Homer News

  • A Homer man is warning people not to be taken in a phone scam in which he lost $1,200 for a “bond” to claim a $550,000 sweepstakes prize. Although the man suspected the phone call was bogus, he said he took a gamble and last week and wired three $400 payments through Western Union to accounts in...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:58pm
  • The 21st annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival has started with a junior birders discovery lab held Wednesday morning. The festival kicks into gear today with a spread of events, starting at 12:01 a.m. this morning with the Big Spit Plus Birding Challenge, a three-day event spread over the festival...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:56pm
  • The Homer City Council at its 6 p.m. Monday meeting holds a public hearing and could act on proposed changes to zoning regulations and maps for the Homer Spit. Citizens can speak on two ordinances, 13-11(s) and 13-12, during the public hearing portion of the agenda. The ordinance adds these activiti...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:28pm
  • Kari Dendurent has been hired as the principal for Homer Middle School, according to an announcement from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Dendurent is currently assistant principal at Houston High School, Houston, Alaska, and was assistant principal at Palmer High School prior to that. ...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:26pm
  • With current Homer High School principal Dr. Allan Gee leaving the school at the end of this school year, a new principal has been selected. Doug Waclawski, the school’s assistant principal since 2010, will become the school’s principal for 2013-2014. “This is the best school in the state of A...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:19pm
  • Homer area residents and voters from other areas of the Kenai Peninsula got a two-for-one special Friday with an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, during a town hall meeting held at Homer City Hall.  “Thank you to bot...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:14pm
  • In a photo on her Facebook page, Marissa Paul, a 2011 Homer High School graduate, holds a shiny curved bone. It looks like the kind of bone beachcombers might find along Kachemak Bay from a moose or bear.  Paul, however, got the bone from a place closer to her heart — about six inches up towa...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:09pm
  • “The birds are always out there waiting for us to notice them,” said Jeffrey Gordon, this year’s keynote speaker at the 21st annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.  Gordon, 48, is the president of the American Birding Association based in Colorado Springs, Colo. He will be welcomed to Ho...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 4:58pm
  • Small businesses and small, as in “young,” business owners are the driving force behind Lemonade Day, a national event that occurs Saturday. Joining the million kids in 100 cities across the nation, Homer’s participants are not only smart-minded when it comes to developing their businesses, bu...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 6:19pm
  • Buccaneer Energy will have access to drill for oil with the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig within a well-established Cook Inlet unit known for its gas reserves after inking a deal with ConocoPhillips....

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:51pm
  • Winners selected in amateur photo contest Winning photos and photographers in Nomar’s 2013 Shorebird Festival Amateur Photo Contest have been selected: Best of show, $300: Michael Halstead of Homer; Alaska wildlife, first place, $50: ...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:45pm
  • JUNEAU — Three former state labor commissioners are behind an effort aimed at raising Alaska’s minimum wage. Ed Flanagan, Tom Cashen and Jim Sampson are behind a proposed initiative to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.75 an hour to $8.75 an hour effective Jan. 1, 2015. It would go to $...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:43pm
  • Three directors were elected to Homer Electric Association’s board during the utility’s Wednesday annual meeting in Kenai. Dan Chay of Kenai won the race for District 1; Soldotna’s Ed Oberts was elected to District 2; and incumbent Bill Fry of Homer was re-elected to his District 3 seat. Chay ...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:37pm
  • Bob Day, Homer Electric Association power production manager, gets visibly excited when he talks about the technology behind the utility’s new Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion project. Day said he could go on talking for hours about the technology HEA uses to capture exhaust heat from its gas-pow...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:36pm
  • Joanne Thordarson, left, and Betty Siegel look for shorebirds on Friday at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit as the morning tide was going out. Siegel, the volunteer coordinator for the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, was counting and identifying shorebirds as part of a shorebird monitoring pro...

    Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:52am
  • The day before his trial was set to begin in Homer, a 53-year-old man accused of kidnapping, armed assault, robbery and burglary has accepted a plea deal dismissing those felony charges....

    Thu, 05/02/2013 - 12:17pm
  • June sailings for the M/V Tustumena have been cancelled, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced last week. The Tustumena will not return to service until July. The Tustumena has been undergoing repairs and retrofitting since last November, and had been scheduled to return to service in April. Un...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:33pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas has provided the following update on its project to bring natural gas from Anchor Point to Homer and Kachemak City....

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:32pm
  • The first in-town bear of the season was reported seen Tuesday morning near South Peninsula Hospital. According to a police report, a hospital employee about 9:30 a.m. reported seeing a black bear sow and cub heading from above Karen Hornaday Park to the park. At press time on Wednesday, police and ...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:32pm
  • Among those being recognized at commencement ceremonies for Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, is Campus Director Carol Swartz. Honoring her 27 years of commitment and service to the university and to the community of Homer, Swartz will be presented with the...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:31pm

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