Community members enjoy a free ice skating party hosted by Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay, McDonalds and the City of Homer on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Ben Walters Park and Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local groups celebrate new park equipment with winter time bash

To celebrate an upcoming project, three local entities hosted a free ice skating party last week on the temperamental Beluga… Continue reading

Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

School district grapples with proposed budget cuts

‘Everything’s on the table’

Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, speaks during a press conference with Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, left, and Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla, at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Gov’s budget draws both concern and praise from local legislators

A proposed state budget from Gov. Mike Dunleavy brought both concern and praise from two lower Kenai Peninsula legislators. “It’s… Continue reading

Local resident Betty George, 84, prepares for a ride on a helicopter on Feb. 6, 2019 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Local woman crosses helicopter ride off her bucket list

After 84 years, a local woman was able to cross a major item off her bucket list with the help… Continue reading

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Fish & Game puts restrictions on early run kings

If projections are realized, this year’s run would rank as the fourth lowest across 34 years.

Members of the Krewe of Gambrinus march down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Winter Carnival Parade

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dunleavy releases budget

Proposed cuts could impact university system, public schools

Seawatch: ‘Snowmachine’ fishery opens soon

Perhaps the strangest commercial fishery in Alaska, combining the state’s love of fishing and snowmachines, is set to open next Continue reading...

Daniel Perry answers questions from students after a concert Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Paul Banks Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local musicians play to support youth ensemble programs

Big musicians came together to lend a hand to their little counterparts last weekend by putting on a chamber music Continue reading...


Dunleavy eyes repeal of alcohol, pot boards

JUNEAU — Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to repeal the boards tasked with regulating alcohol and marijuana in Alaska, according to… Continue reading

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Mariners on the Move announced

This quarter’s Mariners on the Move award winners have been announced. Each Homer High School faculty member is tasked with… Continue reading

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SoHi boys, Homer girls win borough ski meet relays

Saturday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Nordic ski championships offered a small dose of redemption for the Soldotna boys team and a… Continue reading


The Homer Husky girls at the starting line during a Friday, Feb. 16, 2019 ski meet near Homer, Alaska. Left to right: Leah Dunn, Lawson Alexson-Walls, Sidney Flora, Hannah Stonorov, Bryce Glidden, Elsa Otis, Alana Houlihan, Eryn Field, Elena Badajos, Frida Renner and Ireland Styvar. Homer High School skier and the sweeper for the race, Katia Holmes, is in the background. (Photo courtesy Mike Gracz)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Basketball: The boy’s basketball team will play Grace Christian School at 8 p.m. at home on Friday. The… Continue reading

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Letters to the editor

Water Trail thankful for foundation award The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park / Water Trail Committee were pleased to… Continue reading

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Point of View: Not By Accident

Despite its universal usage, safety experts do not like the term “accident.” Colloquially, the word has come to imply an… Continue reading



Pet of the Week: Wee-Bey

Neil is a 2-year-old male. He is as daring and adventurous as Neil Armstrong, as suave as Neil Diamond, yet… Continue reading

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Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases. Anchor Point Fire… Continue reading

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Stephanie Leib Migdal

Stephanie Leib Migdal

Stephanie Leib Migdal Jan. 22, 1950 - Dec. 5, 2018 Stephanie Leib Migdal, 68, died on Dec. 5, 2018, in Continue reading...

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