Construction starts on road, airport projects in Homer

Two long awaited Homer transportation projects will see work start this summer. Utility work on a four-way traffic signal at Main Street and the Homer… Continue reading

Runners and walkers participate in the Blue Line Run in Homer, Alaska, on March 30, 2019. They moved along the blue line, or the line marking the top of the 50-foot high inundation zone in the event of a tsunami. (Photo provided)

Scientists update Homer on new tsunami zones

There was some good news and some bad news when city officials, employees and emergency responders met at Homer City Hall on May 8 with… Continue reading

Runners and walkers participate in the Blue Line Run in Homer, Alaska, on March 30, 2019. They moved along the blue line, or the line marking the top of the 50-foot high inundation zone in the event of a tsunami. (Photo provided)
Kids and parents wade through copious amounts of mud in a pit specially prepared for this year’s Mud Wallow on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Summer activities guide for kids and teens

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Drop-In Options: Families: Free admission to the Wynn Nature Center every Sunday, June 10 – end of August. Ages 2-4.… Continue reading

Kids and parents wade through copious amounts of mud in a pit specially prepared for this year’s Mud Wallow on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Planning Commission to relook at medical center CUP

At its meeting next Wednesday, June 5, the Homer Advisory Planning Commission will again consider a controversial 20,000-square-foot medical center to be built on Danview… Continue reading

Navy band plays for Memorial Day ceremony

About 75 people braved blustery winds at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Day for ceremonies honoring Americans killed in wars throughout our country’s history. The… Continue reading

Former Homer Mayor Bryan Zak, in front, shovels dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Homer Police Station on Grubstake Avenue last Friday, May 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Homer City Council member Rachel Lord with her two children, Sadie and Linnea, council member Donna Aderhold, council member Shelly Erickson, council member Caroline Venuti, Mayor Ken Castner, Homer City Manager Katie Koester, and Byron Smith, son of council member Heath Smith, far right. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ceremonial ground breaking held for new police station

On a sunny Friday afternoon, about 25 citizens and dignitaries attended groundbreaking ceremonies and a dedication of the site for the new Homer Police Station… Continue reading

Former Homer Mayor Bryan Zak, in front, shovels dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Homer Police Station on Grubstake Avenue last Friday, May 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Homer City Council member Rachel Lord with her two children, Sadie and Linnea, council member Donna Aderhold, council member Shelly Erickson, council member Caroline Venuti, Mayor Ken Castner, Homer City Manager Katie Koester, and Byron Smith, son of council member Heath Smith, far right. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
This shake map generated by the U.S. Geological Society shows the epicenter (star) of the May 27, 2019, 5.8-magnitude earthquake and areas of moderate (in green) to light (in blue) shaking felt.

5.8 earthquake wakes up Homer

HOMER (AP) — A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck off the coast of southern Alaska, but no damage has been reported. The National Tsunami Warning Center,… Continue reading

This shake map generated by the U.S. Geological Society shows the epicenter (star) of the May 27, 2019, 5.8-magnitude earthquake and areas of moderate (in green) to light (in blue) shaking felt.
Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News
                                Construction workers do foundation work at the site of the new Homer Police Station on Grubstake Avenue and Heath Street uphill of the Homer Post Office on May 20 in Homer.

Groundbreaking for new police station is Friday

With construction of the new Homer Police Station started, city officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the building site on… Continue reading

Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News
                                Construction workers do foundation work at the site of the new Homer Police Station on Grubstake Avenue and Heath Street uphill of the Homer Post Office on May 20 in Homer.
Workers finish up the new Homer Aspen Suites Hotel on May 21, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The 72-room hotel opens on May 27. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Aspen Suite Hotel opens Monday

Homer’s newest hotel opens on Monday, May 27, on the Sterling Highway across from Safeway and the Chevron gas station. The Aspen Suites Hotel is… Continue reading

Workers finish up the new Homer Aspen Suites Hotel on May 21, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The 72-room hotel opens on May 27. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, a crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, after he was injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Kozloski was later pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Coast Guard releases report on crane rollover fatality; Hickory captain relieved of duty

Improper operation of a crane in the buoy yard of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory in January caused a crane to roll over and… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, a crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, after he was injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Kozloski was later pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)
Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters use a ladder truck to attack flames in the roof of a Hancock Drive home early on May 8, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Firefighters saves two homes in May

Correction: This story has been updated to correct a quote by Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella saying the Hancock Drive fire was “one of… Continue reading

Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters use a ladder truck to attack flames in the roof of a Hancock Drive home early on May 8, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Memorial Day services held on lower peninsula

As part of a Memorial Day weekend visit, the U.S. Navy Pearl Harbor Brass Quintet visits Homer and plays at concerts and events, including a… Continue reading

City announces new fire chief

The City of Homer announced Tuesday that there’s a new fire chief in town, and his name is Mark Kirko. Kirko is taking over as… Continue reading

Smith named South Peninsula Hospital CEO

A former Central Peninsula Hospital Chief Executive Officer and South Peninsula Hospital Chief Financial Officer has been named the new CEO for South Peninsula Hospital.… 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.

DNR closes Dorothy Drive section line easement

Update: The story has been corrected to note that Bureau of Land Management land is to the west of the Dorothy Drive area property. A… 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.

Water, sewer rates likely to increase for city

Residents who use Homer water and sewer services will likely see a slight increase to their rates, according to Finance Director Elizabeth Walton. During a… Continue reading

Esther Lowe poses for a photo at a reception for the Kachemak Bay Campus commencement last Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Lowe received an associate of arts degree. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

25 graduate in KBC commencement

The annual spring flurry of graduation begins at the top, as last Wednesday students from Kachemak Bay Campus received certificates, diplomas and degrees in everything… Continue reading

Esther Lowe poses for a photo at a reception for the Kachemak Bay Campus commencement last Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Lowe received an associate of arts degree. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)
Alaska Food Hub customer Roger Clyne picks up his order at one of the Food Hub’s designated locations in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Robbi Mixon/Alaska Food Hub)

Alaska Food Hub celebrates 4th year with open house and new location

Alaska Food Hub is an online marketplace that connects local producers with customers

Alaska Food Hub customer Roger Clyne picks up his order at one of the Food Hub’s designated locations in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Robbi Mixon/Alaska Food Hub)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district, employee associations continue contract talks

The district rejected one proposal from two employee associations and is analyzing another

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Sandhill cranes feed in Beluga Slough on May 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska, during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Sandhill cranes feed in Beluga Slough on May 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska, during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)