Story last updated at 3:34 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2002

Homer delegates head to Japan
Three City Council members as well as Mayor Jack Cushing will travel to Teshio, Japan, a Homer sister city, next week.

Councilmen Kurt Marquardt, Mike Yourkowski and Ray Kranich as well as several members of the community fly Tuesday to the northern Japanese city, a seaport on the island of Hokkaido. The group expects to spend a week visiting the Teshio.

Marquardt said the Homer visitors will stay with host families, In some cases, they will stay with people who have similar careers, to enhance the exchange of information. The group will visit municipal facilities as well as schools where musical and cultural acts will be presented. Marquardt said some musical members of the delegation plan to return the favor.

Homer and Teshio have exchanged information as sister cities since 1983 when the two locations were identified as being of a similar size and nature. In 1999, a 17-member delegation from Teshio visited Homer.

The city will share some of the airfare costs for the council members and the mayor, as well as gifts for the sister city, with the rest covered individually, Marquardt said.

The absence of the four council members caused the April 22 city council meeting to be canceled due to lack of quorum. The next meeting is May 13.