year career at KeyBank in Alaska and will transfer leadership to McCaffrey, whom he hired 20 years ago to wo...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:35am
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists are predicting a fairly robust commercial harvest of around 4.1 million sockeye salmon in Upper Cook Inlet next season, 1.1 million over the most recent 20-year average. It is nearly 60 percent lower than the historical high harvest of 9.5 million sockey...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:34am
  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will hold its final meeting of 2015 from Dec. 7-15 at the Hilton in Anchorage. The council just released its final agenda for that meeting as well as a public comment deadline of Dec. 1. Apart from routine final action on harvest guidelines, the council w...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:32am
  • The fight over the proposed Pebble mine at times makes politics look tame. That impassioned battle resumed on Capitol Hill Nov. 5 when the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology heard from those on the front lines of both sides. The committee also received testimony from former Maine senat...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:32am
  • kenai Peninsula Borough School District All KPBSD schools will release students early on Wednesday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving break. There will be no school on Nov. 26 and 27.    Last spring, third- through tenth-graders took a new assessment, Alaska Measures Progress, for...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:46am
  • Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to show that Eddie Wood was at West Homer Elementary School for two weeks, not a month, from Nov. 2-13. Long-time Homer artist Eddie Wood’s November residency at West Homer Elementary School culminated with a goofy, imaginative...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:45am
  • S aturday may be the Sabbath, but there’ll be very little resting going on at the Homer United Methodist Church on Nov. 21.  That’s when the Kachemak Bay Lions Club is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Basket packing event, and a little help is needed....

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:31am
  • No Kachemak Bay Campus programs are on the chopping block. That’s the good news delivered by University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen during a visit last week to Homer. KBC, the branch campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, also won’t see changes to its popular Kach...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:25am
  • The cause of an unusual number of dead and dying otters winding up on Homer beaches remains unexplained, but preliminary results suggest toxins from harmful algal blooms and stress from bacterial infections might be contributing to the deaths. Infections also might cause otters to forage in shallowe...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:23am
  • In less than two weeks, Homer citizens vote in a special election that will decide the fate of the city’s 2016 budget. Last month, City Manager Katie Koester submitted to the Homer City Council, and the council introduced, its budget for next year. Homer follows a calendar fiscal year, with the bu...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:20am
  • The sentencing for an Anchorage man guilty of murder has been postponed and moved to Homer after a communication mishap. Demarqus Green, 23, was found guilty in May of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the 2012 shooting of Demian Sagerser, then 40. Green’s defense attorney had ar...

    Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:27pm
  • Editor's Note: This brief has been changed to reflect the correct day of the Business After Hours event. NAPA to host Nov. 19 Business After Hours event Kachemak Auto Parts/NAPA will host the next Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After H...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:56am
  • Morris News Service — Alaska Alaska Airlines significantly increased its capacity and improved its on-time performance in October, according to a monthly operational report released Nov. 3. The mainline carrier reported a 12.3 percent increase in passenger traffic on a 13.2 percen...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:55am
  • Snow has fallen across much of Alaska, and winter tires could be more important than ever this season. Cuts to the state operating budget have forced the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to eliminate 35 surface transportation maintenance positions and abolish overtime for wi...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:54am

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