Presentation to help chamber members find new partners

Presentation to help chamber members
find new partners

The Homer Chamber of Commerce is hosting U.S. Commercial Service to introduce members to federal government services available that help small businesses succeed and grow.

The program will be from 3-4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the chamber office, 201 Sterling Highway.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Sept. 21 by calling the chamber at 235-7740.

Walker to attend LNG conference in Japan

Walker to attend LNG conference in Japan

Gov. Bill Walker has plans for one overseas trip, but not two.

The governor is headed to the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference in Tokyo later this year. Originally scheduled for Nov. 30, the single-day meeting is now planned for Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day.

“Thanksgiving will be with chopsticks this year, which is fine. I’m happy with that,” Walker said in a Sept. 6 interview with the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Marijuana board issues first retail, manufacturing licenses

Marijuana board issues first retail, manufacturing licenses

By DJ Summers

Morris news Service - Alaska

Retail stores, cupcakes, caramels, cookies and candies replaced enforcement talks at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Marijuana Control Board.

The meeting marked the first issuance of both manufacturing and retail licenses, moving the industry to the final phases before growers have an outlet for their cannabis. Held up for most of the day by manufacturing license discussions, retail stores breezed through by the end of the meeting.

Many helped 'hustle' soar

Many helped ‘hustle’ soar

The Halibut Hustle 5K may have missed out on the sunny Saturday weather but with a brave field of participants who were undaunted by the Sunday morning forecast along with the support from the City of Homer Port and Harbor staff, we had a fantastic event.

Sherry Bess has made a difference

Sherry Bess has made a difference

A huge, heartfelt thank you to Sherry Bess with the Homer Animal Shelter for all that she has done to help the animals, and people, in our community. Sherry, your kindness, passion and years of dedication are so very appreciated and you will be greatly missed. I hope you know how much of a difference you have made here, one kitten, cat, puppy, dog, bird, rabbit, hamster — and all those who love them — at a time. Wishing you the best as you move on to other adventures.

Christina Whiting

Homer's Best Bets

Some of you seemed surprised recently when a big howling rainstorm blew in over town last week. Whoa! How did that happen? Well, it happened because a) it’s September in Alaska and b) also moose hunting season. The whole idea of moose hunting season seems to be to pick a time of the year when hunters most likely will get drenched by a cold, miserable rain.

Thursday, Sept. 15


11:30 a.m.-noon, Homer Public Library


noon, 8 p.m. Hillas Building

Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at noon and 8 p.m. Contact: 235-6822.


noon -1:15 p.m., Homer Council on the Arts

Contact: HCOA, 235-4288.


3:30-5 p.m., Homer Council on the Arts

Contact: Kari Odden 235-4288 .


Downing stepping away from school board seat

In a bittersweet moment during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, in the Homer High School theater, board member Lynn Hohl moved to “regretfully approve” the resignation of board member Liz Downing.

Penny Vadla, the school board clerk, “regretfully seconded” the motion and the board voted unanimously to allow their colleague of 11 years to move on to the next chapter in her life.

Officials make pitch to council for bonds

At Monday night’s regular Homer City Council meeting, with a bare-bones council attending and few controversial items on the agenda, much of the meeting involved pitches by city and borough officials on upcoming bond propositions. Speaking were:

• Homer Public Safety Building Review Committee chair Ken Castner on Proposition 1, a $12 million bond and a 0.65-percent seasonal sales tax increase to fund a new Homer Police Station;

City, borough elections to be held Oct. 4

Two candidates are running for Homer Mayor and three candidates are running for two, 3-year Homer City Council seats. The city also will hold an election on Proposition No. 1, to approve general obligation bonds for a new police station and a 0.65-percent seasonal sales tax increase to fund the bonds.

For profiles on the city candidates, see pages 5-7. In the Sept. 22 issue candidates will answer questions posed by the Homer News, and in the Sept. 29 issue we will publish commentaries by them.

Running for mayor in order of filing are: Bryan Zak and David Lewis

Kimberly Ketter: In Homer for a new start

Kimberly Ketter moved to Homer in May 2015 from her hometown of Cranberry Township, Pa., looking for a fresh start.

Following a painful custody battle which ended with limited rights to see her son, Ketter moved to Homer to live with a family friend who had retired and moved into a house on West Hill. In addition to giving her the chance to gain a handle on her life and find her career path so when she could see her son, she would be more stable, she was able to help the friend with the upkeep of his house.

Shelly Erickson: Roots go deep into Homer

When Homer City Council candidate Shelly Erickson says that Homer is her home, her words refer to roots that go deep into past generations. Both sides of her family have been in Homer for close to 80 years.

Three candidates — Erickson, Tom Stroozas, and Kimberly Ketter — are running for the two seats open on the city council. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will win those seats. Incumbent Gus VanDyke and Bryan Zak are not running again, though Zak is running for mayor.

Tom Stroozas: Wants to serve community

Tom Stroozas is a transplant from the Lower 48, similar to many Homer residents who visited, were captured by Homer’s beauty and decided to make a home here. Now, he looks to the city council as a way to serve the town he has called home since 2006.

“I believe that you should live your life so that when you’re gone it will have mattered and if by being elected to the city council in Homer I can make a difference in the quality of life of everyone who lives here, then that’s a good sense of well-being,” Stroozas said.

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

Sept. 5-11

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to six medical calls.

Homer Fire

Sept. 5-11

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to 11 medical calls and three fire calls.

Emergency Services

Sept. 5-11

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

Homer Police

Obituaries and Memorials

Carmen Marina
Loughlin Field

April 14, 1963 - May 31, 2016

Everyone is invited to celebrate the life of beloved Alaska naturalist and educator Carmen Field, who died May 31, 2016. A full obituary appeared in the Homer News on June 9, 2016.


Jayda Brielle Jones was born at 7:57 p.m. Sept. 8, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Stephanie and Billy Jones. She is the seventh grandchild of Spek and Ina Jones and the 15th grandchild of Daniel and Melodie Mahoney. Her siblings are Felicity, Silas, Zephan and Abeni.

Emelia Ann Rose Magee was born at 9:37 p.m. Sept. 10, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Megan and Jake Magee of Anchor Point. She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Her grandparents are Karena Udelhoven of Sterling and Jesse Udelhoven of Anchor Point. Her siblings are Zoey, Ezekiel, Noah and Theodore.

Town Crier Announcements

The Kachemak Bay Water Trail Committee and Rudy Tsukada present a workshop on Water Safety and Tips While Fishing from your Kayak 6-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Land’s End Resort. Learn how to have fun and fish safely from a kayak or small boat. Sunday’s workshop includes an on-the-water presentation. For more information, call 235-6018.

George West

May 13, 1931-Aug. 31, 2016

Former Homer resident, author, world renowned scientist and birder Dr. George Curtiss West, 84, died Aug. 31, 2016.

“My beloved husband passed away,” his wife, Ellen West, said.


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