Talk-show host to speak at Garden Club gala

July 20th 5:29 pm

Nothing celebrates summer quite like Gardeners' Weekend. This year's Gardeners' Weekend, sponsored by the Homer Garden Club, is this weekend, July 29 and 30. As in year's past, the festivities include a nationally-recognized and inspirational keynote speaker, [...]

Former Alaskan battles rare flesh-eating skin disease

July 20th 5:26 pm

When Joe Nash was living and working in Alaska, he enjoyed working as a dog handler for Iditarod musher Aaron Burmeister, playing basketball and spending hours fishing. Now, he just hopes to walk to another sled dog race or see another salmon pulled from the [...]

Organizers aim for waste-free Salmonfest

July 20th 5:22 pm

Salmonfest 2017 will be getting help from Cook Inletkeeper and ReGroup to minimize waste at this year's festival, which is scheduled for Aug. 4 to 6 in Ninilchik. The three-day event will feature some of the country's top musicians, including Homer's own [...]

FYI - News briefs & announcements - July 20

July 20th 5:20 pm

Homer Medical Center to offer free sports physicals Homer Medical Center is offering free sports physicals at a one-day clinic on Saturday for high school students who need a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities. Appointments are not [...]

Pilot crashes into wildlife refuge, walks away uninjured

July 20th 5:19 pm

A pilot in an Alaska Air Taxi plane walked away uninjured after crashing into a heavily forested wildlife preserve on the Kenai Peninsula while en route from Seldovia to Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage in early July, officials said. "It was pretty [...]

Match short- and long-term goals with the right investments

July 20th 5:18 pm

Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term [...]

Opinion: The alphabet sidetracked my sports career

July 20th 5:17 pm

Being an avid sports freak, you can probably only imagine how thrilled I am high school sports is returning next week. I can hardly wait to watch the football, cross country and volleyball athletes begin working out. Much like spring in the harbinger of the [...]

Opinion: How action in Juneau creates hope and a path to solving Alaska's deficit

July 20th 5:16 pm

The passage Saturday of a bill ending cash subsidies to the oil industry creates legitimate hope for a solution to Alaska's fiscal crisis. The change itself doesn't fill much of the gap between the state's income and spending — perhaps $75 million to [...]

Alaska salmon prices looking up for 2017

July 20th 5:15 pm

As predicted, Alaska fishermen are getting higher prices for their salmon this year. It's good news following a 2016 season that saw lackluster catches in all regions but Bristol Bay, a failure of pink salmon runs, and paltry pay checks nearly across the [...]

Opinion: Letters - July 20

July 20th 5:13 pm

Thank you HCOA I would like to publicly thank the Homer Council on the Arts foundation for offering the HCOA Youth Summer Arts scholarship. This scholarship has enabled me to attend the Suzuki Fairbanks Institute for the past four years. I have learned new [...]

Szymoniak among top finishers in Mini Mount Marathon race

July 20th 5:10 pm

Here's a quick trivia question for you. Can you name Homer's top finisher at the recent Mount Marathon Race? If you guess anyone other than Preston Szymoniak, you are wrong. Szymoniak legged out a second-place in the Mini Mount Marathon race on July 4. The [...]

Local woman realizes dream with Spit snack shop

July 20th 5:07 pm

Getting a new business up and running is hard work, but Karen Christopher, who has spent her life working in mines and cooking in restaurants and camps, is no stranger to hard work. Tucked behind Coal Towne Coffee on the Homer Spit, you will find Christopher [...]

Daily respites during a summer-long walk

July 20th 5:05 pm

JIM RIVER — On this cobble bar north of the Arctic Circle, it is a fine day. The sky is a sheet of blue, a breeze wraps us with clean air, a sandpiper mom shrieks over her hatchlings. They are gray-blue puffballs, extra cute and almost invisible amid [...]

French couple circumnavigates the world

July 20th 5:02 pm

In 2000, Jean-Jacques and Anne Mieral and their two children, Augustin, 11-years-old and Solene, 7-years-old sailed out of France on board a boat named Constance. "Our world was 40-feet long and 10-feet wide," Jean-Jacques said. "We lived, [...]

Enjoy the many marvels of Anchor Point Beach

July 20th 4:58 pm

Rock-hounding, tractor pulls and volcano views are just a few of the attractions For spectacular views across Cook Inlet to the magnificent, mountainous Alaska Peninsula, with its five volcanoes, some terrific rock hounding, developed beach-side camping, [...]

Alaska draws major federal funding for health insurance

July 20th 4:57 pm

Alaska will receive more than $300 million in new federal funding over the next five years to shore up the state's individual health insurance market, federal officials announced Tuesday.

Public Safety - July 10 to 16

July 20th 4:56 pm

July 10 8:24 — Caller reported someone broke into her apartment and replaced items. 8:24 — Caller reported a commercial alarm activated. Officers to area. All OK. 9:23 — Driver received summons for no insurance. 10:10 — [...]

Legislature passes oil tax deal; budget is still pending

July 20th 4:56 pm

The Alaska Legislature passed a late-night deal Saturday to end cash payments to oil companies, beating a midnight deadline to end its special session with an hour to spare. The House vote was 33-6 and the Senate's was 18-0, in actions that both came after [...]

Anchor Point petitions for state help

July 14th 3:00 am

ANCHOR POINT - The residents on Anchor Point realize they live in a small community. That, however, doesn't mean they aren't going to try and make their voices heard load and clear by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Alaska Department of Transportation [...]

Jewel headlines Salmonfest schedule

July 14th 3:00 am

Homer's own songbird, Jewel will headline Salmonfest 2017, which is scheduled for Aug. 4 to 6 in Ninilchik. The three-day event will feature more than 60 acts. Jewel, however, will be the headlining act for most. She has sold more than 30 million albums and [...]

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