Recent News Stories

After months of debate, the 2014 City of Homer budget is finally finished. At its Monday meeting, the Homer City Council made the last few adjustments to the $26 million budget and signed off on the document.

Tesoro Corporation has been issued a fine of more than $1 million for violating provisions of the Clean Air Act. On Thursday, the EPA announced an agreement with Tesoro. The company will pay a $1.1 million dollar fine and revamp its procedures.

As part of the ongoing “Big Read” hosted by the Friends of the Homer Public Library, members of the Pier One Theater group performed a reading from Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” at the library. Seven actors with Pier One Theater read sections of the book Tuesday night. 

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavor is currently operating in Cook Inlet’s Southern Cross Unit after spending much of the summer season drilling offshore from Anchor Point. But when the snow starts to fly and the ice begins to form, the rig will be looking for a winter home.

In the wake of statewide protests against the passage of Senate Bill 21 – the contentious oil tax reform bill that is winding its way through the legislature – a pair of state senators employed by ConocoPhillips has faced renewed questions about potential conflicts of interest.

A final decision has yet to be made on a controversial proposal to allow heli-skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park and the State Wilderness Park but the park’s Citizen Advisory Board voted against it at its meeting November 14th in Homer.

Every summer, thousands of visitors travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve, most of them there to see the park’s brown bears. Now, thanks to the non-profit nature website Explore.org, millions of people all over the world can watch the famous bears, too.

The concept of a Kachemak Bay Water Trail is one step closer to reality. At its meeting Monday, the Homer City Council approved the creation of a trailhead on the Homer Spit that would serve as a start and finish line for the 125-mile trail. 

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