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Homer News wins Best Weekly

At the Alaska Press Club awards banquet in Anchorage on Saturday, the Homer News won first place for Best Weekly in the 2016 awards year. Honored for their efforts were editor and publisher Lori Evans, reporter Michael Armstrong, former reporter Anna Frost and former graphics artist Aaron Carpenter. Of the paper, judge Cheryl Thompson said, “Newsy, scrappy. Terrific photos … I love everything about it.”

Hundreds march for science

About 450 people participated in the Homer March for Science on Saturday, Earth, part of national and international events to show support for science and research. Protesters dressed up as sea stars, whales and even a science library. Some wore knitted “brain” hats. At one point the line of marchers stretched from Kachemak Way to Main Street along Pioneer Avenue. The Bossy Pants Band of the Krewe of Gambrinus also marched in the event, playing the theme song for popular science personality Bill Nye’s TV show. Many of the participants came from Homer’s active science and teaching community, including marine mammal biologists, mathematicians, ecologists, geologists and oceanographers.

Community cleans up

Volunteers last Saturday collected about 800 bags of trash and 50 bags of recyclable trash during the annual Homer Community Clean Up sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce &Visitor Center.

Council spikes assessment resolution

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre visited the Homer City Council at its Monday night meeting to field criticism over the borough’s recent property assessments in the Homer area, but also to defend the assessor’s model in calculating taxable property at the “full and true value,” as mandated in state law.

Council members challenge recall election

In a March 9 memorandum regarding certification of a petition for recall of Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds, City Attorney Holly Wells warned the council and Mayor Bryan Zak that “issuance of the Recall Petition on the grounds provided by the sponsors exposes the city to constitutional challenges based upon protections afforded speech under the Alaska and United States Constitutions.”

Sen. Sullivan visits Homer on Friday

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R- Alaska, visits Homer for a community meeting from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Homer Harbormaster’s Office conference room. The community is invited to meet Sullivan and share thoughts and concerns. Sullivan also visits the Ninilchik Senior Center on Friday. Sullivan has been visiting Alaska communities this past week, including Wainwright and Utqiagvik (Barrow).

Council holds worksession on legislative issues

As of April 20 the first session of the 30th Alaska Legislature enters its 93rd day. While in Juneau the House and Senate seem to be headed toward tense negotiations over key bills, including a state income tax, the Homer City Council continued work sessions to keep tabs on the Legislature. At a meeting on Tuesday, with council member Shelly Erickson absent, the council and Mayor Bryan Zak held an informal meeting to discuss key issues.

Citizens speak, council listens

The seats were full and the comments were plenty regarding the upcoming recall of Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, Dave Lewis and Catriona Reynolds. However, the council was in listen-only mode on the subject at its regular Monday meeting, following the advice of city attorney Holly Wells, who was not present.

U.S. Navy ship scheduled to visit Homer for Exercise Northern Edge 2017

An Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Hopper (DDG 70) visits Homer from April 28-30 as part of Exercise Northern Edge in the Gulf of Alaska. Hundreds of sailors will get shore leave and participate in community service projects, excursions, sporting events and explore local culture and sites, the Alaskan Pacific Command said in a press release.

 

Compassion event may lead to more connections

An interfaith event last month inspired by the visit of a Tibetan Buddhist teacher may lead to more community collaborations on an idea common to most spiritual beliefs: compassion. Held on St. Patrick’s Day at Homer United Methodist Church, “Practicing Compassion in Challenging Times” brought together believers of numerous faiths and spiritualities, all talking about how compassion drives their beliefs and how it transcends differences.

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