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Public to testify on borough ordinance prohibiting marijuana grow operations

Southern Kenai Peninsula residents will be able to testify by teleconference on Kenai Peninsula Borough Ordinance 2015-02, prohibiting the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities in the area of the borough outside of cities, during the Borough Assembly’s Tuesday meeting.

A teleconference site is being established at the Borough Annex Office in Homer and will open at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A sign-up sheet will be provided for anyone interested in testifying. Individuals must provide their name and address. Each person will be given three minutes.

Event connects women of faith

There will be a Christian women’s conference next weekend at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. 

The two-day event is being coordinated by women from different churches in Homer and Anchor Point, but with a common goal — encouraging other women in their faith.

Kenai man gets 12 years in 2010 car crash fatality

A Kenai man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for causing the death of a Washington, D.C., tourist killed in a 2010 Memorial Day weekend car crash near Anchor Point. 

Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran sentenced Alfred Jones, 51, to 13 years with three years suspended on a manslaughter charge and five years with three years suspended on a first-degree assault charge. In October Jones had pleaded guilty to those charges.

The sentencing was Feb. 12.

Pot: What's legal, what's not

Editor’s note: In this two-part series, the Homer News looks at what Ballot Measure 2 means. This week we look at what happens next Tuesday, when pot becomes legal in the home. Next week we look at what happens next as the state works to regulate the marijuana industry.

Carnival gets to heart of Homer winter

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espite gray skies, there were brilliant smiles last weekend as residents turned out to celebrate the Homer Winter Carnival and its “warm winter hearts” theme, a nod to Valentine’s Day.

Parade Winners

The Homer Winter Carnival parade entertained spectators up and down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, with Master of Ceremonies Darrel Oliver announcing each entry that stopped before the judges’ stand. The parade was sponsored by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, with employees Alita Mahan, Melanie Mach and Helen Phipps serving as judges.  

Manager list now totals 2

With Chris Johnson of Anacortes, Wash., withdrawing from the pool of applicants for Homer city manager, the list has been narrowed to Carey Meyer, Homer public works director, and Jeffrey Trinker, executive director of support services, city of Rosenberg, Texas, the city announced in a press release Monday.

Trinker visits Homer on March 2, and he and Meyer meet in personal interviews in a special meeting of the Homer City Council at 4 p.m. March 3. 

Anchor Point Snow Rondi: a Time to "Let Loose"

Lack of snow isn’t enough to stop Anchor Point residents when it comes to their annual Snow Rondi. Snow or no snow, the Rondi kicks off Saturday morning and events are planned through Sunday.

The theme — “let loose” — is the perfect reminder that when it comes to fun this time of year, Homer’s neighbors to the north know snow is not a requirement. Just ask Dan Coe, president of the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the annual event.

Recall against assembly member Wolf shot down by borough

The recall petition for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Kelly Wolf has been denied.

On Feb. 5, the borough clerk’s office released the results of the application that was submitted by Kasilof resident Chase Duncan on Jan. 26. Duncan cited “incompetent representation” as the reason he filed the petition.

“Kelly Wolf has demonstrated extreme and egregious incompetence in his elected position due to his recent Ordinance 2015-002,” Duncan stated in his petition, but did not go into further detail.

Council debates free main allowance on gas line

As the city closes in on approving a final assessment roll for the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District, the Homer City Council at a work session on Monday debated an idea that could lower property owner assessments. Should the people who helped fund the gas line get a rebate in the future from the free main allowance, a fee paid by customers who hook up for natural gas service from Enstar?

Homer man dies trekking in Patagonia

A longtime Homer man known for his infectious laughter and sense of adventure died Feb. 7 in a hiking accident in Patagonia, Argentina.

According to reports from the Argentine newspaper, Chaltén Today, Michael Feraudo Jr., 60, apparently fell sometime after 12:30 p.m. local time while hiking on the Rio Piedras Blancas trail in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, or Glacier National Park, near El Chaltén, Argentina. 

Council prunes manager list to 3

After meeting in executive session for almost an hour and then in public for about half that time, the Homer City Council on Monday night narrowed its list of city manager applicants from four to three: Carey Meyer, Homer Public Works Director; Chris Johnson, former deputy executive director of the Port of Anacortes, Wash.; and Jeffrey Trinker, executive director of support services, city of Rosenberg, Texas.

What’s in the works for Waddell Way?

If there’s a poster child for a city street that needs work, that would be Waddell Way. At Lake Street, Waddell Way starts as a rough pothole-filled road that looks like the Ho Chi Minh Trail after a Vietnam War B-52 bomb run. A sign at the east end warns away drivers: “Not city maintained; travel at own risk.”

Homer’s Best Bets

The Betster has been in Homer so long that when typing the word “home,” inevitably a finger taps an extra “r” so the sentence comes out like “Homer is where the heart is.” Isn’t that a bumper sticker? Do other people have this issue? 

Homer Winter Carnival: A Tradition for 61 Years

Feeling February’s chill now that the temperature has dropped? 

Warm up with the 61st annual Homer Winter Carnival today through Sunday. This year’s theme, “Warm Winter Hearts,” overlaps with Valentine’s Day, and offers plenty of memorable activities for those in — or out of — love.

Outhouse race? Not so romantic. But if you’re competitive, goofy and creative, it might be the perfect fit.

February keeps focus on heart health

Heart-shaped cards. Heart-shaped boxes of candy. Heart-shaped balloons. All trappings of heartfelt celebrations centered around Valentine’s Day.

For Melanie Miller and her husband, Ron, their heart reminder comes in the shape of their 18-month-old daughter, Chloe, who was born with a congenital heart defect, or CHD.  

Bios of finalists for city manager

Jeffery Trinkera

Employment: Executive director of support services, city of Rosenberg, Texas, 2013-present; assistant economic development director, Rosenberg, 2010-13; management assistant, city of Sugarland, Texas, 2008-10. 

Education: Bachelor of science, international affairs, Florida State University, Tallahassee; master of arts in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Chris Johnson

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