Recent News Stories

A Homer charter boat captain who pled guilty to distributing drugs to minors and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to ten years in prison. Thirty-four-year-old Randall Hines will also have to pay $160,000 in restitution.

Move over Kilcher family, there’s a new Homer TV celebrity in town. Four-year-old Jaelynn Thompson was chosen as Alaska’s representative in the HUB Network’s first annual “Holiday Bash,” a reality TV-inspired costume contest.

A Homer man was featured this week in an interview series dedicated to military veterans, put together by the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski. Jim VanOss shared his experiences during and after the Vietnam War.

Buccaneer Energy has experienced another setback in its efforts to deploy the Endeavor jack-up rig, which has been docked at the Homer Harbor about four months longer than originally planned. Last week, the company was forced to replace the operator of the rig.

Homer’s new transfer facility building is up and running. Design and construction took about two-and-a-half years and cost roughly $10 million.

 

Senator Peter Micciche was back on the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend, taking advantage of the halfway point in this year’s legislative session to re-connect with constituents. Micciche held a town hall-style meeting in Homer Friday night.

A fiber optic line south of Soldotna belonging to Homer Electric Association was damaged earlier this month by a gunshot, although repairs were made quickly and did not disrupt communications. 

A new study from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Montana takes a closer look at the spruce bark beetle epidemic that wiped out 1,500 square miles of trees on the Kenai Peninsula in the 1990s.

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