Recent News Stories

Homer Head Start is involved in “Growing up Tobacco Free,” a three-year program aimed at helping youth avoid tobacco use through various means. Homer is one of the final 10 communities added to the program.

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.

 

A study looking at people’s attitudes toward bears on the Kenai Peninsula has been released and for the first time, examines what humans think about human-bear interaction. Researcher Rebecca Zulueta found that, overall, people have a generally positive view of our ursine neighbors.

Buccaneer Energy’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but the State of Alaska says that’s not likely.

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.

Razdolna and Nikolaevsk will be sharing a Russian teacher starting this fall. This is the first time in eight years either school has had a dedicated teacher for the language. Effimia Litvin will be splitting time between the two villages.

The upfront costs associated with piping natural gas into houses and businesses in Homer have been a major sticking point for many residents considering the switch. The largest upfront costs will be to connect with Enstar Natural Gas Company and to replace any appliances. 

There are four candidates running for two open seats on the Homer City Council. Voters will have a chance to decide who will help make decisions for the city during the October 1st election: incumbent Bryan Zak or newcomers Justin Arnold, Gus Van Dyke and Corbin Arno.

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