The City of Homer is again asking residents to vote on funding a new police station — one the Homer Police Department still says is badly needed — this time in a June special election.
Memorial Day ceremonies to honor American service members killed in action will be held at the following times and places:
During a visit to Homer last Thursday, Gov. Bill Walker touted a relieved, cautiously optimistic message: Alaska is on the mend, fiscally. Walker’s talk at the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and an interview with the Homer News was part of a post-Legislature tour by state officials. On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and Alaska Department of Revenue Tax Division Director Ken Alper also spoke at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center for a chamber brown-bag luncheon.
Anchor Point residents met with leaders of several local environmental agencies at the Anchor Point Senior Center on Monday, May 14 to discuss suggestions to maintain the Anchor River and repair damage to its banks. The environmental agencies called for the meeting with the community in order to gain insight on what would be the best course of action for these restorations as well as to educate themselves on the behavior and history of the river.
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By Michael Armstrong
The latest improvement to the Homer Harbor got officially dedicated last Saturday while funding has been secured for the next harbor project, new bathrooms at Ramp 2.
Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association pink salmon rearing net pens placed at the head of Tutka Bay — but in an area not allowed by Alaska State Parks — last week got an unintended assist from a spring storm toward the permitted location. Following the incident, on Monday afternoon, May 14, CIAA moved its two net pens into Tutka Bay Lagoon, where CIAA has a hatchery, resolving for now a technical permit violation.
Back-to-back wildfires kept emergency response teams busy on the southern peninsula Monday.
By Megan Pacer
In a presentation in Homer on Tuesday, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce unveiled a plan for closing the borough’s approximately $4 million deficit by raising the sales tax and lowering property taxes.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will get at least as much funding from the borough in fiscal year 2019 as it did this year.
A discrepancy between where pink salmon net pens are now anchored in Tutka Bay and their listed location in a Department of Natural Resources permit means the net pens will have to be moved to the permitted location — even though that’s not the location intended by Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, the organization who got the permit.
Construction started last month on the Beluga Lake causeway with a dam renovation project.
A dramatic pulse of about 20,000 shorebirds that dazzled local birders on Sunday night gave a preview of what could be expected with the 26th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, which started Wednesday. Running through Sunday, the festival is timed to happen when migrating shorebirds pass through the bay.
The Homer City Council is asking residents to approve a year-round sales tax of less than 1 percent to help pay for the long-anticipated new police station.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is rolling out a new emergency notification system months after a spotty tsunami response highlighted flaws in the borough’s 20-year-old disaster alert process.
As the only local commercial birch syrup operator on the Kenai Peninsula, Bridge Creek Birch Syrup right here in Homer sells out every year of their sweet syrup. Nature’s gift, they call it.
A local restaurant’s liquor license is in question after the Kenai Peninsula Borough and City of Homer discovered the license holder was behind on taxes owed to the borough.