Recent News Stories

Homer Electric Association members will see a not-so-pleasant surprise in their January electric bills. The average HEA member can expect a rate increase of more than 10 dollars a month. The rate increase is one of the largest in a long time.

Visitors from across the state and even across the Pacific Ocean were on the Kenai Peninsula for this year’s Kenai Birding Festival. A new feature was the Big Sit, where volunteers tried to check off as many species as possible in 24 hours.

The months-long, sometimes contentious debate over the City of Homer’s wintertime tax on non-prepared foods is finally over. The Homer City Council rejected a measure to reinstate the tax at its meeting Monday night.

A long-time Homer physician has been elected Chief of Staff for 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital. Dr. William Bell is a family practice physician and the medical director of Homer Medical Center. He has been on the hospital’s medical staff for over 30 years.

As scientists attempt to better understand the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale, they are taking a closer look at what the whales eat. But studying the dining habits of beluga whales is harder than you might think.

Plans will soon be in the works for a new school for Kachemak-Selo students. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will work with the community to decide what type of facility should be in place to best suit the students’ needs.

Winter is here and traffic around the streets of Homer has calmed but some city officials – including members of the Transportation Advisory Committee – are putting themselves to work, trying to figure out how to improve safety on local roadways. 

King salmon runs to the rivers of Cook Inlet are down again this year. Complicating matters for Fish and Game managers are the strong sockeye runs that commercial and personal use fishers depend on. 

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