Homer News

  • Icicle Seafoods and Peter Pan Seafoods have each offloaded millions of dollars worth of stockpiled canned salmon, courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. The department paid less than the 10-year average wholesale value for the product. At the urging of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Secretar...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:56am
  • If three Sparck sisters from Bethel fulfill their ambition to grow their small ArXotica Inc. into a large skin and health care products enterprise, a lot of credit should go to the Alaska Federation of Natives “Marketplace” business competition. That’s something the sisters — Michelle, Amy a...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:53am
  • United Fishermen of Alaska, the largest commercial fishing industry representative group in the state, is calling for a new executive director.  A Sept. 1 press release clarifies the position is open until being filled with a new applicant. Causes for the new leadership change are unknown. ...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:49am
  • KENAI — After more than a month of negotiations, Miller Energy Resources Inc. filed Oct. 1 for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization. The parent company of Alaska-based Cook Inlet Energy blamed the substantial decline in oil prices, a drilling plan that resulted in lower-than-expecte...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:47am
  • Warming oceans have brought news of many new and invasive species in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that crawfish, also known as crayfish or crawdads, a species of freshwater crustaceans related to shrimp and lobster, have been caught twice in the la...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:43am
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to increase the state’s share in the Alaska LNG Project could put Alaska on the hook for more than $14 billion, but also generate about $400 million in additional annual revenue, according to a report from Department of Natural Resources consultants. The report releas...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:41am
  • In the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough District 9 Assembly race between two political novices, Willy Dunne, 60, handily defeated Dawson Slaughter, 25, with 56.26 percent to 43.51 percent in unofficial results. Dunne, of Fritz Creek, led in all precincts except Slaughter’s hometown of Anchor Poi...

    Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:08pm
  • In unofficial Homer City Council results, Donna Aderhold has emerged as the apparent top vote getter, taking 46 percent of votes cast. That’s easily above the 20-percent bar in the two-seat race to avoid a run-off election....

    Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:07pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker visit Homer on Oct. 9 for two events. At 2 p.m. at the Homer Senior Center, the Walkers are the featured speakers for the Southern Peninsula Senior Summit at the Homer Senior Center. The summit runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with representatives from several senior ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:27pm
  • Of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s assembly districts, District 9 on the lower peninsula is one of the largest. At 3,400 square miles, as a Supercub plane flies, it spans 80 miles east to west. It includes some of the borough’s most remote and sparsely populated areas: Razdolna, Voznesenka, Kachem...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:26pm
  • At a Town Hall meeting last week to discuss city of Homer budget options, about 50 people heard City Manager Katie Koester propose ways to bridge a $1 million fiscal gap in the 2016 budget. Citizens and the Homer City Council have three choices in balancing next year’s budget: • Cut city service...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:26pm
  • Our city of Homer, in my opinion, is one of the best places to live. Now, I’ll admit, I didn’t always feel this way. The lack of opportunities for young families combined with weather that was and is sometimes undesirable created in me a storm of discontent.  As I grew up and started a fami...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:33pm
  • FAIRBANKS — Thousands of Alaska residents are without power after a major snowstorm socked the Fairbanks area and forced a grocery to store frozen food outside. The National Weather Service says 11.2 inches of snow fell in Fairbanks through early Wednesday. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports t...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:32pm
  • Voters will have another shot at taking steps to reduce crime in Nikiski when they head to the polls on Oct. 6. Proposition 2 seeks to create a law enforcement service area following the same boundaries as the Nikiski Fire Service Area, including a section on the west side of Cook Inlet.  A yes...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:31pm
  • As if it were cemented in time, the earliest memory of my entry to Homer, in 1974, is canvased onto the outside wall of the bathrooms at Paul Banks Elementary School. That mural is an enduring legacy to the imaginations of a wide-eyed group of 3rd-5th graders. ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:30pm
  • Homer is a unique place on earth that attracts a wide diversity of people to live and work here. Collectively, we are responsible for determining and maintaining the quality of life that fulfills the needs of the vast majority of our residents....

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:29pm
  • In spite of evidence to the contrary, I believe most people can make good decisions if provided with good information. My only intent when first seeking political office in 2012 was to test this belief. Unlike the other five candidates running for City Council this year, I’m running on my record ...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:28pm
  • Members of the City Council serve the community, and I would be honored to represent the residents of Homer in this capacity. I believe I bring several skills to the position: listening, objectivity, the ability and interest to delve below the surface of issues, and an understanding of how decisions...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:27pm
  • JUNEAU — A trio of Juneau businesses will be discounting coffee drinks for all customers the day after the municipal elections. These discounts, however, come with a catch: they are contingent on voter turnout. On Oct. 7, Coppa, GonZo and the Rookery will match the voter turnout in their respectiv...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:22pm
  • There are a number of important issues facing the citizens of Homer today but none more important than electing the two best candidates to City Council leadership for the next three years. Spending must be reined in and the budget must be balanced. And listening to the voters of Homer and giving the...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:21pm

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