Recent News Stories

Despite several orders from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game modifying some salmon fisheries already, anglers have had ample opportunity to reel in a catch on the Russian River. Drift boats were going in and out of the water all day on the Russian.

It’s Winter Carnival time in Homer again. The four-day event kicked off with a basketball tournament at Homer High School Thursday. There are performances at the Mariner Theatre scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights and the  parade begins at noon on Saturday.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday earthquake, which devastated many communities in Alaska, including those on the Kenai Peninsula. The anniversary has emergency planners asking the question, “Are we ready for the next ‘big one?’”

The Sandhill Cranes are returning to the Kenai Peninsula yet again. Kachemak Crane Watch also has a new program in its third year that aims to track their population growth. 

Two proposals to modify the City of Homer’s wintertime tax holiday on non-prepared foods were narrowly defeated at Monday night’s city council meeting. But the grocery tax issue will be back for one more round.

South Peninsula Hospital is the first public building in Homer to have natural gas service. Governor Sean Parnell, hospital staff and other state officials were on hand July 25 for a valve-turning event to celebrate.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is fine-tuning its budget for the next school year. In the 2013-2014 school year, the district expects to spend roughly $148 million, but it’s only expecting revenue totaling about $143 million. 

The City of Homer isn’t immune to troubles with covering rising health care costs. The costs associated with providing insurance for city employees have increased over the last few years. City officials have had to change the benefits package to save money.

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