Homer News

  • The Healthcare Task Force zeroed in on the hospitals at its meeting last week. At its third meeting, the Healthcare Task Force heard from the representatives of Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board about their roles in hospital...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 8:43am
  • The board of directors for the Homer Farmers Market announced this week it has received an award of $81,345 in USDA funding through the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program.  The Homer market is one of 164 projects funded this year around the nation through this p...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 8:41am
  • The empty building that once buzzed with Alaska Wild Berry Products jam-, jelly- and candy-making energy was humming last Saturday.  Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., customers browsed, shopped and visited with 24 farmers, artists, crafters, cooks, beverage-makers and musicians participating in openi...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 8:40am
  • The numbers are in and Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishermen have been griping about their season for a reason. The total harvest of 3.1 million salmon was 15 percent less than the most recent 10-year average, and the ex-vessel value of around $24 million was 20 percent below the previo...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 8:36am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Business and industry groups have appealed a state agency decision to grant a water reservation to conservationists who want to protect fish from the potential development of a coal mine in southcentral Alaska. Earlier this month, the Department of Natural Resources’ Water Resource...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 8:35am
  • The Verizon Innovative App Challenge, the no-coding-skills-needed contest that gives middle and high school students a chance to bring their problem-solving app ideas to life, is back. In its fourth year, the App Challenge calls students to gather teams, dream up ideas, and create concepts for mobil...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:50am
  • Students of all ages on the lower Kenai Peninsula are celebrating Halloween this week. McNeil Canyon Elementary and Chapman School will each have fall carnivals on Friday. Chapman’s Halloween Carnival goes from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a haunted house, silent auction, costume contest, ra...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:46am
  • In what arguably will be its most important act this year, the Homer City Council without fanfare introduced on first reading Ordinance 15-41, the legislation that will fund city government for 2016. That starts the process in an annual fall event leading up to an early December action that the coun...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:46am
  • Share the Spirit needs support for our annual Christmas Food & Gift Basket and Adopt-A-Family programs:  Volunteers and non-profit partners to distribute applications to clients in need. Monetary donations-can be made at Wells Fargo Bank. Contact:  Sha...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:43am
  • Some years ago as I stood in the national archives building and read from the original copy of our Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, I could not help but reflect on Lincoln’s closing words in his Gettysburg address ”...and that government of  the people, by the people,...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:42am
  • I first ran for Homer City Council more than three years ago, because I wanted to put a simple idea to the test — Could an elected official be someone I could trust and respect and still get re-elected? Can a politician be transparent, clear on his position, approach each issue with regard for evi...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:41am
  • For a holiday that started as a remembrance of the dead, Halloween this week in Homer looks to be pretty darn lively. There’s something for every age, whether you’ve been planning your costume for months or your trick-or-treating days are long over....

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:33am
  • Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of stories the Homer News  plans on youth homelessness on the Kenai Peninsula.   Casey Marsh is not homeless. Each night, the Homer High senior heads back to Anchor Point, to a cozy bed and a loving family an...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:28am
  • In Tuesday’s runoff election for one Homer City Council seat, incumbent Beauregard Burgess faces a challenge by political newcomer Heath Smith. Smith came in second in the Oct. 6 election, with 408 votes or 37 percent of the votes for a single seat, closely followed by Burgess with 391 votes or 35...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:21am
  • A young bull moose basks in the sunshine last Saturday on Diamond Ridge...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:20am
  • In next Tuesday’s election, unless the city of Homer can borrow and program a special touchscreen electronic voting machine from the state, Homer voter Rick Malley will miss out on an experience enjoyed by most other voters: the right to vote in person and privately at a city polling place on a ma...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:13am
  • A sentencing hearing in the case of convicted murderer Demarqus Green that had been scheduled for Oct. 26 has been rescheduled to next month, but will be held at the Kenai Courthouse instead of in Homer as previously planned. On a motion by Kenai District Attorney Scot Leaders, Kenai Superior Court ...

    Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:25pm
  • JUNEAU — The deadliest catch is getting a lot less deadly. Earlier this month, the U.S. Coast Guard reported to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council that for the first time in known history, no one died on the job while commercial fishing in Alaska during the last federal fiscal year, whic...

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 8:50am
  • On Oct. 15, in the last of several membership meetings around the Kenai Peninsula, representatives from Homer Electric Association went over the current state of its rates and policies as well as upcoming developments....

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 8:49am
  • The whole lot smelled of diesel, mud, rubber and rain. Brandon Leary, a crane operator for Crowley Maritime, delicately extended the hydraulic lift on the dull yellow crane, lowering the round weight onto a wood platform. Bill Elmore swung his right arm horizontally, raindrops pinging from his hardh...

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 8:49am

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