With the countdown to Alaska’s primary election winding down, candidates for governor are making the rounds to all corners of the state, including Homer.
Right after Call to Order, the Pledge of Allegiance and Agenda Approval on the Homer City Council agenda comes the item of “Mayoral Proclamations and Recognitions” — a time to honor new firefighters, medics and police officers, winning sports teams and distinguished citizens, and support causes like breast cancer or domestic violence awareness. On Monday, a proposed mayoral recognition ballooned into controversy that caused the meeting to be canceled for lack of a quorum.
After more than three decades working in education, Timothy Whip is settling down for some “me time.” The regional administrator is headed for retirement and will not return as principal of the Razdolna and Kachemak-Selo schools next school year.
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Naushon rescued four mariners after their 48-foot commercial fishing vessel, Soulmate, became disabled and adrift about 57 miles west of Kodiak Island, south of Shelikof Strait, Alaska, Sunday.
The following is a recap of this year’s Trails Day from Christina Whiting, volunteer coordinator:
Because of low king salmon escapement, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued closures on the Anchor and Ninilchik Rivers and the Deep Creek drainage. Sport fishing for king salmon is closed on those streams from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 2, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Along with this closure, ADF&G closed sport fishing for king salmon (including catch-and-release) in marine waters within 1-mile of shore from Bluff Point to the Ninilchik River.
Critters and curiosity abounded last Thursday when a group of Homer area residents were treated to a tour of Peterson Bay by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. From sea stars to barnacles, they were taken through the gamut of natural phenomena that can be found in Kachemak Bay’s local ecosystem.
No one was harmed in a structure fire that destroyed a dry cabin Tuesday off Eagleaerie Avenue outside of Homer.
The city’s long awaited and discussed Homer Education and Recreation Complex task force now has the go-ahead to get to work, but its final list of members is still up in the air.
An alert neighbor and a quick response from firefighters at about 6 p.m. Sunday saved two East End Road houses from being destroyed by a wind driven wildfire.
A quick response from firefighters on Sunday afternoon saved two East End Road houses from being destroyed by a swift, wind driven wildlife. Kachemak Emergency Services, Alaska Division of Forestry, Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Anchor Point Emergency Services all went to the fire in the woods behind two homes between Yukon Avenue and Greer Road on the north side of East End Road near about Mile 9.
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters may be asked this fall to take on several million dollars in bond debt to pay for a new school in the remote Russian Old Believer community of Kachemak-Selo.
The City of Homer is again asking residents to vote on funding a new police station — one the Homer Police Department still says is badly needed — this time in a June special election.
Memorial Day ceremonies to honor American service members killed in action will be held at the following times and places:
During a visit to Homer last Thursday, Gov. Bill Walker touted a relieved, cautiously optimistic message: Alaska is on the mend, fiscally. Walker’s talk at the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and an interview with the Homer News was part of a post-Legislature tour by state officials. On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and Alaska Department of Revenue Tax Division Director Ken Alper also spoke at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center for a chamber brown-bag luncheon.
Anchor Point residents met with leaders of several local environmental agencies at the Anchor Point Senior Center on Monday, May 14 to discuss suggestions to maintain the Anchor River and repair damage to its banks. The environmental agencies called for the meeting with the community in order to gain insight on what would be the best course of action for these restorations as well as to educate themselves on the behavior and history of the river.
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By Michael Armstrong
The latest improvement to the Homer Harbor got officially dedicated last Saturday while funding has been secured for the next harbor project, new bathrooms at Ramp 2.