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City council candidates weigh in on issues

City council candidates weigh in  on issues

On Oct. 4, Homer city voters will elect two new city council members to fill the seats vacated by Gus VanDyke and Bryan Zak. This council will be challenged with navigating ever-shrinking budgets while carefully promoting economic development opportunities that may contribute to the community’s future stability.
This week, the Homer Tribune asks these candidates about their vision for the future of Homer, the challenges they see on the horizon and what strategies they will employ to overcome those hurdles.

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Homer library serves 1.2 million in first decade

Homer library serves  1.2 million in first decade

In the decade since the Homer Public Library opened the doors of its new Heath Street facility amid great fanfare, a lot has happened. What has not changed is the continued enthusiasm and support that built the library in the first place, as was evident by those gathered to celebrate the building’s 10th birthday with cake, hot dogs and a chance to check out the new community bookmobile.
Cleo Webb, a Friends of the Homer Public Library board member for an astonishing 35 years before retiring a …

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Homer centenarian with long history in Homer celebrated

Homer centenarian with long history in Homer celebrated

At 100 years of age, Nadine Pence was surrounded by friends and well-wishers at the Homer Senior Center on Tuesday as she heralded in her second century of life.
In her 10 decades on the earth, Pence has done more than can be captured in a newspaper story. She has gardened, sewn her own clothes, gathered subsistence foods, served as the radio dispatcher for her husband, Ed Martin, who was a police officer for the Alaska Territorial Police before statehood and then an Alaska Fish and Game …

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Community news – Sept. 22

Community news – Sept. 22

Moving through Thriving Thursdays
Head over to SVT from 6-8 p.m. today, where Dotti Harness-Foster, Cathy Stingley and Rick of Insightful Body Moves and Kara Clemens of Dance for Connections present “Moving with Greater Ease.” Explore issues related to flexibility and coordination, including those with Parkinson’s, MS, or the after-effects of a stroke or tremor. Also explore a multigenerational creative dance class designed to invigorate the mind, body and spirit.

HPL hosts literary readings
Join editor Martha Amore and contributing authors of “Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of …

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

School start times to change next year

School start times to change next year

Students on the southern Kenai Peninsula will either head to school earlier or later than they do now next year as part of a school district cost-saving plan to stagger school start times and use fewer buses.
At a meeting Monday night introducing the idea, parents and educators had more questions than answers as Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators told them few details were available yet as to how the new staggered start times would play out for specific areas and schools.

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Council hears updates on KPB, city bond props

Council hears updates on KPB, city bond props

Bonds propositions for a new public safety building in Homer as well as improvements to the Homer Medical Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital were all discussed Monday night as the weeks dwindle before the October vote.
A skeleton council — minus council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds — were on hand to hear several presentations pertaining to the ballot, including a run-down of issues by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre.
Navarre reported on two ballot propositions that were being proposed on the borough ballot to …

September 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

For second year, vandals strike Burning Basket

For second year, vandals strike Burning Basket

When builders of the Burning Basket project woke Saturday morning from their guardposts around the basket, they were shocked to find that for the second time in as many years, vandals had managed to damage the community art project.
But what may seem a tragedy on the outset was turned into a victory yet again as the basket was rebuilt and the community once again rallied around the project on a rain-and-wind-whipped night to “expand.”
This is the Burning Basket’s 13th year, said Mavis Muller, who heads …

September 15, 2016 | 1 comment | Read More »

SPARC building to break ground this month

SPARC building to break ground this month

Organizers plan to hold fundraiser to ‘Fan the SPARC’
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune

By the end of this month, Homer should be able to see the beginnings of what will eventually be a 12,000-square-foot multiuse facility that will house everything from soccer games to toddler playgroups.
The South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center, or SPARC, as organizers call it, still has a ways to go to be fully funded, however, and organizers are holding an information and fundraising event at the Glacier Ridge Brewery from 7:45 to 10 p.m. …

September 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Week of events aim to show benefits of mindfulness

