Recent News Stories

The Kenai Peninsula Borough will loan money to the City of Homer for construction on a natural gas trunk line and distribution system. The Borough Assembly approved the measure during its meeting Tuesday night.

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.

During a luncheon at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage last Thursday, Governor Sean Parnell unveiled his proposed 2015 state budget. The budget contains funding for a handful of construction projects on the Kenai Peninsula.

There’s an effort underway to try to get a 4H club in Homer off the ground. But with all the clubs and activity already available for youth, the group is trying to figure out how a club could benefit kids and current organizations alike.

 

It’s Alaska’s season of giving now that Pick.Click.Give. has started. There are 50 organizations on the Kenai Peninsula seeking donations through individual PFDs. In 2012, a little more than 23,000 people provided non-profit organizations with $2.2 million.

Despite several orders from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game modifying some salmon fisheries already, anglers have had ample opportunity to reel in a catch on the Russian River. Drift boats were going in and out of the water all day on the Russian.

It’s Winter Carnival time in Homer again. The four-day event kicked off with a basketball tournament at Homer High School Thursday. There are performances at the Mariner Theatre scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights and the  parade begins at noon on Saturday.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday earthquake, which devastated many communities in Alaska, including those on the Kenai Peninsula. The anniversary has emergency planners asking the question, “Are we ready for the next ‘big one?’”

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