Recent News Stories

Volunteers who help the City of Homer maintain the flower beds at the Baycrest Hill pullout were looking forward to seeing how a new batch of more than fifty peonies would do this summer. But a city worker found they had all been stolen.

Officials with the Alaska Division of Forestry say a fire that burned 12 acres near Caribou Lake over the weekend has been contained. All personnel and equipment are now off site.

Homer residents may have noticed construction crews installing sections of natural gas pipeline around town. After completing Phase One of the gasline build-out last year, Enstar Natural Gas Company is now working on Phase Two.

Since mid-April, Sandhill Cranes have been returning to Homer from California’s Sacramento Valley, where they spend the winter. Their arrival is eagerly anticipated by local crane enthusiasts, many of whom get to know these birds in a special way.

The Homer City Council is on the verge of giving itself a pay raise. At their meeting last week, council members debated the merits of paying themselves more when the city budget is still relatively tight.

Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, many Alaskans who lived through it are still trying to ensure the spill is not forgotten. Last week at the Homer harbor, a few of them staged a silent reminder.

A testing and inspection company with facilities in Kenai is in trouble with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A surprise inspection of Acuren’s facility earlier this month revealed high levels of radiation outside the building.

Moviegoers across the country got an up-close look at the wild Grizzly bears of Katmai National Park over the weekend. After a two-year shoot at Hallo Bay Bear Camp, Disney’s wilderness feature “Bears” opened last Friday.

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