Recent News Stories

Plans will soon be in the works for a new school for Kachemak-Selo students. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will work with the community to decide what type of facility should be in place to best suit the students’ needs.

Winter is here and traffic around the streets of Homer has calmed but some city officials – including members of the Transportation Advisory Committee – are putting themselves to work, trying to figure out how to improve safety on local roadways. 

King salmon runs to the rivers of Cook Inlet are down again this year. Complicating matters for Fish and Game managers are the strong sockeye runs that commercial and personal use fishers depend on. 

A Homer charter boat captain who pled guilty to distributing drugs to minors and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to ten years in prison. Thirty-four-year-old Randall Hines will also have to pay $160,000 in restitution.

A routine traffic stop in downtown Homer Saturday afternoon turned into an emergency situation when an Alaska State Trooper found a methamphetamine laboratory inside a vehicle. Twenty-six-year-old Homer resident Timothy Igou was arrested at the scene.

A proposal to ban commercial set net fishing in urban areas of Alaska is getting a lot of attention. While the ban would apply statewide to commercial setnetting in all urban areas, in practice, it would really only affect setnetters on the Kenai Peninsula. 

Even though the state legislature is gaveled out, citizens on the Kenai Peninsula are trying to advance the legislative process in their own way. Rallies against Senate Bill 21 have been held all over Alaska since before the bill that lowers tax rates for oil companies was even voted on.

Crew members with Homer’s Public Works Department have been out plowing the last few days. As crews shove more and more snow off the roads, they transport everything to one of the city’s snow storage sites where it will gradually melt.

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