Published events – July 29

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Buccaneer requests city return money

Buccaneer Resources, the oil and gas production company that operated the jack-up drill rig Endeavor in the Cook Inlet in recent years, as well as other energy projects on the Kenai Peninsula, has asked the city of Homer and reportedly other businesses in Homer to return money paid to them for services rendered in the six months prior to the company’s filing for bankruptcy.
Homer City Manger Katie Koester reported to the Homer City Council this week that the city’s attorney, Thomas Klinker sent a letter to Buccaneer rejecting their request for re-payment due to the fact that the money earned by the city was for debt incurred by Buccaneer in the ordinary course of business and therefore exempt from requests for repayment.

Council ponders banning vehicles on Bishop’s beach

People will be pressed to pick up after their dogs more vigilantly after the Homer City Council passed a new resolution Monday night to install dog waste dispensers at public buildings, trails and parks.
The council’s action came in response to public outcry about the myriad of problems at Bishop’s Beach during the past two years. That includes violent parties, loud vehicles, trash and dog waste.
The dog waste resolution comes as a first move toward a series of policy changes ahead to fix and enforce changes, said Julie Engebretsen, the Homer deputy city planner. “The Homer Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has been reviewing the Beach Policy, looking at a host of issues and made recommendations,” she said. “The first two of those 15 or so recommendations was presented to the City Council tonight.”

Marine trades, college collaborate on basic training program

An effort is afoot to train more people for entry-level positions in the marine trades in the Kachemak Bay area, and it is being led by those in the industry who say there are more jobs than candidates.
Don Lane, a commercial fisherman in the area since 1976 and member of the board of the Homer Marine Trades Association, said a combination of marine trades industry expansion in the area, as well as the graying of the fleet, has resulted in a glut in the labor pool for entry-level employees in many fields. Lane said fishermen like him, as well as those in the marine repair and fabrication business, and those doing work shoreside, often struggle to find candidates with adequate skills.

FYI – News briefs & announcements – July 29

Help local kids be prepared for school Children in need will get a positive start in school this year, thanks to a program at the Homer Food Pantry. The Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma — a service organization of women educators — is holding its annual “Back to School Supplies Project” during the month […]

Jakolof oyster thieves charged

Four people have been charged with allegedly stealing from an oyster farm in Jakolof Cove after an oyster farm owner found his oyster nets were markedly slimmer than expected. Alaska State Troopers said that on July 13, they received a report that an oyster grower in Jakolof Cove had discovered a batch of oysters stolen. […]

What should you know about establishing a trust?

You don’t have to be a CEO or multimillionaire to benefit from a trust. In fact, many people gain advantages from establishing one – so it may be useful to learn something about this common estate-planning tool.
Why would you want a trust? For one thing, if you have highly specific wishes on how and when you want your estate to be distributed among your heirs, then a trust could be appropriate. Also, you might be interested in setting up a trust if you’d like to avoid the sometimes time-consuming, usually expensive and always public process of probate. Some types of trusts may also help protect your estate from lawsuits and creditors. Currently, only a small percentage of Americans will be subject to estate taxes, but estate tax laws are often in flux, so things may be different in the future – and a properly designed trust could help minimize these taxes.

Community news – July 29

Splash Bash Cook Inletkeeper will host their “Splash Bash” July 30 at the Bishop’s Beach Picnic Pavilion. The 18th-annual celebration of clean water and healthy salmon runs from 6-8 p.m., and acts as a thank you to members, volunteers and friends. Live music, salmon barbecue and local beverages will be offered. Join this free event […]

Turkington remembered as community man, town founder

When Bob Turkington passed away this month at the age of 92, he left behind a legacy of hard work and community service that poured much of the foundation of Homer for nearly 70 years.
Turkington first came to Alaska in 1946, driving up the Alcan in a Model A Ford with his cousin. That summer, he worked various jobs, including fishing on a tender in Kachemak Bay.
Homer must have gotten under his skin, because he came home to New England and set about finding a bride. Carolyn Roy had caught his eye and the two were married in April of 1948. He presented her with a wool shirt for Christmas and she asked why this gift. He said, “So you can stay warm while hanging laundry on the line in Alaska.”

Orchestra plans multimedia performance for ‘Exhibition’

Now in its 20th year, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will offer an Aug. 7 Homer concert entitled, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” that localizes a 141-year-old story of friendship between a composer and his artist friend. KPO then takes the show to Kenai for a performance on Aug. 8.
In an effort to whet music lovers’ appetites, the orchestra is offering two weeks of smaller concerts meant to reach all ages and audiences at cafes, galleries and the library.
The grand finale at the Homer Mariner Theatre was written for the piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. He wrote it in remembrance of his friend, Viktor Hartmann, after getting inspired by Hartmann’s work following his death.

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