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City mulls centralized emergency dispatch

City mulls centralized emergency dispatch

When you call 911, how beneficial is it to talk to someone who knows the back roads of the Kenai Peninsula, not to mention the police officers they are communicating with? This and other questions were at the heart of a discussion Monday night between city administrators and the council regarding centralized dispatch service proposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Not everyone is a fan of the idea, for obvious reasons, including City Manager Katie Koester, who said the city would not see any financial savings from …

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Growing alongside the family business

Growing alongside  the family business

For 14-year old Zach Condon, the family business is a source of pride, not to mention a great workout. Woody’s Alaskan Firewood Company supplies firewood to residencies and businesses in the Homer area and Condon, a freshman at Homer High School, has been helping his parents with the business since he was 8 years old.
“I started out clearing brush, moving the little rounds and picking pieces of wood out of the splitter,” Condon said. “When I was 11, I was learning to run the splitter – moving …

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Residents react to proposed oil and gas lease sale

Residents react to proposed oil and gas lease sale

If those who testified at last week’s public hearing on the proposed oil and gas lease sale in the Cook Inlet were in charge, the 1.09 million acres currently being analyzed for potential development would never make it to market.
“There are a zillion reasons why this shouldn’t go ahead,” said Tamara McShane. “Pretty soon, we will be the endangered species.”
McShane and others, including Cook InletKeeper Executive Director Bob Shavelson, testified that the marine environment in the Cook Inlet and Alaska was already showing signs of …

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Nelson leads halibut derby

Nelson leads halibut derby

Austin Nelson of North Pole landed a 252.2-pound monster halibut last week to become the current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader. Nelson was fishing with Homer Ocean Charters and Capt. Travis Blount aboard the F/V Diamond Cape when he caught the fish that edged previous leader Daniel Spies’ halibut by just over a pound.

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Seaton sweeps primary

Seaton sweeps primary

The tempo was upbeat at Alice’s Champagne Palace as supporters of incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, compulsively hit refresh on the state Division of Elections web site to see the latest updates from the polls.
By 10 p.m., with only 6 precincts reporting, Seaton had more than 50 percent of the vote. Supporters shook hands with the Alaska State House representative, who campaigned on a moderate platform and said his record in Juneau reflected his ability to bridge party lines and be an effective lawmaker.
When all …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Zak, Lewis face off in Homer city mayor’s race

Zak, Lewis face off in Homer city mayor’s race

Two current council members who have often found themselves on opposite sides of issues will face off for the mayoral seat of Homer this fall. Bryan Zak, a business counselor with Southwest Alaska Small Business Development Center, will face off against David Lewis, a retired teacher and former coordinator of the Kachemak Bay Campus’ Youth Job Training Program.
Both candidates were elected to city council in 2008 and have weathered a variety of issues around the council table, from the legalization of marijuana to the ever-shrinking city …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Against odds, fisherman lands huge halibut

Against odds, fisherman lands huge halibut

It was a slow day on the water for Daniel Spies and the employees of his Soldotna construction company. But that was all about to change as Spies hooked into something that felt like dead weight at first.
“I didn’t know what to think” Spies, a longtime fisherman who placed fourth in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby last year with a 187-pound fish. “I couldn’t really tell what it was.”
Spies said at first, he thought maybe his line was stuck on the bottom. Then the mystery …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Satanic invocation opens Borough Assembly meeting

Satanic invocation opens Borough Assembly meeting

The invocation that started the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s Tuesday meeting was a little different than usual: Instead of espousing the ideals of Christianity, it carried a message of Satanism.
It was the culmination of recent discussion at the Assembly around whether to keep up with the tradition of opening meetings with prayers, or whether doing so was excluding those who hold different beliefs.
In June, the Assembly discussed an ordinance aimed at doing away with invocations before meetings, but not enough members voted in favor of introducing it. …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Seaton sweeps primary

Seaton sweeps primary

Voter turnout one of highest in state. The tempo was upbeat at Alice’s Champagne Palace as supporters of incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, compulsively hit refresh on the state Division of Elections web site to see the latest updates from the polls.
By 10 p.m., with only 6 precincts reporting, Seaton had more than 50 percent of the vote. Supporters shook hands with the Alaska State House representative, who campaigned on a moderate platform and said his record in Juneau reflected his ability to bridge party lines …

