Homer News

  • Homer Police are calling the death of a Homer man “suspicious.” Two people walking the Poopdeck Trail found the body of Mark Matthews, 61, about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. Matthews was lying on his back, police said in a press release. His body was sent to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office for a fo...

    Tue, 07/30/2013 - 1:17pm
  • Thirty years since the Kenai Peninsula Borough converted the Homer landfill to a baling-landfill facility, the site will undergo another conversion of sorts Aug. 1, with completion of a 9,000-square-foot building where household trash, referred to as municipal solid waste, will be placed into contai...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:18pm
  • Buccaneer Alaska Operations updated city officials and the public on the oil and gas company’s current southern Kenai Peninsula operations and plans for the future, with an emphasis on the West Eagle drilling project, at three presentations this week. The first was at the regular meeting of the Ho...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:11pm
  • At 3 p.m., Gov. Sean Parnell will turn a valve at South Peninsula Hospital, marking the flow of natural gas into the first public building in Homer’s Natural Gas Special Assessment District. The public is invited to a brief ceremony to hear comments by individuals instrumental in the project....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:07pm
  • Frustrated by what they see as an anti-business attitude on the Homer City Council, a group of about 20 small businesses earlier this month started a new advocacy group, Homer Voice for Business. The organization includes real estate agencies, laundromats, restaurants, hotels and a brewery....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:06pm
  • Teen killed in ATV accident A 15-year-old died in a Clam Gulch all-terrain vehicle accident Saturday. According to a Monday Alaska State Troopers report, troopers, Central Emergency Services and Ninilchik EMS personnel responded to an ATV accident just before 12:45 p.m. Troopers spo...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:04pm
  • A worker with a subcontractor on the Enstar Natural Gas pipeline project suffered a serious injury last Friday afternoon. The man had an injury to his leg and was taken to an Anchorage hospital for treatment, said Enstar spokesperson John Sims.  While not life threatening, Sims said the injury ...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 1:33pm
  • A proposed new water-sewer rate schedule is back on the table for the Homer City Council. At its Monday regular meeting, the council agreed to reconsider the new rates after it spiked the resolution last month. The council added two amendments eliminating minor fees and postponed action until its Au...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 1:29pm
  • The Kenai Police Department has released details of Tuesday night’s shooting at Home Depot. According to a press release, Ezekiel Johnston, 25, of Kenai, allegedly shot Cole Sprinkle, 23, of Wasilla, three times with a handgun inflicting life-threatening injuries. Johnston called 911 at about 6:30...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 1:20pm
  • In response to requests by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and the Alaska Charter Association, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced Wednesday it had extended the comment period on the con...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 1:18pm
  • It’s the season for picnics. On the heels of today’s governor’s picnic at Karen Hornaday Park, the Alaska Army National Guard will be serving hot dogs in Homer, Ninilchik and other peninsula locations on Saturday and the public is invited. “We really just wanted to put the word out that the ...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 1:10pm
  • 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 - 10:59am
  • 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 - 10:56am
  • 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 - 10:50am
  • 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 - 10:50am
  • 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 - 10:48am
  • 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 - 10:34am
  • 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 - 10:32am
  • 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 - 4:42pm
  • 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 - 4:39pm

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