Recent News Stories

If you know any students at Paul Banks Elementary School, don’t be surprised if you see them with nose in a book. The school began its annual read-a-thon this week, with a very unusual twist.

Homer’s wearable art show is returning this fall. Fiber artists from the Kenai Peninsula and beyond are invited to submit creations for the November shows. This year’s theme is “Show Off.”

For years, the Homer City Council has struggled with what to do about water and sewer rates. The council is considering a new plan that would overhaul the rate structure in an attempt to make it simpler and more adaptable in the future.

A high-profile Sterling Highway landmark was destroyed by fire last weekend. The large, five-story house at Milepost 153 near Anchor Point was noticeable for the three large wind turbines and 36 solar panels that provided its power.

Thanks to a judge’s ruling, the City of Homer no longer has to worry about plowing an ice skating area on Beluga Lake. A Homer man who donated parkland to the city 30 years ago thought the city had an obligation to create an ice skating area.

A bill in the Alaska House would establish a day to honor the late-Governor Jay Hammond. House Bill 130 would designate July 21st of each year as “Jay Hammond Day.” The bill had its first full hearing Wednesday and is making its way through the legislative process.

There aren’t many highways suitable for road-tripping in Alaska. But the ones we do have are dotted with plenty of interesting road-side attractions. In the third part of a series, we make a pit stop at the recently re-opened Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof.

Fisheries-related jobs still employ more Alaskans than any other sector and offer a rosy outlook for at least the next decade. Employers say one thing is lacking, however, when it comes to hiring the next generation of fish experts – education. 

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