Homer News

  • Mudslides Monday afternoon on East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and Kachemak Drive shut down part of the road, causing traffic jams and forcing drivers to detour on Kachemak Drive. Heavy rains this week throughout the Kenai Peninsula resulted in streets being washed away, roads closed and an incre...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 3:57pm
  • An Alaska State Trooper escaped injury last Thursday night when he rolled his patrol vehicle while responding to a report of a disturbance at a Knob Hill home near Nikolaevsk. At about 11:50 p.m. Oct. 24, Trooper Richard Chambers hit a patch of black ice on the Sterling Highway near the North Fork R...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:25pm
  • Tickets are currently on sale for the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Car and ATV raffle. Only 500 car raffle tickets will be sold. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Car raffle tickets are $100 each; ATV raffle tickets are $35 each. A combo ticket is $130. The...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:15pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has signed onto legislation aimed at avoiding a repeat of the recent federal government shutdown. Under the measure, if Congress failed to pass a funding bill for a new fiscal year, existing funding levels would be extended for 120 days. After that, funding w...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:14pm
  • Alaska Pacific Bank is merging with Northrim Bank in a $14.31 million stock and cash transaction, pending shareholder and regulatory approval. If approved, Northrim BanCorp would acquire Alaska Pacific Bancshares, the Southeast Alaska bank’s parent company, as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Both compa...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:14pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting applications from interested persons to serve on the Budget Development Committee.  This committee reviews the current practices and procedures used to develop the expenditure budget and will also review how federal, state and local reve...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:14pm
  • Soldotna has operated with one water tank, instead of the desired two, for months following the demolition of a tank last December. At an Oct. 23 meeting, Soldotna City Council accepted a $2.5 million state of Alaska grant to build a new, larger tank. City Engineer Kyle Kornelis said now that the ci...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:12pm
  • After a brief presentation by Buccaneer Alaska Operations LLC representatives, Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission members unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the company’s Marathon Road facility to operate a facility for the storage and disposal of drilling waste....

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:12pm
  • Following an earlier announcement that Agrium filed for an air quality operations permit from the state, the company said more permits would be required before reopening. The company’s plans to investigate a reopening of its Nikiski fertilizer plant have not changed, said Agrium spokesperson Adam ...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:11pm
  • A state Superior Court judge ruled Oct. 14 that the Department of Natural Resources cannot ignore water reservation applications filed by the Chuitna Citizens Coalition. The coalition applied for three instream flow reservations on the Western Cook Inlet Chuitna River for fish and wildlife protectio...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:09pm
  • Pioneer Natural Resources Co. has sold its Alaska North Slope interests to Caelus Energy LLC for $550 million in cash, the company announced Oct. 25. The transaction between the Texas-based independents was effective Oct. 1 and will be completed by the end of the year, according to a Pioneer release...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 1:59pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week stalled plans to combine 911 dispatch services by moving current state employees to the borough payroll. Citing a change in leadership earlier this month at the Alaska Department of Public Safety, Kenai Peninsula Mayor Mike Navarre asked the assembly to...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 1:55pm
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries met last week to hash out proposals for the Pacific cod fisheries, but declined to make any of the substantial changes to state-water cod allocations that some fishermen were seeking. There were a suite of proposals that would have shifted allocations t...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 1:54pm
  • At the 34th annual conference of the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators, Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins was recognized as the association’s Harbormaster of the Year. “I could tell something was in the wind when I got to the conference,” said Hawkins of secretive conv...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 1:54pm
  • Mud and debris floods East End Road by Bear Creek Drive on Monday afternoon. The road as closed about 4:45 p.m. Another mud slide crossed the road near Slavin Drive by the American Legion Post. Homer Police now advise that East End Road is closed between Slavin Drive and Bear Creek Drive due to mud ...

    Mon, 10/28/2013 - 5:03pm
  • Following a Facebook posting about a Homer burglary and a tip from a local cell-phone store employee, Homer Police this week charged five people in connection with the Oct. 21 burglary of Tech Connect, including the man suspected to have broken into the Pioneer Avenue electronics store....

    Mon, 10/28/2013 - 2:30pm
  • This month I’m going to talk about a subject that previous directors have danced around: the grant we receive from the city of Homer. Every year the chamber goes before the Homer City Council to ask for, and justify, the allocation from the city that is used to market the city of Homer.  In r...

    Fri, 10/25/2013 - 10:38am
  • All 13 passengers and two crew members on an Era Alaska flight walked to safety after the plane’s landing gear apparently collapsed as it was arriving in Homer Wednesday afternoon. The Beechcraft 1900C airplane skidded from the east end of the main runway to near the terminal building. The inciden...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:24pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Oct. 30: 90-minute early release.   Chapman School Through Oct. 25: Scholastic Book Fair. Through Oct. 25: Parent-teacher conferences, no school. Oct. 25:...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 11:34am
  • The West Anchorage DDF — Drama, Debate and Forensics — Tournament at West High School in Anchorage was the spot to be for 20 Homer students on Saturday, as well as four students from the brand new Voznesenka DDF team. Homer DDFers received the following awards: First place, duet acting:...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 11:28am

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