Council hears updates on KPB, city bond props

Bonds propositions for a new public safety building in Homer as well as improvements to the Homer Medical Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital were all discussed Monday night as the weeks dwindle before the October vote.
A skeleton council — minus council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds — were on hand to hear several presentations pertaining to the ballot, including a run-down of issues by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre.
Navarre reported on two ballot propositions that were being proposed on the borough ballot to mitigate the impacts of its shrinking revenues, which were expected to continue as the state wrestled with its budget crisis.

For second year, vandals strike Burning Basket

When builders of the Burning Basket project woke Saturday morning from their guardposts around the basket, they were shocked to find that for the second time in as many years, vandals had managed to damage the community art project.
But what may seem a tragedy on the outset was turned into a victory yet again as the basket was rebuilt and the community once again rallied around the project on a rain-and-wind-whipped night to “expand.”
This is the Burning Basket’s 13th year, said Mavis Muller, who heads up the effort each year, as well as similar projects throughout the state and beyond. The basket, typically a 6-foot-by-6-foot basket woven out of natural materials like grasses and alder, is a gift to the community, incorporating school groups, volunteers from far and near, and a spirit of togetherness after a summer of work.

Week of events aim to show benefits of mindfulness

Take a breath. Notice the feeling of your breath. Take another. According to medical researchers, you have just done something profoundly positive for your physical and mental health.
Over the next week, everyone from parents to health care providers will have a chance to learn more about the potential benefits of mindfulness thanks to a series of workshops and presentations organized by South Peninsula Hospital. The series will feature both local presenters knowledgeable about mindfulness as well as Dr. Jerry Braza, a leading voice in the field of health education and mindfulness and author of two books on the topic.

Season far from over for Alaska’s fishing industry

It surprises many people across the state that fall is one of the busiest times for Alaska’s fishing industry from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea. As salmon season gets tucked away, hundreds of boats of all gear types are still out on the water, or gearing up for even more openers in just a few weeks.
Here’s a sampler:

Sports Briefs – Sept. 15

Lady M’s gain experience on the road Lady Mariner volleyball faced both Nome and Kotzebue on the road over the weekend. Homer opened play against Nome on Friday, and fell in four games: 25-15, 25-16, 20-25 and 25-13. The Lady M’s then faced host Kotzebue and fell in three games, 25-8, 25-16 and 25-19. The […]

Seahawks’ 22 third-quarter points too much for M’s

Woo strong on defense with 15 solo tackles By Sean Pearson Homer Tribune Perhaps nothing speaks louder than the picture of the Homer Mariner football team kicking off against Seward on Saturday, while injured starting quarterback Teddy Croft leans on crutches on the sidelines, in the background. The M’s fell 14-22 at home. With Croft […]

Use “open enrollment” to help improve your financial outlook

It’s Open Enrollment Season, so if you work for a medium- or large-sized company, you will need to make some choices regarding your employee benefits — and these choices can have a big impact on your financial situation.
Depending on your employer, your benefits package may include various types of insurance, plus access to a 401(k) or similar retirement plan. Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of these benefits:

Food pantry receives $5,000 grant for Martin’s service

The Homer Community Food Pantry will receive a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo in recognition of Homer Business Relationship Manager Cinda Martin’s volunteer efforts with the nonprofit. The grant will help Homer Community Food Pantry provide food and assistance to approximately 100 families a week and 12,000 individuals a year in the southern Kenai Peninsula.
Martin is one of only 34 team members across the company to receive a $5,000 Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes Wells Fargo team members who make an exceptional impact through volunteerism.

Lady Mariners finish third at swim meet

Lady Mariner swimmers finished third at their own Homer Invitational Swim Meet over the weekend. Homer boys finished fourth.
Homer senior Lauren Kuhns led the way for the M’s overall, placing first in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Kuhns powered past her competition in the 200 IM, finishing in 2 minutes, 23.09 seconds. The next-closest finisher — SoHi’s Sydney Julliussen — finished a full 13 seconds later.
Alia Bales took third in the 50 freestyle, missing second place by less than one-tenth of a second.

Homer man dies in crash

A Homer man is dead following a car crash on East End Road late Friday night after a physical disturbance with a woman he met at a Homer Spit bar earlier in the evening, Alaska State Troopers report.
Jonathan Osteen, 32, was reportedly parked at a location near Mile 10 of East End Road around 11:30 p.m. Friday night with a woman when they had a disturbance and she called troopers. According to the female caller, Osteen sped away from the scene. Troopers responded to the woman’s location, and escorted her back to Osteen’s residence, where her vehicle was parked. She was released to her friend, who was sober and drove them into Homer to stay for the night, troopers reported.

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