Recent News Stories

The Homer City Council rang in the New Year with one of its longest meetings in recent memory. At the top of the list were two proposals aimed at bringing back the city’s wintertime sales tax on non-prepared foods. 

Gardener Brenda Adams has designed more than 150 custom gardens since she moved to Alaska. She recently compiled her collective expriences in a book entitled “There’s a Moose in My Garden” which is set to be published in the second week of August.

The City of Homer will decide at its next meeting whether or not to provide almost $100,000 for improvements in the Old Town neighborhood. Business owners, workers and residents in the area have been pushing for safety upgrades and improved walkability.

A bill in the Alaska House would establish a day to honor the late-Governor Jay Hammond. House Bill 130 would designate July 21st of each year as “Jay Hammond Day.” The bill had its first full hearing Wednesday and is making its way through the legislative process.

Homer residents may have noticed a petition circulating around town recently, calling for the formation of a charter commission. If the petition effort is successful, that commission would then be tasked with writing a new city charter for Homer.

Fisheries-related jobs still employ more Alaskans than any other sector and offer a rosy outlook for at least the next decade. Employers say one thing is lacking, however, when it comes to hiring the next generation of fish experts – education. 

Another winter storm dropped as much as two feet of snow in some spots around Homer Thursday. The surprise snowstorm began late Wednesday evening and by early Thursday morning, some residents were reporting additional accumulation between six inches in town and two feet in areas by Diamond Ridge and East End Road. 

The Board of Directors for Buccaneer Energy has a new look again, just weeks after an attempt to overtake the board by two Singapore-based investment companies was only partially successful. In a press release, the company announced three of the six board members resigned.

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