It’s difficult to sort out the problems at the end of the Homer Spit, on the jack-up rig Endeavour. One big international drilling manager, Archer Drilling, is allegedly terminated for lack of performance by another international oil-gas concern. Archer is based in Oklahoma City while Buccaneer’s American offices are in Houston. Local plumbers, pipe-fitters and welders living in Homer remain unpaid. Now Houston steps in and assures the community the bills will be paid.
During this ongoing debate about raising food taxes our Homer City Council keeps bringing up the issue of adequate funding for the city’s depreciation reserve accounts. In my opinion it is horribly distorted and here’s why. The entire purpose of a reserve account for equipment and facilities is to fund future repairs and replacement. Homer also has a multi-million dollar reserve account for operations and salaries if tax revenue should drop suddenly. Up until a few years ago we didn’t have a whole lot in these accounts.
But a movement spread across the country amongst municipal accountants who determined that cities should provide more of their own money instead of counting on the state and federal government.
Upon learning of ordinance 2011-12, Anadromous Streams, and its widespread implications on the rights of private property owners, I e-mailed Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Smith and asked a few questions.
• 1. Why were property owners not informed of the impending ordinance prior to its passage?
• 2. Did you know property owners would not be informed?
• 3. Why would there be no notice required when written notice is required for almost any change that a citizen would make such as a lot split or vacation of a lot line, let alone a major ordinance that massively impacts the rights of private property owners?
Assemblyman Smith’s reply included the phrase, “silly questions.”
Important name left out of obit Last week, you printed the obituary of my sister Sally Rader. After the memorial was over and all of the out-of-town family and friends had left, I sat down in a quiet moment to re-read the obituary and discovered to my dismay that, in our grief, we had neglected […]
Ariel Van Cleave has been hired as the new reporter and host of “Morning Edition” for KBBI and KDLL.
Van Cleave holds a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.
She has worked covering Illinois state government in Springfield for the Illinois Radio Network and as a reporter and host for WBAA in West Lafayette, Ind.
Watch for big events in the year ahead at Homer Council on the Arts and the Bunnell Street Gallery, thanks to two large grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Of the five NEA grants awarded in Alaska, Homer was the recipient of two of them – no small nod of approval from the nation’s premier endowment fund.
“This is a first for HCOA” director Gail Edgerly said. “This is huge. This really puts us on the map for NEA.”
HCOA and Bunnell each will receive $10,000 for two separate projects.
Photo by Connie Akers The Homer Lady Mariner JV team took second place at the Lumen Christi in Seward over the weekend. The girls beat the Wasilla C-Team 47-30 and Dimond JV 41-17 before falling 23-22 to the host Seward Seahawks in the championship game. The Mariner boys split their team between the Lumen Christi […]
• Mametieff and Klaich combine for 118 points in 3 games By Sean Pearson Homer Tribune While Monday’s 45-49 loss to the Skyview Panthers was a difficult home defeat to endure, the Nikolaevsk boys basketball team continued to show some impressive shooting following their championship title at the Cook Inlet Classic on Saturday. The Warriors […]
• Lady Mariner squad takes third By Sean Pearson Homer Tribune The Mariner cross-country ski team hosted its annual Homer Nordic Invitational on Friday and Saturday with 3-kilometer and 6k races at Lookout Mountain. The Mariner girls clinched a third-place overall finish with a team time of 2 hours, 23 seconds, thanks to top-10 finishes […]
• Homer Women’s Hockey opens tournament play in Palmer By Sean Pearson Homer Tribune Anxious to see how they measure up against the “big-city” teams, Homer Hockey Divas brought their “A” game to Palmer over the weekend for their first tournament of the season. Turns out they needed an “A+” game. Homer challenged three teams […]