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.
The city of Homer last week issued an invitation to bid for an expansion of Hickerson Memorial Cemetery that will solve a shortfall in services many people don’t think about: Where to bury the dead. Last month, the city sold its last burial plot at the city-owned cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road.
Where better to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday than in Homer, one of Earth’s most beautiful places?
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.
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.
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.
By McKibben Jackinsky
Update: On Thursday morning, April 6, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said the Alaska Medical Examiner ruled that Marlene Eke died of natural causes.
When the community gets together Friday to celebrate the 2017 Women of Distinction, they also will honor the 2017 Heroes of the Heart — Donna and Bernie Gareau.
A text message sent by mistake to Homer Police Sgt. Ryan Browning resulted in the indictment of three Homer residents on drug and gun charges. In an indictment on March 27, a Kenai grand jury made these charges, all felonies:
It’s been a busy spring for Friends of the Homer Library coordinator, Mercedes Harness. From the Big Read to the book and plant sale, Harness — along with numerous volunteers and board members — has been working on behalf of the FHL to promote what she describes as one of Homer’s favorite places: the library.
Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson on Wednesday certified a recall petiton against Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds. Johnson set a special election for June 13. Recall organizers on March 31 turned in signature petitions.
After being postponed a week, ice melted in the Homer Harbor and sun shone on Kachemak Bay, allowing 1,007 anglers in 299 boats and 12 kayaks to cast lines in search of monster winter king salmon in the 24th Annual Homer Winter King Tournament. Homer fisherman Ron Johnson on the Olyjohn took home the biggest fish of 25.65 pounds, winning $21,147 and $32,381.25 in side bets, for a total of $53,528.25 — but he wasn’t the only winner on the Olyjohn.
Dramatic increases in borough property tax assessments on the lower Kenai Peninsula have raised a storm of protest. After assessments came out March 1, property owners and real estate professionals have criticized them as being too high, too sudden and not an accurate reflection of market changes.
NOAA’s National Weather Service, the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Alaska Broadcasters Association plan to conduct a test of the tsunami warning communications system on Wednesday, March 29, at approximately 10:15 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time in coastal areas of southern Alaska. This test will be conducted for portions of coastal communities in Southeast Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, the Aleutians and Pribilofs. People in Anchorage may see or hear that a tsunami warning has been issued for the Kenai Peninsula.
The Homer City Council at its 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday considers three options for extending Greatland Street, the short road from the Sterling Highway west of Main Street that dead-ends for now at Save-U-More.
By MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
Organizers of a recall effort targeting Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds say emails showing the evolution of the failed so-called “inclusivity” resolution indicate why a recall is necessary.
In a special election in 2015, voters passed Proposition 1 to suspend for three years the .75 percent of city sales taxes that goes into the Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund. That suspension allows the city to use HART sales taxes to fund general government, about $1 million in some years. With the suspension ending next year, the Homer City Council for the past few meetings has debated the future of HART and how that .75-percent sales tax could be used. Should the HART language be changed to allow other uses such as maintenance? Or should a portion of the tax be permanently redirected to the general fund?