Recent News Stories

The annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet is an institution in Homer, where the show has gone on for 25 years. The production was revamped three years ago when directors Breezy Berryman and Jennifer Norton took over.

A group of kids will spend the weekend outdoors foraging for their meals. Homer Wilderness Leaders, or HoWL, will teach the kids survival skills during the two-day trip.The destination for what’s called the Edible Harvest Weekend is Cottonwood Canyon.

The Homer Winter Jamboree Women’s Hockey Tournament will take place this weekend. Hockey players of various skill levels from all over Alaska will gather to participate in a round-robin competition.

The Alaska State Board of Education has renewed the charter application for Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science. The school first opened in 2004. There are about 250 students attending Kaleidoscope.

Flooding along the Kenai River is beginning to subside, despite some road closures in the area. The National Weather Service reported Tuesday that water levels crested at Cooper Landing one-half-foot above moderate flood stage, with some low lying areas around Kenai Lake still flooded.

Homer’s newest 4-H club is looking for members. A group of parents and interested community members has been working for the last several months to put everything together. Kids from the ages of 5 to 18 are welcome to take part.

A pair of commercial fishing vessels that sank in Jakalof Bay on Christmas Eve have been removed and transported to the Homer harbor. The vessels F/V Kupreanof and F/V Leading Lady were safely refloated last weekend by a team of experts.

A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is making headway in the state Senate. Senate Bill 209 would ban smoking in office buildings, sports arenas, taxicabs, bars and restaurants, among other public places.

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