FYI News briefs & announcements – Sept. 5

Hazardous trees removed this month
Alaska State Parks, in cooperation with the Kenai Peninsula Borough, will be clearing fire hazard trees from the Diamond Creek State Recreation Site, located at mile 167 along the Sterling Highway, north of Homer, during the month of September.
Before tree removal, the park road will be closed for two days to allow widening and upgrading to accommodate a log truck. In late September, logs cleared and salvaged from the project will be available to the general public for personal use firewood collection through the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Firewood Permit Program.
To obtain a firewood permit or to learn more about hazard tree removal on the Kenai Peninsula, contact Mike Fastabend with the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation Program at 714-2432.

Homer Electric seeks fair vendors
Homer Electric Association, Inc. is inviting businesses that provide energy efficient or conservation services/products to submit a vendor application for its annual Energy and Conservation Fairs hosted Nov. 3 in Kenai and Nov. 10 at West Homer Elementary.
The fairs bring local businesses and organizations together to educate and provide safe, responsible energy solutions to area residents and businesses. They provide opportunities for people in Homer and Kenai to showcase services and products to help members make informed choices regarding energy use and conservation.
Event sponsorship opportunities are also available. This local partnership provides print, radio, electronic and various other promotional advertising benefits to our sponsors. Contact Joe Halstead at (907) 283-2392 or jhalstead@homerelectric.com for more details.

KHLT invites public to bus tour
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust invites you to participate in a free tour of some of the local properties we help to preserve on Sept. 13 from 11:45-2 p.m.
We will travel in a Homer Tours van to several of our properties and you will learn both about the properties we protect and how we care for them. Please call ahead to make your reservation at 235-5263.

Birders to meet on Anchor River
There will be a Kachemak Bay Birders’ trip to the Anchor River on Saturday, Sept. 8. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center to car pool or at 8:15 a.m. in the parking lot on the left just before entering the boat launch area at the Anchor River. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one.
This trip is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The leader will be Michael Craig; for more information give him a call (235-0631). Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no charge except parking at the Anchor River.

Meeting tonight
The Homer Planning Commission is revising the Marine Commercial District, which includes the definition and proposed regulations for “Accessory Lodging.” This means caretakers and/or nightly customer rentals in marine commercial districts of town. 
The Commission values input and is seeking participation. The next meeting is from 5:30-6:20 p.m. tonight at Homer City Hall Council Chambers. This is the second of two meetings scheduled to discuss this type of lodging. The first was Aug. 15, and tonight’s is a repeat of that meeting.
There’s more information at the City’s website: http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/planning/marine-commercial-zoning-update-2012.
You can fax or email your comments to: City of Homer Planning Office 907-235-3118 fax Planning@ci.homer.ak.us.

City Council debates
The Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is hosting a debate between the candidates for Homer City Council, Beau Burgess, Francie Roberts and James Dolma at 7-8:30 pm at the Kachemak City Center Sept. 18. For details call 235-7740.

Sponsored Mayoral Debate
The Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is hosting a debate between the two candidates for Homer’s Mayor, Brian Zak and Beth Wythe. The debate will be at the Kachemak City Center on Sept. 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. For details call 235-7740.

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