Recent News Stories

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.

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.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has approved a rule change that could pave the way for the borough to loans funds to both Homer and Kachemak City. The money would be used to pay for construction of natural gas infrastructure.

It’s been a year since a previously unknown gal from Homer, Alaska was crowned Mrs. America – the first Alaskan to win the pageant. One year later, Vicki Sarber is back to her busy – if relatively un-glamorous – life as a wife and mother.

The Sandhill Cranes are returning to the Kenai Peninsula yet again. Kachemak Crane Watch also has a new program in its third year that aims to track their population growth. 

Homer resident and New York Times best-selling author Dana Stabenow has collected another award for her work – the 2012 Nero Award for “Best American Mystery.” The award honors “Though Not Dead,” Stabenow’s 18th installment in the popular Kate Shugak series.

Reactions are mixed when it comes to building a new Harbormaster’s office on the Homer Spit. Concerns mostly stem from the overall cost of building and constructing the new facility.

Homer Police have identified the body of a man who was found dead near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer Sunday night. The death of 61-year-old Mark Matthews is still under investigation. 

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