Homer News

  • Homer might not have the brilliant reds of New England maple trees, but the golds and yellows of birches and cottonwood trees provide equally glorious fall colors....

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:17pm
  • In a squeaker of an election, incumbent Homer City Council member Bryan Zak made up a four-vote deficit in unofficial election day results to win re-election to a third term.  After the city elections canvass board tallied absentee and other votes last Friday, and after a recount on Tuesday, Za...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:15pm
  • Student news Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., has annouced the enrollment of two students from Homer for the fall 2013 semester: Connor McCarron is majoring in environmental studies; Garrett Hoanin’s major is unclassified.   Kena...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 2:24pm
  • Meet Homer High School’s exchange students: Maximiano “Max” Mangue Jr. of Mozambique; Yusra Sahi of the Philippines and Sebastian Talamas Jr. of Bolivia. “Our current exchange students are sweet, respectable young men and women,” said Principal Doug Waclawski. “I’m glad they chose to c...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 2:21pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce October Business After Hours event, formerly the chamber mixer, will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Homer Inn & Spa, 895 Ocean Loop Drive. The evening provides an opportunity to tour the spa, enjoy chocolates and light libations. The event is open to the public. I...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:01pm
  • City of Soldotna employees are going to be receiving texts from trash soon. To cut the amount of time city employees spend collecting trash from parks and recreation facilities, the city has purchased solar-powered trash bins. So far one BigBelly Solar trash compactor bin has been set up outside the...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:00pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula’s Small Business Development Center will offer three workshops in Homer in October. They will be taught by Bryan Zak, director of the center, at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. ...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:59am
  • The new federal health insurance exchange for Alaska rolled out Oct. 1 with glitches, but those were expected. Valarie Davidson, government affairs director of for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, likened it to the first day of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend on-line enrollment. “It will...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:55am
  • The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is pushing ahead with its fast-track plan to develop a small liquefied natural gas plant on the North Slope and to truck the LNG 500 miles to Fairbanks on the Dalton Highway. Jim Hemsath, AIDEA’s deputy director for project development, said h...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:53am
  • Cooper Landing resident Alec Lamberson had intended to take a furloughed government worker fishing Monday. Plans changed when he and other guides received a call and email on Oct. 3 from a Kenai National Wildlife Refuge official stating that their special use permits, which allow them to provide com...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:52am
  • The Alaska LNG project companies have selected Nikiski as the lead site for the proposed project’s plant and terminal location. ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada considered more than 20 sites for the liquefied natural gas plant, and announced Nikiski as the top choice in a Monday pres...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:36am
  • Even though he finished 255 votes behind Bryan Zak, the second-place candidate in the Homer City Council election, Justin Arnold last Friday filed an application asking for a hand recount of the Oct. 1 city election. Zak, a two-term incumbent council member, won re-election last week when the Canvas...

    Mon, 10/07/2013 - 2:07pm
  • In a squeaker of an election, after the city elections canvass board tallied absentee and other votes on Friday, incumbent Homer City Council member Bryan Zak made up a 4-vote deficit in unofficial results to win re-election. Zak has been elected to a third term, winning with 547 votes over Corbin A...

    Fri, 10/04/2013 - 1:00pm
  • An early morning fire on Thursday killed a 46-year-old man at a Nikolaevsk home. After putting out the fire, firefighters found the remains of the man in the single-story ranch home. On Friday, Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as Andres "Andy" Afonasiev of Nikolaevsk. Next of kin has been...

    Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:17am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Oct. 11: picture retakes. Oct. 18: Inservice, no school.   Fireweed Academy (grades K-2) Oct. 9: School picture day, 9 a.m. Oct. 1...

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 10:24am
  • On the search for more learning, the first-grade students from Paul Banks Elementary School, accompanied by teachers and four parents, tapped into the rich resource of their community Sept. 19. Their search led to the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and, for the 16 students in teacher Wendy Todd’s...

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 10:22am
  • Charlie Gibson wasn’t so sure he would enjoy volunteer work with Hospice of Homer. “I thought it was going to be depressing, but it’s not,” said Gibson, who has found his niche moving equipment for hospice’s equipment loan program. “It always feels good,” he said. Gibson, who has worke...

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 10:17am
  • One incumbent lost, another kept his seat and the one open seat went to the less conservative candidate of the two running for office. In District 7, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Brent Johnson fended off two challengers in Central Kenai Peninsula to retain his seat. Looking to oust the fi...

    Thu, 10/03/2013 - 10:15am
  • Buccaneer Alaska has not decided on where to moor the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence after the end of operations this fall. The city and port of Homer have been encouraging Buccaneer to dock the rig at the Deep Water Dock, as happened last winter, and have written letters of support fo...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:56pm

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