Story last updated at 3:11 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2002

News briefs
Large store ban hearing on tap

The Homer City Council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance proposing a six-month moratorium on retail and wholesale structures in excess of 30,000 feet at its next meeting Jan. 13.

Several council members noted at the last meeting that the moratorium is intended as an opportunity for the city planning department to develop some direction regarding any potential "box stores" that may come to town.

The council introduced the ordinance last week on the heels of an announcement by retail giant Fred Meyer that it is negotiating with the Cook Inlet Region Inc. for an 8-acre section of land near the corner of Main Street and the Sterling Highway.

Anyone wishing to give public comment on the moratorium, or any other issue, can attend the council meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

Realtors auction benefits Hospice

The Kachemak Board of Realtors raised $9,611 at its ninth annual Christmas auction recently.

Hospice of Homer is will be the biggest beneficiary of the successful auction. The organization will receive a check for $6,300.

Additionally, two local graduates will be awarded scholarship checks of $1,000 each. The remaining money will go to a discretionary fund to help local people with fire- or flood-related destruction.

Debra Leisek, Christmas chairperson for the board of realtors, credited the efforts of all who participated.

"We appreciate the support," she said. "Homer is truly a beautiful and giving place to live."

Florist relocates

Country Rose Flowers has moved its operation to 3851 Main Street, the site of the old Family Planning Building, next to NAPA. The new location offers patrons more retail space, better selection and more parking. After-hours and 24-hour service are available by leaving a message on the store voice mail at 235-ROSE (7673).