Despite an expedited court schedule in a lawsuit by three Homer City Council members seeking to stop a June 13 recall election, public notice of the election will proceed. The city has to issue a notice 30 days in advance, or by May 18. It also has to print election ballots soon. The deadline to register to vote in that election is May 14.
A 5.4 earthquake that first seemed like a sudden gust of wind struck the Kenai Peninsula at 8:25 p.m. Saturday night. The quake quickly accelerated, rattling wood frame houses and causing some objects to fall off shelves. The quake hit at a depth of 40 miles in Cook Inlet about 10 miles north of Ninilchik and 39 miles north of Homer. According to “did you feel it?” reports to the U.S. Geological Survey, people described the earthquake as having light shaking with no damage.
As if turning a switch, thousands of shorebirds arrived May 3, pushed north and west by a storm with winds up to 35 mph. Predictions that the peak of the migration would hit right during the 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 4-7 proved spot on, justifying a decision to move the festival up a week this year.
Rusted or pitted steel discovered during the M/V Tustumena’s overhaul will mean another delay in the 53-year-old state ferry’s return to service — this time to 5 p.m. July 18, when the Tustumena returns to Homer. Now undergoing work at the Vigor Ketchikan shipyard, workers discovered the rusted or pitted steel, called steel wastage, in the engine room. The ferry went in for its overhaul on March 13.
As the old song goes, make new friends but keep the old. That’s the approach the Homer Economic Development Advisory Commission will take with a new program: Business Retention and Expansion, or BRE, the idea of working with existing businesses to make sure they thrive and prosper.
Homer Police on April 26 found a Homer man dead in his motorhome parked on the Homer Spit near the Homer Shores Boardwalk near Freight Dock Road. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said police do not suspect foul play in the death of Dwayne Headley, 44. Next of kin has been notified.
Fifty flags on the Homer Spit beach and perhaps 500 people greeted USS Hopper, the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, based U.S. Navy destroyer, as it rounded Coal Point at the end of the Spit on Saturday. Homer Downtown Rotary provided U.S. Flags, and rows of them lined the beach in front of Land’s End Resort. As Hopper pulled past the Spit, rows of sailors lined the decks. One family, Ralph Crane, his daughter Joy Overson and his granddaughter Faith Overson, waved a large American flag and an Alaska flag.
At a Homer City Council special meeting on Tuesday, Anchorage attorney Eric Sanders told the council the city plans to proceed in defending its decision to hold the June 13 recall election.
Swartz inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame
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.”
An outage that started about 10:15 a.m. Monday cut electrical power to 183 customers in the Ocean Drive, Bay Avenue and Ben Walters Drive areas in Homer. Homer Electric Association Inc. responded to the outage and a line crew replaced blown fuses and restored power to all members at 11:50 a.m.
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.
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.
USS Hopper, a U.S. Navy Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, visits Homer this weekend as part of Northern Edge, a joint military training exercise in the Gulf of Alaska and the state.
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.
Even on short notice one day in advance, a community meeting with Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, last Friday quickly overflowed its scheduled spot in the 15-seat conference room at the Homer Harbormaster’s Office.
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. 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).
Cooking on a boat is not always smooth sailing. Working with storage space, equipment and ingredients — and often an overabundance of fish — to please and feed a crew presents a formidable challenge for the cook on board.