Two new espresso shops open

Alaskans love their coffee.
Even when politicians, pundits, pastors and police can’t agree on anything else, coffee is a place people find common ground.
Two new coffee shops recently opened in town to better serve local coffee enthusiasts.
Coop’s Coffee, located at 60744 East End Road, opened right around Thanksgiving, owner Kelly Cooper said. And while she is happy to be able to provide Homer folks with some high-quality java, her motivations weren’t entirely altruistic.

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra to ‘Link Up’ in Homer

Step aside, Carnegie Hall. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Link Up program took center stage.
“It is a very educational, fun concert. Every year we seem to do a little bit more and more. This year we’ve got 10 schools participating, which us the most ever,” said Tammy Vollom-Matturro, artistic director for the orchestra and coordinator for the Link Up concerts in Homer on Friday and Kenai on Saturday.

Homer Electric raises rate shortly after rate decrease

On the heels of an announced rate reduction, the Homer Electric Association announced this week that it is instituting an interim rate increase after the Regulatory Commission of Alaska turned down its request to charge Alaska Railbelt utilities for the transfer of power from state-owned Bradley Lake power plant.
The rate increase is 3.25 percent effective Feb. 1 and will result in an increase of $3.15 to the average residential user drawing 550 kilowatt hours.

It’s MMA Fight-Night at Homer High School

What do you do with your free time? Many people are readers, others knit. Some brave souls even enjoy a little baking from time to time.
And then, there are the “warriors.”
Warriors train very hard to better themselves — and more than just their bodies. The fight is just the final presentation of the process; like the cake, or the sweater at the end of a lot of hard work.
If you’ve always wanted to experience a bit of MMA action, head to Homer High School on Saturday, Jan. 30 for, “A night of combative entertainment.”

Murre deaths lead to more questions

For weeks now, the beaches of Homer have been scattered with dead birds, black-and-white carcasses that are impossible to miss, even if larger birds — eagles — aren’t often sitting right over them scavenging.
Though those who pay close attention to birds in Alaska have been reporting larger-than-normal murre die offs since last March, the average beachgoer probably didn’t notice much until around New Years Day. Then, it was obvious that something had gone awry in the world of the Alaska’s common murres.

Focus on Fitness – Why ATR works

Have you ever stood in the middle of a gym and been dumbfounded? I have, and I have a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine. Recently, I visited a giant, first-class facility that offered everything but group circuit training. I stood in the middle of dumbbells, power racks and cardio equipment, and said to myself, “What […]

Community News – Jan. 20

It’s all about that soil The second in a series of classes this spring held at KPC Kachemak Bay Campus, “Understanding Soil Management Practices” will cover why pH alters nutrient uptake, how nutrients enter the plant and why air as important as water for plant growth. The class runs from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the […]

Obituary – Jan. 20

Joseph Theodor Smith, 85, of Ninilchik passed away Jan. 9, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. Joseph was born Dec. 8, 1930 to Floyd and Ellen Smith in Kanakanak, Bristol Bay, Alaska. His family said, “The family came to Bristol Bay in the 1920s, moved to Wasilla in the 1940s where Joe graduated high […]

Births – Jan. 20

Linnea Grace Lotscher, weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces, was born at 5:09 p.m. Dec. 30, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital to Maygen and Remo Lotscher of Homer. Grandparents are Chlaus and Lilliane Lotscher of Reichenbach, Switzerland, and Susan Sage of Dallas, Texas. Nova Lucia Cope, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces, was born at 3:50 p.m. […]

Public Safety – Jan. 20

FIRE Jan. 11-17 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 10 EMS calls and one fire call. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to six EMS calls. POLICE Jan. 13 Theft: A caller reported theft from a vehicle on Bonanza Avenue. Violation of Camping Rules: An officer attempted to contact seven subjects camping illegally on the Homer Spit. […]

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