Homer News

  • Partnering with industry on a major gas pipeline and natural gas liquefaction plant will expose the state to multi-billion-dollar cash calls from 2019 through 2024 while the project is in construction. Those also are the years when the state’s liquid cash reserves will be nearing exhaustion if the...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:15pm
  • Minority Democrats in the Legislature unveiled their vision of an oil tax system should voters this summer roll back the tax structure lawmakers approved last year. It includes the idea of the state getting directly into the oil business by allowing the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Autho...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:12pm
  • A bright afternoon winter sun comes through the large windows in South Peninsula Hospital’s cafeteria. An equally bright smile is on the face of Stephanie Harry.  Cloth in hand, Harry ensures traces of tables’ previous occupants are wiped away, leaving a clean surface for the next people ch...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:08pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed two former oil industry employees to the board that sets the tax value of the trans-Alaska pipeline system, raising concerns about fairness from the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Municipalities won a huge victory last month, when the Alaska Supreme Court fo...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:02pm
  • JUNEAU — A North Pole Republican is trying to change the Alaska Landlord and Tenant Act for the first time since the early 1990s. House Bill 282, sponsored by Rep. Doug Isaacson, R-North Pole, includes minor technical updates and serious alterations to the tenant act, such as a section authorizing...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:02pm
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced plans to lower the bycatch limits for halibut in the Gulf of Alaska for the trawl and hook and line fisheries effective either immediately or phased in over the next three years. Hook and line catcher processors will see a 7 percent reduc...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:59am
  • JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee on Monday proposed a $9.1 billion state operating budget, about $1.3 billion less than the authorized level of spending at the start of the current fiscal year. The proposal also is more than $3 billion less than what Gov. Sean Parnell put forth. Parnell’s pr...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:57am
  • Former Homer City Manager and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Ronald Drathman, 71, died last Thursday of natural causes at South Peninsula Hospital. There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Homer Elks Lodge....

    Mon, 03/03/2014 - 3:47pm
  • At a meeting and public hearing Thursday night, the Homer Public Arts Committee didn't just reject the idea of putting a bust of the late Brother Asaiah Bates in WKFL Park. It recommended not accepting into the city art collection at all a proposed donation of the $18,500 bronze bust. John Nazarian,...

    Fri, 02/28/2014 - 4:35pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre announced Tuesday that he plans to run for re-election. “I care very deeply about the Kenai Peninsula Borough,” Navarre said at the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce luncheon at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. “I’ve got a lot of ex...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:36pm
  • In a rare use of an obscure part of city code, the Homer City Council on Monday considered — and rejected — a resolution expressing its disapproval of a Homer Advisory Planning Commission decision.  The commission on Jan. 2 recommended approval by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Platting Commit...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:34pm
  • For the 22nd year, Paul Sayer, a Homer physician, is getting ready to take the same two-week, mid-winter vacation he has taken every year before: traveling by snowmachine along the Iditarod sled dog race course to Nome. Once there, he turns around and heads back to where he started. Not content to l...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:23pm
  • Homer Middle School seventh-graders received training in CPR from local emergency response trainer Samantha Cunningham last week, with students practicing heart compressions on dummies and learning and practicing how to use Automated External Defibrillators, AEDs. “It was a great lesson,” said H...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:18pm
  • Having won the Battle of the Books competition among third- and fourth-grade students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, West Homer Elementary School’s team of Eli Zatz and Seamus McDonough, with alternate Olivia Glasman nearby, competed at the state level on Feb. 20. “(They) offici...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:16pm
  • There’s a lot to be said about the magic that happens when performers hear the roar of the greasepaint and inhale the smell of the crowd. First, however, there’s getting past your classmates, as students at McNeil Canyon Elementary School had to do Feb. 20....

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:16pm
  • Students Katherine Miller of Homer was named to the Northern Michigan University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Miller qualified by having a grade point average of 3.25-3.99.   Kenai Peninsula Borough School District March 4:...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:56pm
  • In other action, the Homer City Council looked at other planning issues. On its agenda and up for public hearing and final action were two ordinances that would change the planning code. One, Ordinance 14-08, would reduce from five to four the number of votes needed to approve a conditional use perm...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:52pm
  • A trial date has been reset for Anthony Resetarits, 21, and Joseph Resetarits, 19. In a hearing on Monday, Kenai Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman set a trial week for June 2 in Homer. The trial had been set for the week of April 7. The brothers are charged with one count each of second-degree assaul...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:13pm
  • A traffic stop last Thursday evening on Pioneer Avenue turned into a tense encounter when Alaska State Troopers pulled firearms on the driver and passenger. No one was injured in the incident and the suspects eventually cooperated.  Troopers arrested Alexander Napier II, 31, for driving while l...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:12pm
  • Feb. 20-23 Parade First place: Girl Scout Troop 211 Second place: Trailblazers 4H Third place: Boy Scout Pack 81   Slapshot hockey Mighty Mites First...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:10pm

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