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Charles Crampton testifies on the proposed sales tax changes at Monday’s Homer City Council meeting.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Food tax exemption still on table

How do citizens want to pay for city government and how much should that government cost? At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, council members… Continue reading

Charles Crampton testifies on the proposed sales tax changes at Monday’s Homer City Council meeting.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

State delays decision on heli-skiing

BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Following a comment period that brought 1,500 comments from all over Alaska and the United States, the Alaska Division of… Continue reading

Endeavour’s delay fattens wallets of workers, city

Although Buccaneer Oil Alaska got from the city of Homer an extension to Dec. 8 to moor its jack-up rig, the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence, at… Continue reading

So far, city receives only 110 objections to special district

With less than two months to go for property owners to object to the proposed Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District, so far, objections have… Continue reading

Nutcracker ballet a mix of old, new

Nutcracker ballet a mix of old, new

Now in its second year with the new generation of artistic directors, the Homer Nutcracker Ballet continues in the tradition of always bringing some fresh… Continue reading

Nutcracker ballet a mix of old, new
“Sky Candy” by Mary Collopy and Tom Frische of Wild North Photography is one of the northern lights photos in “Aurora Borealis” at Ptarmigan Arts.

New venues join First Friday shows

The ever changing and evolving Homer First Friday circuit sees two new venues offering shows this week. With K-Bay Caffe's new location on Pioneer Avenue… Continue reading

“Sky Candy” by Mary Collopy and Tom Frische of Wild North Photography is one of the northern lights photos in “Aurora Borealis” at Ptarmigan Arts.
Rachel Romberg, victim services coordinator for South Peninsula Haven House, poses after running a Mindfulness Meeting last Friday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Mindfulness meeting: finding weekly serenity

Stressed out? Anxious? Maybe the holiday chaos has gotten to you. Maybe the bills have stacked up and you're trying to figure out how to… Continue reading

Rachel Romberg, victim services coordinator for South Peninsula Haven House, poses after running a Mindfulness Meeting last Friday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Anchor Point man charged in arson for boat burning

Homer Police on Monday charged an Anchor Point man with first-degree arson, a felony, for burning a fishing boat in dry dock at the Northern… Continue reading

Trevor Waldorf, left, Sierra Moskios, center, and Dylan Wylde, right, perform a skit at the Amazing Adolescent Brain last Thursday at the R.E.C. (Resource Enrichment Co-op) Room. Members of Promoting Health Among Teens (P.H.A.T.), in the skit Wylde is driving a car while Moskios pretends to ignore Waldorf.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Teen brains explained

Think you know the teen brain? Sure. Most of us were teenagers once. All the thrilling experiences of adolescence should come rushing back just at… Continue reading

Trevor Waldorf, left, Sierra Moskios, center, and Dylan Wylde, right, perform a skit at the Amazing Adolescent Brain last Thursday at the R.E.C. (Resource Enrichment Co-op) Room. Members of Promoting Health Among Teens (P.H.A.T.), in the skit Wylde is driving a car while Moskios pretends to ignore Waldorf.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Flu season arrives early

Alaska’s annual flu season has started early, with reports of increased flu activity being reported to the Alaska State Virology Laboratory, the Alaska Department of… Continue reading

Opinions mixed on food tax proposal

Shoppers could see their weekly grocery bills go up $7.44 a week if the Homer City Council passes at its next meeting an  ordinance it… Continue reading

The Whiskey Gulch house fire burns Saturday night.-Photo by Kathy Kacher

Whiskey Gulch landmark burns

A fire Saturday evening that involved five Kenai Peninsula fire departments completely destroyed a landmark building at Whiskey Gulch. Firefighters could not save a five-story… Continue reading

The Whiskey Gulch house fire burns Saturday night.-Photo by Kathy Kacher
Pratt show looks at art, stories of quilts

Pratt show looks at art, stories of quilts

Homer’s fiber artists can be found all over, at shows like Wearable Arts, in galleries and even in small couture shops. If you want to… Continue reading

Pratt show looks at art, stories of quilts
Photojournalist’s book documents Alaska career

Photojournalist’s book documents Alaska career

In the introduction to his book, “Snap Decisions,” photojournalist Jim Lavrakas calls himself “the last ambulance chaser.” A big hunk of the 152-page photo-filled memoir… Continue reading

Photojournalist’s book documents Alaska career

Man found dead at Skyline overlook

A 20-year-old Homer man was found dead on Friday morning in his car parked at a Skyline Drive overlook near Clearwater Drive. Homer Police said… Continue reading

South Peninsula Haven House Executive Director Jessica Lawmaster, left, and victims services coordinator Rachel Romberg, right, hold up the Homer Thrift sign at the store on East End Road-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer thrift: more than a second-hand store

For women and children staying at South Peninsula Haven House, the domestic violence shelter has an in-house second-hand clothing supply. Called “My Sister’s Closet,” it’s… Continue reading

South Peninsula Haven House Executive Director Jessica Lawmaster, left, and victims services coordinator Rachel Romberg, right, hold up the Homer Thrift sign at the store on East End Road-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Comments sought on heli-skiing in state parks

In summer, thousands of visitors hike, raft, fish and camp in Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay Wilderness State Park. Many of them make… Continue reading

Statistics: Homer High students good kids

Editor's Note: How rigorously do Homer High School officials enforce rules against drinking by students and student athletes? Are those rules enforced fairly? How does… Continue reading

Police continue to investigate Oct. 29 boat fire

A 58-year-old Homer area man last week suffered burn injuries in a suicide attempt when he tried to kill himself by burning a fishing boat… Continue reading

Kate Finn, right, and Gregg Browngoetz help Democratic Party candidate for House District Seat 30 Liz Diament campaign on Pioneer Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Diament and Finn also hold signs for Democratic Party candidate for U.S. House Sharon Cissna.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Obama wins national vote, but loses here

Compared to the whooping and hollering of four years ago when Barack Obama won the presidency, the tone was celebratory but subdued at Alice’s Champagne… Continue reading

Kate Finn, right, and Gregg Browngoetz help Democratic Party candidate for House District Seat 30 Liz Diament campaign on Pioneer Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Diament and Finn also hold signs for Democratic Party candidate for U.S. House Sharon Cissna.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News