Homer News

  • Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships-Southern Kenai Peninsula, or MAPP-SKP, holds two meetings next week. A community driven partnership for improving community health, MAPP holds an open house from 4-6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Kachemak Bay Campus to discuss and review its latest com...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:29pm
  • There’s a new kind of education brewing in Homer. Several citizens, including Chad Jones and Kevin Walker, are pushing for a nonprofit school that would emphasize traditional folk skills such as boat building, woodworking, northern ecology, fiber arts and more.  The group is calling the new n...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:26pm
  • One of five Kenai Peninsula Borough teachers named as this year’s “BP Teachers of Excellence,” Barbra Ann Veeck of West Homer Elementary School, has gone a step beyond and been named “Teacher of the Year”  for the district. The award was announced at a reception at Alaska Christian Co...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:23pm
  • Getting started in birding can be intimidating. When experienced birders show up this week for the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, with all their binoculars, spotting scopes, outdoor gear, bird guides and gadgets, the new birder might wonder if it takes a small fortune to get started. T...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:20pm
  • Already the shorebirds have arrived. Dunlins, dowitchers, surfbirds, sandpipers, yellowlegs, in ones and twos and hundreds they’ve been swooping in on Mud Bay and Beluga Slough, taking a fast-food rest stop on their way north. Local birders have been giddy with excitement, but today starts the big...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:16pm
  • Student newsBrian Rowe is one of 20 Alaska students to receive a ConocoPhillips Alaska  scholarship of $5,000 each. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District ChapmanMay 8-9: Seward, grades 2-3.May 12-13: Eighth-graders HoWL field trip prep.May 12-16: Swim lessons, grades 2-3.May 12-14: Grade 8 fi...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:36pm
  • Having already built his own computer because “it was a really fun thing to do,” Homer High School junior Thomas Vanek was looking for an avenue to pursue his interest in computers. That opportunity arrived last semester....

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:33pm
  • Prizes for Cleanup Day, an annual event organized by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center with 117 participants this year, went to: • Individual-family: first, Shirley Fedora; second, Jenny Lemieux; third, the Sweeney family. • Group: first, HoWL with 68 participants, 132 bags of rec...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:30pm
  • A small and unassuming unmanned aircraft made a short flight Monday in Fairbanks that signified a big step in aviation, Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta said.The quad-rotor Aeryon Scout’s flight of less than five minutes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Large Animal Resear...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:23pm
  • The first liquefied natural gas tanker arrived Friday morning at the ConocoPhillips LNG plant at Nikiski, following the company’s reactivation of the plant this spring.The plant has been in a suspended status since late 2012.The Excel is owned and operated by the Belgium-based Exmar shipping group...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:22pm
  • The first cruise ship of the season, the M/V Silver Shadow, arrives about 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Deep Water Dock. The 382-passenger ship visits Homer after crossing the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo. It is the first cruise ship to visit Homer since improvements were done at the Deep Water Dock, includin...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:20pm
  • Registration for Alaska Business Week, which will run July 27-Aug. 2, is open. The application deadline is May 30.Alaska Business Week, or ABW,  is a one-week summer program teaching the basic principles of private sector business to Alaska high school students. Participants live on the Univers...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:11pm
  • JUNEAU — A watchdog plans to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of a report on the potential effects of large-scale mining on a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.Congressional requests and hotline complaints prompted the audit, Ashley Sellers-H...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:07pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Two fatal crashes of Alaska commuter aircraft and five other accidents or incidents have led the National Transportation Safety Board to recommend a comprehensive safety audit of the company that provides most commuter air service within the state.The NTSB announced May 1 an “urgent ...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:04pm
  • “It’s humming!” Rick Roeske, shouted over the deep vibrations emitting from the maze of whirring turbines and endless pipes crisscrossing within the new Nikiski Combined Cycle facility, where the majority of the Kenai Peninsula’s power is now produced.The facility is considered the cornersto...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:53pm
  • The busy intersection of the Sterling Highway and Main Street will get a traffic signal with turn lanes. That option was one of three being considered by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to control traffic on Main Street, the street connecting downtown to Old Town that c...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:26pm
  • Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic & The R.E.C. Room: Bean bag chairs, DVD movies, a lawn mower, gravel to even out areas in parking lots, electrician help, plastic storage totes with lids, individually wrapped snacks, gardening volunteers, volunteers to plan the Breast Cancer ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:19pm
  • A little help from here, a little help from there. For the Anchor Point Food Pantry, that help is coming from within and without the community and going a long way in helping provide food and serve a hot meal. “We’ve been doing this food pantry for about 10 years,” said Jack “Pastor Jack” ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:10pm
  • 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

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