Homer News

  • Superintendent’s Welcome Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year! Our district is very excited to have all our students, staff and parents back in school. We have had a busy summer at the district office in preparation for this year, and are now able to implement many blended le...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:48am
  • Wells Fargo names  Martin its Alaska  volunteer of the year Wells Fargo has named Homer business relationship manager Cinda Martin as its Alaska Volunteer of the Year for 2015. Wells Fargo will donate $1,000 to the Homer Community Food Pan...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:43am
  • AUGUSTA, Ga. – William S. (Will) Morris IV has been named chief executive officer of Augusta-based Morris Communications Co., the parent company of the Homer News. The appointment was announced Aug. 1 by his father, William S. (Billy) Morris III, 80, and is effective immediately. Will Morris succe...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:41am
  • Alaska veterans and active service members have a new option for seeking treatment of the invisible scars inflicted by combat. Taya Kyle, widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, helped dedicate the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital in Anchorage July 28....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:40am
  • State aviation officials and industry leaders are looking for ways to ease the burden of the state’s 247 rural airports on the general fund. Revenue from the rural airports with scheduled service and airports nearby the hubs covered less than 25 percent of their own operating cost over recent year...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:24am
  • Shell is drilling in the Chukchi Sea. The semi-submersible Polar Pioneer “spudded” the Burger J well at 5 p.m. July 29, company spokeswoman Meg Baldino said. Meanwhile, an ice-management vessel sent to Oregon for repairs is now en route after police cleared protesters that were blocking the vess...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:24am
  • BP and ExxonMobil, two of the three major Prudhoe Bay field owners, have applied to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for an increase in the allowable volume of natural gas that can be produced and sold from the North Slope field. The AOGCC, a quasi-judicial state regulatory commission ...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:22am
  • The latest buzz around the Homer Farmers Market this week didn’t necessarily have anything to do with veggies. It was about the $1 per minute massages down at the Wilderness Wellness booth. With this hectic summer, some time in Erik’s massage chair is a high commodity....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:21am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s two special sessions, held earlier this year as lawmakers struggled to agree on a state budget, cost more than $886,000, according to figures provided by the Legislative Affairs Agency. Jessica Geary, the agency’s finance manager, said Tuesday that some claims could still com...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:20am
  • Shawn and Ember Jackinsky’s garden looks almost like every other northern garden. There are currants, chickens, gooseberries, carrots and kale, all protected from the vanguards of the moose by a tall fence.  But a short interview with the brother and sister duo will tell you that this garden ...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:10am
  • Next Monday at its 6 p.m. regular meeting, the Homer City Council will go from placid tidepools to heavy surf when it considers an ordinance to be introduced by council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds regulating motorized vehicle access to Bishop’s Beach and the Homer Spit....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:43am
  • An Alaska Air Guard Guardian Angel team early on July 28 rescued two hikers lost near China Poot Lake on the south shore of Kachemak Bay. An Air Guard Pavehawk helicopter took Patrick King, 57, of Kenai, and Victoria Baldasarre, 55, of Amherst, N.H., to the Homer Airport. Both were uninjured. The hi...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:40am
  • Candidate filing periods opened this week for Homer City Council seats and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, Board of Education and service area boards.  The Homer filing period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 17; the borough filing period ends at noon Aug. 17....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:40am
  • Fish cutters at Coal Point Seafoods notice there’s less halibut coming into the 23-year-old fish processing business on Thursdays. Clad in head nets, aprons and rubber boots, they might grumble about filleting boney pollock instead. On Thursdays, they see more pollock, as well as salmon, lingcod, ...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:36am
  • Alaska’s economy and demographics are changing. Declining revenues have serious long-term implications for local government. Underlying causes — the oil industry decline and the graying population — are more pronounced for the Kenai Peninsula than for the state as a whole. While the city of Ho...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:28am
  • Alaska State Troopers on July 24 charged a fourth person in an alleged theft of about $200 in oysters from a Little Jakolof Cove oyster farm. Using images from a trail camera that took photos of a group on the dock of the oyster farm, troopers identified a fourth suspect as Anders Gustafson, 37. Tro...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:35am
  • Medical service areas, and the implications of their boundaries, drew the most debate from Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members during their Tuesday night meeting....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:42am
  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center will host one-day workshop on how to build a website next month. The fee is $65 and the online registration deadline is Aug. 10. Prepayment and preregistration are required through an online credit card system or by submitting cash or check at Alaska SBDC...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:40am
  • ConocoPhillips is getting out of the natural gas production business in Cook Inlet. The company has put its inlet gas assets up for sale and plans to open a data room for prospective buyers. However, the company’s liquefied natural gas plant at Nikiski is not included in the assets for sale, compa...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:40am
  • Collective bargaining between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Kenai Peninsula Education and Kenai Peninsula Education Support associations remains at an impasse. The three entities agreed on April 15 that hiring a mediator is necessary to negotiate the teacher and support staff c...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:39am

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