• Lifelong Alaskan Heath Smith, 50, comes with a multigenerational political pedigree. Though Smith is running for political office for the first time, his grandfather, George Sharrock, was known as “the earthquake mayor,” or mayor of Anchorage in 1964 during the Great Alaska Earthquake. His fathe...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:12am
  • If Beauregard Burgess, 30, represents the Millennial generation of Homer City Council candidates, Robert “Bob” Howard, 73, anchors the cusp of the Baby Boomer end. Born in 1944 in Turlock, Calif., he went through one of the quintessential experiences of his generation, the University of Californ...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:11am
  • With Homer City Council member Francie Roberts not running for re-election, council member Beauregard Burgess is the only incumbent in the two-seat race. Appointed in April 2012 and then elected that fall to a 3-year term, he’s also the only candidate who has run for political office....

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:09am
  • Editor's note: The names of Donna Aderhold's two stepchildren have been corrected. The daughter of a civil engineer who moved his family around the United States from project to project, Donna Aderhold, 53, said her diverse geographic background exposed her to a lot of different points of view and c...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:08am
  • Despite an attempted torching on Friday night and destruction of the Burning Basket early Sunday at Mariner Park, volunteers rallied Sunday afternoon to rebuild “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening.” The 12th annual event happened as scheduled, with about 150 people visiting the repai...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:03am
  • People who have been watching the Homer City Council for the past five years might have seen a shift in the council’s make-up. With the election of Catriona Reynolds in 2014 and Beauregard Burgess in 2012, the council has changed from middle-aged and senior members to people under 50, some with ch...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:33am
  • Homer property owners who missed the Sept. 1 deadline to make Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District payments got a 35-day grace period. At Monday’s Homer City Council meeting, the council passed on the consent agenda a memorandum setting a new deadline without penalties for property owners...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:29am
  • At meetings in Homer and Ninilchik last week, Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck laid out the cold, hard facts. Like a sourdough looking to get through the winter with half a food cache full of moose, Alaska has a fiscal gap it has to close in three years before its savings res...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:27am
  • In this year’s Homer City Council race, the buzzword might be “diversity.” Several candidates cited the desire for a more balanced council as why they’re running. “I want to see more of an evened-out council,” said candidate Joni Wise, 35 and the mother of five children. “I believe you...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:25am
  • Despite an attempted torching on Friday night and destruction of the Burning Basket early Sunday at Mariner Park, artists on Sunday morning said they will rebuild “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening.” “We are going to still have a Burning Basket,” said artist Mavis Muller, the fa...

    Sun, 09/13/2015 - 12:15pm

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