Sarah Knapp

The old Homer intermediate school building, showing the Homer Boys & Girls Club and gym on the south side of the building at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue.
The old Homer intermediate school building on the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue, as seen in October 2010. It’s now known as the Homer Educational and Recreational Complex, or HERC. (Homer News file photo)

Homer awards contract to study use of rec complex site

The goal is to help the city understand the maximum use of that property.

 

Homer News Ben Mitchell, left, serves spaghetti to helper Pat Wells in the kitchen at a past Share the Spirit spaghetti feed. (Michael Armstrong/Homer News file)

Looking to share some holiday spirit? Here’s how

Share the Spirit serves the Homer community by donating food, essential needs and Christmas presents.

 

Alaska State Troopers logo.

Anchor Point house fire leaves 1 dead, 1 in serious condition

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Bench creator, Brad Hughes, pours the molding material over the clay while Rob Wiard and Matt brush the liquid rubber over each character on the bench to ensure it is covered evenly. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Molds for the Loved Lost Bench are underway

Construction for the memorial bench continues as the rubber molds to shape the concrete are made.

Bench creator, Brad Hughes, pours the molding material over the clay while Rob Wiard and Matt brush the liquid rubber over each character on the bench to ensure it is covered evenly. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Michael proposes to Sarah at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Falling in love one snowflake at a time

Do you want to know what I’ve been looking forward to the most since moving to Alaska? Snow! I love snow. Driving in it? OK,… Continue reading

Michael proposes to Sarah at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A little library at La Baleine on the Homer Spit is one of several around town, as seen here in July 2015. (Homer News file photo)

New little libraries up for discussion at Homer council meeting

If passed, five new little free libraries will be installed next spring at popular local spots.

A little library at La Baleine on the Homer Spit is one of several around town, as seen here in July 2015. (Homer News file photo)
Leroy Keene returns home from Desert Storm in 1990 and is welcomed by his wife and daughter. (Photo provided by Leroy Keene)

Veterans to receive Quilts of Valor on Veterans Day

War affects veterans who make it home differently. For one Homer veteran, talking about what happened during his deployment to Vietnam during the height of… Continue reading

Leroy Keene returns home from Desert Storm in 1990 and is welcomed by his wife and daughter. (Photo provided by Leroy Keene)
The new Western Emergency Services water fill station in Happy Valley will provide an additional 20,000 gallons of water for fire suppression. The station is located at Resch Avenue and Sterling Highway. (Photo from Western Emergency Services Facebook)

Happy Valley water station to be ready by end of year

The new station will provide 20,000 gallons of water for fire suppression

The new Western Emergency Services water fill station in Happy Valley will provide an additional 20,000 gallons of water for fire suppression. The station is located at Resch Avenue and Sterling Highway. (Photo from Western Emergency Services Facebook)
Gary Porter, owner of Bald Mountain Air Service, stands in front of his Twin Otter airplane Friday, Oct. 22. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

City Council passes aircraft flat tax rate

The Homer City Council held a public hearing for Ordinance 21-62 concerning a flat tax on aircrafts.

Gary Porter, owner of Bald Mountain Air Service, stands in front of his Twin Otter airplane Friday, Oct. 22. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Homer Senior Citizen Center residents participated in a worldwide Televeda bingo event to set a Guinness world record on Friday, Oct. 22. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Homer senior citizens help break world record

The game was held to fight against social isolation in senior communities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homer Senior Citizen Center residents participated in a worldwide Televeda bingo event to set a Guinness world record on Friday, Oct. 22. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Colette Ireland, Thunder, Kathy Sarns, Donna Rae Faulkner and Don McNamara pose for a photo after rescuing Thunder and Allie from the ravine. (Photos by Elise Nacht Boyer and Janet Fink)
Colette Ireland, Thunder, Kathy Sarns, Donna Rae Faulkner and Don McNamara pose for a photo after rescuing Thunder and Allie from the ravine. (Photos by Elise Nacht Boyer and Janet Fink)
The Cosmic Hamlet Entertainment film crew prepares for a new scene to roll on the set of “Bolt from the Blue” at the Kilcher Homestead on Sept. 28. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

‘Bolt from the Blue’ film features Homer

“The Office” star Kate Flannery cast in feature film produced in Homer.

