Homer News

  • The Legislature must take strides to reduce the deficit, but the transition will be smoother if it is a multi-year process, according to a new analysis....

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:24am
  • JUNEAU — Public smoking restrictions that recently passed the Alaska Senate could hurt proposed cannabis cafes in the state, a sponsor of the initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in Alaska said Friday. In a release, Tim Hinterberger said the bill would undermine the current regulatory ...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:13am
  • This month marks the 10th anniversary of Homer’s Kevin Bell Arena. That milestone will be celebrated Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. It will be a day packed with skating, a hockey skills competition, a barbecue, figure skating performances and even a referee contest....

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:09am
  • A bald eagle brings a branch to another eagle sitting in a nest in a spruce tree near the Lake Street stoplight. Since 2010, a pair of bald eagles has nested in the area near Beluga Slough south of the Lake Street and Sterling Highway intersection. The first nest was destroyed when the tree ...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:52am
  • A Homer man found dead on the Spit last Saturday, Jeff Wraley, should be remembered for his intelligence, kindness and contributions to the community, said his close friend, Nina Faust. “I want him to be remembered as an incredibly generous, wonderful human being,” she said in a phone interview ...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:46am
  • A preliminary hearing for a Homer man charged with illegally growing marijuana was continued at the Homer District Courthouse on Tuesday. Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy, set a new date for Joseph Gabryszak, 32, to 3:30 p.m. April 19, also at the Homer Courthouse. The hearing will be for ...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:43am
  • A bill that would remove a state mandatory property-tax exemption for Alaska seniors failed to advance out of the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee and is unlikely to pass in its current form in the Alaska Legislature this session. Under legislative rules, as the Legislature is within t...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:38am
  • Editor’s Note: MAPP,  Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, ed...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:36am
  • Homer has a heroin problem, and it is growing.  Similar to the fable of the blind men each touching different parts of an elephant and arguing over its identity, only communication within the community can make the problem fully apparent, say those who are working to find solutions to the probl...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:33am
  • Update: Homer Police on Tuesday identifed the man found dead on the Homer Spit last Saturday. He is Jeff Wraley, 56, of Homer. Next of kin has been identified. No foul play is suspected.    Homer Police have enlisted the help of the Alaska Medical Examiner’s office in identifying a man f...

    Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:45pm
  • An independent review of the Legislative Council’s options to deal with the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building found the cost of purchasing the building to be nearly on par with moving the Legislature’s Anchorage offices elsewhere. San Francisco-based Navigant Consulting Director ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:27pm
  • JUNEAU— Bills calling for increased local contributions to two state pension programs and an overhaul of a community assistance program have been proposed in the Alaska Senate as lawmakers look to further cut costs amid a bulging budget deficit. Measures introduced Monday would increase local cont...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:26pm
  • With little appetite from legislators for a general obligation bond package, bare bones capital budgets the next couple years are probably a harsh reality of the state’s fiscal situation. The administration’s proposal for a $500 million general obligation, or GO, bond package to fund up to $250 ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:26pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas Co. appears to have locked up 90 percent of its gas supply needs into 2021 after finalizing a deal with Furie Operating Alaska. The gas supply and purchase agreement filed March 14 with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is for a firm supply of 6.2 billion cubic feet, or bcf, of ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:25pm
  • Public hearing to be held on Beluga Lake floatplane road...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:15pm
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward. • Special Olympics ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:39pm
  • Students statewide were unable to start the Alaska Measures of Progress and Alaska Alternate assessments Tuesday, the first day scheduled for this year’s round of testing. A construction vehicle at the University of Kansas, which houses the testing vendor, the Achievement and Assessment Institute,...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:42pm
  • Chapman School  April 1: Early release day. Students dismissed at 1:40 p.m. April 4: Track starts for 7th and 8th grades. April 12: Child Find at Chapman. Call to set up appointment. April 15: Track meet at Ken...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:42pm
  • Since one of Homer’s main industries takes place on the water, it follows that the high school would put a spotlight on the marine trades. From students who spend the summers fishing with their families or working a summer job on a boat, to those who have their sights set on an ocean-related caree...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:41pm
  • “Compassionate-Caring-Community” is the theme for the 2016 South Peninsula Haven House Women of Distinction awards. This year’s honorees embody that spirit, said Haven House volunteer Sherry Stead. ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:37pm

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