Week of events aim to show benefits of mindfulness

Take a breath. Notice the feeling of your breath. Take another. According to medical researchers, you have just done something profoundly positive for your physical and mental health.
Over the next week, everyone from parents to health care providers will have a chance to learn more about the potential benefits of mindfulness thanks to a series of workshops and presentations organized by South Peninsula Hospital. The series will feature both local presenters knowledgeable about mindfulness as well as Dr. Jerry Braza, a leading voice in the field …

September 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Beach policy laws, signage irk some

Beach  policy laws,  signage irk some

For more than 40 years, Willie Suter has been driving on Mariner Beach at the base of the Homer Spit to collect wood, seaweed, sand and coal.
But on June 13, his drive was a little more eventful than usual. Suter said he was met by police officers from both the Bishop’s Beach and Mariner Park sides telling him he had to leave the beach. The laws had changed, the officers informed him, and driving on the beach was no longer allowed during the summer months. Then …

September 8, 2016 | 1 comment | Read More »

Local youth meets her muse in music

Local youth meets her muse in music

Throughout her young life, Ella Parks has been surrounded by artists who inspire her, including her aunt – a ceramics artist, her dad – a photographer and her mom – a musician.
Now a junior at Homer High School, she is sharing her own talents with local and Anchorage audiences, belting out blues and jazz songs from some of her favorite singers, including Etta James, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Adele.

September 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

First Friday openings draw on seasonal inspiration

First Friday openings draw on seasonal inspiration

As the days of summer draw to a close, one Homer artist has found inspiration in the common and sometimes overlooked beauty of fall in Southcentral Alaska.
Kim Terpening, who has used a variety of medium to explore her artistic expression over the years, this time has turned to digital photography to express her experiences watching the seasons change in Kachemak Bay.

September 1, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

City council candidates weigh in on issues

City council candidates weigh in  on issues

On Oct. 4, Homer city voters will elect two new city council members to fill the seats vacated by Gus VanDyke and Bryan Zak. This council will be challenged with navigating ever-shrinking budgets while carefully promoting economic development opportunities that may contribute to the community’s future stability.
This week, the Homer Tribune asks these candidates about their vision for the future of Homer, the challenges they see on the horizon and what strategies they will employ to overcome those hurdles.

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Homer library serves 1.2 million in first decade

Homer library serves  1.2 million in first decade

In the decade since the Homer Public Library opened the doors of its new Heath Street facility amid great fanfare, a lot has happened. What has not changed is the continued enthusiasm and support that built the library in the first place, as was evident by those gathered to celebrate the building’s 10th birthday with cake, hot dogs and a chance to check out the new community bookmobile.
Cleo Webb, a Friends of the Homer Public Library board member for an astonishing 35 years before retiring a …

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Homer centenarian with long history in Homer celebrated

Homer centenarian with long history in Homer celebrated

At 100 years of age, Nadine Pence was surrounded by friends and well-wishers at the Homer Senior Center on Tuesday as she heralded in her second century of life.
In her 10 decades on the earth, Pence has done more than can be captured in a newspaper story. She has gardened, sewn her own clothes, gathered subsistence foods, served as the radio dispatcher for her husband, Ed Martin, who was a police officer for the Alaska Territorial Police before statehood and then an Alaska Fish and Game …

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Community news – Sept. 22

Community news – Sept. 22

Moving through Thriving Thursdays
Head over to SVT from 6-8 p.m. today, where Dotti Harness-Foster, Cathy Stingley and Rick of Insightful Body Moves and Kara Clemens of Dance for Connections present “Moving with Greater Ease.” Explore issues related to flexibility and coordination, including those with Parkinson’s, MS, or the after-effects of a stroke or tremor. Also explore a multigenerational creative dance class designed to invigorate the mind, body and spirit.

HPL hosts literary readings
Join editor Martha Amore and contributing authors of “Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of …

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

School start times to change next year

School start times to change next year

Students on the southern Kenai Peninsula will either head to school earlier or later than they do now next year as part of a school district cost-saving plan to stagger school start times and use fewer buses.
At a meeting Monday night introducing the idea, parents and educators had more questions than answers as Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators told them few details were available yet as to how the new staggered start times would play out for specific areas and schools.

