Recent News Stories

After several years of uncertainty over its long-time home in the HERC building, the Homer Boys and Girls Club is shutting its doors and laying off employees. Officials say the club will be closed after the school year ends next week.

The skeleton of a gray whale that washed up on the shore of Halibut Cove in 1999 was recently moved into the lobby of the Pratt Museum in Homer and is currently being assembled to feature in a new exhibit.

The Homer City Council is taking a close look at its Capital Improvement Project – or CIP – list, deciding which projects might be worthy of state and federal funding. One new project in particular received a lot of attention at a council work session Monday.

Buccaneer Energy has taken steps toward moving its Endeavor jack-up rig out of the Homer harbor, where it’s been anchored since arriving in Alaska in August. But City of Homer officials are eyeing a March 1st deadline for the rig’s departure.

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavour has moved from the Cosmopolitan Unit in Cook Inlet to the Southern Cross Unit, but has yet to spud a well. Onshore, the company is planning to move the Glacier drilling rig from Kenai to the West Eagle Unit east of Homer.

Homer High School is losing its principal. Dr. Allan Gee has announced that he will be leaving the school – and the state – after this school year. Gee will remain on the job until June 7th. Candidate interviews are scheduled for April 29th. 

The Homer Public Library is one of five Alaska libraries to have been designated a “Star Library” by the industry periodical, Library Journal. 

The Homer City Council rang in the New Year with one of its longest meetings in recent memory. At the top of the list were two proposals aimed at bringing back the city’s wintertime sales tax on non-prepared foods. 

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