August 17, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Naval exercise timing, location questioned

Naval  exercise timing, location questioned

Concern over Naval training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska only a year ago were renewed afresh at this week’s Homer City Council meeting as residents testified in support of a resolution opposing proposed training in a highly productive area of the gulf during the spring whale migrations.
In 2015, Homer fishermen and citizens protested the exercises, which began in mid-June, with a parade of banners.
The training exercises planned for next spring are earlier than previous operations, starting May 1 of next year, which many testified coincides …

August 11, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Improv act all about imagination, collaboration, truth and humor

Improv act all about imagination, collaboration, truth and humor

For many, getting on stage in front of a crowd is a scary prospect. Even scarier would be getting on stage without any idea what you are going to say or do and trying to entertain your audience.
But for Martty Zeller and the other improvisational actors of Fresh Produce, a fluid group that has been gelling together off and on for three decades, that’s the fun of it all. You never know what’s going to happen, except you can almost be certain laughter will be a …

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Arts Briefs – Aug. 25

Arts Briefs – Aug. 25

Burning Basket build to begin
Homer Tribune

Photo provided – Artist Mavis Muller brings her Homer Burning Basket to Mariner Park in September.

Lead artist Mavis Muller brings her 13th-annual Homer Burning Basket to Mariner Park in early September. “EXPAND — Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening” is a community interactive impermanent art experience on the Homer Spit.
Build week is Sunday, Sept. 4 through Saturday, …

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

City mulls centralized emergency dispatch

City mulls centralized emergency dispatch

When you call 911, how beneficial is it to talk to someone who knows the back roads of the Kenai Peninsula, not to mention the police officers they are communicating with? This and other questions were at the heart of a discussion Monday night between city administrators and the council regarding centralized dispatch service proposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Not everyone is a fan of the idea, for obvious reasons, including City Manager Katie Koester, who said the city would not see any financial savings from …

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Growing alongside the family business

Growing alongside  the family business

For 14-year old Zach Condon, the family business is a source of pride, not to mention a great workout. Woody’s Alaskan Firewood Company supplies firewood to residencies and businesses in the Homer area and Condon, a freshman at Homer High School, has been helping his parents with the business since he was 8 years old.
“I started out clearing brush, moving the little rounds and picking pieces of wood out of the splitter,” Condon said. “When I was 11, I was learning to run the splitter – moving …

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Residents react to proposed oil and gas lease sale

Residents react to proposed oil and gas lease sale

If those who testified at last week’s public hearing on the proposed oil and gas lease sale in the Cook Inlet were in charge, the 1.09 million acres currently being analyzed for potential development would never make it to market.
“There are a zillion reasons why this shouldn’t go ahead,” said Tamara McShane. “Pretty soon, we will be the endangered species.”
McShane and others, including Cook InletKeeper Executive Director Bob Shavelson, testified that the marine environment in the Cook Inlet and Alaska was already showing signs of …

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Nelson leads halibut derby

Nelson leads halibut derby

Austin Nelson of North Pole landed a 252.2-pound monster halibut last week to become the current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader. Nelson was fishing with Homer Ocean Charters and Capt. Travis Blount aboard the F/V Diamond Cape when he caught the fish that edged previous leader Daniel Spies’ halibut by just over a pound.

August 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Seaton sweeps primary

Seaton sweeps primary

The tempo was upbeat at Alice’s Champagne Palace as supporters of incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, compulsively hit refresh on the state Division of Elections web site to see the latest updates from the polls.
By 10 p.m., with only 6 precincts reporting, Seaton had more than 50 percent of the vote. Supporters shook hands with the Alaska State House representative, who campaigned on a moderate platform and said his record in Juneau reflected his ability to bridge party lines and be an effective lawmaker.
When all …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Zak, Lewis face off in Homer city mayor’s race

