Skating Grewingk provides intimate Alaska encounter

Arguably the most notable feature on the Homer skyline, after the Homer Spit, is the glacier that looms large in the center of the Kenai Mountains that ring Kachemak Bay. It sparkles blue in the summer sunshine, reveals deep waving ribbons of dark rocks and debris like a child’s finger-painting, and on those rare moonlight nights, glows almost as brightly as the moon itself.
But while many have made the trek up to the glacier’s lake in the summer, only the most adventurous have experienced the glacier up close. Unless, that is, they know how to seize the perfect moment to visit.

Budget debate pits core against community

At its next meeting, the Homer City Council will approve one of two budgets, depending on the outcome of next week’s tax vote (see related story below). If all goes well, a tight but bearable budget will allow for most city services to continue. If voters turn down the reallocation of a portion of the city’s sales tax, however, most departments will lose personnel and city residents will lose services.
Exactly what services they will lose, however, was the subject of debate at this week’s committee of the whole meeting prior to the broadcast evening city council meeting, when council members discussed their preferences.

City vote on HART tax suspension set for Tuesday

What the city of Homer’s services will look like for the next few years is in the hands of Homer voters next week with a special election on a temporary sales tax reallocation.
The city currently collects .75 percent sales tax dedicated to a fund to encourage the development of roads and trails. But facing a $1 million budget shortfall thanks to cuts in state funding and ever-increasing costs of doing business, the city council and staff are asking voters to reallocate that Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails Program funding to the general fund for the next three years while the city finds another way to pay its bills.

Vets get smoother rides to medical care

Veterans on the Kenai Peninsula will continue to have help getting to and from medical services, thanks to the renewal of a transportation grant in the amount of $250,000 to the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs.
Any veteran on the Kenai Peninsula can get free transportation to the VA medical clinic in Kenai or outpatient clinic in Homer, as well as any VA-authorized vendors, like pharmacies, hospitals and medical specialists. Forest Powell, with the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs, says it even counts for trips to Anchorage, if the local VA refers a vet to a doctor in the city.
“You, as a veteran, get free transportation from here to the VA and return back, free,” Powell said.

Easy Recycling

Each week, the Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) will share information and tips on recycling in the Homer area. Glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard can be recycled at Save-U-More, McNeil Canyon and in Anchor Point. Additional items that can be recycled at the Homer Transfer Station (dump): No. 1 and no. 2 plastic containers, stretchy […]

News Briefs & Announcements – Nov. 25, 2015

KPC to close for Thanksgiving holiday Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River and Kachemak Bay campuses, as well as Anchorage and Resurrection Bay extension sites, will be closed Nov. 26-29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no classes on Nov. 25, but locations will be open for general business. All KPC locations will […]

Community News – Nov. 25, 2015

HHA offers Homer High students free skate The Homer Hockey Association has invited Homer High School students to a FREE skate this Saturday, Nov. 28, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Take advantage of your time off and come out to the Kevin Bell Ice Arena over the holiday weekend for some fun on the ice. […]

How can the fed’s actions affect you?

by Edward Jones Matthew North Financial Advisor When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? This question has been on the minds of economists and financial market prognosticators for quite some time now. But what does it mean to you, as an individual investor? First of all, it’s important to understand just what is meant […]

Letters to the Editor – Nov. 25, 2015

Save a turkey, eat vegetarian While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life. Here are some good reasons why: • You can brag about pardoning a turkey – like Obama. • You truly […]

Unified effort in Congress protects Alaska’s seafood powerhouse

Alaska is our nation’s seafood powerhouse. With nine of our country’s top-20 fishing ports by volume, we understand the vital role our seafood industry has played in our communities in the past, how important it is now, and how central the industry will be in the future. Protecting and enhancing Alaska’s fisheries is one of […]

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