Homer City Council rejects attempt to regulate short-term rentals
Short-term rentals play a significant role in Homer and in towns across Alaska, from being a viable small business to shaping the face of residential neighborhoods. The Homer City Council unanimously rejected an ordinance that would require short-term rental operators to register their property at Monday night’s meeting. Council...
Harbor and Beluga Slough projects get funding while city council rejects short term rental ordinance
The Homer City Council approved legislation to move city projects forward while putting an end to a contentious short term rental ordinance. The council approved resolutions to fund multiple projects. One put $34,505 in additional funding towards Coble Geophysical Services, LLC for the Beluga Slough Green Infrastructure Project. Another resolution granted a contract to Galaxy Welding of $10,667.50 to create a port fish carcass trailer.
Tuesday Evening 02/27/2024
Projects for the city of Homer moved forward while a contentious short term rental ordinance came to a halt at last night’s city council meeting. The central Kenai Peninsula has a new diabetes center, inspired by community demand. Support for the production of the evening news comes from Bay...
Monday Evening 02/26/24
Alaska State Troopers worked with the Homer Police Department to arrest Gabriella Delligatti and charge her with third degree assault yesterday. At a ribbon cutting ceremony last week, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce recognized the peninsula’s newest small business. Emily Robinson won the Jr. Iditarod yesterday. Support for the...
Wednesday Morning 02/28/2024
Support for the morning newscast comes from The Homer Foundation. Over 350,000 dollars in student scholarships and grants to South Peninsula charities last year. Did you know there’s a non-profit in our own backyard that can do that? The Homer Foundation is your local independent community foundation. Serving Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Homer, Seldovia, Nanwalek, Port Graham, and everywhere in between for 32 years, we’re connecting your generosity to community need every day. Learn more at Homer Foundation.
Film festival to spotlight district's Indigenous languages
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will host its second annual virtual Indigenous Language Film Festival this Thursday. Inspired by a United Nations virtual series about reviving Indigenous languages, the student-made films will highlight the Sugt’stun language from the village of Nanwalek, and two dialects of the Dena’ina language.
Homer teen enters Junior Iditarod
Ninth grader Addy Pederson steps outside her house into a blustering snowstorm with a bucket and ladle in hand. Her sled dogs wait excitedly as she scoops their dinner into metal bowls. “For dinner they typically get beef and then kibble, and then for breakfast it's either beef chicken or...
Evening Newscast — February 23, 2024
The Alaska Board of Fisheries kicks off its two-week-long meeting about Cook Inlet finfish. And, the city of Homer talks growing cities sustainably. Plus, a local cancer advocacy nonprofit will host a fundraiser this Saturday.
Wind knocks out power in Anchorage, Homer
About 4,000 customers of Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage were without power on Thursday morning, as wintery winds blasted through the area with wet snow, especially knocking out power east of the New Seward Highway, but also affecting others from Lake Hood to downtown. From the Chugach Electric summary, it...
Today the gas price is close to $3.43 in Anchor Point as of 2024-02-23. Find the available station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Friday is $3.267, a week ago the price is $3.284 , according to AAA.
Thursday Morning 02/22/2024
Earlier this month, The Homer Pratt Museum held its Annual business meeting to review the past year and elect new board members. Support for the morning newscast comes from The Homer Foundation. Over 350,000 dollars in student scholarships and grants to South Peninsula charities last year. Did you know there’s a non-profit in our own backyard that can do that? The Homer Foundation is your local independent community foundation. Serving Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Homer, Seldovia, Nanwalek, Port Graham, and everywhere in between for 32 years, we’re connecting your generosity to community need every day. Learn more at Homer Foundation.
Federal education officials say Alaska owes millions to Juneau, Kenai and North Slope school districts
The U.S. Department of Education says Alaska underfunded three school districts when they distributed COVID relief funds in the 2021-2022 school year. The American Rescue Plan Act gave billions of dollars in emergency assistance to schools during the pandemic. But in order to receive those funds, states had to ensure the money would support communities that needed it most. Rules attached to the funding prevented states from disproportionately reducing their own funding to high-need districts.
Homer Pratt Museum Operation in 2024
Early in February, the Homer Pratt Museum held its annual business meeting to review the past year and elect new board members. The Homer Society of Natural History and the City of Homer constructed and subsequently opened the Homer Pratt Museum in 1968 to share the stories of Kachemak Bay through storytelling. Over the years, it has welcomed thousands of visitors and showcased numerous exhibitions focusing on the area's cultural and natural heritage. Recently, the museum has encountered challenges with rising maintenance costs, infrastructure issues, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, museum staff are optimistic about its future with the appointment of a new executive director and successful accreditation.
The total snowfall Kenai Peninsula Borough got in January
Stacker compiled data on the snowfall that Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska received in January 2024 using data from the National Centers for Environmental Information
New HEA strategic plan pursues renewables without portfolio goal
After getting rid of its 50% renewable energy goal late last year, Homer Electric Association released its strategic plan for the next three years. The plan lays out the general direction the utility focuses on, and the new plan will run until 2026. It prioritizes looking beyond natural gas as an energy source, which currently makes up 80 to 90% of its power at any given point. HEA is also working on its other member services, from adding an online member application to expanding its electric-vehicle charging and heat-pump rebate programs.
Mat-Su, Kenai Peninsula schools affected by winter storm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Over 20 schools in the Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula school districts announced closures or delayed starts Thursday due to a winter storm impacting Southcentral Alaska. Four schools in the Mat-Su Borough School District announced an online remote learning day, including:. Su-Valley Jr/Sr High. Talkeetna Elementary. Trapper...
Wednesday Evening 02/21/24
After getting rid of its 50% renewable energy goal late last year, Homer Electric Association released its strategic plan for the next three years. A retired Air Force general and fighter pilot is running for District 8, the Alaska State House seat that covers Nikiski, Ridgeway, Sterling and Cooper Landing. A task force in Anchorage is finalizing how the city will use money from marijuana taxes for child care and early education.
State Sued for Limit On Brewery Events
A brewery, a meadery and a kombucha manufacturer are suing Alaska’s state alcohol regulator over a newly revised law that limits them to four live entertainment events per year. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Anchorage Superior Court, claims the state is violating the free-speech rights of the three businesses...
Basketball Game Preview: Nanwalek vs. Ninilchik Wolverines
Nanwalek is 0-9 against Ninilchik since January of 2015 but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Tuesday. Nanwalek just played last night, but they'll still head out to face the Ninilchik Wolverines at 7:00 p.m. on February 20th. The teams are rolling into the game with opposing streaks: Nanwalek has struggled recently with four defeats in a row, while Ninilchik will arrive with five straight wins.
KPB Offers Grant Funds To Battle Opioid Addictions
The State of Alaska has officially provided funding to the Kenai Peninsula Borough to help fight against opioid addictions. These funds were allocated to the KPB by the State of Alaska and are the result of a settlement between the state and drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical distributors. According to a...