Recent News Stories

After months of debate, the 2014 City of Homer budget is finally finished. At its Monday meeting, the Homer City Council made the last few adjustments to the $26 million budget and signed off on the document.

Tesoro Corporation has been issued a fine of more than $1 million for violating provisions of the Clean Air Act. On Thursday, the EPA announced an agreement with Tesoro. The company will pay a $1.1 million dollar fine and revamp its procedures.

A pair of commercial fishing vessels that sank in Jakalof Bay on Christmas Eve have been removed and transported to the Homer harbor. The vessels F/V Kupreanof and F/V Leading Lady were safely refloated last weekend by a team of experts.

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavor is currently operating in Cook Inlet’s Southern Cross Unit after spending much of the summer season drilling offshore from Anchor Point. But when the snow starts to fly and the ice begins to form, the rig will be looking for a winter home.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board will meet today to discuss and possibly approve new contracts for the district’s teachers and staff. Members of the teachers’ and employees’ unions had until Sunday to give the agreement an up or down vote. 

K-Bay Caffe recently opened up a new location on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, which the management hopes will provide a new music and art venue for the community. 

Every summer, thousands of visitors travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve, most of them there to see the park’s brown bears. Now, thanks to the non-profit nature website Explore.org, millions of people all over the world can watch the famous bears, too.

The annual Kachemak Bay Writer’s Conference is set to take place this June in Homer and registration is currently open. This year’s speaker is poet Naomi Shihab Nye, a world-renowned poet who is the author or editor of more than 30 volumes of poetry.

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