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  • 1. Some people have criticized the city of Homer as being anti-business. Do you think this is true? Why? What, if anything, should the city of Homer do to help business and promote economic development?  Candidates for Homer Mayor:...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:05am
  • It has been my privilege to be Homer’s mayor for the past two years. I have worked hard to represent Homer as a community “open for business.” Actions that I have promoted in this effort include:• Changes in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) presentation.• Encouraging a strategic planning...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:39am
  • My mayoral office hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daily citizen meetings at mayor’s office: Monday, public health and wellbeing; Tuesday, facilities and infrastructure; Wednesday, education; Thursday, budget and audit reviews; and Friday, economic development/port and harbor....

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:35am
  • I don’t have all the answers and I surely don’t know everything and we will have our differences but if you vote for me I will serve Homer with an open ear and I will do my best to serve the best interest of Homer. And when I say “Homer,” I am not just talking about the residents within the ...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:31am
  • First of all, thank you for voting. I’m running for city council because I’d like to see the city of Homer move away from the unnecessary spending and overbearing ordinances that do little or nothing for the citizens of Homer. My goal is to eliminate wasteful spending in our city government and ...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:28am
  • Homer has many things going for it. We have great beauty, a good port and harbor, many recreational opportunities, excellent schools and an eclectic population that brings diversity to the city. We have just finished the gas line that will help lower the cost of living. The trail system in town is g...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:25am
  • Determining the city budget will be one of the priorities to focus on this fall. Ultimately all city council considerations are centered in fiscal responsibility. A balanced budget with prudent utilization of city funds is the backbone of our success.Hand-in-hand with developing a budget will be rec...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:20am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School DistrictChapman SchoolToday: National Custodian Day.Fireweed Academy (grades K-2)Oct. 10: Egg take at the Anchor River.Fireweed Academy (grades 2-6)Oct. 3: Mock justice trial with Ginny Espenshade.Oct. 6: After-school math every Monday.Homer High SchoolOct. 3: Pep asse...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:12am
  • At Paul Banks Elementary School’s first “Paul Banks Day,” Sept. 16, the K-2 students, faculty, staff and visitors celebrated the school’s namesake, the late Paul Banks. Having worked on the construction of East Homer Elementary School in 1964, Banks also was the school’s first custodian....

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:10am
  • The only charter school in the southern Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Fireweed Academy opened its doors as “Homer Charter School” in 1997. Two years later, using a consensus decision-making model, the teachers, parents, staff, the school’s Academic Policy Committee and community mem...

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:06am
  • The municipal election is just around the corner, Tuesday, to be exact. However, for those who anticipate not being available to get to the polls Tuesday, absentee voting began Sept. 22. In Homer, city residents and Kenai Peninsula Borough residents living inside the city can cast absentee ballots i...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:12pm
  • Illegal camping, late-night partying, reckless driving, drug dealing and trash on Bishop’s Beach: It all adds up to a trend that worries Old Town business and home owners. With the growing popularity of Bishop’s Beach has come some abuse that could change the character of the beach....

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:09pm
  • The sounds of friendly pickleball competition fill the air inside the gym that is part of the HERC, the Homer Education and Recreation Complex. Laughter, the slap of shoes on the gym floor, the pop of balls on paddles. Three games are in progress, four people each game, more sitting on the sidelines...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:06pm
  • Homer Electric Association has announced a planned outage in the Lakeshore Drive/Ocean Drive/Bay Avenue area of Homer on Friday, beginning around 10 p.m. The outage is not expected to last longer than 6 a.m. Saturday. The outage is necessary to safely change a power pole at the intersection of Ocean...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:05pm
  • Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, holds a Town Hall meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Middle School Library, his campaign staff announced this week. Begich is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate against Republican Party candidate Dan Sullivan, a former Alaska Department of Natural Resour...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:04pm
  • An Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist has been charged with two violations related to a moose hunt last August. Jason Herreman, 33, was charged with taking moose using illegal methods or means and unlawful possession of game, both minor offenses. Herreman is the area biologist for the Home...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:04pm
  • Wanted: Chief administrative officer to manage a large lower Kenai Peninsula corporation with an $18 million budget. Supervisory details include directing heads of several departments, enforcing corporate rules and overseeing major properties, including a waterfront enterprise. Must have bachelor’...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:03pm
  • Following Homer City Manager Walt Wrede’s announcement last week that he will not seek renewal of his employment contract, the Homer City Council and Mayor Beth Wythe have started the process to find a new manager. Monday, the council appointed a three-member committee to review applications. In a...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:02pm
  • I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Hospice of Homer volunteer training. The staff and volunteers at hospice did an excellent job and offered a great opportunity for our group to learn the importance of this great program in our midst.  When my mother was in her final stages o...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:38pm
  • In the 50 years of Homer News’ existence, stories about elections have figured large. From the local citizenry laying the groundwork for questions to be resolved to the actual voting, it has been the process through which issues big and small have been decided.On page one of the very first Homer N...

    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:37pm

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