Sales tax returns for the city of Homer increased $250,000 or 4 percent over the city’s anticipated tax revenues for its 2016 budget, City Manager Katie Koester wrote in her report for the April 24 Homer City Council meeting. In last year’s budget, the city projected receiving $6.15 million in sales tax revenues but actually received $6.40 million, a $250,000 gain. Those surplus revenues were put in the city general fund. For the 2017 budget, the city projects receiving about $6.5 million, a 5.5 percent increase over the 2016 budget projections. For first-quarter 2017 receipts compared to 2016 first-quarter receipts, revenues are up 1.5 percent.
In a ceremony at Monday’s Homer City Council meeting, former Homer Police Officer Larry Baxter was promoted to sergeant. Baxter’s wife, Tamarron, pinned new insignia on her husband. Mayor Bryan Zak also administered the oath of office. Sgt. Baxter now serves as the department’s investigative sergeant, replacing Sgt. Lary Kuhns, who retired last month. In his new role as the department’s detective, Baxter investigates major crimes such as murder, sexual assault and burglary. A U.S. Army veteran, Baxter previously worked with the Saint Paul Police Department.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) members from around the state will gather in Homer today through Saturday at Land’s End Resort to celebrate their successes.
By McKibben Jackinsky
Hospice of Homer announces that Jessica Ramsey Golden has been hired as the organization’s new executive director. Golden is a lifelong Alaskan, and she and her family recently relocated to Homer from Anchorage.
Optimism, it seems, has always been a part of Darlene Hilderbrand’s style, and that’s a good thing because, at 70, she’s leaving her job as executive cirector of Hospice of Homer to start enjoying the “last third of my life.”
Five members of the Mongolian Parliament and an interpreter participated in an Economic Development Roundtable at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Saturday, March 25. The Mongolian Delegation was sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and managed by the Open World Leadership Center. Roundtable Panel presentations were made by Chamber business members. Topics included attracting visitors to Homer and the burgeoning high tunnel agriculture businesses which produce more vegetables on a year-round basis as well as peony farming and cattle ranching.
By MCKIBBEN JACKINSKY
Directors of Alaska farmers markets came together last week for the first Alaska Farmers Market Organizers Conference in Homer. The idea of Homer Farmers Market Director Robbi Mixon, organizers from 18 state farmers markets attended the three-day event, held at Second Star, a local resort hotel.
The Homer Marine Trades Association was well represented at the Anchorage Boat Show, held Feb. 17-18 at the Denaina Center. Two boats from BayWeld proved to be a big draw. Also attending were representatives from Southcentral Radar, NOMAR, In Demand Marine, Lower Peninsula Power Sports, Desperate Marine and Northwest Signs. Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins also attended.
Alaskans who had a Moda health insurance plan through healthcare.gov, but who do not yet have coverage, can apply during a special enrollment period for new coverage until March 1.
Fishermen, regulators, biologists and stakeholders will gather in Anchorage later this month to clash over and collaborate on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries policies.
By DJ Summers
Morris News Service - Alaska
Discussions continue on how to patch up the state’s $3 billion budget hole, and again fishermen will feel the cuts from one realm or another.
Meanwhile, legislators are hinting at an overarching message: find money anywhere but here and prove that your job matters.
Pots of poinsettias — the traditional solid red and white ones, as well as the newer variety known as candy cane for their mixed red and white coloring — were scattered across the floor and glitter roses for dancers in the Nutcracker ballet were selling almost as fast as Rachel Woolard could make them.
It was the busy Christmas season at Alaska Flower Mill and holiday arrangements in all shapes and sizes were headed out the door, but Woolard’s thoughts were already shifting toward Valentine’s Day.
For elders needing help with the basics of daily living, but not needing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, a new option is available on the southern Kenai Peninsula.
Getting a job after incarceration and transitioning back to life outside is looking a little easier for inmates at the Wildwood Correctional Complex thanks to a new vocational program.
UAF professor honored
JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Highway is beginning the long process of selling the ferry Taku.
A vessel design firm hired by a Prince William Sound environmental watchdog group is skeptical of the capability of tugs being built to escort oil tankers out of Valdez.
James Barrett flew to Anchorage this week with a suitcase of cash.