Homer News

  • The future of Alaska’s certified seed potato production is up in the air following this year’s legislative session. The Plant Materials Center’s Potato Program through the Alaska Division of Agriculture was approved for one time increment funding, and will require legislative  action to c...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:30am
  • The effects of state funding cuts will crop up in student meals across the Kenai Peninsula during the upcoming school year. The Alaska Division of Agriculture’s Farm to School program and the Alaska Department of Commerce’s Nutritional Alaskan Foods in Schools programs will receive little to no ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:29am
  • FAIRBANKS — State services like the pioneers’ homes, the aerospace corporation and the agriculture division are among Alaska’s least important, according to participants in a budget conference held by Gov. Bill Walker. Those were the only three services identified as low priority Saturday duri...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:13am
  • Alaska State Troopers have arrested one man charged in a Ninilchik robbery, but seek another suspect in the June 4 incident. Troopers have filed an arrest warrant for Clarence S. Hock, 23, and issued a wanted poster today. On Saturday morning, troopers arrested without incident a companion of Hock, ...

    Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:02pm
  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted employment rate nudged up 0.2 points in April to 6.7 percent. The national rate was 5.4 percent, according to the state Labor Department. Unadjusted unemployment — the rate that doesn’t account for seasonal job swings — was 7 percent, down from 7.5 percent in Mar...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:44am
  • ANCHORAGE  — A health insurer is asking state regulators for a second large rate increase for its Affordable Care Act plans. Alaska Public Radio Network reports Premera Alaska is seeking a 39 percent hike for 2016 from regulators. Last year’s increase was 37 percent. Premera has about 8,000...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:43am
  • ANCHORAGE — The head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has resigned because of undisclosed health concerns. The departure of chief executive Mike Burns was effective Monday. The fund’s chief financial officer, Valerie Mertz, was appointed by the corporation board Monday as acting executive dire...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:42am
  • Anchorage artist Garry Kaulitz has been named the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award, an- nounced May 19, recognizes an artist with stat- ure and a history of creative excellence....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:40am
  • Agriculture support programs on the Kenai Peninsula will soon be feeling the effects of statewide budget cuts. The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District is slated to lose thousands of dollars in state funding if the 2016 fiscal year operating budget passes as it stands. “This is already a don...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:33am
  • I have to apologize. It seems I have boasted about our local farmers so much that I may have aided in the creation of a false impression — an impression that we have plenty of local food if we just get down to the Homer Farmers Market and buy it.  I hate to say it, but there are probably only...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:31am
  • JUNEAU — Nearly 10,000 state employees were set to receive layoff notices as the legislative impasse over a state spending plan wore on Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:31am
  • New “telemedicine” technology going onto area ambulances transmits patients’ vital signs from the ambulance to the hospital’s computer server, using the same technology and infrastructure as mobile phone signals. If the ambulance goes through an area that lacks cell-phone coverage, the devic...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:30am
  • Dr. Dale Trombley, like a growing number of doctors, has found a way to cut his costs while providing what’s become an unfamiliar concept: a doctor who knows his patients. “It’s nice to have a healthcare provider who knows you, who knows your issues, who watched you grow up,” said Trombley, ...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:23am
  • A strong, early pulse of king salmon on southern and central Kenai Peninsula streams has runs off to a good start. But managers say it is still too early to tell if the Cook Inlet’s ailing king salmon runs will rally from the last few years of poor returns....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:23am
  • The pipeline proposed by the Alaska LNG project would bring North Slope natural gas to liquefaction and export facilities being considered for construction in Nikiski. Where the liquefied natural gas, LNG, could go from Nikiski is still to be determined, but its potential destinations increased on F...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:12am
  • A 5-minute film, “Homeless in Homer,” shows at 6 p.m. June 11 at the Homer Theatre. The film was made by the local teen group Lead On! in partnership with White Stag Productions, South Peninsula Haven House, the R.E.C. Room, Homer Prevention Project and The Center. The film also is the launch fo...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:51am
  • A plan to set a 2.5-percent Homer bed tax stopped on the first step of a process that would have required ultimate approval by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. In 4-2 vote, the Homer City Council at its May 26 regular meeting spiked the idea.  Council member David Lewis had proposed puttin...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:50am
  • One of the drivers involved in a Christmas Day crash that severely injured an Anchor Point girl has been charged with driving under the influence and assault. ...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:49am
  • Far from a solemn march, Homer’s Relay for Life event promises to celebrate the successes achieved by cancer survivors and the strength shown by those continuing to battle the disease. ...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:46am
  • T he town of Homer was born on the Spit so it makes sense that this 4.5-mile-long rocky handle of land also raises up generations of its kids.  Take 14-year-old Finn, the namesake of Finn’s Pizza. A winter resident of Portland, Ore., Finn has spent every summer of his life on the Spit. When p...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:36am

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