Recent News Stories

Walt Wrede has served as the city manager of Homer for ten years. Since taking the job, he has seen many proposals come before the city council, including controversial items like the proposed addition of a big box store and the Town Center project, but has still maintained his post.

Senator Mark Begich visited incident command at Skyview High School for the Funny River fire last week. He attended press briefings, toured the operations center and spoke about future plans for dealing with this type of disaster.

At its meeting last week in Anchorage, the state Board of Fisheries acted on a request to look into issues affecting Upper Cook Inlet king salmon runs.  As a result, a task force has been created.

Homer residents may have noticed a petition circulating around town recently, calling for the formation of a charter commission. If the petition effort is successful, that commission would then be tasked with writing a new city charter for Homer.

The state of Alaska leased nearly 150,000 acres to oil and gas developers in a sale Wednesday. The sale represents a continued interest in development in Cook Inlet that could focus on oil drilling in the coming years.

Many months of hard work have finally paid off for students at West Homer Elementary School. A potato garden that was begun in the spring ended with a harvest that was enjoyed by the whole school Thursday afternoon.

 

High prices for pink salmon have spurred interest in hatchery operations in Kachemak Bay. Kenai-based Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has applied with the State of Alaska to reopen a hatchery in Port Graham that closed six years ago.

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.

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