Homer News

  • After nearly a full day of board deliberations on 25 proposed regulatory changes, the Cook Inlet’s personal-use fishery remains largely unchanged in the midst of a process that has dramatically restructured commercial set and drift gillnet fishing in the same region. Board members, dipnetters and ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:55am
  • The on-going Board of Fisheries meeting dealing with Cook Inlet salmon plans has been rough on the commercial fishermen, taking a big red pen to the Central District drift gillnet plan after potentially reducing fishing time for the setnet fleet by half....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:54am
  • ANCHORAGE — Change is hard. The evolution of commercial setnetting in the Cook Inlet is no different. As king salmon runs continue to decline, keeping nets out of the water and fishers off the Kenai River, the east side setnet fishery has seen its time reduced, gear restricted and full-on closure ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:52am
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries hammered out a Kenai River king salmon fisheries plan that left the setnetters looking at possibly having only 12 hours of fishing time per week for sockeye depending upon the strength of the king salmon returns. Under what is being called “paired restrictions,” whe...

    Sat, 02/08/2014 - 11:36am
  • Due to a winter storm, tonight’s opening ceremonies for the Homer Winter Carnival have been cancelled. The ceremonies have been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. “There’s nothing more Homer than having opening ceremonies at the end,” said Dax Radtke, one of th...

    Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:41pm
  • A wind storm that blew in Thursday night has knocked out power throughout the Kenai Peninsula. As of 2:20 p.m., the outage affected Homer Electric Customers in these areas:   ·         Old Sterling Highway between Homer and Anchor Point, 358 members affe...

    Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:44am
  • Investments in North Slope oil and gas projects will be the main driver behind statewide construction spending growth in the coming year, according to a report by the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research. The annual forecast projects oil and gas spending on constr...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:16pm
  • Orange cones, working equipment and flaggers are usually a sign of a busy Alaska summer, but this year’s unwinter-like weather has extended the construction season. Currently, a crew of Utility Technologies employees are making the most of the mild temperatures, stringing 26,000 feet of pipe on th...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:16pm
  • The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission determined additional information is needed before making any rulings in a dispute between Cook Inlet Regional Inc. and Buccaneer Alaska LLC. The commission held a hearing Jan. 30 in Anchorage with the two agencies as well as the Alaska Department of Na...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:14pm
  • Radio personality Chris Story, left, does his weekly Tuesday afternoon show, Alaska Matters, in a special broadcast at the WKFL Park bathrooms. Musician Robert Toner, right, also performed on the show. Story did a commentary criticizing the expensive bathrooms. ...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:12pm
  • KENAI — The overall theme from local mayors to oil and gas companies Thursday: the economic outlook on the Kenai Peninsula is strong and welcomes new business. Seven community representatives from an area spanning from Homer to Seward spoke on the economic future at the Industry Forum hosted by th...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:10pm
  • Get ready for some Winter Carnival fun, fellow citizens.  For years the Homer Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the Winter Carnival parade because that was the amount of time and effort we could put forth while we also prepared for the Winter King Salmon Tournament (March), Cleanup Day (April),...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:08pm
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries began a marathon 14-day meeting on Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery issues on Jan. 30, and by mid-day Monday had voted on one of the proposals that most concerned the commercial fleet, No. 103. The first day consisted of  Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff rep...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:07pm
  • A preliminary hearing held on Monday in the case of Michael McClendon, 29, has been continued until 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Homer Courthouse. McClendon was arrested on Jan. 9 for first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, theft of a firearm, first-degree misconduct involving weapons for felon in p...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:06pm
  • ANCHORAGE — After two full days of public testimony, the Board of Fisheries has heard from the bulk of the 234 people signed up to testify on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries issues. Most who spoke were given three minutes to voice their support or opposition to the proposals the board will take up duri...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:05pm
  • The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released a preliminary report for the Oct. 23, 2013, crash of an Era Alaska plane in Homer. According to the report, the Beechcraft 1900C plane had a nose and main landing gear collapse during landing.  Two flight crew members and 13 passenger...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:26am
  • Homer Chamber of Commerce 58th Annual HomerWinter Carnival - Thursday, Feb. 6 thru Sunday, Feb. 9 Schedule of Events: Thursday, Feb. 6 Annual Upstairs-Boutique Balloon Party! 11 a.m.–6 p.m. ...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:42am
  • Student News Homer High School senior John Walsworth has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Walsworth already wa...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:16am
  • There’s nothing quite like a Paul Banks Elementary School readathon. Each year faculty and staff put their heads together to come up with a challenge that sends the school’s pre-k through second-graders into a reading frenzy. This year, the youngsters’ reading will result in clues to help loca...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:13am
  • That was the question Chapman students in pre-k through first grade explored last week as the 2013-2014 school year reached its 100th day....

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:12am

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