Homer

Courtesy of Volume

A team of Homer writers is starting a literary journal for the Kenai Peninsula. Volume will publish its first issue next spring.

Matt Iverson is one of Volume's editors. He said they're soliciting submissions for the first issue now.

Tom Kizzia first arrived in McCarthy, Alaska in 1983, on assignment for the Anchorage Daily News.

The Homer author is still writing about McCarthy — most recently in his new book, Cold Mountain Path. The book was released earlier this month by McCarthy-based Porphyry Press. 

Courtesy of Dan Olsen / North Gulf Oceanic Society

Scientists in Homer and Seward have spent the last several decades tracking a population of mammal-eating killer whales called the Chugach Transients in the Gulf of Alaska.

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The way the state counts COVID-19 vaccinations is changing to be more accurate, but it means the percentage of vaccinated people reported in Homer will go down sharply.

Currently, the state reports that 79 percent of people in Homer have received at least one vaccine. But starting Wednesday, that number will go down to 61 percent. That’s because the state is changing its population data to include the surrounding area of Fritz Creek.

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June is Pride Month — a time for members of the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate love and identity and commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which in part catalyzed the gay liberation movement.

One of the key cornerstones of pride today is visibility. In a small town like Soldotna, that can mean a lot. 

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Three agencies on the Kenai Peninsula are splitting over $840,000 to market their areas to visitors.

The Homer and Seward chambers of commerce and the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council all received money from the state to advertise to tourists this summer.

The governor proposed cutting six DMV offices out of the state budget this year, including the office in Homer, a two-person operation on Lake Street.

It’s one of the easier-to-reach communities with a DMV on the list. Also at stake is the DMV in Haines, a ferry ride away from the nearest office in Juneau. 

Residents say they’re not thrilled about the cuts. But the state has been eyeing another idea: instead of closing up shop completely, shift some DMV services to private businesses.


Homer woman still missing after 4 months

Feb 17, 2020
Murnane family

Community members gathered at the Islands and Ocean Visitors Center last week for a community conversation with the Homer Police Department around the case of missing Homer woman Anesha “Duffy” Murnane. Missing since Oct. 17, Duffy’s friends and family facilitated the conversation.

With a photo of Duffy projected on the auditorium screen, longtime friend Tela O’Donnell Bacher and stepfather Ed Berg shared a bit about who Duffy is and addressed questions, like, “Is it possible that she just left Homer without telling anyone?” To which Berg replied, “absolutely not.”

“People ask could she have just taken off. I say to them, ‘Could I just leave Homer? Or, could you just leave Homer?’ It’s hard to conceive of just doing it. The logistics of pulling something like that off and not leaving a track. It would take a phenomenal amount of preparation. She didn’t just go off on a lark,” Berg said.