Homer News

  • The Nutritional Alaska Foods to Schools, or NAFS, pilot program that brought locally sourced foods to school meal menus will not continue into the 2016-2017 school year. The loss of funding results from budget decreases related to the state’s current fiscal crisis, according to Jenny Martin, legis...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:44am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District March 14-18: Most schools are on spring break, no school. Fireweed Academy (3-6) March 29: Field trip - Mud Bay Homer High School April 9: Prom. Linda Stubber...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:43am
  • A bulldozer sits by a new mouth of Beluga Slough at Bishop’s Beach last Thursday afternoon. Landowners at Munson Point, the subdivision on Ocean Drive Loop at the mouth of the slough, got a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to relocate the slough mouth and mitigate erosion near their pro...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:43am
  • As people near death, there can be a forced intimacy, said Pastor Lisa Talbott of Homer United Methodist Church. For the elderly or those with terminal illness where death is expected, the last conversations with the dying can help ease the passing. It’s the time for healing and resolution to say ...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:33am
  • A Homer woman who died on March 12 is suspected to have died of a drug overdose, Alaska State Troopers said in a press release. Audra Lamson, 26, died at South Peninsula Hospital after troopers and medics from Kachemak Emergency Services and the Homer Volunteer Fire Department went about 12:15 a.m. ...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:29am
  • In an unanimous decision at a March 9 meeting of the Kachemak Bay State Parks Board, the citizen advisory group recommended denying a permit to Norse Flight to land helicopters within Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park. The Anchorage company applied for a permit to land at up to 11 si...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:28am
  • Wintertime events that bring high numbers of tourists to Homer equal revenue spikes in local businesses for more than just a weekend.  Events attracting one-time visitors provide the opportunity to showcase the town’s recreational sporting events and activities such as fishing and skiing, whi...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:26am
  • After three ordinances and four Homer City Council meetings, the council on Monday wrapped up its work on whether commercial cannabis activities should be allowed in the city.  In a unanimous decision, it approved on reconsideration an ordinance regulating by zoning district the cultivation, ma...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:19am
  • The Alaska Food Policy Council recently awarded its first Food Hero awards at its semi-annual Food Festival & Conference. The awards were presented to Kyra Wagner of Homer for her individual contributions to Alaska’s food system and to the Tyonek Tribal Conservation District for its Tyonek Gro...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:27pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker issued an administrative order on Feb. 29 establishing a mariculture task force for shellfish and sea plants. Walker’s order responds to both economic and ecological concerns. The release touts the potential economic benefits to coastal communities and the Alaska fishing industry....

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:26pm
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill on March 3 that would require all genetically engineered salmon to carry the words “genetically engineered” or “GE.” The bill’s language resulted from discussions between Murkowski and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, strengthening earlier FDA la...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:25pm
  • Bagel Shop co-owner  Mikela Aramburu stands at the counter of the new espresso area in the addition to the bagel bakery and cafe on East End Road. The Bagel Shop reopened on March 1 after remodeling. The addition doubles the size of the cafe and adds more seating. The espresso counter will open...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:24pm
  • The next court battle over the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System won’t be for at least another five years. Two settlements over the taxable value of TAPS between the State of Alaska, its owners and municipalities along the pipeline corridor were announced March 1. The agreements fix the va...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:23pm
  • The new design center at Spenard Builders Supply on Lake Street is a result of practical thinking and artistry, brought together by design center project manager Geoff Murphy.  After deciding it was time to update the displays in the design center, Murphy came up with a plan to make the space e...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:22pm
  • Apache Corporation, which has been exploring oil and gas resources in the Cook Inlet area, announced recently that it will exit the state. The Houston, Texas-based corporation has been exploring north of Nikiski since approximately 2010. Apache’s Alaska general manager, John Hendrix, informed the ...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:18pm
  • Students in fourth through sixth grades at Fireweed Academy showed off models of famous buildings at the Structures Expo on March 4.  The students spent time in school and at home to create structures out of a variety of materials — cardboard, plastic foam, paint, hot glue and even Rice Krisp...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:52pm
  • March 14-18 : Spring break, no school. Girassol Learning Center and Art Studio now taking students Girassol offers early preschool, preschool, and after school programs for school age children. The center combines Montessori, Constructivism theory and Reggio Emilia ...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:50pm
  • Eric Waltenbaugh has verbally accepted the principal position for West Homer Elementary, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff.  Waltenbaugh is currently serving as a middle-high school teacher and curriculum specialist in the Kodiak School District,...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:50pm
  • A preliminary hearing was held and continued last Friday for Dellan Vanbuskirk, 28, charged with an armed robbery of the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station. Seward Magistrate George Peck, filling in for Judge Margaret Murphy, continued the hearing for Vanbuskirk to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Homer Courthous...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:23am
  • Both those who go out to sea in search of a big catch and those who choose to stay on dry land have chances to win big at the 23rd annual Winter King Salmon Tournament on Saturday, March 19. The all-day event will give away cash and merchandise prizes in the form of bets, raffles, drawings and, of c...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:19am

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