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Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella provides an update on the North Fork and Caribou Lake fires on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at a community meeting at McNeil Canyon Elementary School near Fritz Creek, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Officials brief community on Caribou Lake, North Fork fires

Fire officials delivered some positive news about two lower Kenai Peninsula wildfires at a community meeting Saturday at McNeil Canyon Elementary School. For the North… Continue reading

 

This photo of the Caribou Lake fire was taken about 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, northeast of Homer, Alaska, about two hours after Ian Pitzman texted a message reporting the fire to his wife, Stephanie Pitzman, via an inReach satellite communication device. (Photo by Ian Pitzman)

Swan Lake Fire team will take over Caribou Lake Fire administration

One fire is nearly contained and another is still growing in size in the wildlands outside of Homer. The Caribou Lake Fire, which began Monday… Continue reading

 

Diamond Ridge resident Parick Buongiorne watches the North Fork fire as it burns near the south end of the North Fork Road on Sunday evening, Aug. 18, 2019, near Homer, Alaska, as seen from Diamond Ridge Road. Buongiorne had previously worked as a wildlife firefighter with the Pioneer Peak crew. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Caribou Lake Fire now at 700 acres; North Fork Fire danger is less

As firefighters mopped up an almost 60-acre wildland fire on the south end of North Fork Road, attention shifted on Wednesday to a fire near… Continue reading

Diamond Ridge resident Parick Buongiorne watches the North Fork fire as it burns near the south end of the North Fork Road on Sunday evening, Aug. 18, 2019, near Homer, Alaska, as seen from Diamond Ridge Road. Buongiorne had previously worked as a wildlife firefighter with the Pioneer Peak crew. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer bikers ride for suicide prevention, awareness

What started in the central peninsula when a small group of community members got together and decided to do something to thrust the issue of… Continue reading

Country singer Zac Brown’s lawyer Blaine Gillam speaks for his client at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, Aug. 12, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Effort by Homer neighbors to vacate easement fails at planning commission

An effort by a group of Homer residents to close off a pedestrian easement running by their properties was shot down at a Monday planning… Continue reading

Country singer Zac Brown’s lawyer Blaine Gillam speaks for his client at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, Aug. 12, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Ordinance to compel mayor to break ties fails at Homer council meeting

An ordinance that would have compelled the mayor to use his ability to vote in the case of a tie did not make it past… Continue reading

Astronaut Rex Walheim on the International Space Station in July 2011. (Photo provided)

Visiting astronaut encourages children to ‘follow your dreams’

On July 30, Homer Public Library ended its summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” with a special guest, NASA astronaut Rex Walheim. Walheim spoke… Continue reading

Astronaut Rex Walheim on the International Space Station in July 2011. (Photo provided)

Homer Head Start early education program at risk for being shut down

Parents, staff and young students gathered last Thursday in front of the Homer Head Start to advocate for the school and urge people to support… Continue reading

Foot, founder of Houseless Records, poses for a photo on July 18, 2019 at Camp Here: Occupy to Overcome, a sit-in on the Delany Park Strip in Anchorage, Alaska to raise awareness of the issues facing homeless people. Houseless Records is embarking on the Front Porch Tour, which brings events featuring music, art and food to various communities along with educational material on how to help the homeless population. (Photo by Matthew Meyer)

Music, art tour to support the homeless comes to Homer

“House and home are different. I’ve been houseless and felt like I had a home.”

Foot, founder of Houseless Records, poses for a photo on July 18, 2019 at Camp Here: Occupy to Overcome, a sit-in on the Delany Park Strip in Anchorage, Alaska to raise awareness of the issues facing homeless people. Houseless Records is embarking on the Front Porch Tour, which brings events featuring music, art and food to various communities along with educational material on how to help the homeless population. (Photo by Matthew Meyer)
Members of the Tsunami youth softball team pose for a photo on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2019 after a round robin tournament last weekend at Jack Gist Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Monica Anderson)

Homer youth softball performs well in weekend tourney

The newly formed Homer Tsunami youth softball team is forging ahead into a season of play against other similar youth teams in the state. Last… Continue reading

Members of the Tsunami youth softball team pose for a photo on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2019 after a round robin tournament last weekend at Jack Gist Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Monica Anderson)
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Addiction treatment center in search of a new location — again

A faith-based organization that’s been trying to set up an inpatient addiction treatment center in the Homer area for months is again searching for a… Continue reading

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A pickup truck involved in a fatal car crash on July 7, 2019, rests on the side of the road near Mile 142 Sterling Highway, Happy Valley, Alaska. The pickup truck driver survived, but the driver of a second car involved in the crash, Michael Franklin, 18, of Palmer, Alaska, died of his injuries. (Photo by Jon Marsh/Anchor Point Fire and EMS)

Palmer man killed in two-vehicle collision near Happy Valley

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct where Michael Franklin was from. He was from Palmer. A two-vehicle collision killed a Palmer man… Continue reading

A pickup truck involved in a fatal car crash on July 7, 2019, rests on the side of the road near Mile 142 Sterling Highway, Happy Valley, Alaska. The pickup truck driver survived, but the driver of a second car involved in the crash, Michael Franklin, 18, of Palmer, Alaska, died of his injuries. (Photo by Jon Marsh/Anchor Point Fire and EMS)

A ‘Homer-Grown’ Fourth of July

Last week’s annual July Fourth parade drew hundreds of spectators to the sidewalks along Pioneer Avenue dozens of creative and energetic floats, even in the… Continue reading

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the East Fork Moose River bridge on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Robert Kuiper)

In response to high fire activity, DNR bans campfires

Increased wildfire activity and persistent dry conditions have prompted the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to ban all campfires in several parts of the state,… Continue reading

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the East Fork Moose River bridge on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Robert Kuiper)

Faces of Homer Pride

Homer’s second Pride Walk and festivities on Saturday drew hundreds of unique Homer area residents to the streets to celebrate diversity and the LGBTQ+ community.… 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. (Image courtesy Alaska DNR)

DNR commissioner rescinds Dorothy Drive easement closure

After granting a request on June 6 to reconsider a one-year, temporary closure of a section line easement in the lower Dorothy Drive area near… 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. (Image courtesy Alaska DNR)

Pride, Homer style

Hundreds hit the streets to celebrate LGBTQ in Homer

Participant’s in Homer’s first ever Pride March start out from WKFL Park along Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The march route went all the way to Grace Ridge Brewery. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer to celebrate Pride Month with walk, festivities

For the second year, Homer will have its own Pride Month celebration marked by a walk through town this Saturday, June 22. Last year, local… Continue reading

Participant’s in Homer’s first ever Pride March start out from WKFL Park along Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The march route went all the way to Grace Ridge Brewery. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Citizen requests reconsideration of section line vacation

Following a temporary closure last month of a section line easement and associated trail in the Dorothy Drive and East Skyline Drive area, a Homer… Continue reading