Legislators have their boxes packed, computers have been shipped to local offices and some aides have boarded the ferry and left Juneau, but as of late Wednesday morning, the 28th session of the Alaska Legislature remained at work as a joint House-Senate conference committee struggled to resolve discrepancies in an omnibus education bill.
“We’re very, very close to coming home,” said Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. “Unless we’re not.”
Following the arrest last week of two brothers for second-degree sexual assault at a Sept. 8 teenage drinking party, Homer confronted the larger issue of underage and adult binge drinking and sexual violence in meetings of parents, teenage children and health professionals.
Tuesday's election for two Kenai Peninsula Borough races saw two incumbents re-elected, although in the race for the District 8 School Board seat, board member Liz Downing held a slim lead of 13 votes over challenger Mike Illg. Absentee ballots could change the results.
With 809 or 18 percent of 4,375 registered voters going to the polls, Homer has a new mayor, two returning council members and, as a result of the mayor's race, one empty seat on the council.
In the two-candidate mayoral race, with council members Beth Wythe and Bryan Zak running, Wythe took 471 or 60 percent of the votes and Homer City Council member Bryan Zak had 305 or 39 percent.