Recent News Stories

Since the early 1960s, Homer Electric Association has provided electric power to the Kenai Peninsula, mostly with power purchased from Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage. But on Wednesday, January 1st, that all changed.

Two teenage girls are leading a robotics camp this week at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The week-long camp is thanks to a grant the girls won to focus on getting kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math.

Enstar Natural Gas Company is continuing prep work for the expected construction on the trunk line into Homer. The company has already awarded a contract for construction on the trunk line to Sterling-based Chumley Incorporated and has also leased office space in Homer.

There are two new public restrooms on Pioneer Avenue in Homer and another facility at the end of the Spit. Cruise ship head tax money was used to pay for them. Now officials are pushing to get the restrooms finished before winter hits.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had its annual meeting in Seward Tuesday night. An ordinance to liberalize the use of fireworks in the Borough was the hot topic. The measure fell with a unanimous vote in opposition, leaving the Borough’s fireworks prohibition in place.

This month’s meeting of the Borough’s Anadromous Streams Task Force started off with a discussion about semantics. At issue was the role of the mayor’s Chief of Staff Paul Ostrander, who is serving on the task force as group’s facilitator. 

The body of a 61-year-old man was found in Homer Sunday night. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says the body was found shortly after 10 p.m. by two passers-by on the Poopdeck Trail, which runs from Pioneer Avenue in downtown Homer.

The winners for this year’s Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest had a chance to read their pieces to a packed house Friday night. Thirteen authors stepped on stage at the Homer Council on the Arts gallery to read their prize-winning pieces.

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