Letters – June 8

Buddy, can you spare a ride? In recent years, there has been an influx of people coming to live here from the Lower 48. It concerns me that the values and traditions of this small town are changing from the influence of the arrivals. I would like to inform those who are newly arrived that, […]

For the Record – June 8

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanor Brad Stephen Kirby, 43, DUI- Alcohol Or Contr Subst; Refuse To Submit To Chemical Test. Cobrey A. Lewis, 24, DUI- Alcohol Or Contr Subst. Elizabeth Rose Hillman, 53, Theft 3-Under […]

Don’t keep family in the dark about your plans

You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can’t just create these strategies – you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and your grown children what you have in mind for the future – because the more they know, the fewer the surprises that await them down the road.
Let’s start with your spouse. Ideally, of course, you and your spouse should have already communicated about your respective ideas for retirement and have come to an agreement on the big issues, such as when you both plan to retire, where you’ll live during retirement, and what you want to do as retirees (volunteer, travel, work part time and so on).
But what you both might have let slip through the cracks are the important specifics related to financing your retirement. You’ll need to answer several questions, including these:
When will you each start taking Social Security?

Panel looks back at lease sale fight

In recent years, jack-up rigs have floated in and out of Kachemak Bay, drawing many a disgruntled comment from those who value the scenic view and have concerns for the environmental impacts of drilling in the Cook Inlet.
For those who have been in Homer for 40 years or more, however, the sight of a jack-up rig in the bay brings up particularly poignant memories, memories of a David and Goliath fight to save the Bay from oil and gas exploration.

Waterline to improve service

For more than 10 years, the City of Homer has worked to implement the 2005 Water and Sewer Master Plan recommendations. The task obviously hasn’t been an easy one. With many governmental agencies on board there is always another round of paperwork to be completed.
But now construction of a water main extension and pressure-reducing vault station on Shellfish Avenue is set to begin soon — all in an effort to provide better service to properties beneath the bluff.
“It’s more than just a water line,” said Public Works Director Carey Meyer.

‘Stalking the Bogeyman’ benefits Children’s Advocacy Center

The West Coast premiere of “Stalking the Bogeyman” will play in Homer 7:30 p.m. June 3 at the The Mariner Theatre. Pier One Theatre is pairing with the Haven House Children’s Advocacy Center to bring the UAA production to town. The production will serve, in part, as a benefit for the Children’s Advocacy Center.
“Theatre is an amazing place to explore taboos,” said Carolyn Norton, director of the Haven House Children’s Advocacy Center. The play’s topic, child sexual abuse, is prevalent in Alaska. According to the Child Welfare League of America, Alaska consistently has one of top five rates of child abuse in the United States.

Arktikos takes Sourdough Cup

Seven sailboats graced the waters of Kachemak Bay in Saturday’s Sourdough Cup, taking advantage of sunshine and fair weather to compete in the Homer Yacht Club annual event. Fair seas and 15-knot winds made for a fast race, with Captain Hal Smith in Arktikos leading the whole way. Martha J and Nereus followed, but the […]

Fishing provides sustenance and skills for siblings

The school year is over, and many local youth will head off to camps, on vacations or to summer jobs. For Isabel and Xander Kulhanek, the coming months include the best of all worlds.
Every summer, from the end of May until the beginning of August, the Kulhanek family commercial fishes Cook Inlet, setting their nets near Chisik Island.

Community news – June 1

Sail over to the Boat House Party Grace Ridge Brewing Company on Ocean Drive hosts a “Boat House Party” on Thursday, June 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join in celebrating another community collaborative building. Down on the Spit, the Boat House will be built as a public space at the old Port and Harbor […]

Public Safety – June 1

POLICE 5/27 Traffic: A caller reported trucks speeding on East Hill Road. VID: A 911 caller reported a vehicle went into a ditch on Ben Walter’s Lane and a male needs assistance getting out of vehicle. A tow truck was sent to the scaene. Unfounded Offense: A 911 caller reported vehicle stolen from parking lot on […]

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