Homer News

  • As its own sponsors recommended, the Homer City Council on Monday in a unanimous vote defeated a controversial ordinance that would have severely restricted motorized vehicle use on city beaches. “I think there is a solution that can better serve Homer,” council member Catriona Reynolds said in ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:43am
  • A sentencing hearing in the case of convicted murderer Demarqus Green that had been scheduled for Aug. 24 has been rescheduled for next month. Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran conducts a sentencing hearing for Green, 23, at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Homer Courthouse. ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:37am
  • Sitting in the yard at Desperate Marine, it’s clear that the wooden sailing vessel Indomita needs a little paint and elbow grease.  Wanting to see her restored to her former glory, the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society, or KBWBS, is working hard to make sure she is seaworthy once again.  ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:27am
  • The state project shoring up the huge coastal erosion feature north of Anchor Point is wrapping up this week. This aerial image from Aug. 13 shows the sloping fill installed by contractor QAP and the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) at Sterling Highway Mi...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:22am
  • A series of unusual ocean events in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest has scientists wondering if warming oceans are causing everything from harmful algal blooms to seabird die-offs. So far, though, marine biologists have not yet made a direct connection between all these incidents: •...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:18am
  • The vibrancy of the Spit depends on a mash-up of diverse elements and individuals: captains and slime liners, potters and biologists, Spit Rats and third-time cruise ship passengers, locals and people from all over the world, and crane operators and chefs and wanderers and everyone in between. This ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:12am
  • Work is resuming on the Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project under spending guidelines put in place by Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. The overall cost for the proposed 705-foot dam in the upper reaches of the Susitna River has been pegged at $5.6 billion in 2014 dollars by the Alaska Energy Au...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:13am
  • To help inform coastal Alaska residents about ocean acidification and its effects on communities, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and Cook Inletkeeper are launching an innovative kiosk in Homer’s harbor. The interactive, weatherproof kiosk features video testimony from experts, fishermen an...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:10am
  • The cannabis industry’s growing pains are causing unease for some stakeholders, even as the newly minted Alaska Marijuana Control Board was able to favorably change certain draft regulations....

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:09am
  • The fight over expanding Medicaid between Gov. Bill Walker and Republican legislators has gone from the Capitol to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office and is now headed for a courtroom. The Republican-heavy joint Legislative Council voted 10-1 Aug. 18 to sue Walker over his use of executive...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:07am
  • It’s been a warm summer. It seems everything is ripening a little early. Even though we are not even through August yet, berries seem to be falling to the ground — except for the ones picked and sold at the Homer Farmers Market.  Last week I saw black and red currants, red and golden raspbe...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:04am
  • Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services lowered the outlook on the State of Alaska’s credit rating from “stable” to “negative” on Aug. 18, and gave politicians one year to reorganize the fiscal house before the downgrades accelerate. Standard and Poor’s wrote that the current budget defic...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:03am
  • In a change from 2014, moose hunting season in game management unit 15C, the lower Kenai Peninsula, opens on Sept. 1, later this year than in 2014. It runs through Sept. 25. Antlerless moose hunting opens on Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 20. Resident moose hunters can take one bull with a spike on a...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:59am
  • Editor's note: The story on a sentencing hearing for Demarqus Green has been updated on Aug. 21, 2015, to show a new date for sentencing. Rototiller operator ruptures gas line Residents in the Soundview Avenue area escaped injury last Thursday when a rototiller operator hit and rupt...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:39am
  • Nanwalek School’s 80 students finally received their iPads on Tuesday. The long-awaited celebration was not a quiet one.  Staff and students clustered into the village school’s gymnasium to receive the various Apple gadgets granted in 2014 through the ConnectED initiative’s partnership wi...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:13am
  • For 22 years, Homer’s annual Run for Women, later the Breast Cancer Run, has raised awareness of breast cancer. Sponsored by Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, this year the annual August run supports another of its programs, youth services, with a new name, the Resiliency Run and Ride. The venu...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:43am
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    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:42am
  • The 2015 Kenai Peninsula Fair is slated to be three days packed with an eclectic blend of entertainment, Friday through Sunday, at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.  This year’s homey theme, “Country Nights and Carnival Lights,” was chosen, not only to highlight that for the second year the fest...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:45am
  • I t was an idyllic childhood on the Homer Spit that Mo Hillstrand enjoyed during the summertime, when her parents, Mary and Earl Hillstrand, original owners of Land’s End, ran the hotel.  Beginning with the hotel’s opening in 1958, the family would migrate down from Anchorage each summer an...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:37am
  • A last-day filing by three candidates on Monday boosted the Homer City Council election from four candidates last Friday to seven as of 5 p.m. Aug. 17.  In Kenai Peninsula Borough elections, Anchor Point resident Dawson Slaughter made the election for the District 9 borough assembly seat a cont...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:24am

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