Homer News

  • Alaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone resigned Tuesday, and a longtime Cook Inlet commercial fisheries advocate has been nominated to replace him. Gov. Bill Walker named Roland Maw, of Kasilof, to the fish board after calling Johnstone to express his disappointment with the board’s lac...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:18pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Jan. 19: Vacation day.   Chapman School Jan. 17: Wrestling, 10 a.m. Jan 18: Spaghetti feed, auction for Angelica Haakenson, 1 p.m. Jan. 20: Second quarte...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:56am
  • Nominations for BP’s annual BP Teachers of Excellence program are due by Jan. 30 at PBteachers.com. The program honors K-12 teachers from public or private schools who have made important contributions to education and their communities over the past year. Each BP Teacher of Excellence receives a ...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:55am
  • Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, has announced the following full-time students have been named to the dean’s list for earning a 3.5-3.99 grade point during fall semester 2014: • Weston Classen; • Ashley Freeman;  • Kaitlyn Hecks; • Shawn Ja...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:55am
  • If humor does for learning what a spoonful of sugar does for taking medicine, the pre-kindergarten through second-grade students at Paul Banks Elementary School are destined to be reading wonders.  The school kicked off its 2015 readathon Monday afternoon with the theme of “Pirates — Seek T...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:54am
  • The parents of Homer’s first baby of the year didn’t plan on her earning that annual honor, but they did plan on one thing: Mary and Jamie Rault moved to Homer to have their baby, Skyler Louise Rault.  The Raults met in Bethel and when Mary became pregnant with their first child, decided th...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:41am
  • A fundraising event benefiting 11-year-old Angelica Haakenson of Anchor Point and including a spaghetti meal and a silent and call-out auction is drawing more attention than organizers and family members anticipated. The event happens at Chapman School gym in Anchor Point at 1 p.m. Sunday. “It’s...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:37am
  • How valuable is a facility that attracts an estimated 1,500 people to the city during the slow winter months, with those people spending about $425,000 while they’re here? A facility that attracts hundreds of area residents of all ages for hockey and figure skating lessons and the opportunity to p...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:21am
  • As Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, leave this week for Juneau, both said one issue will dominate in the first session of the 29th Legislature. “It’s pretty clear: It’s the budget,” Stevens said in a phone interview from his Kodiak home. “That’s what we’ve go...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:17am
  • Two people on stand-up paddleboards take advantage of calm seas at sunset on Sunday. The Homer area’s spring-like weather continues this weekend with highs in the low 40s and lows in the high 30s. The weekend outlook calls for rain....

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:16am
  • After meeting in executive session at a special meeting Monday night, the Homer City Council said it would stick to its original ordinance regarding how it assesses condominiums for the Homer Natural Gas Distribution System project. ...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:13am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce will have its annual membership and luncheon beginning at noon Jan. 27 at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. RSVP to the chamber by email to membership@homeralaska.org or by phone, 235-7740 by Jan. 20. An optiona...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:05am
  • Five years after graduation, alumni of two Kenai Peninsula College associate of applied science degree programs rank No. 1 and No. 3 in average earnings when compared to all University of Alaska Anchorage degrees including master’s, bachelor’s and other associate degrees, according to a recently...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:56am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration asked for and received state transportation commissioner Patrick Kemp’s resignation Monday following Kemp’s defense of his department’s pursuit of the Juneau access road, a Walker spokeswoman said Monday. Spokeswoman Grace Jang said Walker insists...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:55am
  • Imagine your family’s biggest source of income plummeting by 80 percent in one year.  At today’s oil prices, that’s Alaska’s situation. The state’s oil and gas production tax is expected to bring the state $524 million in the current fiscal year, a shocking drop from the $2.6 billion ...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:51am
  • JUNEAU — The state is expected to pay about $100 million more in tax credits to oil and gas producers than it receives in production taxes this year amid low oil prices, Gov. Bill Walker said. In an opinion piece published in Alaska newspapers, Walker said he supports the philosophy behind tax inc...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:46am
  • The halibut crisis in the Bering Sea and the potential for much stricter bycatch limits has the factory longliners and at-sea processing trawlers weighing in with comments to the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which meets Jan. 26-30. That’s something they have not previously done. The d...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:46am
  • Having opened Home Run Oil in 2000, Jeff and Shelly Erickson are now providing more than fuel for home and vehicle. The new owners of Home Run Short Stop, formerly Baycrest Fuel and C Store near the top of Baycrest Hill, the Ericksons and their crew offer a wide selection of convenience items, a kit...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:42am
  • While Homer talks about being open for business, expanding the harbor, upgrading streets and all the things that allow a city to meet the needs of its residents, 160 acres to the east, along the Fox River Flats, has been safeguarded since 1997 at the request of its former owner, Thomas Boblick. ...

    Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:26pm
  • A Homer High Student-to-Student College Fair will be held from 7-9 p.m. today in the HHS commons. It is an opportunity for high school students to hear current college students speak about their colleges and “lessons learned” through the admission process. Organizer Elise Nacht Boyer said about ...

    Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:14pm

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