Two file for Homer mayor, three for city council seats

Editor’s note: Mayoral candidate Ken Castner said that in 1977 he did not challenge Homer’s 1-year residency requirement to run for office, but code then… Continue reading

 

Alaska Rep. Paul Seaton (right) grills salmon with the help of his son, Rand, (left) and daughter-in-law, Lauren during a barbecue at Karen Hornaday Park for Alaska Wild Salmon Day on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Alaska Wild Salmon Day

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Alaska opioid deaths increased by 77 percent in last decade, report says

The rate of Alaskans who died from opioid overdoses increased 77 percent over the last decade, with the highest overall rate of deaths reported in… Continue reading

 

Air ambulances save lives

Like many Alaskans, Milli Martin thrives on physical activity. She hikes, skis, horseback rides, picks berries and gardens. When Martin needs more than that, she… Continue reading

At a change of command ceremony on July 18, 2018 command of the USCGC Hickory is handed from Commander Andrew Passic (left) to Lt. Commander Adam Legget (second to right) at the Homer Boat House in Homer, Alaska. Overseeing the change of command is Capt. Patrick Hilbert (second to left) and Chaplain Lt. Gary Pepper (right). The ceremony took place in the new Homer Boat House at the Homer Harbor. (Photo by PO2 Andrew Keenan, Marine Safety Detachment Homer, United States Coast Guard)

New hands take US Coast Guard Cutter Hickory’s helm

With the Alaska sun shining, the blue waters of Kachemak Bay sparkling, and boats going in and out of Homer’s small boat harbor, U.S. Coast… Continue reading

At a change of command ceremony on July 18, 2018 command of the USCGC Hickory is handed from Commander Andrew Passic (left) to Lt. Commander Adam Legget (second to right) at the Homer Boat House in Homer, Alaska. Overseeing the change of command is Capt. Patrick Hilbert (second to left) and Chaplain Lt. Gary Pepper (right). The ceremony took place in the new Homer Boat House at the Homer Harbor. (Photo by PO2 Andrew Keenan, Marine Safety Detachment Homer, United States Coast Guard)

Alaska Wild Salmon Day is Friday

Alaska Wild Salmon Day in Homer is 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Karen Hornaday Park. In 2016 Gov. Bill Walker declared Aug. 10 the… Continue reading

Firefighters responded on July 13, 2018, to a fire at a Danview Avenue home in Homer, Alaska. The fire badly damaged the porch and front of this home, but Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters kept the fire from destroying the home. (Photo provided)

Firefighters save two Homer homes

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department recently made two saves in which the fires could have fully destroyed homes if not for a rapid response. “Two… Continue reading

Firefighters responded on July 13, 2018, to a fire at a Danview Avenue home in Homer, Alaska. The fire badly damaged the porch and front of this home, but Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters kept the fire from destroying the home. (Photo provided)
The Anchor River bridge connects downtown Anchor Point with the Old Sterling Highway and the Anchor River State Recreation Area, as seen in this May 2013 file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Anchor Point bridge repairs delayed until late August

After citizens complained about a pending closure of the Anchor Point bridge over the Anchor River, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities confirmed… Continue reading

The Anchor River bridge connects downtown Anchor Point with the Old Sterling Highway and the Anchor River State Recreation Area, as seen in this May 2013 file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Workshop participants make their way into some peatlands near Anchor Point, Alaska for a field demonstration on July 18, 2018. (Photo by Mira Klein)

Blue carbon brings new look at peatlands, community-driven science

It was a strange sight: 15 people stomping out into otherwise undisturbed peatlands on a recent Wednesday afternoon last month. Indeed, one passerby certainly thought… Continue reading

Workshop participants make their way into some peatlands near Anchor Point, Alaska for a field demonstration on July 18, 2018. (Photo by Mira Klein)

City updates water, sewer rates

Some city water and sewer customers could see a decrease in their usage rates next year, while others may see a slight increase. Members of… Continue reading

Bailey estate expands conservation easement

The Edgar P. Bailey estate has donated a 17.28-acre conservation easement to Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT), the Homer land trust organization announced in a… Continue reading

Council approves police station design funding, traffic monitor

In a meeting that ran uncommonly short, the Homer City Council passed a number of ordinances at its Monday meeting without much comment or debate.… Continue reading

Locals hope to expand chess program statewide

Picture this: two people playing chess. Did your mind automatically conjure an image of two elderly men, possibly in tweed or cardigans, hunched over a… Continue reading

Jessica Entsminger’s dog, Leah, stands guard in front of the tent where they live on East Hill Road. (Photo courtesy Jessica Entsminger)

Short-term rental boom exacerbating the summer labor shortage

Jessica Entsminger is back to living in a tent. She had a brief stay in a small dry cabin out East End Road where she… Continue reading

Jessica Entsminger’s dog, Leah, stands guard in front of the tent where they live on East Hill Road. (Photo courtesy Jessica Entsminger)
Yarrow Hinnant, the Pratt Museum’s new gardener, works in the botanical garden outside the building Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

The Pratt’s new gardener wants you to rediscover the many uses of plants

Yarrow Hinnant has long known the many health and subsistence benefits native plants can provide. As the Pratt Museum’s new official gardener, he’s excited to… Continue reading

Yarrow Hinnant, the Pratt Museum’s new gardener, works in the botanical garden outside the building Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Homer News file photo)

Propostitions to move hospital service area boundaries head to ballot

Two proposals that would alter the boundaries of the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area have made it onto the ballot this October. The Kenai… Continue reading

An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Homer News file photo)
Alyse Galvin, left, and Dimitri Shein, right, listen to a question from moderator Kelly Cooper at the start of the debate among the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Congress on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Democratic candidates spar in Homer debate

Homer has seen numerous campaign debates for city and state office, but Tuesday marked one of the first times candidates for federal office took the floor.

Alyse Galvin, left, and Dimitri Shein, right, listen to a question from moderator Kelly Cooper at the start of the debate among the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Congress on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Several people walking down Pioneer Avenue in a giant salmon costume for Cook Inletkeeper’s portion of the Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Other participants carried signs promoting the Stand for Salmon initiative. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Independence Day, Homer style

Another Independence Day parade is on the books for Homer. With dozens of floats celebrating everything from political campaigns to the local library, Pioneer Avenue… Continue reading

Several people walking down Pioneer Avenue in a giant salmon costume for Cook Inletkeeper’s portion of the Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Other participants carried signs promoting the Stand for Salmon initiative. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Athletes represented Homer in Special Olympics

Several Homer athletes represented their town at this year’s Special Olympics USA Games last week, participating alongside athletes from all over Alaska. Team Alaska traveled… Continue reading

Campaign signs for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidates were placed on a lot along the Homer Bypass at the corner of Lake Street in the October 2017 election. (Homer News file photo)

DOT&PF reminds Alaskans of laws guiding campaign signs

With political campaigns underway across the state, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) reminds Alaskans that the use of public rights-of-way for… Continue reading

Campaign signs for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidates were placed on a lot along the Homer Bypass at the corner of Lake Street in the October 2017 election. (Homer News file photo)