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 High School seniors played their final home game on the Mariner football field Saturday afternoon. Homecoming festivities kicked off Friday night with a parade. KBBI’s Ariel Van Cleave attended the weekend events and put together an audio postcard.

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.

The City of Homer will decide at its next meeting whether or not to provide almost $100,000 for improvements in the Old Town neighborhood. Business owners, workers and residents in the area have been pushing for safety upgrades and improved walkability.

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.

Homer residents may have noticed a petition circulating around town recently, calling for the formation of a charter commission. If the petition effort is successful, that commission would then be tasked with writing a new city charter for Homer.

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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