Recent News Stories

June 14th marked the 2014 season opening of the Wynn Nature Center in Homer. Staff, volunteers, and community members celebrated with a potluck and nature walk.

Homer Electric Association members will see a not-so-pleasant surprise in their January electric bills. The average HEA member can expect a rate increase of more than 10 dollars a month. The rate increase is one of the largest in a long time.

Visitors from across the state and even across the Pacific Ocean were on the Kenai Peninsula for this year’s Kenai Birding Festival. A new feature was the Big Sit, where volunteers tried to check off as many species as possible in 24 hours.

After this year’s poor fishing season, the call has been made by fishermen and political leaders for more economic data concerning the role of commercial and sportfishing in the local economy.  The first small steps toward getting that information were taken this week.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers were standing room only Monday night when Senator Peter Micciche held a public meeting about House Bill 77, the controversial piece of legislation that aims to streamline DNR permitting.

A plan to overhaul the City of Homer’s water and sewer rate structure is now on the fast track. At its meeting last Monday night, the Homer City Council heard testimony about the plan and cleared the way for its passage later this month. 

A long-time Homer physician has been elected Chief of Staff for 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital. Dr. William Bell is a family practice physician and the medical director of Homer Medical Center. He has been on the hospital’s medical staff for over 30 years.

Advocates for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve in Homer breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Senate Finance Committee reinserted $175,000 in state funding back into the budget. But the budget battle is not quite over just yet.

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