Homer News

  • Hold a spaghetti feed and auction benefit and you just never know what will happen.  In the case of Sunday’s event benefitting Angelica Haakenson, 11, of Anchor Point, and her family, organizer Kayla Tennison said it was more successful than anticipated. The event, plus donation cans around t...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:01pm
  • In the continuum of care for Homer’s senior population, a group in the middle not sick enough to require full nursing care but not well enough to live independently has fallen victim to what some say is a change in how the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reviews Medicaid Choice wai...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:58pm
  • Homer Electric Association is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s board of directors. The board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area....

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:51pm
  • The search for the next Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent has begun. The application period opened Friday and will close Feb. 16. The school district will be making the first announcement today, said school district spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff. “The Board of Education is respon...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:51pm
  • An Alaska seafood processor has sold a 12 percent stake to the parent company of StarKist Co., giving the South Korean tuna producer access to the salmon market. The sale to Dongwon Industries by Sitka-based Silver Bay Seafoods has been public since November, but the Alaska processor outlined detail...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:49pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital will offer “Living Well Alaska,” a series of six, two-hour classes to help people with long-term health conditions learn ways to feel better and be less limited by their illness. ...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:49pm
  • The state’s political and resource communities are still buzzing about Gov. Bill Walker’s sudden firing Jan. 6 of three Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board members and his order that new board members not sign confidentiality pledges. Besides the political theater, the concern is whether this...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:48pm
  • Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday appointed Sam Cotten to serve as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Cotten, who is currently serving as the interim director of the department, was the only name forwarded to the governor for selection after a joint Board of Fisheries and Board...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:47pm
  • The annual Kachemak Board of Realtors Christmas party wrapped up the old year with some giving — and receiving. New board members were chosen, $6,000 was raised for scholarships and local nonprofits and Denise Pitzman was honored with the 2014 Realtor of the Year award....

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:27pm
  • People across the state, including House Speaker Mike Chenault, are questioning the Board of Fisheries’ unanimous vote to not even interview one of the apparently qualified candidates, Roland Maw, for Alaska Department of Fish and Game commissioner, and the lack of public process in reaching that ...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:24pm
  • 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

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