Homer News

  • Editor’s Note: As part of Homer News coverage leading up to the Aug. 16 primary, in this week’s edition we introduce the candidates running for the District 31 House seat and give their responses to a set of questions. The candidates were individually interviewed and asked t...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:33pm
  • Candidates Paul Seaton, Mary “Beth” Wythe and John Cox will take part in debates hosted by the Homer Public library and the Homer Chamber of Commerce over the next week. Both forums are open to the public. The chamber debate will address topics important to the local business community, includin...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:33pm
  • A Homer man shot and killed a charging sow brown bear at Humpy Creek last Friday. Kim Woodman, 57, shot the bear five times with a 10mm handgun before the bear fell about 6 feet from him. While backing away from the sow, Woodman fell and accidentally shot himself in the left foot. Woodman was able t...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:30pm
  • As of noon Wednesday, two candidates have filed for city office. Homer City Council member Bryan Zak has filed for mayor and Homer Advisory Planning Commissioner Tom Stroozas has filed for city council. Zak and council member Gus VanDyke’s seats are up for election. Both are 3-year terms. Homer Ma...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:30pm
  • In a talk before the Homer City Council on Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker mentioned a historic photo of Metlakatla villagers Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot gave him. It showed the villagers pulling together to remove a stump — a Tsimshian tradition. “‘This is what we need to be doing,’” Walker said Mall...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:30pm
  • In the Republican Party race for House District 31 Representative, contributions have ranged from just $400 for John Cox to $24,047 for the incumbent, Rep. Paul Seaton, according to Alaska Public Offices Commission filings as of July 15....

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:30pm
  • Children entering public and private schools in Alaska, as well as certified preschools and licensed daycares, must be immunized, unless he or she is given an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Overall, the state does not see a high percentage of exemptions, said Gerri Yett, program manager...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 2:03pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker has removed Bruce Schulte from the Marijuana Control Board. Walker’s letter gives little explanation for Schulte’s removal. “While I have appreciated your willingness to serve on the Marijuana Control Board, I have determined that your continued representation on this board is...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 1:09pm
  • Kenai Peninsula voters will decide whether to continue the borough’s optional senior property tax exemption in this fall’s election. The proposal comes out of a comprehensive review of the borough’s tax code that Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s office has been engaged in since last year. It joi...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:50am
  • The Homestead Restaurant and wine director Sharlene Cline have once again been honored by Wine Spectator as one of 3,595 world restaurants to receive the Award of Excellence in the magazine’s 2016 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant also made the 2015 list. The program honors restaurants whose wine ...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:50am
  • KBBI Public Radio AM 890 welcomed two new hires and said good-bye to a departing staff member at a meet-and-greet July 28 at the station on Kachemak Way. Leaving was development director Rose Grech, who plans to move to Colorado and travel abroad in the fall and winter. Replacing her is Alder Seaman...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:49am
  • Organizing the Arctic Winter Games first brought Tim Dillon to the Kenai Peninsula, and a decade later, he will take another regional role as executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District....

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:49am
  • The boundaries of the Kenai Peninsula’s hospital service areas will stay where they are for now. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly struck down a proposed ordinance at its July 26 meeting that would have moved the common boundary between the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the ...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:49am
  • This is the season for all kinds of Alaskan berries, but it is definitely the time for raspberries. Picking (and eating) in our garden the other day I realized that raspberries are the perfect food to showcase the state of our food system. First of all, just like I wonder why everyone doesn’t grow...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:49am
  • Kenai Peninsula voters will decide whether to continue the borough’s optional senior property tax exemption in this fall’s election. The proposal comes out of a comprehensive review of the borough’s tax code that Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s office has been engaged in since last year. It joi...

    Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:32pm
  • At a Homer City Council work session Monday night on addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic in Homer, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl brought another issue to the council’s attention: an increase this summer in police response to public drunks. “The police department has dealt with an inordinate...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • After years of investigation, Homer’s only unsolved murder now awaits a decision by the Kenai District Attorney on whether charges can be filed. Three years ago today, someone killed Mark Matthews, then 61, leaving his body off the Poopdeck Trail between Hazel Avenue and Pioneer Avenue. Homer Poli...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker visits Homer at 2 p.m. Tuesday for a meeting with Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and the Homer City Council. Held in the Cowles Council Chamber, Homer City Hall, the meeting is open to the public. At press time, Walker’s press office had not confirmed other details of his visit. Walker ha...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Two Cessna 206 airplanes operated by bear viewing tour companies crashed while taxiing on a Chinitna Bay beach the same afternoon on July 19. No one was hurt in the incidents. Pilots reported the incidents at 4 p.m. last Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board air crash investigator Shaun Will...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:05pm
  • In its first meeting after a short summer break, the Homer City Council on Monday moved forward on issues basic to city government— water, animal control and the budget. It took these actions: • Held a public hearing and approved a substitute on Ordinance 16-38, an overhaul of the city’s anima...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:14pm

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