Recent News Stories

For the last few weeks the Homer United Methodist Church has taken the lead on an effort distributing food to teens in need. Volunteers have been working with other organizations and community members to have free food on hand to pass out each Friday.

The state Board of Game continues its meeting in Kenai this week. Beginning last Friday, the Board heard research updates from area biologists and two days of public testimony. Dwindling moose numbers on the Central Peninsula and what to do about it was a central topic.

Since 2008, Homer residents have enjoyed a seasonal tax holiday on non-prepared foods, meaning no borough or city taxes at the grocery store between September 1st and May 31st of each year. But the 4-point-5 percent city sales tax might be making a comeback.

A proposal to build a 160-foot microwave tower atop the Homer bluff has residents in the area concerned about their property values and views of Kachemak Bay. The City of Homer Planning Commission has already signed off on the project.

A Homer helicopter pilot who dreams of operating a helipad on the Homer Spit took his case to the city Planning Commission last week.

Oral arguments are being heard Friday in US District Court in Anchorage for a lawsuit that challenges the decision made by the National Marine Fisheries Service to authorize the first of at least three years of seismic exploration in Cook Inlet.

NOMAR Manufacturing in Homer has been churning out top-quality gear for fishermen, hunters, oilmen and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 35 years. The company was recognized for its work a few weeks ago, when it was named “Alaska Manufacturer of the Year.”

After counting more than 200 absentee and questioned ballots Friday morning, the city’s canvass board declared unofficial election results showing incumbent council member Bryan Zak as the winner of one of two open seats.

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