• Editor's note: On Oct. 7 the canvass board counted absentee and other ballots. There is no change in the unofficial election results. Bryan Zak kept his lead and is elected mayor. Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas were elected to Homer City Council. Proposition 1 failed....

    Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:57pm
  • The Homer City Council deliberative process generally follows three steps: 1) introduce an ordinance, 2) hold a public hearing and 3) deliberate and vote on the ordinance. At Monday night’s regular council meeting, the emphasis was on deliberation, with the council postponing action on several act...

    Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:53pm
  • Three years ago, Homer writer Dana Stabenow had a dream: build a retreat where women writers could go through the same life-changing experience that she had in 1989 at the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat on Whidbey Island, Wash. Called Storyknife, after the Inuit storytelling tool, the compound would be ...

    Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:25pm
  • In its annual visit to Homer, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stalled on a revision of the borough’s Planning Commission opposed by both the Homer City Council and the Homer Advisory Planning Commission. In a 4-4 vote, the assembly tied — and thus defeated — Ordinance 16-25, an ordinance ...

    Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:25pm
  • As Kenai Peninsula Borough and Homer voters face a slate of bond propositions and tax changes, KPB Proposition 2 could be an easy sell for voters for one simple reason: It won’t take a dime from taxpayers. The proposition asks voters to approve a general obligation bond of up to $4.8 million to ex...

    Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:51pm
  • In considering Homer Proposition 1, a proposal to borrow up to $12 million to build a new Homer Police Station, the controversy isn’t whether or not police need a new station. Even opponents of Prop 1 say it’s clear the 39-year-old station needs replacement. The debate is over the cost and how t...

    Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:51pm
  • At Monday night’s regular Homer City Council meeting, with a bare-bones council attending and few controversial items on the agenda, much of the meeting involved pitches by city and borough officials on upcoming bond propositions. Speaking were: • Homer Public Safety Building Review Committee ch...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:36pm
  • After 13 years of picking interesting films for the Homer Documentary Film Festival at the Homer Theatre, owners Jamie and Lynette Sutton have dialed in their selection criteria: • “Is it well made movie?” Jamie Sutton said. • “Does it matter?” “The best documentary film festival north...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:21pm
  • A single-vehicle crash late last Friday killed a 32-year-old Homer man. In a press release, Alaska State Troopers said Jonathan R. Osteen died of his injuries when he was ejected from his truck. Troopers said they believed Osteen died before they arrived at the scene. Kachemak Emergency Service medi...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:05pm
  • With his 3-year term expiring this October, veteran Homer City Council member Bryan Zak chose not to run for re-election and instead shifted his focus to another city office: Homer mayor. Like opponent David Lewis, Zak was first elected to the council in 2008. Zak, 60, won a 2-year seat that came op...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:05pm

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