Recent News Stories

Tax Day is fast approaching as procrastinators scramble to file income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service by the April 15th deadline. Since 1968, the nationwide AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program has been doing just that, for free.

After 50 years, the list of laws passed by the City of Homer has gotten longer and longer. The city code grew so large, as a matter of fact, that last year, the city clerk’s office decided to do something about it.

The Alaska Senate’s Finance Committee unveiled its 2015 capital budget last Monday, including nearly $2 billion for a variety of projects across the state. On the Kenai Peninsula, the committee proposes about $63.5 million for dozens of projects.

A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is making headway in the state Senate. Senate Bill 209 would ban smoking in office buildings, sports arenas, taxicabs, bars and restaurants, among other public places.

An exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. made its Alaska debut at the Pratt Museum in Homer Friday night. The exhibit explores a topic of interest to just about everyone - food.

The Alaska State Trooper involved in a fatal shooting near Homer last week has been identified as Trooper David Chaffin. Chaffin is a five-year veteran of the force who is stationed out of the Anchor Point post.

Alaska State Troopers say a Homer man fatally shot himself after he grabbed a trooper's gun during a struggle following a domestic violence call. Twenty-four-year-old Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic is dead following the incident Wednesday night.

Some amateur radio operators on the southern Kenai Peninsula are calling all wannabe “hams” to join them. They’ve been meeting the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. until noon at the Homer Public Library.

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