Public comment opens for KHLT The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust of Homer is applying for accreditation, opening a public comment period that ends Oct. 27. The Land Trust Alliance Commission conducts reviews of each applicant’s policies and programs. Accreditation would allow KHLT to further its conservation work on the Kenai Peninsula by meeting the criteria [...]
Unprecedented number of gray whale calves NOAA scientists participating in the annual Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals Project say they have seen an unprecedented number of gray whale calves so far this year. More than 50 calves have been sighted in just the first month of the survey. And though some of the calves [...]
New sign shows the way downtown Homer’s status as a tourist town gives added significance to signs pointing the way. So, when the old sign pointing to downtown was ruined in heavy snowfall and plowing this winter, Monte Davis wanted to do something about it. “I was out kicking around in the weeds, and there [...]
FEMA plans Homer meeting on flooding Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in Homer for a public meeting 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Cowles Council Chambers. FEMA recently completed a study that reevaluates the flood hazards present on the Homer Spit. A draft Flood Insurance Rate Map has [...]
Despite the scattered rain, Wednesday’s 4th of July Parade brought out more than 50 entries and attracted packed crowds.
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Youth Conservation Corps won the group category in the Homer Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade. The float, “There’s no place like Homer” by the Driftwood Inn, AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse won best children’s group. Eagle Bill took best individual award. Best Bicycle went to Brayden Brossow. Best of Show Animal when to Mark Marrett and his team of riders. Best Use of Theme went to ERA Alaska. Best of Show winner went to the jazzy-salsa dancers in Zumba of Homer. And the Judge’s Favorite went to the Ninilchik Rodeo.
Welch one of four fugitives found in Seldovia • Over the years, the small tranquil community mistakenly thought of as a good place to hide The man arrested in the quiet tourist village of Seldovia on a federal warrant June 26 had escaped the law for 31 years after being convicted of robbery and fraud [...]
Eagle electrocuted on Klondike An eagle died after a run-in with a Homer Electric power line on Klondike Avenue last Wednesday that fortunately did not cause a power outage. A caller reported hearing a gunshot go off at about 11 a.m. that day. Police arrived and found the eagle nearby. They examined the eagle for [...]
Learn how to properly release fish Alaska Rep. Les Gara and the legislature worked the past year with the Department of Natural Resources to protect Alaska’s wild trout and salmon by posting signs that explain how to properly release a fish. Some fishermen keep fish they are going to release out of the water, while [...]
Homer wins award for energy savings The “First-Ever Great Alaska Energy Challenge” announced that the City of Homer cut energy used by its sewer plant by six percent; enough to power eight homes for an entire year. The four winners from Homer, Cordova, Palmer and Anchorage competed in the contest, which pitted teams from around [...]
Comment opens for EPA Pebble report The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its draft scientific study of the Bristol Bay watershed and its natural resources. Now public comments are open. EPA’s report responds to growing interest in large-scale mining in the watershed from a number of stakeholders and local communities with a range of views [...]