Salmon runs lackluster so far across Gulf of Alaska

It’s not a great summer to be a salmon fisherman in Southcentral Alaska so far. Several major river systems are seeing paltry salmon returns. The… Continue reading

Gravel pit group chips away at bond issues

One of the key controversies with gravel pits in the borough is who is responsible for cleaning them up after the digging, crushing and hauling… Continue reading

Alaska lawmakers call for alliance with other states on Canadian mining issues

A group of Alaska lawmakers wants to team up with Montana and other U.S.-Canada border states in a push to protect Southeast watersheds they say… Continue reading

Homer’s first cannabis store opens

The grand opening of Homer’s first retail marijuana store — Uncle Herb’s — left no stoners unturned last Thursday as they filed through the door… Continue reading

Market opens with all the brass

I arrived early and only intended to be there for an hour or so. It rained. It hailed. But the opening Saturday of the Homer… Continue reading

Employment support program helps behaviorial health clients find success

If sometime in the last year you’ve had Land’s End Resort’s crab and artichoke dip — a memorable mix of crab, artichoke and cream cheese… Continue reading

Local woman wins $20,000 in Safeway Monopoly Game

When local resident Laura Norton opened up a Safeway Monopoly ticket for $20,000, she wasn’t sure it was real. Neither was her husband, Peter. Neither… Continue reading

Local produce on sale? Not just a rumor

Just a Rumor? It was almost a month ago that I heard through the grapevine that Oceanside Farm was selling asparagus to restaurants. Just a… Continue reading

Commercial marijuana business gets green light

The applicant of a marijuana cultivation facility inside Homer city limits has been given the go-ahead to proceed with his operation after a snafu with… Continue reading

Alaska Legislature adjourns after passing $10.4 billion operating budget

The Alaska Legislature adjourned its 2018 session just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning after passing a $10.4 billion state operating budget that funds ferries, health… Continue reading

Alaska Legislature bans smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places

After six years of work, the Alaska Legislature on Saturday afternoon approved a statewide ban on smoking in most public places across Alaska. Senate Bill… Continue reading

HEA takes a look at electric vehicles

Of the attendees who drove from the central Kenai Peninsula to Homer for Homer Electric Association’s annual member meeting on Thursday, at least two made… Continue reading

Alaska Legislature passes landmark bill spending Permanent Fund

In a pair of landmark votes Tuesday, the Alaska Legislature agreed to harness the Alaska Permanent Fund to the needs of state government. In separate… Continue reading

First cruise ship visits Tuesday

The 778-foot Holland America cruise ship Amsterdam calls on Homer at 8 a.m. Tuesday, the first cruise ship of the season. The Amsterdam visits 10… Continue reading

Homer News wins six Alaska Press Club awards

At the Alaska Press Club awards banquet held Saturday, April 21 in Anchorage, the Homer News took home six awards. The winning articles are: •… Continue reading

Borough trims employees, travel to cut back expenses

Most departments in the borough are looking at budget cuts in the upcoming fiscal year in personnel, supplies, contracts or other assorted expenses. The Kenai… Continue reading

USCG to station six fast cutters in Alaska — but none in Homer

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Coast Guard will station six fast response cutters in Alaska communities. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft in a letter to Sen.… Continue reading

Outgoing Juneau lawmaker’s idea to cut lawmakers’ pay swiftly rejected

Members of the Alaska Legislature rejected a proposed pay cut late Monday, saying they didn’t have time to adequately consider the idea from Rep. Sam… Continue reading

Growing agritourism: Farmers look to attract tourists

Farmers in Alaska are looking to tourists to help round out their profit margins. Agritourism, or farm-based tourism, is already a staple for many farmers… Continue reading

Result in borough invocation case could take 6 months

With the open court discussion done, the plaintiffs and the Kenai Peninsula Borough may have to wait up to six months for a decision in… Continue reading