Longtime Homer Doctor Set To Retire

18 hours ago
South Peninsula Hospital

A longtime family physician in Homer is retiring.

After 20 years in practice, Dr. Randy Wiest is stepping down from medical practice at the end of this month, according to a release from South Peninsula Hosptital.

For the last two decades, Wiest has worked at the Homer Medical Center and as a member of the active medical staff at South Peninsula Hospital.

As needed, he also worked in the hospital’s emergency department and acute care unit, the hospital says.

Hilcorp Ordered To Inspect Second Pipeline For Damage

18 hours ago
Hilcorp Alaska

Federal regulators are raising concerns about a second pipeline in Cook Inlet.

It's been more than a month since the oil and gas company Hilcorp discovered a leak in a natural gas pipeline fueling one of its offshore drilling platforms. 

Power Outage Attributed To Felled Tree

18 hours ago
Shahla Farzan

  A fallen tree led to a power outage for dozens of Homer residents late last week.

Homer Electric Association says the outage lasted from about 2 to 4 p.m. on March 16.

In total, it affected 85 power customers in the area of Diamond Ridge and Kay Court.

HEA Rates To Go Down Slightly Next Quarter

18 hours ago
Homer Electric Association

  Monthly charges for Homer Electric Association members will be going down over the next few months.

According to a recent release, HEA said it recently proposed a nearly 7 percent decrease to its cost of power adjustment rate for the upcoming quarter.

The rate will drop from about .073 cents per kilowatt hour to about .068 cents.

Assembly Votes Down Moment Of Silence In Place Of Invocation

19 hours ago
Kenai Peninsula Borough

On Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down an ordinance that would have repealed the invocation policy as it currently stands. The final vote was seven to two against, with only Assembly President Kelly Cooper and Assembly Member Willy Dunne in favor of passing it.

Overall, public testimony on the invocation policy lasted for more than an hour. Here is a sampling of some of the comments heard at the meeting:  


Southern Peninsula Reps Outvoted To Keep Invocation Policy

Mar 23, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday voted to continue its current policy on the holding of invocations before its meetings. The only two dissenting votes came from southern peninsula representatives. 


Alaska Artist To Install Salmon Sculpture On The Spit

Mar 23, 2017
Courtesy of the Homer Foundation

A new sculpture will soon be in place on the Homer Spit. Its name is “The Giving Salmon" and it will be a six-foot bronze installation of a fish in front of the new Boat House Pavilion.

The salmon is being erected to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Homer Foundation, a philanthropic organization in the community.

State Seeks Input On Waters Designations

Mar 23, 2017
Shady Grove Oliver

 The state of Alaska is looking for input from residents about how to choose important waterways for protection.

It all starts with the Clean Water Act, which regulates pollutants and standards of quality for U.S. waters. The act outlines three designations for waterways based on their uses, quality, and ecological significance.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The U.S. Senate this week voted to overturn an Obama Administration rule that banned certain methods of killing predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The vote was 52 to 47.

The Obama administration wanted to ban killing bear cubs and wolves in their dens, killing bears over bait and other practices that opponents deem inhumane.


  The 2017 Winter King Tournament has been postponed by a week due to weather concerns.

According to a release from the Homer Chamber of Commerce, weather forecasts for the week call for continued cold temperatures and north winds.


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