Recent News Stories

The Funny River Fire has now consumed nearly 50,000 acres. By Thursday morning, a command center had been established at Skyview High School, and crews were again focusing their efforts on keeping the fire away from residential areas.

The Homer City Council is considering changing the definition of “discontinued” in the city’s property zoning code. The wording would affect properties like the Bay View Inn that were granted a conditional-use permit after the city annexed the area in the 1980s.

A Homer man was featured this week in an interview series dedicated to military veterans, put together by the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski. Jim VanOss shared his experiences during and after the Vietnam War.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre delivered his annual State of the Borough address Tuesday. There are a few issues the Mayor says he’s concerned with in the short term, but long-term prospects in the Borough look good.

The two unions that represent the teachers and support staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have elected new presidents. The new union leaders addressed the school board during its meeting this month with plans to move forward.

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.

A fiber optic line south of Soldotna belonging to Homer Electric Association was damaged earlier this month by a gunshot, although repairs were made quickly and did not disrupt communications. 

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