Council guts Permanent Fund, stalls on cop shop

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting on the eve of a special election to recall three council members, the council drastically transformed its budget by zeroing out the $2.3 million Homer Permanent Fund. The drama of that action highlighted the council’s indecision on a major city capital project, not yet endorsing the recommendation of the Police Station Task Force to build either a $6 million or $9 million police station on Grubstake Avenue.

CACS gets $204,000 education development grant

Homer’s local environmental education organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, last month received a $204,000 grant to engage Alaska teachers, students and communities in preparing and responding to coastal hazards and climate change. CACS director Beth Trowbridge will manage the grant and work with other nonprofit science and education groups on the project.

Pedestrian crossing signs went up late last month warning drivers to yield to walkers on the Spit. Installed in the median on flexible posts, the signs alert drivers to stop for people crossing crossing the road from about Ramp 3 to Ramp 1. The entire stretch of road there is a pedestrian crossing zone.

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.”

Officials to Test Tsunami Warning System in Alaska

 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.

Ice postpones winter king tournament

Continued cold weather with excessive ice in the Homer Harbor has caused the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center to postpone for one weekend the 24th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, the chamber announced in a press release on Tuesday. The tournament has been postponed to Saturday, March 25.

Assembly member files complaint against borough

A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member from Homer has challenged a clause prohibiting him from speaking or writing about the assembly’s controversial invocation policy. In a civil suit, assembly member Willy Dunne, District 9, said a legal nonprofit’s contract to defend the borough in an ongoing lawsuit over the invocation policy violates his constitutional right to free speech.

Fundraiser to help Vietnam vet

The story of Terry Scovell sounds like a bad country-western song. Over the years the 69-year-old Vietnam veteran from Ninilchik has survived a neck tumor wrapped around his spine, a five-way heart bypass, a brain aneurysm and a stroke. To top it off, while recovering in Anchorage from surgery to put a metal plate in his neck, someone stole about $600 gallons of fuel oil and firewood from his home and tried to break in. A cold snap caused pipes to burst, flooding the house and causing about $5,000 in damages.

A flurry of feathers

Sea gulls swarm off the end of the Homer Spit by the Pioneer Dock dolphins on Tuesday afternoon. The weather forecast for the weekend calls for sunny skies with lows in the low 20s and highs in the mid 30s.


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