Homer News

  • Two candidates are running for Homer Mayor and three candidates are running for two, 3-year Homer City Council seats. The city also will hold an election on Proposition No. 1, to approve general obligation bonds for a new police station and a 0.65-percent seasonal sales tax increase to fund the bond...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:35pm
  • Kimberly Ketter moved to Homer in May 2015 from her hometown of Cranberry Township, Pa., looking for a fresh start. Following a painful custody battle which ended with limited rights to see her son, Ketter moved to Homer to live with a family friend who had retired and moved into a house on West Hil...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:35pm
  • When Homer City Council candidate Shelly Erickson says that Homer is her home, her words refer to roots that go deep into past generations. Both sides of her family have been in Homer for close to 80 years. Three candidates — Erickson, Tom Stroozas, and Kimberly Ketter — are running for the two ...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:35pm
  • Tom Stroozas is a transplant from the Lower 48, similar to many Homer residents who visited, were captured by Homer’s beauty and decided to make a home here. Now, he looks to the city council as a way to serve the town he has called home since 2006. “I believe that you should live your life so t...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:35pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Sept. 15: Soccer at Kenai, 1 p.m. Sept. 16: Soccer at Skyview, 1:15 p.m. Sept. 19: Soccer at Chapman vs. Homer, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19: Transportation meeting at Homer High School, 6 p.m. Sept. 20: Soccer at Chapman vs. CIA, 4 p.m. Se...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:21pm
  • Homer High School senior Robert Martin became the first Homer youth to receive the Summer of Heroes scholarship from Alaska Communications at the Alaska State Fair on Aug. 28. In partnership with Boys and Girls Club – Alaska, ACS presents six young adults with a $1,500 scholarship to recognize the...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:20pm
  • A single-vehicle crash late last Friday killed a 32-year-old Homer man. In a press release, Alaska State Troopers said Jonathan R. Osteen died of his injuries when he was ejected from his truck. Troopers said they believed Osteen died before they arrived at the scene. Kachemak Emergency Service medi...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:05pm
  • With his 3-year term expiring this October, veteran Homer City Council member Bryan Zak chose not to run for re-election and instead shifted his focus to another city office: Homer mayor. Like opponent David Lewis, Zak was first elected to the council in 2008. Zak, 60, won a 2-year seat that came op...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:05pm
  • Three-term Homer City Council member and Mayor Pro-Tempore David Lewis said he’s running for one simple reason. “I thought about it for a while. I wanted to see who put their name in,” he said. “I don’t think it should be a giveaway job. I think there should be competition.” Lewis, 62, f...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:05pm
  • KENAI — Gov. Bill Walker reiterated a call Monday for a fix to Alaska’s budget deficit while also signing into law a tax credit designed to encourage fertilizer company Agrium to reopen its Nikiski plant. With the sponsor, Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, ...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:32pm
  • If you are also a big fan of the Homer Farmers Market, you probably get their e-newsletter and see that there are recipes in it every week. Some folks just know food and flavor so well that they make amazing dishes without recipes. Some, like me, only make good taste testers. But I get brave when th...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:31pm
  • Several organizations, including the Kenai Peninsula Borough, are opposing the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ selected route for a highway bypass around Cooper Landing....

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:20pm
  • JUNEAU — You can grow a 20-pound cucumber in Soldotna, but pay $5.79 for a one-pound bag of imported carrots in Kotzebue. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, Alaska varies region by region. Areas like the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Tanana Valley are great for growing, where outside farming ...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:12pm
  • For the second year in a row, a vandal or vandals snuck in during the dark of early morning and tried to burn the Burning Basket at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. As also happened last year, while badly damaged, the basket survived the torching. By noon Saturday, volunteers working with Mavis Mulle...

    Sat, 09/10/2016 - 12:23pm
  • Editor's note: This article was updated to include information from Alaska Wildlife Troopers regarding the legality of using blowguns and darts to hunt small game. Two Steller’s jays trying to fatten up for the winter almost met an early end last week. Someone in downtown Homer shot the bright-blu...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:06pm
  • Busy. Packed. Barn busters. Steady. Excellent. In a survey of Homer tourist businesses last week, that’s how some described the season. While a few said the season didn’t turn out to be quite as busy as expected, most said the season ended on a high note, with visits up from slightly to as much ...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:05pm
  • After a bidding battle between a chain of two Pacific Northwest commercial fishing supply stores, LFS of Bellingham, Wash., made the top offer in a receivership sale and has purchased Redden Marine, including its Homer store, Kachemak Gear Shed. Englund Marine & Industrial Supply Co. of Astoria,...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:05pm
  • Visitor center extends hours The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is extending its hours through September to meet increased demand, staying open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The move to stay open longer, later into the season will ensure that the Vis...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:52pm
  • Homer area schools are seeing an unexpected increase in enrollment from previous years at the start of the 2016-17 school year. McNeil Canyon Elementary started the first day of school with 127 students enrolled, 20 children more than the 107 projected enrollment for the year, said McNeil Canyon Pri...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:30pm
  • School Events Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy Sept. 8: Fireweed Harvest Festival, 5 p.m., and Meet ‘n Greet Open House, 6 p.m. at Big Fireweed in room 105. Sept. 12: APC meeting at Big Fireweed in room 104, 4:30 p.m. Little Fireweed Sept. 9: Field trip to community build o...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:30pm

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