Homer News

  • Anchorage — Alaska USA Mortgage Company Assistant Vice President Rhonda Johnson has earned the Excellence in Profession award from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Excellence in Profession award is presented to an individual who has attained and personified the highest level of exc...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:11pm
  • ANCHORAGE — KTUU-TV and Piksik LLC have announced the formation of a joint venture, dubbed Alaska Media House LLC, or AMH. The new venture will develop and produce Alaska-based television content for national and international distribution. ...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:10pm
  • If the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s preseason forecast for the early run of chinook salmon on the Kenai River proves to be accurate, it will be the second lowest run on the river in 30 years. However, the newly released run forecast of 5,265 fish is more than twice the 2014 forecast for th...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:09pm
  • On Monday, House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, introduced a bill to the state House of Representatives that would create a tax credit for ammonia producers. According to its text, House Bill 100 would entitle “a taxpayer that owns an in-state processing facility whose primary function is the m...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:09pm
  • Learn methods for establishing financial projections and how to create and evaluate financial ratios that will help measure success and be an effective tool in obtaining financing at a “How To Write A Business Plan” seminar. It will be taught by Bryan Zak of the Alaska Small Business Development...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:07pm
  • When Billy Roberson, Land’s End Resort’s former executive chef, left Homer for the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, resort management had only to look in-house for a replacement: Matt Orchard, former sous chef and PM kitchen manager.  Judging by evaluations submitted by guests a Feb. 5 “unveiling...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:05pm
  • The boats fishing for Pacific cod with pots in the central Gulf of Alaska federal season finally wrapped up their 17.9 million pound quota Monday, a few days later than last year, but the trawl fleet is still fishing with only 30 percent of their 9,600-ton quota caught. Obren Davis,...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:02pm
  • Increasing Medicaid access to 41,000 more Alaskans will save the state several million dollars per year according to Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. In the first year of expansion, fiscal year 2016, the State of Alaska will save $6.1 million based on figures in a Department of Health and Social...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:53pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula community may have a chance to make reforms in local health care. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly appropriated $200,000 for evaluating potential ways to reduce health care costs on the Kenai Peninsula at its Feb. 3 meeting. The ordinance was introduced by Borough Mayor Mike ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:14pm
  • The recall petition for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Kelly Wolf has been denied. On Feb. 5, the borough clerk’s office released the results of the application that was submitted by Kasilof resident Chase Duncan on Jan. 26. Duncan cited “incompetent representation” as the reason he f...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:13pm
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    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:12pm
  • As the city closes in on approving a final assessment roll for the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District, the Homer City Council at a work session on Monday debated an idea that could lower property owner assessments. Should the people who helped fund the gas line get a rebate in the future ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:09pm
  • A longtime Homer man known for his infectious laughter and sense of adventure died Feb. 7 in a hiking accident in Patagonia, Argentina. According to reports from the Argentine newspaper, Chaltén Today, Michael Feraudo Jr., 60, apparently fell sometime after 12:30 p.m. local time while hiking on the...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:08pm
  • After meeting in executive session for almost an hour and then in public for about half that time, the Homer City Council on Monday night narrowed its list of city manager applicants from four to three: Carey Meyer, Homer Public Works Director; Chris Johnson, former deputy executive director of the ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:05pm
  • If there’s a poster child for a city street that needs work, that would be Waddell Way. At Lake Street, Waddell Way starts as a rough pothole-filled road that looks like the Ho Chi Minh Trail after a Vietnam War B-52 bomb run. A sign at the east end warns away drivers: “Not city maintained; trav...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:02pm
  • The Betster has been in Homer so long that when typing the word “home,” inevitably a finger taps an extra “r” so the sentence comes out like “Homer is where the heart is.” Isn’t that a bumper sticker? Do other people have this issue? ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:57pm
  • Feeling February’s chill now that the temperature has dropped?  Warm up with the 61st annual Homer Winter Carnival today through Sunday. This year’s theme, “Warm Winter Hearts,” overlaps with Valentine’s Day, and offers plenty of memorable activities for those in — or out of — lov...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:12pm
  • Heart-shaped cards. Heart-shaped boxes of candy. Heart-shaped balloons. All trappings of heartfelt celebrations centered around Valentine’s Day. For Melanie Miller and her husband, Ron, their heart reminder comes in the shape of their 18-month-old daughter, Chloe, who was born with a congenital he...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:46pm
  • At two recent meets, one in Homer and one at Dimond High School in Anchorage, the Homer High School DDF — Drama, Debate and Forensics — team, coached by Amy Johnson, earned an impressive amount of awards.   Homer meet, Jan. 23-24: Public forum debate, second place: Robert H...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:40pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Feb. 24: Public school district budget meeting, Homer High library, 5:30 p.m. Contact Lassie Nelson, 907-714-8838. Chapman School Today: Jumprope assembly, 2:30 p.m. ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:37pm

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