Homer News

  • A new community group has some tiny ideas that aim to make a big impact for the disadvantaged. Soldotna resident Krista Schooley, a homeless advocate, started The Habitation — Tiny House Community for the Homeless. The concept is to create a low-cost, self-build and self-sustaining community for a...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:19pm
  • ANCHORAGE – PR News has named Jennifer Thompson, president and CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations, to its first-ever list of Top Women in PR. Thompson graduated from Homer High School in 1988 and left soon after for college. Her father was Jack Walsh, the art and pottery teacher at Homer H...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:18pm
  • JUNEAU — State Revenue department officials told lawmakers Monday that the tax credits that were a source of contention in an opinion piece by Gov. Bill Walker are being paid primarily to small explorers or those developing new oil and gas fields in Alaska....

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:17pm
  • After 18 years as the executive director of the Kenai Watershed Forum, Robert Ruffner announced Friday that he will be stepping down. “It was not an easy decision to leave,” Ruffner said. “This is something I have struggled with for a while.” Ruffner said he is not going to rush the exit pro...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:17pm
  • JUNEAU — The head of the board currently in charge of writing regulations for the legalized use of recreational pot in Alaska said Tuesday that rules on edibles, advertising and extraction methods should be part of the conversation. Alcoholic Beverage Control board executive director Cindy Frankli...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:17pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s fiscal year 2016 budget deficit is projected to be $3.9 million at best and $8.7 million at its worst. Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones presented the 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget to the School Board of Education at the Jan. 12 meeting. If the school...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:12pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s office has released the report from his fisheries transition team which sets out priorities, recommendations and possible barriers to success for Alaska fisheries. The document is concise and well organized, with careful thought to possible actions to achieve success, barriers t...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:04pm
  • With 60 percent of the nation’s seafood harvested and processed right here in Alaska and with more than 47,000 miles of coastline, it makes sense that the marine sector would offer thousands of jobs.  Make that 70,000, according to the state’s “Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan....

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:51pm
  • An anticipated faceoff between a Wolf and a defense lawyer took center stage during two hours of public testimony at the Jan. 20 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. A large audience that included members of the Kenai Community Cannabis Coalition and residents, mostly from the outlining areas o...

    Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:21am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Jan. 24: Wrestling at Skyview, 10 a.m. Jan. 29: Spelling bee, grades 3-8, 9 a.m. Jan. 31: Wrestling at Nikiski, 10 a.m.   Fireweed Academy (grades ...

    Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:51am
  • Following a meet at Service High School in Anchorage, the Homer High School Drama, Debate and Forensics Team, DDF for short, is preparing for two hometown events and encouraging the public to come watch, applaud and participate. This weekend, Jan. 23-24, is a DDF tournament and on Tuesday, Jan. 27, ...

    Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:21am
  • The Kachemak Emergency Services has opened a second, permanent fire station on the west side of its service area on Diamond Ridge Road. An open house for the new station is from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at its location at 65705 Diamond Ridge Road. KES moved equipment into the four-bay station just before...

    Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:01am
  • The City Manager Selection Committee plans to select a batch of semi-finalists for Homer’s new city manager by a Feb. 2 special meeting of the Homer City Council. The full council will interview telephonically the candidates starting at 5 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public. In a meeting o...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:04pm
  • After a one-day, non-jury trial, Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy on Jan. 9 found an Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist not guilty of taking moose using illegal methods or means and unlawful possession of game, both minor offenses. Jason Herreman, 33, had earlier pleaded not guil...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:03pm
  • With the Homer City Council’s blessing to proceed until the project is completed, the Public Safety Building Review Committee met Monday and authorized consultants to proceed with a site survey and test bores of the selected location at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue, the cu...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:02pm
  • 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 - 5:01pm
  • 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 - 4:58pm
  • 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 - 4:51pm
  • 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 - 4:51pm
  • 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 - 4:49pm

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