Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

School board fields questions, accusations about health care plan

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct information about how the school district’s health care committee sets rates for health insurance plans. The… Continue reading

 

Farmers Market: Market returns to locals

You just got to love this town. Last Saturday was a perfect example of what Homer looks like when the tourists start thinning out. Homerites… Continue reading

 

Repairs start on Anchor River Bridge

Repairs on the Anchor River Bridge, situated between the Kenai Peninsula Borough Waste Transfer site and Anchor Point Road, began on Monday, Sept. 10 in… Continue reading

 

Anchor River Bridge to be closed for repairs

The Anchor River Bridge, or Bridge No. 910, will be closed starting next Monday for repairs to the bridge abutment. In a press release, the… Continue reading

Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

David Lewis, Ken Caster III debate at mayoral forum

The two candidates vying to become Homer’s new mayor fielded questions about their platforms and views Tuesday during a forum hosted at Alice’s Champagne Palace… Continue reading

Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
In this Thursday, May 18, 2017 file photo, packs of cigarettes are offered for sale at a convenience store in Helena, Mont. Tobacco companies have made claims about cigarettes since the 1950s, all later proven false. In some cases the introduction of these products, such as filtered and cigarettes, propped up cigarette sales and kept millions of Americans smoking. Although the adult smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 15 percent in 2017, smoking remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and illness, responsible for about one in five U.S. deaths. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly unanimously votes down cigarette tax

A cigarette and tobacco products tax was voted down unanimously by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last Tuesday, but residents may see it on the… Continue reading

In this Thursday, May 18, 2017 file photo, packs of cigarettes are offered for sale at a convenience store in Helena, Mont. Tobacco companies have made claims about cigarettes since the 1950s, all later proven false. In some cases the introduction of these products, such as filtered and cigarettes, propped up cigarette sales and kept millions of Americans smoking. Although the adult smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 15 percent in 2017, smoking remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and illness, responsible for about one in five U.S. deaths. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Council write-in campaign falters after eligibility issue

A brief Homer City Council write-in campaign that started last week ended Monday after the candidate, Connor Schmidt, discovered he had not changed his voter… Continue reading

Area residents listen to Lydia Olympic, who worked with The Wilderness Society as a tribal advocate, as she gives a short speech Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally and march at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The local event, which ended in a march down to Mariner Park, was part of a larger movement of rallies held nationally on Sept. 8. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Area residents listen to Lydia Olympic, who worked with The Wilderness Society as a tribal advocate, as she gives a short speech Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally and march at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The local event, which ended in a march down to Mariner Park, was part of a larger movement of rallies held nationally on Sept. 8. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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                                The 39-year-old current Homer Police Station at its location on upper Heath Street near Homer High School and above the Homer Volunteer Fire Department. At its Sept. 10 Homer City Council worksession, council members discussed what to do with the old building when the new station is built in 2020.

Council considers options for old police station

With plans proceeding to build a new Homer Police station at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue, the Homer City Council at a… Continue reading

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                                The 39-year-old current Homer Police Station at its location on upper Heath Street near Homer High School and above the Homer Volunteer Fire Department. At its Sept. 10 Homer City Council worksession, council members discussed what to do with the old building when the new station is built in 2020.
The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of eight ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Air violations issued to eight cruise ships

It’s the highest number of violations handed out in all but four years.

The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of eight ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Chamber cancels candidate forums after GOP objects to venue; Seaton to hold own forum instead

A District 31 State Representative candidate event will happen Sept. 25 at Alice’s Champagne Palace — but it will only be for candidate and incumbent… Continue reading

Feds: Alaska man illegally shipped machine guns to NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York say a 25-year-old Alaska man illegally shipped nine firearms that were modified to operate as machine… Continue reading

  • Sep 12, 2018

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Today — Volleyball against KCHS, Alice Witte Gymnasium, 4 pm C Team, 5 pm JV, 6:30 pm Varsity Saturday — Football against… Continue reading

Alonzo Lang helps his 5-year-old daughter, Payton, create a violin out of cardboard during a craft night at Paul Bank Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at the school in Homer, Alaska. The project is part of the school’s Preludes Violin Program, which teaches first and second grade students musicianship and the host of skills that come with it. Students start out with the cardboard violins before graduating to the real instruments later in the year. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Paul Banks students get started on another year of Preludes Violin Program

While most students are busy this time of year breaking in their crayons and calculators, some at Paul Banks Elementary School are gearing up to… Continue reading

Alonzo Lang helps his 5-year-old daughter, Payton, create a violin out of cardboard during a craft night at Paul Bank Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at the school in Homer, Alaska. The project is part of the school’s Preludes Violin Program, which teaches first and second grade students musicianship and the host of skills that come with it. Students start out with the cardboard violins before graduating to the real instruments later in the year. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

School board fields questions, accusations about health care plan

Homer High School’s colors are blue and gold, but the school’s Mariner Theatre was a sea of red Monday night as teachers and staff protested… Continue reading

Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Deb Lowney leads a group of Paul Banks Elementary students along a recently-completed trail at Karen Hornaday Park on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The kids volunteered to transplant pine trees from a nearby street to the trails to help diversify the plant life in the park. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Lowney withdraws from council race

Homer City Council candidate Deb Lowney announced Wednesday that she no longer intends to run for one of two open seats on the council and… Continue reading

Deb Lowney leads a group of Paul Banks Elementary students along a recently-completed trail at Karen Hornaday Park on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The kids volunteered to transplant pine trees from a nearby street to the trails to help diversify the plant life in the park. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemak Bay. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Borough reps answer community questions ahead of bond vote for Kachemak Selo

It’s a problem that’s been slowly growing for decades. It’s a problem that’s not going to be cheap to solve. And it’s a problem the… Continue reading

One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemak Bay. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

HPD Officer Stading dies after illness

Homer Police Officer Edward Stading died Sept. 3, 2018, after an illness, according to his a web page set up by family members. Stading was… Continue reading

HAARP opens doors, but some minds prove hard to change

GAKONA (AP) — HAARP has an image problem that’s proving hard to shake. Short for High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, HAARP has been the subject… Continue reading

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                                The Holland America cruise ship Zaandam towers over the Homer Harbor on Tuesday, July 24 at the Deep Water Dock in Homer. The Zaandam visits every other week in Homer during the summer.

Homer to host harbormaster conference Sept. 11-14

The city of Homer will be the host of the 44th Semi-Annual Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers Conference, to be held Sept.… Continue reading

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                                The Holland America cruise ship Zaandam towers over the Homer Harbor on Tuesday, July 24 at the Deep Water Dock in Homer. The Zaandam visits every other week in Homer during the summer.