Zak, Lewis face off in Homer city mayor’s race

Two current council members who have often found themselves on opposite sides of issues will face off for the mayoral seat of Homer this fall. Bryan Zak, a business counselor with Southwest Alaska Small Business Development Center, will face off against David Lewis, a retired teacher and former coordinator of the Kachemak Bay Campus’ Youth Job Training Program.
Both candidates were elected to city council in 2008 and have weathered a variety of issues around the council table, from the legalization of marijuana to the ever-shrinking city …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Against odds, fisherman lands huge halibut

Against odds, fisherman lands huge halibut

It was a slow day on the water for Daniel Spies and the employees of his Soldotna construction company. But that was all about to change as Spies hooked into something that felt like dead weight at first.
“I didn’t know what to think” Spies, a longtime fisherman who placed fourth in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby last year with a 187-pound fish. “I couldn’t really tell what it was.”
Spies said at first, he thought maybe his line was stuck on the bottom. Then the mystery …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Satanic invocation opens Borough Assembly meeting

Satanic invocation opens Borough Assembly meeting

The invocation that started the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s Tuesday meeting was a little different than usual: Instead of espousing the ideals of Christianity, it carried a message of Satanism.
It was the culmination of recent discussion at the Assembly around whether to keep up with the tradition of opening meetings with prayers, or whether doing so was excluding those who hold different beliefs.
In June, the Assembly discussed an ordinance aimed at doing away with invocations before meetings, but not enough members voted in favor of introducing it. …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Seaton sweeps primary

Seaton sweeps primary

Voter turnout one of highest in state. The tempo was upbeat at Alice’s Champagne Palace as supporters of incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, compulsively hit refresh on the state Division of Elections web site to see the latest updates from the polls.
By 10 p.m., with only 6 precincts reporting, Seaton had more than 50 percent of the vote. Supporters shook hands with the Alaska State House representative, who campaigned on a moderate platform and said his record in Juneau reflected his ability to bridge party lines …

August 17, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Naval exercise timing, location questioned

Naval  exercise timing, location questioned

Concern over Naval training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska only a year ago were renewed afresh at this week’s Homer City Council meeting as residents testified in support of a resolution opposing proposed training in a highly productive area of the gulf during the spring whale migrations.
In 2015, Homer fishermen and citizens protested the exercises, which began in mid-June, with a parade of banners.
The training exercises planned for next spring are earlier than previous operations, starting May 1 of next year, which many testified coincides …

August 11, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Program to bring violin instruction to students

Program to bring violin instruction to students

Sometimes everything just falls into place. Such was the case recently for Linda Reinhart, who had been scratching her head for several years over how to bring music instruction to more Homer youth.
Reinhart, who is involved in and a proponent of the Kenai Peninsula Youth String Orchestra, had searched for a way to encourage more youth to join the orchestra. But until last winter, all her ideas had run into roadblocks. Private lessons were expensive. Afterschool programs required an expensive transportation component.

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Kachemak Bay State Park – August 18

Kachemak Bay State Park – August 18

Trail Conditions Report

• Snow levels at Kachemak Bay State park are at 2,500 ft. and above.
• Trail locations are obscured in alpine areas, and the majority of trails are very brushy and overgrown. When in doubt, look for chainsaw cuts on trees and logs.
• Trails in KBSP are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to add 1/3 to your average hiking time. Expect ALL trails to be very brushy and overgrown and, at times, hard to …

August 18, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

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Community news – Aug. 25

Community news – Aug. 25

Zumba’s Maria hosts Thriving Thursday at SVT Elder care expert and certified Zumba Gold Instructor Maria Santa Lucia will share tips...

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City tightens leash on animals traveling lose in back of trucks

City tightens leash on animals traveling lose in back of trucks

The days of dogs hanging their heads out the back of trucks, tongue flapping, is coming to close, in the Homer...

Aug 25, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

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Pink salmon catch down dramatically from 2015

Alaska’s 2016 pink salmon fishery is set to rank as the worst in 20 years...

Aug 25, 2016 | Fish Factor | Read More »

Consider All Aspects of College Savings Options

It’s almost back-to-school time. If you have young children going to public schools, your biggest...

Aug 25, 2016 | Financial Focus | Read More »