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.

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 few months ago following a move to Anchorage, said she was pleased to see the continued support for the library.

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 Protection Officer after statehood. She served on board that built the South Peninsula Hospital and stayed involved in community efforts, serving on the Homer Senior Citizens Inc. board into her 90s.

Kriss Dawn Swoboda

Kriss D. Swoboda passed away Sept. 13, 2016 after a lengthy and inspiring battle with cancer. Swoboda was born on Kodiak Island to Don and Mary Mack. She grew up in Kodiak and started commercial fishing at an early age. Swoboda moved to College Station, Texas in 1997. While there, she managed the office of […]

Want to retire early? Start planning now.

The average American retires at about age 63, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you enjoy your work, of course, you may want to go well beyond that age. But what if you don’t want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire early?
Possibly – if you follow these suggestions:

Mariners host Huskies for Saturday Homecoming game

With the Bulldogs taking a mere 3-0 lead into the half at Saturday’s Peninsula Conference game against Homer in Nikiski, it seemed the Mariners might get a chance to put one in the win column.
A 13-point Bulldog third quarter quickly put any of those hopeful thoughts to rest, however, as Nikiski dropped the M’s 22-6.
Homer significantly improved its rushing game this weekend, picking up 150 yards on 31 carries. Mariner freshman Noah Fisk led the team with 123 of those yards, and picked up Homer’s only touchdown in the game on a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter.

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 Vietnam. After he was born, his mom enlisted in the United States Army.

Walter Raymond Pudwill

Walter Raymond Pudwill — carpenter, gardener, prospector and fix-it-man extraordinaire — died Sept. 10 at home in Homer, Alaska, after living with cancer for nearly four years. Pudwill was born May 25, 1955 in Eugene, Ore. to Raymond and Mary Ellen Pudwill. He grew up in nearby Springfield, often traveling to job sites around Oregon […]

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 a random traffic stop uncovered a stack of letters that didn’t belong to them.
Pamela J. Larson, 39 and Kimberly L. Scheaffer, 46, each face five felony counts of second-degree theft and a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree theft, according to a trooper dispatch.
Larson and Scheaffer were stopped by troopers at Homer Middle School just before 1:30 a.m. Aug. 10 when their sedan pulled into the wrong entrance of the school.

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. […]

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