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                                Construction workers do foundation work at the site of the new Homer Police Station on Grubstake Avenue and Heath Street uphill of the Homer Post Office on May 20 in Homer.

Groundbreaking for new police station is Friday

With construction of the new Homer Police Station started, city officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the building site on… Continue reading

 

The cast of “An Ideal Husband” pose for a photo during a rehearsal on May 19, 2019, at Pier One Theatre in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Peter Norton, Judith Kramer, Adele Person, Mike Tupper, Aaron Walbrecher, Mary Fries and Ali Rambo. (Photo provided)

Pier One season opens with Wilde play

Along with king salmon fishing, the opening of shops on the Spit and school ending, add another sure sign of the start of summer: the… Continue reading

 

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, a crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, after he was injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Kozloski was later pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Coast Guard releases report on crane rollover fatality; Hickory captain relieved of duty

Improper operation of a crane in the buoy yard of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory in January caused a crane to roll over and… Continue reading

 

Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters use a ladder truck to attack flames in the roof of a Hancock Drive home early on May 8, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Firefighters saves two homes in May

Correction: This story has been updated to correct a quote by Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella saying the Hancock Drive fire was “one of… Continue reading

Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters use a ladder truck to attack flames in the roof of a Hancock Drive home early on May 8, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Smith named South Peninsula Hospital CEO

A former Central Peninsula Hospital Chief Executive Officer and South Peninsula Hospital Chief Financial Officer has been named the new CEO for South Peninsula Hospital.… Continue reading

This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown.

DNR closes Dorothy Drive section line easement

Update: The story has been corrected to note that Bureau of Land Management land is to the west of the Dorothy Drive area property. A… Continue reading

This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown.
Esther Lowe poses for a photo at a reception for the Kachemak Bay Campus commencement last Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Lowe received an associate of arts degree. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

25 graduate in KBC commencement

The annual spring flurry of graduation begins at the top, as last Wednesday students from Kachemak Bay Campus received certificates, diplomas and degrees in everything… Continue reading

Esther Lowe poses for a photo at a reception for the Kachemak Bay Campus commencement last Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Lowe received an associate of arts degree. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)
Sandhill cranes feed in Beluga Slough on May 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska, during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Photos: 2019 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

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Sandhill cranes feed in Beluga Slough on May 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska, during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

HEA announces winner of board elections; McKittrick elected for lower Kenai Peninsula

Homer Electric Association members elected three directors at the cooperative’s 69th Annual Meeting of the Members in Kenai on May 2, HEA announced in a… Continue reading

Members of the Homer Masonic Lodge turned out last Saturday, May 4, 2019, to honor World War II veteran Clem Tillion after his return on a Last Frontier Honor Flight. They also showed appreciation for his many years of Masonic service. In the photo standing behnd Tillion are, left to right, are Grady Svoboda, Tom Stroozas, Dave Spell and Greg Martin. Tillion took part in the Last Frontier Honor Flight, a trip that takes Alaska veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the sites and take in the memorials built in their honor . “It’s nice that they remember,” said Clem Tillion, a World War II veteran and former state lawmaker. Tillion remembers the war as well as anyone. As part of the Marine Corps in World War II, his journey took him to the Pacific Theater in Samoa, Guadalcanal, and elsewhere looking for unexploded ordnances. “Freedoms are won by somebody that goes out and fights for it. You don’t have anything without it,” said Tillion. “I don’t think I’m anything spectacular. I just went in, did it, and came out alive.” Tillion made the trip with mostly Korea and Vietnam veterans, 23 total on the flight. He was one of four World War II veterans on the trip. (Photo provided)

Veterans honored

Members of the Homer Masonic Lodge turned out last Saturday, May 4, 2019, to honor World War II veteran Clem Tillion after his return on… Continue reading

