Recent News Stories

The Homer City Council meets tonight and one subject on the agenda promise to generate plenty of discussion. Council member Bryan Zak has proposed to reinstitute the city’s 4.5 percent sales tax on non-prepared foods during the winter months.

Buccaneer Energy is having a busy summer. The company’s jack-up rig Endeavor is finishing a drilling project at the Cosmopolitan Unit in southern Cook Inlet while plans are being made to drill onshore near Homer.

As BP’s trial gets underway to determine its responsibility in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there are questions here about the ability of oil companies to be able to clean up a spill. Sen. Peter Micciche says there are a couple ways to set accountability standards.

High prices for pink salmon have spurred interest in hatchery operations in Kachemak Bay. Kenai-based Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has applied with the State of Alaska to reopen a hatchery in Port Graham that closed six years ago.

Birders from across the country were in Homer over the weekend for the Kachemak Shorebird Festival. A bird calling contest at Homer Brewing Company was among the weekend’s events. A rowdy crowd of about 50 people gathered at the brewery Friday night.

A Tsunami Warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Decision, Alaska (85 miles SE of Sitka).

It’s been ten months since Grant Aviation pulled its services out of Homer, leaving behind disgruntled former customers and a $20,000 debt with the City of Homer. But the company has now settled with the city, agreeing to pay $25,000 to avoid litigation.

The Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration is barnstorming its way through the state, bringing many antique aircraft along with it. Recently it made its way through Homer. 

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