Letters to the Editor

Assembly should start meetings

with some silent contemplation

Dear Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly,

As you once again will be visiting the policy on invocations I would like to put in my two cents’ worth.

Feeling connected key to one's health

Editor’s Note: MAPP, Mobilizing for Action throughPlanning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.

Tis the season for community. This is the time of year when families connect over the Nutcracker, friends collect over meals, and people are on call to help out neighbors or strangers when pipes freeze or a car goes off the road.

On food pantry's wish list: 12 things needed, but reluctantly requested

The food pantry has a drop-off tub on the east side at the bottom of the ramp at Homer United Methodist Church. It’s available seven days a week — just be aware of the weather at this time of year because some of the items that may freeze.

Otherwise, we arrive at 9 a.m. Mondays to set up and we’ll gladly receive any donations. We also can provide a tax receipt. We do ask that if you drop off items on a Monday, that you bring them in before noon so we can set them out for our clients who come through between 1 and 3 p.m.

Town Crier

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1 p.m. Friday at the Homer Senior Center. This week’s topic is “Come be a part of our new beginnings.” For more information, call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

The Kachemak Ski Club holds its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Fat Olives Restaurant. Everyone is welcome.

Lily Michelle Brooks

Lily Michelle Brooks was born at 7:02 a.m. Nov. 21, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Marina Brooks and Jesse Smith of Anchor Point. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Her grandparents are Mike and Trina Brooks of Homer, and Dave Sr. and Sharon Smith of Anchor Point.

Apollo Ray Palme

Apollo Ray Palmer was born at 11:29 p.m. Nov. 19, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Chelsea and Chris Palmer. He weighed 8 pounds, 10.5 ounces. His grandparents are Rhonda Owens and Brian Owens of Homer, RaNae and Ray Bennett, and Wayne and Christy Palmer.

Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases.

Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Services

Nov. 21-27

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to four medical calls and one fire call.

Homer Fire

Nov. 21-27

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to 10 medical calls and one fire call.

Nov. 26

Pet of the Week

Melissa gazes eagerly at the door every time someone comes in. This 7-year-old yellow tabby is the sweetest girl on the world, and all she wants for Christmas is her very own home.

To adopt a pet, call or stop by the Animal Shelter across from the city’s Public Works Department off the Sterling Highway. The shelter is open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 235-3141.

Scotts pharmacy to host Saturday grand opening

After a soft opening in early October, Scotts Family Pharmacy plans to pull out all the stops for a grand opening celebration set for Saturday.

The event takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the pharmacy located at 4014 Lake St., Suite 101, in the building that many long-time Homer residents call the old blue bank building on the corner of East End Road and Lake Street.

Among the events planned:

• Lunch will be served starting at 11 a.m., while supplies last.

• Free consults and services will be offered.

• Hot beverages will be served.

Permanent Fund starts fiscal year with 3.86 return

Alaska’s money managers are off to a solid start in the first months of the state fiscal year.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. announced Monday that it earned a 3.86 percent return, or $2 billion, in the first quarter of the 2017 fiscal year on its namesake fund, which had a total balance of $54.8 billion on Sept. 30. Of that, $9.7 billion was in the Fund’s Earnings Reserve account.

Borough plans sales tax workshops

The Kenai Peninsula Borough administration will explain upcoming changes to the sales tax code through several community meetings.

The borough assembly approved an ordinance with multiple changes to the sales tax code in September, including provisions requiring nonprofits with regular storefronts and vendors who do not accept food stamps but sell food to charge sales tax. The changes are set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Homer Connections seeks artists for First Friday show

Homer Connections students who are taking an art course this semester — painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking or digital art — are invited to share their work at the Homer Connections First Friday K-12 Art Show. The show will be from 3-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at a place to be announced.

This is an opportunity to recognize students with artistic ability in the Connections’ program. Student art will be displayed for students, parents and community members during an open house. The deadline for entering artwork is Nov. 29. Appetizers, coffee and hot cocoa will be provided.

KSC Kings gobble up the wins at Turkey Time Invitational

KSC Kings gobble up the wins at Turkey Time Invitational.

The Kachemak Swim Club (KSC) hosted its annual Turkey Time Invitational meet over the past weekend and 140 swimmers from 6 teams converged upon the Kate Kuhn’s Aquatic Center for the 2-day event.

The Kings notched 39 individual 1st place finishes and 3 relay team 1st place finishes.

The meet ended with a medley relay where members from other swim teams, including some coaches and lifeguards, mixed together for a fun exhibition relay.

Homer Mariners hockey wins End of Road tournament

The Homer Mariner hockey team won its own End of the Road tournament Saturday by defeating Kenai Central 4-1.

The tournament marked Homer High’s first home games of the season.

Homer took the lead in the first period on a goal by Robby Larson, but Jakeb O’Brien tied it up for the Kards early in the second period. Lee Lowe would score for the Mariners before the period was out, then Ethan Pitzman and Garrett Butcher tacked on goals in the third.

Hunter Warren saved 27 for the Mariners, while Ryan Williams stopped 38 for the Kardinals, who are now 2-4 on the year.

Kenai marijuana store open for business

Kenai marijuana store open for business

By BEN BOETTGER

Morris News Service - Alaska

When Roger Boyd was getting Red Run Cannabis Company, his marijuana cultivation and retail business, licensed by the Kenai city government in April, he told the city Planning and Zoning commission he considered it a statement as much a business. He now considers his statement made.

At Red Run’s opening at noon on Monday, a line stretched to the end of the business’s parking lot. By 1:30, the line remained about the same length.

Homer's Best Bets

Because we want you to have your paper before Thanksgiving, we’re coming out early this week. If you pick up the paper on Wednesday, Nov. 23, even though the paper says “Nov. 24,” you didn’t slip into the future a day early. We published sooner. Besides, the post office and stores are closed on the big holiday.

Trial set for January in Homer murder case

KENAI — A Homer man accused of the city’s only previously unsolved murder appeared in Kenai Superior Court on Monday.

Lee John Henry, 55, is charged in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer.

He was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of first-degree robbery. Homer police arrested him for first-degree murder on Oct. 19 after the department got a tip from an area resident, the Homer News reported.

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