Homer News

  • Sonny and Nancy Smith put the finishing touches on Glacier Drive-In in preparation for Friday’s opening for the coming season. Now located on the Glacier Boardwalk across from the Fishing Hole, Glacier Drive-In has been on the Spit since 1970 and owned by the Smiths for 34 years. It will be open 1...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:06am
  • It took three tries, but at 8:30 a.m. Friday, the Endeavour-Spirit Independence jack-up rig left the Homer Deep Water Dock. Towed by two Titan tugs, with a third on stand by, within an hour the Endeavour had rounded the Homer Spit and was heading up Kachemak Bay toward the Cosmopolitan oil and gas l...

    Fri, 03/29/2013 - 9:50am
  • Jury selection started on Wednesday at the Homer Courthouse in the trial of Ralph K. Vos, 24. Vos faces four counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault relating to a July 10, 2012, incident in which he’s alleged to have had unwanted sex with a woman, then ...

    Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:17am
  • Editor’s note: With natural gas to Homer getting closer every day, questions abound. In  this three-part series, the Homer News looks at some of the challenges in converting to natural gas — including how the conversion hurts some businesses. As trees come...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 2:49pm
  • A political science student could have garnered good field research Monday night at the Anchor Point Senior Center when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Anadromous Fish Habitat Task Force held a town hall meeting. Public testimony spoke to a classic question that has vexed American political theory since...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 2:48pm
  • Endeavour still at dock A planned departure on Tuesday did not happen for the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence. The rig, operated by Buccaneer Alaska, had been given a March 26 deadline by the city of Homer to leave. Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins extended that deadline afte...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 2:01pm
  • A court hearing for an Anchor Point woman accused of shooting at an Alaska Wildlife Trooper on the Sterling Highway has been postponed to April 18, with a possible trial set for the week of April 22. Tonee Walker, 58, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and four counts of third-degree ass...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 2:00pm
  • There was only one ordinance scheduled for public hearing at the Homer City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday. Ordinance 13-07, sponsored by City Manager Walt Wrede and Public Works Director Carey Meyer, appropriated up to $42,450 from the Sewer, Water and Fleet Reserve Fund to purchase a steamer ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 1:59pm
  • Anticipating a quarter-of-a-million savings, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre is following through with plans to have a contractor transfer Homer’s waste to the Central Peninsula Landfill when construction of the Homer site is complete in August.  “I actually signed approval to mo...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 1:58pm
  • Frank Mullen and Liz Diament face off in the Homer Public Library’s 2013 Scrabble Tournament on Saturday. Mullen placed third in World Game Players Organization category, with Mike Gracz in first and David Ciptal in second. Judy Sanford was first in the Advanced Level Amateur category, with Wendy ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 12:25pm
  • A high school junior who lives on the outskirts of Rochester, N.Y., has nominated Homer as the Ultimate Fishing Town, after reading a story in the Democrat and Chronicle, her hometown newspaper. In an email to the Homer News, Mallory Mintz wrote: “I’m very excited to nominate Homer for...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:13am
  • With her official 100th birthday March 27, Margit Andersson of Homer was honored by family and friends with a celebration at the Homer Senior Center on Saturday. Andersson shared the honors with her friend, Edna Farsdahl of Homer, who turns 100 in June. Andersson’s sons — Lars of Connecticut and...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:12am
  • The Kachemak Bay Chapter of Alaska State Employees Association is offering a scholarship in the amount of $750 to a graduating senior from the Kachemak Bay area. For information, contact Carla at 235-8191 or a school counselor. Deadline to apply is April 19. ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:57am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District April 1: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m. Chapman School April 2-4: SBA testing, grades 3-8. Little Fireweed (grades K-2)...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:57am
  • The Homer Connections fifth- and sixth-grade team was surprised when it took first in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Battle of the Books, landing them a spot in state competition. That wasn’t the end of the surprises. During telephonic state competition on Feb. 27, the youngsters ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:46am
  • Homer High School Principal Allan Gee has announced that he will leave the school — and the state — at the end of this school year.  Gee, who has been at the Homer High since the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, cited the health of his wife, Gwenn Gee, as a major reason for the decis...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:27am
  • From a 20-foot skiff to its newest and biggest boat, the 42-foot P/V Churchill, Bay Welding has been building an average of about six Bay Weld boats a year since 1994. Based on activity at the shop on East End Road this week, the pace seems to have picked up a bit. In three main boat sheds, workers ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:17am
  • By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service - Alaska The oil tax bill now moving in the Legislature puts Alaska in the middle of the pack of oil producing regions in terms of “government take” of net profits and should bring new industry investment quickly, consultants to the Le...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:15am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution calling upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to further investigate the effects of producing genetically engineered salmon. HJR5, by Rep. Geran Tarr of Anchorage, also asks the federal government to require labeling genetically mod...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:14am
  •   The Alaska Small Business Development Center will offer three seminars in Homer in April: • A “Profit Mastery” seminar will be offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3 and April 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 5 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The seminar, presented by Bryan Zak, southwes...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:13am

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