Recent News Stories

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.

The Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer has a new look thanks to a visiting artist and a group of local volunteers who’ve created a giant sculpture out of commonly found objects. Sculptor Jarod Charzewski conceived of the large buoy sculpture.

A bill sponsored by Homer Representative Paul Seaton that would make it easier for small non-profits to participate in the “Pick.Click.Give” program passed the Alaska Legislature Monday.

The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has officially taken over ownership of the Port Graham Hatchery. The organization has plans to begin pink salmon operations later this summer.

Despite one member expressing “buyer’s remorse,” the Homer City Council narrowly approved spending $31,000 on an advertisement at its meeting Monday night. The eight-page advertisement will appear in the book “North to the Future."

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