FYI – News briefs & announcements – Feb. 19

City will not appeal judgment

Judge Charles T. Huguelet recently ruled for Ken Castner and against the City of Homer in the case of Kenneth W. Castner III v. the City of Homer (Case No. 3HO-13-38 CI.). Castner sued the City over its preliminary assessment roll as it applied to condominium units in a building he is part owner of.
The City reviewed the costs and benefits of filing an appeal and concluded that it was in the overall best interest of the community to accept the judge’s decision and move on.
The City said it will work with Castner to address the “proportionality and reasonableness” problem identified by Judge Huguelet. The City hopes to find a solution that complies with the judge’s decision, but is also fair to other property owners in the Special Assessment District.

Work session planned

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will hold a work session on Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. with their regular board meeting afterward at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Rd.). The public is welcome and for further information call 235-9811.  

MAPP earns community service award

MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula was recently awarded the Alaska Community Service Award for Health; an award given by the Alaska Public Health Association. The award was presented to MAPP at the January Alaska Health Summit in Anchorage.
MAPP of the SKP was selected for this award due to, “its community efforts of creating and fostering a region-wide partnership dedicated to developing and sustaining a healthy community. Additionally, these partnerships have supported successes in increasing access to healthy foods, addressing substance abuse and domestic violence, and better connecting community members to needed resources. This partnership exemplifies the power of integrated community action.”
The APHA also recognized specific outcomes:
• Establishing 22 people’s gardens on the Southern Kenai Peninsula
• Implementing the Homer Prevention Project
• Publishing and distributing emergency services booklet for local providers
• Collecting local student Body Mass Index data that is now being collected districtwide, which helps to identify the current youth obesity prevalence rates
• Creating worksite wellness programs
• Increasing health education and outreach
• Developing primary prevention of substance abuse and violence efforts
• Implementing a student risk and protective factor survey to better understand youth concerns
Using broad definitions of health that include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health, the goal of MAPP is to bring community partners together to collectively and strategically address community health improvement goals.
For more information about MAPP, please contact Megan Murphy, MAPP coordinator, at 235-0570 or You can also visit the MAPP website at

Birders meet

The Kachemak Bay Birders will next meet on Monday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

Meet the new fire chief

Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 19  at 6:30 p.m. at Station 1. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Anchor Point Fire & EMS will be having an Open House from Noon-3 p.m., Feb. 22 at Station 1 for the community to meet Anchor Point’s new Chief Jim Dycus.

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