Homer News

  • A few more events to get out of the way for the spring sports season and work will begin on ripping up the field within the track and replacing it with a turf field. “May 22 is the day the site will be available for the contractor,” said Kevin Lyon, the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s capital projec...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:08pm
  • Humans aren’t the only ones to show off when having their picture taken. This eagle, on the bluff south of Deep Creek, appears to enjoy making faces for the camera. ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:07pm
  • Would the Homer City Council get more middle-income residents, parents and small-business owners running for office if it increased the stipend for serving?  In introducing an ordinance that would increase a council member’s pay from $50 to $150 a month, council member Beau Burgess made that ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05pm
  • The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will present the Tustumena Replacement Vessel Reconnaissance Report to the communities of Kodiak Island, Southcentral and Southwest Alaska May 19-22. The report will be presented in Homer with teleconference availability fo...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:28pm
  • The Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, has announced the 2014 commencement will be at Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre at 7 p.m. May 7. This year’s keynote speaker is Shannyn Moore, a Homer-raised national and Alaska news commentator and columnist, KB...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:27pm
  • Effective May 5, Hospice of Homer is moving to a new location at 265 E. Pioneer Ave., Suite 3. Access to the new hospice office is through the lower level in the back of the building where there is parking. With the new location come expanded office hours. The new hospice hours are 9 a.m.-noon Monda...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:27pm
  • The Homer City Council in a special meeting Monday night investigated six more ethics complaints. Acting as the Board of Ethics, the council also investigated further a complaint, 2014-02, it had first reviewed at its April 14 meeting. All meetings were held in executive session. At the end of the p...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:27pm
  • Earth Day celebrations spreading from Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, along Beluga Slough Trail and to Bishops Beach drew a crowd on Saturday, as did the annual electronics recycling event organized by Cook Inletkeeper....

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 2:22pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District May 21: School closes.   Chapman School May 5: Kindergarten to Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. May 5-16: Swimming in Homer, grades 2-3. No swimming on May 8-9. ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:35pm
  • Eighth-grader Jack Heimbold of Chapman School is the school’s Masonic Award recipient. Jack was nominated by the school’s principal, Conrad Woodhead, selected for his high character and academics. In presenting Jack with the award, Woodhead said Jack represented such Chapman student body traits ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:33pm
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Tuesday the names of her 10 first-session summer interns that will work in Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office. Alfonso Sitenga of Homer is among those named. Others include Lyndsey Brollini, Nicole Eldred and Mckenzie Stepovich of Anchorage; Dierdre Creed of Kotzebu...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:33pm
  • The Chapman School gym was full of science and the young scientists displaying their projects at the school’s April 23 science fair, coordinated by teacher Jonathan Sharp. The projects ranged from Tyler Johnson’s blue-ribbon research into how likely hunters are to accurately identify legal-sized...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:32pm
  • The sunken ferry dock in Skagway has its head back above water. Western Marine Construction Inc., a Juneau-based company, was contracted over the weekend to work on the dock’s infrastructure. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced the dock’s raising by Facebook on...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:17pm
  • Following the loss of both employees at the Homer Division of Motor Vehicles office, the office at 3798 Lake St. is now on an abbreviated schedule.  The office is open today from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with a closure from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for road tests, and will be open on a schedule to be anno...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:17pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The embodiment of an Alaska cliche is for sale. The massive urethane igloo that’s a must-stop for summer tourists heading up the Parks Highway en route to Denali National Park and Preserve can be had for $300,000....

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:15pm
  • KENAI — The rising cost of health-care premiums for city employees has the city of Kenai grappling with a proposed half mill rate increase as administration works to finalize the city’s operating budget for 2015. Kenai City Manager Rick Koch said the mill rate has not increased in the eight year...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:13pm
  • The Kenai branch of Acuren USA has suspended operations after the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission found high radiation readings during a surprise inspection in early April. The company is licensed to use radioactive materials when inspecting pipe welds. According to a confirmatory action...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:12pm
  • The Homer News took home 13 Alaska Press Club awards last Saturday at the statewide media organization’s annual conference and banquet. Now celebrating its 50th year, the Homer News also took third place for best weekly newspaper. Topping the list are five first-place awards: • Best sports photo...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:11pm
  • Homer News staff writer Michael Armstrong, also a science fiction writer, has been honored for his service to the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a national writers organization. He will receive the Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA award at SFWA’s Nebula Awards banquet in San ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:00pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The three main Republican candidates for U.S. Senate all are anti-abortion, believe government surveillance goes too far and are not in favor of legalizing marijuana. Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan and current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell answered questi...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:56am

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