Homer News

  • It took two cranes, two days, a caravan of trucks and a platoon of workers, but last Thursday and Friday the new Ramp 3 went in at the Homer Harbor. Built by Bay Weld of Homer, a Homer Boat Yard truck and trailer hauled the 105-foot, 18,000-pound ramp to the harbor from Bay Weld’s shop on East End...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:27pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Organizers of Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have renewed a deal with the Sportsman Channel, continuing a national television presence for the nearly 1,000-mile trek across rugged and sometimes unforgiving terrain....

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:23pm
  • JUNEAU — A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about the accuracy of some studies being conducted for a massive proposed dam in Southcentral Alaska....

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:22pm
  • Alaska’s newest ferries will be the first made in the state after all.Gov. Sean Parnell announced an agreement Sept. 20 between the state and Vigor Alaska to construct two Alaska Class ferries at Vigor’s Ketchikan shipyard.Vigor Alaska estimated in a company release that the pair of 280-foot Ala...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:18pm
  • Appreciating the time and expertise of individuals serving on the city’s boards, commissions, committees and task forces, the city of Homer, Mayor Beth Wythe and the Homer City Council invited those dedicated volunteers to a recognition reception at the Elks Club last Thursday.   Mayor B...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:16pm
  • A friendly banter fills the quiet evening as people gather in the yard. Some have remembered to bring bags. Others forgot. Gravel crunches as someone walks up the driveway toward the group. Kids munch on apples from brown lunch sacks labeled “Tasty Treats,” in black marker. “I just need about ...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:11pm
  • Remarks from state legislators representing the Kenai Peninsula during an Alaska LNG Project update focused on local impact and project finances.Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash and Alaska LNG Project Manager Steve Butt provided an update on the project at a joint publi...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:39pm
  • Even though the Homer Farmers Market had its last official market last weekend, you will most definitely be seeing crisp fresh veggies offered by dedicated vendors down at the Market this Saturday as well. This has been a productive year and vegetables don’t follow the calendar.  But that sum...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:33pm
  • Homer City Manager Walt Wrede will not seek renewal of his employment contract. In a letter sent to Mayor Beth Wythe and Homer City Council members on Thursday, Wrede gave his three-month notice saying he did not intend to work past the end of his contract on Dec. 31....

    Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:44am
  • A founding member of the Homer Cycling Club, Catriona Lowe has a gimmick not seen in previous Homer elections: She rides her bicycle around town with a campaign sign on the back.Lowe, 47, decided to run for Homer City Council a few days before a recent life change. On Aug. 9, she married Derek Reyno...

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:03am
  • In his three campaigns for Homer City Council, incumbent and two-term council member David Lewis has seen the field grow progressively larger. He first ran for office in 2008, a two-person field with council member Barbara Howard.“I wouldn’t say I ran. I walked,” Lewis said.In 2011, he and How...

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:59am
  • In the 2013 city election, city council candidate Justin Arnold emerged 1-1 in his campaign. While he lost for council, finishing fourth in a field of four, a petition he organized to repeal a single-use plastic bag ban won 661 to 518 votes. Arnold also called for a recount when third-place candidat...

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:55am
  • In the 2013 Homer City Council election, lifelong Homer resident Corbin Arno had a moment of glory on election night, seeming to have won by four votes over incumbent Bryan Zak. After absentee ballots were counted and a recount held, Zak pulled ahead by a squeaker, a 10-vote margin. Arno again is ru...

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:52am
  • I have been honored to serve as Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor for the last three years.  I have received a great deal of support and encouragement since I announced my plans to seek re-election and greatly appreciate all of the support — thank you.These past three years as mayor have gone by ...

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:39am
  • My main concerns for the entire Kenai Peninsula are increasing our own food production and reducing fire danger and damage....

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:37am
  • I have had experiences throughout my  life, in business, government and as former mayor of the city of Soldotna that put me in the unique position of being able to relate to the needs of Kenai Peninsula residents of all backgrounds and I want to be your next borough mayor....

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:36am
  • It was a full house at the Homer City Council’s meeting on Monday as area residents lined up to make their concerns known. Most comments focused on two topics: the future of the gym that is part of the HERC, Homer Education and Recreation Complex, and the city’s acceptance of a”whimsical” se...

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:22am
  • Hospice of Homer begins its annual training for end-of-life and visitor volunteer programs next month. Training sessions will be: • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5; • 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7; • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11; • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12;  ...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:09pm
  • While the Oct. 7 municipal election has several Kenai Peninsula Borough propositions, there is only one on the city of Homer ballot: Shall a charter commission be elected to prepare a proposed charter?  A “no” vote puts a stop to the process; a “yes” vote opens the door to new possibili...

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:03pm
  • A birch tree bright with yellow leaves provides some fall color on West Hill Road earlier this week. The weekend forecast calls for sunshine and then rain....

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:02pm

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