Members of the Homer Masonic Lodge turned out last Saturday, May 4, 2019, to honor World War II veteran Clem Tillion after his return on a Last Frontier Honor Flight. They also showed appreciation for his many years of Masonic service. In the photo standing behnd Tillion are, left to right, are Grady Svoboda, Tom Stroozas, Dave Spell and Greg Martin. Tillion took part in the Last Frontier Honor Flight, a trip that takes Alaska veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the sites and take in the memorials built in their honor . “It’s nice that they remember,” said Clem Tillion, a World War II veteran and former state lawmaker. Tillion remembers the war as well as anyone. As part of the Marine Corps in World War II, his journey took him to the Pacific Theater in Samoa, Guadalcanal, and elsewhere looking for unexploded ordnances. “Freedoms are won by somebody that goes out and fights for it. You don’t have anything without it,” said Tillion. “I don’t think I’m anything spectacular. I just went in, did it, and came out alive.” Tillion made the trip with mostly Korea and Vietnam veterans, 23 total on the flight. He was one of four World War II veterans on the trip. (Photo provided)

Prince William Sound RCAC announces election of board officers

At its May 2-3 annual board meeting in Valdez, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council elected officers who will serve from May 2019… Continue reading

Visitors walk toward the site of the Storyknife Writers Retreat in Homer, Alaska, last Saturday, May 4, 2019, at groundbreaking ceremonies for the main house and cabins that will house visiting women writers. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ground broken for Storyknife Writers Retreat

Under sunny skies and in a crisp westerly breeze, supporters of the Storyknife Writers Retreat last Saturday attended groundbreaking ceremonies for a main house and… Continue reading

Visitors walk toward the site of the Storyknife Writers Retreat in Homer, Alaska, last Saturday, May 4, 2019, at groundbreaking ceremonies for the main house and cabins that will house visiting women writers. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Racist graffiti on Ford turns out to be 10-years-old

While someone did scratch racist graffiti in a late 1990s Ford Bronco now owned by a Homer couple, that vandalism turned out to have happened… Continue reading

Gordon writes sprawling book of life in Alaska

In his 76 years of rough-and-tumble living, Halibut Cove writer Mike Gordon has come to be known as “Mountain Mike” for his alpine adventures. Another… Continue reading

‘Gag rule’ would restrict KBFPC ability to inform clients

In 1983 a group of inspired and motivated volunteers recognized a need for low-cost and informative reproductive health care in our community. Kachemak Bay Family… Continue reading

Collaborative art from the 23rd annual Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society.

First Friday: Local artists featured

May kicks off Homer’s summer arts season with a wide variety of shows, including a pop-up by Flex School students to celebrate the end of… Continue reading

Collaborative art from the 23rd annual Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society.

Mariner soccer teams defeat Grace Christian

The Mariner boys and girls soccer teams both won games last Friday against the Grace Christian School Grizzlies. In a game last Thursday against Voznesenka… Continue reading

Pitcher Annalynn Brown winds up to send a ball over the plate during the Homer Mariner’s Saturday, April 27, 2019, game against the Kodiak Bears at Jack Gist Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Mariners cruise to 13-4 victory over SoHi after loss to Kodiak Bears

In Homer High School Mariners softball, the girls redeemed themselves in a 9-6 loss last Saturday against the Kodiak Bears to a double-digit victory of… Continue reading

Pitcher Annalynn Brown winds up to send a ball over the plate during the Homer Mariner’s Saturday, April 27, 2019, game against the Kodiak Bears at Jack Gist Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Homer City Manager Katie Koester, left, watches Homer Mayor Ken Castner sign a $4.1 million bond to fund construction of the new Homer Police Station at Homer City Hall on April 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

City officials sign new $4.1 million bond for Homer police station

City of Homer officials last week signed bond documents to complete financing for the new Homer Police Station. It comes in at $900,000 less than… Continue reading

Homer City Manager Katie Koester, left, watches Homer Mayor Ken Castner sign a $4.1 million bond to fund construction of the new Homer Police Station at Homer City Hall on April 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

KP Brass Band celebrates 1-year anniversary with May the Fourth Be With You gig

One of Homer’s newest musical groups, the KP (Kenai Peninsula) Brass Band, celebrates its first year of performance with a May the Fourth Be With… Continue reading