Construction on the Pioneer Avenue pavement restoration project has been delayed to 2019. According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, construction will be pushed forward to 2019 while the department obtains the necessary right-of-way. The existing roadway alignment has areas located outside the public right-of-way that must be corrected before construction.
As the year closes on the first year that commercial cannabis operations on the lower Kenai Peninsula received licenses, only three Homer area licenses have been issued.
Homer Electric Association Inc. members will see an increase of 4 percent in their monthly bills beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
With all the hoopla surrounding the annual summer solstice (aka the best day to be an Alaskan), the Betster worries the special day’s less popular sibling, winter solstice, will be all but forgotten among the merriment of the holiday season. After all, who has time to think about a potential solstice celebration when there are pies that need baking and presents that need purchasing and extended relatives who you aren’t really that close to — just close enough to merit a major holiday dinner invitation — need placating?
Kenai Peninsula College’s Kachemak Bay Campus (KBC) in Homer welcomed to its ranks this year Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jeffrey Johnson.
The Pratt Museum’s Root shows invite lots of interpretations. Tree roots abound in both paper artist Lynn Marie Naden’s solo Root show, upstairs at the Pratt, and in the Root International Mail Art show downstairs. The shows end with the Root Ball, 5-7 Saturday, Dec. 30, at the museum.
Warming waters may be opening up new opportunities for fishermen in Southeast Alaska as spawning market squid have been spotted, according to the Juneau Empire.
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With Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor and Homer City Council elections behind them, and elections for the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate ahead, several progressive and moderate groups seek to organize and pool resources for future political involvement.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek said he knew that when he traveled down to Homer last week, he would be asked about student transportation.
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Web commerce and new media technology has created challenges for brick-and-mortar stores and traditional publications, but it also has spawned new opportunities for visual artists. Artists like Salmon Sisters Emma Teal and Claire Laukitis, Felicity Rae Jones, Chelsea Horn and Oceana Wills market their art online through their own e-commerce sites or portals like Etsy. Horn and Wills sell prints while the Salmon Sisters and Jones transform their designs into screen printed clothing, vinyl stickers and even adult coloring books.
The Homer High School Nordic ski team traveled to Anchorage last weekend to compete for two days in the Lynx Loppet at Kincaid Park, where more than 600 of the state’s skiers gathered.
The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.
As some sport seasons are nearing their end, others are just getting geared up, like the boys and girls basketball teams at Homer High School.
The Other Fisherman has expressed his unhappiness over the lack of Christmas cookies in our house. He loves his holiday treats more than anything. I best remedy this situation right quick as we are well into the month of December and the holidays are here. If I want Santa to visit me I better be good and find the sacred recipe book of seasonal treats and get busy. Set aside some time to fill your kitchen with the smell of sugar cookies and sugar plums!
Youth orchestra appreciates community support
Calling on all Alaskans! If you don’t read anything else political between now and the next legislative session in January, please bear through the numbers and read this piece. You will be shocked but you also will be well-equipped to answer the questions above.