Homer News

  • The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District invites Kenai Peninsula farmers to a workshop covering all aspects of using the Truax No-Till Seed Planter.  This workshop is required for anyone who wishes to rent the planter during the 2015 season. The workshop will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, M...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:06am
  • HOUSTON (AP) — Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with inve...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:06am
  • When was the last time you thought about money? Chances are, it was probably today, since most adults deal with money — in one way or another — on a daily basis. We pay bills and buy groceries. We consider money when weighing job opportunities, determining where we’ll live, and when, or for so...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:02am
  • This summer, students from all across Alaska will experience what it takes to run a business. From July 18-25, 65 high school students will meet at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage to participate in Alaska Business Week, a weeklong learning event organized by the Alaska State Chamber of Commer...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:00am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the teachers and support staff unions have reached an impasse in collective bargaining negotiations. The Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association have been jointly conducting contract discussions with ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:53am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Highway System was thrown a life preserver April 18 when a committee restored $1.75 million in spending. The conference committee, responsible for patching together a final budget from House and Senate versions, effectively reversed a cut to the ferry system made in the ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:50am
  • Livestock for sale and slaughter is a growing market on the Kenai Peninsula. The interest in organically grown, healthy meat is a national trend that locals are picking up on, said Heidi Chay, district manager for the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District. “They are healthier products, you kn...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:48am
  • A small group of dedicated Alaskan growers are cultivating a production industry for Rhodiola rosea, also known as king’s crown. Alaska Rhodiola Products, an 11-member cooperative statewide network of small-scale operations that currently totals roughly five acres, is working to become a supplier ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:46am
  • A collapse of the bluff along the west end of Kachemak Drive has closed the Homer Spit end of the road. The road is closed indefinitely from about a half-mile in from the Homer Spit Road to the top of the hill by the old airport. Kachemak Drive remains open from the other entrance by East End Road a...

    Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:50pm
  • The city of Homer and Ken Castner have agreed to a stay of a judge’s order enforcing a decision in Castner’s favor regarding the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District. On April 3, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ordered the city to cease its method for assessing condominium o...

    Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:27pm
  • Whether it’s dog poop, loose dogs, birds, driftwood, bonfires, coal picking and off-road cruising, since last fall the Homer Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has been meeting almost every two weeks and contemplating those issues. At 5:30 p.m. today and a final meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 4, t...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:51pm
  • In addition to making an estimated 5,830 Kenai Peninsula residents eligible for Medicaid, the Medicaid expansion being debated in the Alaska Legislature could have behind-the-scenes effects on a health care system currently dealing with 9,239 unprocessed applications....

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:46pm
  • At an emergency meeting on April 8, the Homer City Council said it will petition the Alaska Supreme Court to review an April 3 judicial order that it cease its method for assessing condominium owners in the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District. ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:45pm
  • The Joyce K. Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library is hoping to relieve hunger and financial stress. For the third year, the library is celebrating National Library Week by offering the “Food for Fines” program. During the week of April 12-18, people with overdue items at the library can reduc...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:33pm
  • Through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds — by reporting sightings of Rusty Blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. This is the second year of the three-year project.  Researchers across North America are teaming up with citizen scientists to help solv...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:32pm
  • As the Alaska Legislature debates how to regulate commercial cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana, the Homer City Council on Monday night did what the Legislature has yet to do: It created a Cannabis Advisory Commission.  In an unanimous vote, the council passed Ordinance 15-07(a) (s)(...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:32pm
  • She’s been named a master gardener, lifelong learner and citizen of the year — and the list goes on. A lot of living can happen in 87 years.  Spend an afternoon with Daisy Lee Bitter and you’re going to learn something, or more likely, many things.   One kind of bluebell has 22 c...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:29pm
  • A 15-year-old student was arrested at his home in Kenai after police said he sent a threatening text message that included the threat of a gun, to students at Kenai Central High School. The school was on lockdown for less than an hour Tuesday, as were Kenai Middle School, Kenai Alternative School an...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:32pm
  • May 1: Early release day. May 4: School board meeting, Seward. June 1: School board meeting, Soldotna. June 2: School board planning session, Soldotna. Homer Flex School April 20-24: Artist in Schoo...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:48pm
  • The committee tasked with working out differences between the House and Senate budgets took up the Department of Education and Early Development budget Tuesday but didn’t make a decision on the line item that cuts about $48 million from K-12 education. The Senate made the cut in K-12 funding after...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:47pm

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