Homer News

  • Locals last Thursday got an inside view of the big mansion on Kachemak Drive near Northern Enterprises Boat Yard when the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center held its monthly After Hours Event there. Second Star gets its name from the line in J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” describing how t...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:23am
  • Homer author Tom Kizzia holds a Homer Bookstore T-shirt at an event last Saturday honoring him for his book, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness,” becoming the all-time best-seller at the bookstore. The previous best-seller was J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:12am
  • The Alaska Legislature’s failure to extend the limited entry program for weathervane scallop fishing, which expired Dec. 30, 2013, has created an open-access opportunity in state waters for the succulent mollusks. Originally developed during the 2002 legislative session and extended again in 2008,...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:04am
  • There are huge benefits for the state if Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed state participation in a North Slope gas project goes forward: as much as $2 billion to $3 billion per year in new revenues. If the project were expanded, as the partnership deal anticipates, state revenues could increase by 30 ...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:04am
  • A taxi cab driver fended off a knife attack by forcing a passenger to drop the knife and pulling a pistol on him, Homer Police said in a criminal complaint filed last Thursday. Police arrested Sean K.M. Reagan, 25, for third-degree assault after finding him lying on the floor of a boat at the harbor...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:23am
  • At its Feb. 10 regular meeting, the Homer City Council set a timetable for the next step in the charter commission election process. It established a commissioner candidate petition period of March 1 to July 15 and an election date of Oct 7....

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:23am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Feb. 25: A public meeting about the district’s 2014-2015 budget, Homer High School library, 5:30 p.m.  Feb. 26: Early dismissal, 1:40 p.m.   Chapman School Feb. 22:...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:22am
  • Homer High School senior John Walsworth has had his heart set on being accepted to a military academy. The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to be exact, with the Naval Academy second on his list, followed by West Point. Alaska’s congressional delegation did their part to help Wal...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:20am
  • Homer Middle School took second place in MathCounts regional competition in Anchorage on Feb. 8. “The eighth-graders were the official team, while the seventh graders competed as individuals,” said HMS teacher Rand Seaton. The team will move on to the state competition March 29....

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:19am
  • Sure they can read, but do they know what they’re reading? Absolutely. Proof of that pudding is the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Battle of the Books.  Taking first place were West Homer Elementary School third- and fourth-grade team of Eli Zatz, Olivia Glasman, Seamus McDonough, Ka...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:18am
  • For more than 100 years people have been doing amazing things with bicycles in Alaska. In 1898, a handful of hardy souls rode more than 1,000 miles from Dawson to Nome — well before cars, trains or even roads. ...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:14am
  • Contractors and city workers last week removed Ramp 7 from the harbor. Ramp 7 is the ramp that connects JJ float and the Seldovia Bay Ferry mooring to the Homer Harbor uplands. Seldovia Village Tribe built the ramp and improvements to JJ float for its ferry operation between Homer and Seldovia. The ...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 9:08am
  • The Homer City Council at its Monday night meeting will consider a resolution to disapprove the Homer Advisory Planning Commission’s recommendation supporting a preliminary plat for the Quiet Creek subdivision.  Council members David Lewis and Francie Roberts are sponsoring the resolution....

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:27pm
  • The city of Homer won’t appeal a decision by Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet that overturned a part of the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District treating condominium units the same as lots. The special assessment district funds construction of a natural gas distribution line th...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:18pm
  • After drilling 3,700 feet and not hitting hydrocarbons, Buccaneer Energy Alaska will abandon its West Eagle No. 1 well about 20 miles east of Homer, the company announced Monday.  Buccaneer began drilling the well at a gravel pit near Basargin Road off East End Road last month and could have dr...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:16pm
  • Participants in Homer Rising, the local version of One Billion Rising, dance at the end of the event last Friday at WKFL Park. People shared poems and honored female survivors of sexual violence. The United Nations estimates one in three women in their lifetime will be victims of sexual violence....

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:11pm
  • Where can you go to see millions of years, all in one room? On Feb. 14, the Pratt Museum held a reception for its newest exhibit “The Living Tertiary,” curated by geophysicist Geoff Coble. Fossils featuring millions of years of Homer’s natural history are the focus. Coble wants to change peopl...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:01pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — An initiative letting voters decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Alaska has met the minimum signatory requirements to be on the Aug. 19 ballot. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says in an email that about 6,000 votes remain to be checked before the initiative w...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:21pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Second Star, 5620 Kachemak Drive. Second Star, named for the location of Neverland in “Peter Pan” is a luxury rental property. ...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:21pm
  • Homer Electric will award a number of academic or vocational scholarships in 2014. The scholarships are available for high school seniors, from each of Homer Electric’s three districts, and adults wishing to continue their education.  The deadline for submitting HEA scholarship applications i...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:20pm

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