David “Dave” Earl Hanrahan, 79, passes

David “Dave” Earl Hanrahan, age 79, passed away in his sleep of natural causes on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. He was born in 1937 in Dover, Delaware to George and Mildred Hanrahan. His family later moved to Oak Lawn, Illinois, near Chicago where his parents had grown up. After graduating from high school, Dave enlisted […]

Salmonfest announces full lineup

PRESS RELEASE – The full lineup for the 2016 Salmonfest festival is now available. Save the date for 2016 Salmonfest, August 5-7. A three-day weekend full of music; over 15 national acts and over 40 local performers. Every year over 6,000 people turn the Kenai Peninsula village of Ninilchik into a city as families and […]

Alaska Court System to close Fridays at noon

Beginning July 1, 2016 Court System to Close Courts Statewide on Fridays at Noon to Help Reduce Operating Costs Anchorage, Alaska, June 15, 2016: Beginning July 1, 2016, the Alaska Court System will close courts and court offices statewide at noon every Friday to reduce operating costs. Some designated courts will be open for certain […]

Carmen Valentine-Garcia

Anchor Point resident, Mrs. Carmen Valentine-Garcia, 52, died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at her home in Anchor Point, Alaska. Memorial services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016 at The Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in Homer, Alaska. Carmen was born October 30, 1963 in Hessen, Germany. She moved to Alaska in 2008 where […]

Bristol Bay Salmon Shares Back for 2016

Community supported fishery brings seafood caught by Alaskans, to Alaskans June 8, 2016 Bristol Bay fishermen are flocking to southwest Alaska now by the thousands, gearing up to harvest the largest sockeye (red) salmon fishery on the Earth. The Alaska Marine Conservation Council’s award-winningCatch of the Season program ensures a portion of that catch makes […]

“Celebrate Our Heritage” theme for Chamber’s 4th of July Parade

Parade Entry Applications Due on or before Monday, June 27   The Homer Chamber of Commerce announces the July 4th Parade theme as “Celebrate Our Heritage.” This year’s theme will include three phases of our heritage.    We will commence the parade honoring our political leaders including City 0fficials and Departments, Color Guard and Veterans. The […]

Fishing rate scuffle dominates council meeting

How much boats in the Homer Harbor pay to tie up to the dock was again the subject of heated testimony this week at the Homer City Council chambers as small and large boat owners weighed in on the recommendations made by the Port and Harbor Advisory Commission to increase fees.
While most who testified expressed gratitude for the harbor facilities and a readiness to pay for those services, speakers were largely split on the issue of who should pay what. Small boat owners mainly testified that larger commercial boats take up significantly more space per linear foot, making the flat per-foot rate that has been in place for decades unfair to them. The commercial operators, however, claimed they received less services for their money, and that recommendations to implement a graduated rate structure that would charge large boats more would have pushed slip fees for some as high as $10,000 a year.

Bears spotted on the ridge top

We live in bear country. No one forgets that — especially this time of year. But it’s not every day when you see one in your backyard, in front of your car on the road, or ready to walk right in your front door.
“Wednesday morning around 4 a.m., the dog started barking,” said Dana Guidi, who lives on Diamond Ridge near West Hill. “We saw a moose — and then a bear.”
“The mama moose came into the yard, and the brown bear took the baby down in the ravine,” Guidi said. “It sounded horrible.”
She said the carcass was still in the ravine days later, where she saw a dog eating it.

Spruce aphid damage seen throughout area

Once again, we witness the reddening of spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula. This time, however, the voracious spruce bark beetle isn’t to blame. A new invasive insect is taking to the trees; the spruce aphid.
For two years, the aphid has been spotted over parts of the peninsula; but this spring the evidence of their work is evident. The red/orange needles that appear burnt is all that’s left after the spruce aphid sucks all the fluid out of the tree’s needles.

Birth – June 8

Josslyn Jean Mann, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, was born at 11:04 p.m. May 31 at South Peninsula Hospital to Bryan and Heather Mann of Homer. Raelyn Aijah Hill, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, was born at 8:30 a.m. June 2 to Jessica K. Hill and Gregory S. Kalmakoff of Homer. Grandparents are Glenda Hazelwood […]

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