Homer News

  • After 11 years as principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, Benny Abraham is hanging up his hat. Abraham has announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year.Interviews will be held Feb. 28 with candidates for the principal position of the pre-kindergarten through second-grade school wi...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:51pm
  • On the whole, Alaska's housing market remained stable in 2012, but energy costs and government regulations cloud the future, according to Alaska Association of Realtors President Michael Droege.Statewide, combined single-family and condominium sales averaged $287,000 at the end of the third quarter ...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:43pm
  • After public testimony at its January meeting, the Water-Sewer Task Force last Tuesday made some changes to a draft water-sewer rate schedule that some Homer Spit businesses had criticized as unfairly targeting Spit users....

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:15pm
  • A federal judge on Feb. 8 sentenced a Homer sport fishing charter captain to 10 years in prison for distributing methamphetamines and oxycodone to teenage girls and for possessing child pornography. Randall Hines, 34, also was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess to 10 years superv...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:14pm
  • JUNEAU — Minority Democrats in the Alaska House and Senate on Monday introduced their own plan for increasing oil production in the state, calling it their alternative to Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil tax “giveaway.”Both the governor’s and Democrats’ plans are aimed at new production but take ...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:13pm
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is looking at ways to keep oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline system as the amount of oil continues to drop.Alyeska is now studying a "cold dry flow" procedure to remove water from crude oil shipped through TAPS to help manage a decline in throughput, the pipe...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:12pm
  • Homer Police Officer Jacob Ruebelmann last Saturday shot twice with a Taser a man at a Pioneer Avenue bar parking lot after police said the man, Thomas Custer, 27, refused to get on the ground while being arrested and present his arms to be handcuffed....

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:09pm
  • U.S. Marshals last week arrested in Tacoma, Wash., a former Port Graham man charged with first-degree sexual assault on a minor. Benjamin L. Moonin, 49, had been accused by Alaska State Troopers of fondling a young girl in Port Graham in January 2011. Marshals said in a press release that Moonin had...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:08pm
  • Neither rain nor snow could deter Homer area residents from attending a town hall meeting with Sen. Mark Begich on Sunday. More than 100 people crowded into the commons of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, to listen to the senator’s comments and to ask qu...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:26pm
  • On Valentine’s Day, couples all over the world declare their love for each other. Some say it with cards. Some with flowers. Some with a candlelight dinner.Ask long-time married couple Toras and Edna Fisk of East End Road how they plan to celebrate their almost-70 years of marriage — their anniv...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:21pm
  • Moments before the Homer City Council finally voted on an ordinance creating the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District, a telephone connection with council member Barbara Howard failed. Other than a slightly tense moment as City Clerk Jo Johnson tried and reconnected with Howard, the vote on...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:18pm
  • State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would expand the rules of school-related bullying. House Bill 45 changes the wording of two existing state laws, the second of which adds "electronic communication" to the definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying.Rep. Kurt Olson of Soldotna is co...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:05pm
  • There will be a "Tech Talk" with Ryan Ridge of Design-PT at noon Feb. 19 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce conference room. The brown-bag lunch and talk will focus on computer and Internet security. It is open to the public.Also next week, the chamber mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Elks L...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:04pm
  • After the close of a recent business deal, an oil and gas company has gained control of about 70 percent of Cook Inlet gas production and says it has eyes on increasing production to meet demand now and later....

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:59pm
  • The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are officially over, and local cross-country skier Kinna Ledger is bringing home a bronze medal. Ledger crossed the finish line in her 50-meter event with a time of 29.65....

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:53pm
  • JUNEAU — State officials are looking at ways to lower the growth of Alaska’s health care costs, including an alternate retiree plan and developing an employee wellness program.The path the state is on isn’t sustainable, Administration Commissioner Becky Hultberg and Health Commissioner Bill St...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:46pm
  • ANCHORAGE -- A national energy plan should seek to lower harmful greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate warming, but not at the expense of people already paying high costs to keep their homes warm, according to a leading Republican senator....

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:44pm
  • The plumbing and heating contractor’s code will be discussed by Enstar Natural Gas at a meeting at Bidarka Inn Best Western from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 13.The meeting covers code requirements for converting to natural gas appliances. Individuals planning to install their own piping are encouraged to attend...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:43pm
  • "Cook Inlet -- Energy for All Alaska" was the theme of the 2013 Industry Outlook Forum, organized by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District and co-sponsored by the city of Homer. Certainly, there were presentations about energy -- oil, natural gas, electricity -- but the energy level amon...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:39pm
  • The sled dogs pulled Mitch Seavey to the finish line and the veteran musher smiled. He appeared comfortable wearing a lightweight jacket. A blotch of frost covered the left side of his mustache.It was Seavey's first win at the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. The win caught him off guard, he said."I wen...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:38pm

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