Recent News Stories

Homer’s new city ordinance banning the use of disposable plastic shopping bags might not have a chance to become law, after all. The plastic bag ban was vetoed by Mayor Jim Hornday Friday morning, setting up another vote Monday night.

A floatplane accident in Homer Tuesday night claimed the life of former Alaska state legislator Cheryll Heinze, who represented Anchorage for one term in 2003 and 2004. Federal investigators are unsure what exactly caused the Cessna 206 carrying Heinze and four others to flip over while attempting to land on Homer’s Beluga Lake.

Senator Lisa Murkowski has declared war on the Republican Party’s “war on women.” In pointed comments Wednesday, Murkowski took on the subjects of contraception, abortion and Rush Limbaugh.

Homer Police Department officers have made five arrests related to a pair of high-profile burglaries in Homer. On October 21st, the TechConnect electronics store on Pioneer Avenue reported that it had been burglarized, with more than $4,500 worth of items missing.

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced Friday that the M/V Tustumena will not return to service until July. The Tustumena went into dry-dock in Seward for a major improvement project back in November and was originally scheduled to return to service April 17th. 

A bald eagle had to be euthanized Saturday after being struck and paralyzed by a vehicle. The eagle was struck while it was feasting on roadkill, something that becomes increasingly more common as the winter months approach.

If you’ve ever thought you might like to run for public office, now is the time to get the ball rolling. The candidacy filing period for this year’s municipal and borough elections is now open.

A jury today ruled in favor of the City of Homer and three Homer Police officers who were accused of acting recklessly during a 2006 shootout at the Homer Airport. The eight-member jury decided not to award any money to the plaintiff, Cherry Dietzmann.

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