Recent News Stories

Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz has won a Meritorious Service Award from the University of Alaska. In a news release Friday, university officials said that Swartz received the award for her contributions to the literary community and to the public.

Homer Head Start is involved in “Growing up Tobacco Free,” a three-year program aimed at helping youth avoid tobacco use through various means. Homer is one of the final 10 communities added to the program.

A pair of Homer businessmen has filed to run for two open seats on the Homer City Council. Corbin Arno and Gus Van Dyke share a belief that government spending in Homer is out of control.

A study looking at people’s attitudes toward bears on the Kenai Peninsula has been released and for the first time, examines what humans think about human-bear interaction. Researcher Rebecca Zulueta found that, overall, people have a generally positive view of our ursine neighbors.

Buccaneer Energy’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but the State of Alaska says that’s not likely.

There are fewer students attending school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District this year compared to last year. The district has released its official enrollment count as required by the state. But looking at specific schools shows a mixed bag.

This month, Alaska joined the growing list of states to be granted a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. This is welcome news for a lot of people, including one local parent who wondered why different rules applied for different schools.

The upfront costs associated with piping natural gas into houses and businesses in Homer have been a major sticking point for many residents considering the switch. The largest upfront costs will be to connect with Enstar Natural Gas Company and to replace any appliances. 

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