Homer News

  • Homer Police on Sunday arrested a Homer man in the death of Mark Matthews, then 61, killed July 28, 2013 off the Poopdeck Trail. Lee John Henry, 55, appeared in Homer court on Monday morning for arraignment on a charge of first-degree murder. Judge Margaret Murphy did not set bail, and because it wa...

    Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:31am
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy (both schools) Oct. 14: Picture day. Oct. 21: End of the quarter. No school, teacher in-service day. Oct. 26: Early release. School out at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences. Big Fireweed (3-6) Oct. 13: ...

    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:18pm
  • At a series of public meetings Thursday, Oct. 13, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will begin confronting a budget for next year that may be between 3 and 20 percent less than the previous year’s. District Superintendent Sean Dusek invited the public to participate in the budget meeting...

    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:18pm
  • A high-speed chase on Thursday afternoon in Homer and Anchor Point began with a drunk-driver report and ended with the suspect coming out of a crashed, stolen Dodge Ram truck holding a half-empty gallon jug of blended Scotch whisky. At Paul Suter’s arraignment on Friday, Oct. 7, Homer District Co...

    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:03pm
  • Homer Folk School is here to stay and provide intergenerational learning of folk arts — from homesteading to maritime skills — to Homer and the surrounding areas, said folk school board member, as well as organic farmer and herbalist, Robin McAllistar. “I am such a fan. I am so excited about t...

    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:03pm
  • Newly elected Homer Mayor Bryan Zak and city council members Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas officially joined the ranks of city government at the end of the Monday, Oct. 10 city council meeting. The council also discussed the new animal shelter contract, potential consolidation of dispatch, and th...

    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:02pm
  • The Homer City Council on Monday discussed updates to Alaska’s alcohol laws, spearheaded by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, which would convert currently held public convenience licenses into seasonal licenses. If the proposed changes pass, the 12 establishments operating with public convenience ...

    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:02pm
  • The topic of appropriate invocations will come back before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11....

    Mon, 10/10/2016 - 4:23pm
  • Cops catch man after high-speed chase A high-speed chase on Thursday afternoon in Homer and Anchor Point began with a drunk-driver report and ended with the suspect coming out of a crashed, stolen Dodge Ram truck holding a half-empty gallon jug of blended Scotch whisky....

    Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:35pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy (both schools) Oct. 14: Picture retakes. Oct. 21: No school, teacher in-service. Oct. 26: Early release. Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences. Big Fireweed (3-6) Oct. 6: Anchor River field trip for the salmon egg ta...

    Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:01pm
  • In an election where all three Homer City Council candidates opposed a $12-million bond to build a new Homer Police station, voters followed the candidates’ lead and rejected Homer Proposition 1. That proposition would have paid for a new station with a six-month, April-September, 0.65-percent sal...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:46pm
  • Homer voters in Tuesday’s election selected candidates with strong business backgrounds. In the Homer mayoral race, they chose Homer City Council member Bryan Zak, assistant state director for the Small Business Development Center. In unofficial results Zak is the likely winner for Homer mayor, de...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:45pm
  • Among the budget-driven changes coming to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is a new busing system that will change start times for 10 southern Kenai Peninsula schools. After the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development cut inflation funding from its pupil transportation grant ...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:11pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education chose a new member at its meeting Monday evening. Mike Illg, the City of Homer’s Community Recreation Coordinator and a former wrestling coach at Homer High and Middle schools, was elected to join in a 5-1 secret ballot vote. School Bo...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:10pm
  • This year the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Title VI Indian Education Advisory Committee is working for strong community partnerships and even representation throughout the district under a new structure....

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Later this month, Kenai Peninsula residents will get a chance to air their concerns to the state Board of Fisheries in Soldotna. The Board of Fisheries will host a work session from Oct. 18-20 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, with an informational session held on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:30pm
  • The Homer Electric Association board of directors at a meeting last Wednesday appointed Homer resident Jim Levine to fill the vacant seat on the board in District 3, representing Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay areas, HEA director of member relations Bruce Shelley said in a press release on Friday. Th...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:30pm
  • Caelus Energy announced Tuesday that it is sitting on 6 billion barrels of oil on the western North Slope, a prospect CEO Jim Musselman said he expects will continue to grow. The prospect is Smith Bay, a remote inlet of state-owned water more than 100 miles west of current Slope infrastructure. Muss...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:17pm
  • Scotts Family Pharmacy makes its debut in Homer with its soft opening on Thursday, Oct. 6, and plans to offer services currently unavailable elsewhere. “(Nathan Scott) had an idea he wanted to bring to Homer,” said Gina Scott, Nathan’s wife and business partner. “Customer service is very imp...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:08pm
  • After the well-publicized court win by commercial fishing groups requiring the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to work with the state to establish a Fisheries Management Plan for salmon fisheries that take place largely in federal waters complying with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the question...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:08pm

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