City of Homer Large Vessel Port Expansion

This project constructs a new large vessel port on the north side of Homer’s existing Small Boat Harbor. A natural shelf and local source of rock makes construction of a port basin with 40-60 large vessel slips and secure homeport and layover accommodations for US Coast Guard assets feasible. Homer’s central, road-connected location, renowned marine tradesmen and ice free conditions make it an ideal location.

September 28, 2021|

Northern Enterprises plans growth at boat yard

Among the properties that the Kenai Peninsula Borough owns is some land off Kachemak Drive in Homer, which is prime real estate for moose to hang out in -- and for storing fishing boats. It’s not as big a conflict as it might seem at first.

April 28, 2021|

Spring FOL Grads

The last session of FOL's at Homer High School have come to a close & school's out for the summer. Congratulations to the four students who completed all seven classes. Grace Godfrey, Ethan Pitzman, Chad Morris and Riley Jones (not pictured).Special thanks to the following businesses and individuals who gave so much of their time to make these marine trade classes possible: Brad Conley - Bay Weld Boats, Patrick Lane - F/V Predator, Curtis Jackson - Bulletproof Nets, The United States Coast Guard, Ian Pitzman- Fortune Sea LLC, Peter Neaton - F/V Oracle, Isabelle Leopold - M/V Golden Alaska. And last but certainly not least, teacher Reba Temple for her enthusiasm to share her love of the sea.​From left: student Skyler Bond, Lucinda Martin Wells of Fargo Bank, student Grace Godfrey, Kate Mitchell of NOMAR, student Jonah Socha, FOL coordinator Reba Temple, and student Shyanne Sallee.

March 31, 2021|

Jessica Bouman – 2018 Vocation Scholarship Recipient

What's HMTA passionate about? Helping to create the next generation working in the Marine Trades. Meet Jessica Bouman, this year's $1000 HMTA Vocational Scholarship recipient. Jessica is a graduate of Homer High School and is a highly motivated individual who grew up in a self-employed family. She developed a passion for all things relating to machinery and took to welding in high school courses which she excelled in. She is enrolled at AVTEC for their 9 month Combination Welding Course and hopes to run her own mobile welding operation someday. HMTA hopes to make a difference in this individual’s life through our scholarship program. Way to go Jessica! Kate Mitchell, HMTA President, Jessica Bouman & Cinda Martin, HMTA Secretary

March 31, 2021|

Kalen Molodih Receives the 2019 HMTA Scholarship

Congratulations to Kalen Molodih, the 2019 HMTA $1000 Scholarship winner. He is enrolled in the welding program at AVTEC for classes that begin this fall. Pictured are: Cinda Martin of Wells Fargo & our HMTA Scholarship Chair, Kalen Molodih, 2019 graduate Homer High & Scholarship winner, Mark Zeiset of South Central Radar and HMTA President Photo Credit: McKibben Jackinsky

March 31, 2021|

Homer’s marine trades give burned boat new life

Some people might have seen melted aluminum, charred wood and a hull filled with disgusting muck. Not Patrick O’Neill. In October 2016, when O’Neill saw the “for sale” sign on what was left of the Odik, a Bristol Bay fishing boat, he saw what it could be.

May 25, 2017|
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