Homer welcomes first baby of 2017

January 12th 7:25 pm

Born Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 8:15 a.m. to Kcenia and David Reutov of Homer, Everest Reutov received a red-carpet welcome as the first baby born at South Peninsula Hospital in 2017. Everest weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 10 ounces and is 20 inches long. With [...]

Council votes down hatchery resolution

January 12th 7:25 pm

The Homer City Council on Monday voted down a resolution in support of changes to the Tutka Bay fish hatchery program despite testimony of dozens in favor of expanding the program by temporarily placing net pens at the head of Tutka Bay. The resolution, [...]

Kenai Borough Assembly readies for lawsuit over religious invocation rule

January 12th 7:23 pm

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decided Tuesday night to keep in place religious restrictions on who can give an invocation before its meetings, in the face of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska. Also Tuesday night, the [...]

BIrths - Jan. 12

January 12th 7:20 pm

Hope Charlotte Greer, a baby girl weighing 9 pounds, 6 ounces was born at Jan. 6 at 11:53 a.m. at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer to Forrest and Stephanie Greer of Homer. Grandparents are Edward and Catherine Anderson in Spicer, Minn. and Perry and Cindy [...]

FYI - News briefs & announcements - Jan. 12

January 12th 7:19 pm

Hazardous waste collection to be held Saturday The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department will host a hazardous waste collection day this Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Homer Transfer Facility. 'Vacant' Clamshell Lodge burns Central Emergency Services [...]

Legislation introduced to open ANWR

January 12th 7:18 pm

Gov. Bill Walker last week voiced his support for a pair of bills put forward by the members of the Republican Congressional delegation. The first, called the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, was introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Jan. 5. [...]

Alaska sees seasonal rise in rate of flu, other viruses

January 12th 7:18 pm

Influenza infections in Alaska were on the rise leading up to the new year, according to state health officials, who emphasize the value of getting vaccinated — although other respiratory infections were making their way around the state as well. Dr. [...]

Investment tips for "millennials"

January 12th 7:17 pm

If you are a "millennial" - a member of the age cohort born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s - then you're still in the early chapters of your career, so it may be a stretch for you to envision the end of it. But since you do have so [...]

Obituary: Stephen J. Larson

January 12th 7:15 pm

Stephen J. Larson, 52, of Nashua, N.H. and Homer, Alaska, died Jan. 8, 2017 at Portsmouth Regional Trauma Center, Portsmouth, N.H., of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on June 7. He was born June 11, 1964 in Arlington, Mass., grew up and went to [...]

Fish Factor: Alaska fisheries promoters push for new fish habitat laws

January 12th 7:14 pm

Fishery advocates are hoping for the speedy delivery of a letter to state lawmakers that asks them to dust off a law pertaining to fish habitats. Title 16, the statute that outlines the responsibilities of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game when issuing [...]

Martin Luther King's dream now more important than ever

January 12th 7:13 pm

This Monday, our nation honors civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a day in his honor. It couldn't come at a better time, as this nation deals with extreme polarization and a resurgence of negativity of all kinds, from racism to political [...]

Opinion: Letters - Jan. 12

January 12th 7:12 pm

ACA needs fixing, not elimination I have been a registered nurse for nearly 35 years, with over 30 of those being in Alaska. I know first-hand that the role our health care system plays is absolutely vital to the well-being of Alaskans. I strive every day [...]

Opinion: ACA repeal without replacement will create chaos

January 12th 7:10 pm

Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on "Obamacare": "I believe the legislation has to be repealed. It has to be replaced with sensible alternatives that are widely supported." A lot has changed since Murkowski delivered that speech on June 23, 2010. With the [...]

Opinion: A prayer for Alaska's children; a guide for Alaska's parents

January 12th 7:10 pm

I recently came across a prayer I wrote in 1994 and sent out with our family Christmas cards that year. At the time, our four children ranged in age from 6 to 13. We knew there were many influences that could negatively impact their decisions if they were not [...]

Community news - Jan. 12

January 12th 7:07 pm

Put the screws to your shoes Many winter runners have hobnailed old running shoes by screwing in sheet-metal screws to allow for safe running on icy roads and sidewalks. If you haven't put the screws to your shoes yet, stop by the Homer Brewery between 2:30 [...]

Teen with musical aspirations is eager to inspire

January 12th 7:02 pm

Chloe Pleznac started writing songs when she was just two years old. "I am told that I wrote a song about my parent's friend's "Big Lips" and when I discovered rhyming, three-year-old me wrote "Bad Dad" more to the wonder of rhyme [...]

Mariner wrestlers finish 9th at Gut Check

January 12th 6:59 pm

After finishing second in the state for their 2016 season, Homer High School wrestlers extended their grappling action with participation in post-season tournaments last weekend. The Mariner boys traveled to Bremerton, Wash., for the annual Gut Check [...]

Sports Briefs - Jan. 12

January 12th 6:56 pm

KNSC to offer skate-ski clinics Beginning and intermediate skate-ski clinics will be offered at the Lookout Mountain Ski Area on Jan. 22. The beginner clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, and will be led by Kachemak Nordic Ski Club coaches. This clinic [...]

Finley scores 35 to keep Timberwolves undefeated

January 12th 6:51 pm

I am a vicarious basketball player. I started playing the game in seventh grade. And let's face it, when you're 13 and just had a big growth spurt, you could easily play center on the "A" team. Plus, the coach said my shooting form was [...]

Beluga recovery plan focuses on largest threats

January 12th 6:49 pm

A new recovery plan for endangered Cook Inlet belugas focuses on counteracting what federal regulators believe are the biggest threats to Alaska's most urban whales, but none that would stop local economic activity. The recovery plan, issued at year's end by [...]

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