Homer News

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Bryan Zak of the Alaska Small Business Development Center in Homer has been appointed to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The appointment was made by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, director of the Commerce Department’s National Instit...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:59am
  • A citizen group dissatisfied with the Legislature’s action to reduce oil taxes earlier this year handed petitions with 50,000 signatures to state election officials July 13 calling for a voter referendum to repeal the law. The signatures are more than enough needed to put a referendum on the Augus...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:56am
  • JUNEAU — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is hosting an open house of its Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute. NOAA says the July 26 event is being held to recognize Stevens’ contributions to Alaska’s fisheries and to celebrate Ted Stevens Day. Stevens served in the U.S. S...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:50am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has appealed to Wal-Mart to encourage the retailer to continue to carry Alaska salmon. Parnell’s July 16 letter to President and CEO Michael Duke comes after Wal-Mart last month warned suppliers that they were required to retain certification from the London-based Mari...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:50am
  • For most of his life, William Strutz has enjoyed the fresh taste of spring water found on the 80 acres of land his parents, Louie Strutz and Jean Yenney, homesteaded on Ohlson Mountain. For the past year, Strutz and his wife, Mary Lou, have been sharing that water with a growing number of people. Si...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:48am
  • We have passed a milestone at the Homer Farmers’ Market. We have cauliflower.  That may not seem like a big deal to many, but every Saturday I keep track of the seasonality of the veggies at the Market and cauliflower is a landmark....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:34am
  • Recent figures dissected by economists with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development show increases in the cost of living in Alaska slowed last year compared to 2011, but the state remains one of the most expensive places in the nation to live and work....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:32am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on July 2 delayed action on two items in order to rethink its actions before going forward. The assembly put off voting on an ordinance seeking to overturn term limits imposed by a citizen initiative and moved to reopen public comment on a resolution calling for ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:42pm
  • A Kenai Peninsula based senior and disability resource center will cut its travels in half, following a hit from federal sequestration. The Independent Living Center serves the peninsula, Kodiak and the Valdez-Cordova Census area. The center helps the aging or impaired transition to homes, apply for...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:39pm
  • Following the success of a pilot episode for “Living Alaska” produced by Orion Entertainment of Colorado, HGTV has picked up 12 half-hour episodes of the series. Orion is now looking for real estate agents and their buyers for the series. Part travel show, part home show, this new series showcas...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:38pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Never bring a knife to a gun fight, the saying goes — or a rock to a knife fight, a Washington man found out on Monday, particularly if you’ve got a warrant out for your arrest.  Jesse R. Blumer, 32, got a trip to South Peninsula H...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:37pm
  • A 27-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday in Superior Court at Kenai Courthouse on two additional drug charges from a February incident. The charges are from a traffic stop in Homer when an Alaska State Trooper discovered an alleged mobile methamphetamine lab in the man’s car. Timothy Igou, 27, is c...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:20pm
  • At a recent meeting of concerned community members, actions were discussed to help meet the needs of local teens. “We talked to people at The Center, the R.E.C. Room, local businesses, a youth job training program, everybody we could think of to see how teenagers are taken care of during the summe...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:18pm
  • With the sun shining outside, a six-woman crew inside the Homer United Methodist Church’s kitchen were busy last Friday putting together sack lunches to be offered to Homer teens needing a helping hand. ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:16pm
  • KODIAK, Alaska — Locals in the city of Kodiak say the state’s ongoing delays in returning the area’s main ferry to service is hurting businesses. The delay in the Tustumena’s return is forcing travelers to cancel lodging and look for alternative ways to get to the island. The delays are affe...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:11pm
  • Light up the grill and invite some friends. It’s picnic time in Homer. In this case, the free community picnic, one of five governor’s picnics to be held around the state, with the public invited to share the festivities with Governor and First Lady Sean and Sandy Parnell, Lt. Governor Mead Trea...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:09pm
  • A proposed new water-sewer rate schedule comes back for reconsideration at 6 p.m. Monday for the Homer City Council’s regular meeting. Near the top of the agenda right after public comments, the motion to reconsider asks the question “Does the council want to look one more time at changing water...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:08pm
  • Sharon Bond’s son, 14-year-old Trevor, has a close connection to the vessels of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Especially the M/V Tustumena, the ship that links the family’s hone in Seldovia to the rest of the world. “Sometimes children with autism need a focus on something. His is on the f...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:08pm
  • Firefighters from the Homer Volunteer Fire Department were joined by firefighters from Kachemak Emergency Services and fire departments from Anchor Point, Alpine, the Pogo Mine and Prudhoe Bay for training in school bus extraction Saturday at the Homer Spit....

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 3:22pm
  • With its opening, life for Kenai Peninsula residents living with cancer has changed for the better. The Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center officially opened its doors last week to the patients it will serve and the community as a whole. Inside, they found one of the most advanced radiation centers ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:35pm

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