Homer News

  • “Not in my back yard,” the rallying cry for neighbors opposed to anything from gravel pits to big box stores, got raised again last week when property owners in the Noview Avenue area spoke against a proposed child-care facility on a lot near the west end of Noview near Mullikin Street....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:29pm
  • Homer Police issued a warning this week of a new phone scam that hits close to home: the caller claims to an “assistant chief” from the Homer Police Department and even has a caller ID showing the call is from police....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:19pm
  • Bob Letson, CEO of South Peninsula Hospital, has been named in the inaugural list of  “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, SPH announced in a recent press release. According to the publication, these 50 presidents and CEOs have shown commitment to providing high q...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:21am
  • JUNEAU — The floor of the Alaska Senate broke into an impromptu debate over oil taxes Monday. Sen. Cathy Giessel sparked the discussion in a special order, which is when members speak on issues of their own choosing. Hers was entitled “What Could It Look Like?”...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:14am
  • A California-based development company is making progress with its plans to transform the Soldotna “Y” with new buildings to house a Walgreens as well as other businesses yet to be determined. The Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 5 approved to replat two parcels at the “Y” int...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:14am
  • After nearly a full day of board deliberations on 25 proposed regulatory changes, the Cook Inlet’s personal-use fishery remains largely unchanged in the midst of a process that has dramatically restructured commercial set and drift gillnet fishing in the same region. Board members, dipnetters and ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:55am
  • The on-going Board of Fisheries meeting dealing with Cook Inlet salmon plans has been rough on the commercial fishermen, taking a big red pen to the Central District drift gillnet plan after potentially reducing fishing time for the setnet fleet by half....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:54am
  • ANCHORAGE — Change is hard. The evolution of commercial setnetting in the Cook Inlet is no different. As king salmon runs continue to decline, keeping nets out of the water and fishers off the Kenai River, the east side setnet fishery has seen its time reduced, gear restricted and full-on closure ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:52am
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries hammered out a Kenai River king salmon fisheries plan that left the setnetters looking at possibly having only 12 hours of fishing time per week for sockeye depending upon the strength of the king salmon returns. Under what is being called “paired restrictions,” whe...

    Sat, 02/08/2014 - 11:36am
  • Due to a winter storm, tonight’s opening ceremonies for the Homer Winter Carnival have been cancelled. The ceremonies have been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. “There’s nothing more Homer than having opening ceremonies at the end,” said Dax Radtke, one of th...

    Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:41pm
  • A wind storm that blew in Thursday night has knocked out power throughout the Kenai Peninsula. As of 2:20 p.m., the outage affected Homer Electric Customers in these areas:   ·         Old Sterling Highway between Homer and Anchor Point, 358 members affe...

    Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:44am
  • Investments in North Slope oil and gas projects will be the main driver behind statewide construction spending growth in the coming year, according to a report by the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research. The annual forecast projects oil and gas spending on constr...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:16pm
  • Orange cones, working equipment and flaggers are usually a sign of a busy Alaska summer, but this year’s unwinter-like weather has extended the construction season. Currently, a crew of Utility Technologies employees are making the most of the mild temperatures, stringing 26,000 feet of pipe on th...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:16pm
  • The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission determined additional information is needed before making any rulings in a dispute between Cook Inlet Regional Inc. and Buccaneer Alaska LLC. The commission held a hearing Jan. 30 in Anchorage with the two agencies as well as the Alaska Department of Na...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:14pm
  • Radio personality Chris Story, left, does his weekly Tuesday afternoon show, Alaska Matters, in a special broadcast at the WKFL Park bathrooms. Musician Robert Toner, right, also performed on the show. Story did a commentary criticizing the expensive bathrooms. ...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:12pm
  • KENAI — The overall theme from local mayors to oil and gas companies Thursday: the economic outlook on the Kenai Peninsula is strong and welcomes new business. Seven community representatives from an area spanning from Homer to Seward spoke on the economic future at the Industry Forum hosted by th...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:10pm
  • Get ready for some Winter Carnival fun, fellow citizens.  For years the Homer Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the Winter Carnival parade because that was the amount of time and effort we could put forth while we also prepared for the Winter King Salmon Tournament (March), Cleanup Day (April),...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:08pm
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries began a marathon 14-day meeting on Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery issues on Jan. 30, and by mid-day Monday had voted on one of the proposals that most concerned the commercial fleet, No. 103. The first day consisted of  Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff rep...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:07pm
  • A preliminary hearing held on Monday in the case of Michael McClendon, 29, has been continued until 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Homer Courthouse. McClendon was arrested on Jan. 9 for first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, theft of a firearm, first-degree misconduct involving weapons for felon in p...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:06pm
  • ANCHORAGE — After two full days of public testimony, the Board of Fisheries has heard from the bulk of the 234 people signed up to testify on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries issues. Most who spoke were given three minutes to voice their support or opposition to the proposals the board will take up duri...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:05pm

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