The Cosmic Hamlet Entertainment film crew prepares for a new scene to roll on the set of “Bolt from the Blue” at the Kilcher Homestead on Sept. 28. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
The very first FreeWire ultrafast Electric Vehicle charger in Alaska was installed at AJ's Steakhouse last week. The charging station is the first of nine EV charging stations that will connect Homer to Fairbanks. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Fast-charging station for electric vehicles installed at AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse

New charging station installed with grant support from Alaska Energy Authority.

The very first FreeWire ultrafast Electric Vehicle charger in Alaska was installed at AJ's Steakhouse last week. The charging station is the first of nine EV charging stations that will connect Homer to Fairbanks. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Janie Leask, a Homer resident, spoke in support of the new multi-use community center during Monday night’s city council meeting, stating the need for community recreation is vital.

Council moves forward with HERC plans

Homer City Council is exploring future uses of the Homer Education Recreation Complex.

Janie Leask, a Homer resident, spoke in support of the new multi-use community center during Monday night’s city council meeting, stating the need for community recreation is vital.
Robert Purcell poses for a photo in November 2001 after he returned from five weeks working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Homer News file photo)

‘I knew that I was going to end up being a part of this’

Cleaning up, moving forward - Purcell remembers 9/11 20 years later

Robert Purcell poses for a photo in November 2001 after he returned from five weeks working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Homer News file photo)
Michael, Sarah, Pete, Becky, Will and Margaret take a picture in front of Exit Glacier in Seward on Aug. 21.

Out of the Office: Finally feeling at home

My partner’s family came into town recently. While the thought of hosting in-laws would make many people I know fearful of the rest of this… Continue reading

Michael, Sarah, Pete, Becky, Will and Margaret take a picture in front of Exit Glacier in Seward on Aug. 21.
Carmen's Gelato is full of customers before their closing on Labor Day. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Successful tourist season leaves businesses in need of rest

Homer Spit businesses close down after the Labor Day weekend.

Carmen's Gelato is full of customers before their closing on Labor Day. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
This graphic shows Homer's inundation zone, which is 50 feet above sea level. Currently, the Public Works campus is at 35 feet in elevation and at risk of flooding if a tsunami hit. (Photo provided by the Public Works Campus Task Force)

Homer task force suggests phased move of public works campus

The campus on the south side of the Sterling Highway near Heath Street lies below the 50-foot tsunami inundation zone.

This graphic shows Homer's inundation zone, which is 50 feet above sea level. Currently, the Public Works campus is at 35 feet in elevation and at risk of flooding if a tsunami hit. (Photo provided by the Public Works Campus Task Force)
Jason Davis (Photo by Sara Erickson)

Davis appointed to Homer City Council

Jason Davis was sworn in on Monday to serve in the interim position on the Homer City Council.

Jason Davis (Photo by Sara Erickson)
Alaska State Troopers and members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team respond at a shooting scene on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at the Anchor Point Warehouse in Anchor Point, Alaska, on the Sterling Highway. An Alaska State Trooper was shot and is in fair condition at an Anchorage hospital. Troopers arrested the suspect, Bret Herrick, 60, on Tuesday morning, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Troopers arrest man wanted in Anchor Point shooting

The man will be charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Alaska State Troopers and members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team respond at a shooting scene on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at the Anchor Point Warehouse in Anchor Point, Alaska, on the Sterling Highway. An Alaska State Trooper was shot and is in fair condition at an Anchorage hospital. Troopers arrested the suspect, Bret Herrick, 60, on Tuesday morning, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)