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Council hears updates on KPB, city bond props

Council hears updates on KPB, city bond props

Bonds propositions for a new public safety building in Homer as well as improvements to the Homer Medical Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital were all discussed Monday night as the weeks dwindle before the October vote.
A skeleton council — minus council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds — were on hand to hear several presentations pertaining to the ballot, including a run-down of issues by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre.
Navarre reported on two ballot propositions that were being proposed on the borough ballot to …

September 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

For second year, vandals strike Burning Basket

For second year, vandals strike Burning Basket

When builders of the Burning Basket project woke Saturday morning from their guardposts around the basket, they were shocked to find that for the second time in as many years, vandals had managed to damage the community art project.
But what may seem a tragedy on the outset was turned into a victory yet again as the basket was rebuilt and the community once again rallied around the project on a rain-and-wind-whipped night to “expand.”
This is the Burning Basket’s 13th year, said Mavis Muller, who heads …

September 15, 2016 | 1 comment | Read More »

SPARC building to break ground this month

SPARC building to break ground this month

Organizers plan to hold fundraiser to ‘Fan the SPARC’
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune

By the end of this month, Homer should be able to see the beginnings of what will eventually be a 12,000-square-foot multiuse facility that will house everything from soccer games to toddler playgroups.
The South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center, or SPARC, as organizers call it, still has a ways to go to be fully funded, however, and organizers are holding an information and fundraising event at the Glacier Ridge Brewery from 7:45 to 10 p.m. …

September 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Week of events aim to show benefits of mindfulness

Week of events aim to show benefits of mindfulness

Take a breath. Notice the feeling of your breath. Take another. According to medical researchers, you have just done something profoundly positive for your physical and mental health.
Over the next week, everyone from parents to health care providers will have a chance to learn more about the potential benefits of mindfulness thanks to a series of workshops and presentations organized by South Peninsula Hospital. The series will feature both local presenters knowledgeable about mindfulness as well as Dr. Jerry Braza, a leading voice in the field …

September 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Beach policy laws, signage irk some

Beach  policy laws,  signage irk some

For more than 40 years, Willie Suter has been driving on Mariner Beach at the base of the Homer Spit to collect wood, seaweed, sand and coal.
But on June 13, his drive was a little more eventful than usual. Suter said he was met by police officers from both the Bishop’s Beach and Mariner Park sides telling him he had to leave the beach. The laws had changed, the officers informed him, and driving on the beach was no longer allowed during the summer months. Then …

September 8, 2016 | 1 comment | Read More »

Louisiana man heads call to help Alaska youth

Louisiana man heads call to help Alaska youth

For years, Troy McMorris has had a heart for youth ministry.
“Youth are the future and we can’t risk losing a whole generation to the hopeless trappings of the bad aspects of society and culture,” he said. “We have to act, we have to become advocates within the community and we have to avail ourselves to be participants in the solution.”
Born and raised in Louisiana, McMorris shared that his own childhood was tumultuous. While his mother was pregnant with him, his father left to fight in …

September 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

Food pantry receives $5,000 grant for Martin’s service

Food pantry receives $5,000 grant for Martin’s service

The Homer Community Food Pantry will receive a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo in recognition of Homer Business Relationship Manager Cinda Martin’s volunteer efforts with the nonprofit. The grant will help Homer Community Food Pantry provide food and assistance to approximately 100 families a week and 12,000 individuals a year in the southern Kenai Peninsula.
Martin is one of only 34 team members across the company to receive a $5,000 Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes Wells Fargo team members who make an exceptional impact through volunteerism.

September 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

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Kenai women charged with stealing mail in Homer area

Kenai women charged with stealing mail in Homer area

Alaska State Troopers have arrested two Kenai women accused of stealing mail and checks after a search of their vehicle following...

Sep 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »
Sullivan hopeful millions headed to rural water systems in Alaska

Sullivan hopeful millions headed to rural water systems in Alaska

If all goes well, the thousands of Alaskans still without running water and indoor plumbing may get federal support, thanks to...

Sep 22, 2016 | No comment | Read More »

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