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Single-use plastic bag ban takes effect

Seven years after Homer’s first single-use plastic-bag ban took effect, the city once again has prohibited the bags for retail use. The new law went… Continue reading

Mariner alums reunite in hockey game

In a game that had the spirit of a friendly evening of pond hockey, about 20 former Homer High School students came together last Friday… Continue reading

‘Homestead Kids’ remember early days

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust has as its mission protecting treasured lands, especially fish and wildlife habitat. At its annual meeting Dec. 12 at the… Continue reading

FBI, Troopers have been aiding Murnane search ‘since day 1’

More than two months after Anesha “Duffy” Murnane went missing, Homer Police with the help of the FBI and Alaska State Troopers keep searching for… Continue reading

Longshore workers picket sulfur ship loading

Update: This story has been updated to include a response from Chumley’s Inc. General Manager Cliff Wittmer. As dock workers with Chumley’s Inc. of Kenai… Continue reading

Foundation pays off mortgage of Coast Guard member killed in Homer accident

A Sept. 11 foundation formed to honor a fallen New York firefighter has paid off the mortgage of Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, the U.S.… Continue reading

A recent photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)

Community continues search for missing Homer woman

Volunteers last weekend canvassed the Anchor Point and Ninilchik areas for a missing Homer woman, part of a continual effort to find Anesha “Duffy” Murnane,… Continue reading

A recent photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)

Cope’s ‘Burst’ show sparks light in dark of winter

For self-described “mom artist” Carla Cope, her new mural, “Burst,” at K-Bay Caffé could be a metaphor for where she sees herself in her life… Continue reading

USCG warns mariners about VHF radio outages

The U.S. Coast Guard has experienced various very high frequency (VHF) outages in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska throughout the summer and into the winter, the… Continue reading

City Manager Koester resigns for job in Juneau

Katie Koester, the city’s Homer-born-and-raised city manager, resigned on Monday to take a job in Alaska’s capital city. Koester announced her resignation in a letter… Continue reading

Art in brief

Captain’s Toy Chest holds story and song time Singer and actress Jesi Hahn presents Spanish story telling and singing for children at 11 a.m. Monday,… Continue reading

Council passes 2020 — and 2021 — budgets

At its last regular meeting of 2019, the Homer City Council passed one of its most important actions for the next year — and for… Continue reading

Anchor Point man seriously injured in pedestrian-vehicle collision

An Anchor Point man suffered serious injuries when a van struck him near Mile 163 Sterling Highway last Friday night. Logan Lucas, 25, was medevaced… Continue reading

Homer gets its second full traffic signal

Homer’s second all-way traffic signal, and first-ever four-way stoplight, became operational on Tuesday. Contractors powered up the signal at the intersection of Main Street and… Continue reading

Search to be held in Ninilchik for missing woman

Update: This story has been updated to note that a canvass also will be done on Saturday in the Anchor Point area. The search continues… Continue reading

Homer’s first marijuana cultivator granted license

Almost two years after it first applied for a standard cultivation permit, Alaska Loven It — the first operation to apply for a license to… Continue reading

Baycrest campground and RV park wins KOA award

After several years of remodeling and upgrades, the Homer/Baycrest KOA Holiday Campground has won the 2020 Kampgrounds of America President’s Award and KOA Founder’s Award,… Continue reading

New Pratt director brings 15 years of Alaska experience

As part of a wave of new leadership at Homer nonprofits and civic organizations, next week the Pratt Museum welcomes its new executive director, Jennifer… Continue reading

Art in brief

Homer photographer is in Alaska Positive Homer photographer Linda Smogor’s work has been selected for the Alaska Positive juriedphotography exhibit at the Alaska State Museum,… Continue reading

Vigil held Saturday for missing Homer woman

Update: Information has been added regarding a canvass from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Harbor. About 50 people held signs and candles… Continue reading