Recent News Stories

An outbreak of chickenpox in Soldotna and Homer has state public health officials worried about the high number of local children who are not receiving vaccinations.

The City of Homer’s annual report for 2011 has been released and offers a comprehensive snapshot of how the city is doing, compared to previous years. In the 30-page report, Homer City Manager Walt Wrede says 2011 was a – quote – “rewarding but challenging” year.

Kachemak Crane Watch recently issued a report on Sandhill Crane activity in the Homer area during the 2012 season. Crane Watch says despite the late spring and near record winter snowfall, Homer’s Sandhill Cranes arrived slightly earlier than last year.

A Homer-based reality TV show that debuted in 2011 has proven popular enough to return for a second season.“Alaska: The Last Frontier” premiered in December of last year. The hour-long show portrays the homesteader lifestyle led by members of the Kilcher clan.

While many of his friends have affectionately called Halibut Cove resident Clem Tillion boisterous, they are now hoping he displays that trait at a special gathering this Saturday night across Kachemak Bay.

A spokesperson for Apache Corporation says the company has called a "pause" in three-dimensional seismic work conducted near Ninilchik. Government relations manager Lisa Parker tells the Homer News that the stoppage is due to a lack of necessary permits.

Executives from several energy companies and representatives of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association met Tuesday in Soldotna to give a presentation to local business leaders on the state of the industry in Cook Inlet.

Homer’s ban on disposable plastic shopping bags has gone from on-again to off-again to back on-again. With a final vote of the Homer City Council Monday night, the bag ban is set to become law January 1st.

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