HEA institutes new fees

HOMER – Homer Electric Association is instituting new fees designed to reduce the number of late and declined payments received. The new fees will not affect any HEA members who are paying their energy bill on time or those who have special arrangements. Under the new structure, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, a […]

Arno applies for one of two council seats available

Long-time resident Corbin Arno is the first to apply for one of two Homer City Council seats available at the next general election Oct. 1.
Arno, 32, who was born and raised in Homer is married with three children. He has been in the construction field for nearly 20 years and is currently the manager of Arno Construction.

Voting districts realigned to pre-2012 shape

Were you a 28, 29 or 30? An O or an N? In with Homer or South Anchorage? Well, forget your designation from the last election, because as of Sunday the map of Alaska voting districts has changed.
After a seven-month process, the Alaska Redistricting Board approved a new voting district map Sunday. A new-new map, as it were. Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years following the U.S. Census, in order to ensure elected representation is equitable. But the map used for the 2012 elections was found to be unconstitutional by the courts.

Repeal measure could be on ballot next August

Alaska politicians, signature gatherers and supporters of the repeal gathered in a circle on Ship Creek Avenue in Alaska’s largest city. Just a few blocks away, thousands were enjoying a sunny weekend at Anchorage’s Saturday Market. Although the Ship Creek group was largely out of public view, the mood was jubilant. They laughed, shared stories, and discussed the uncertainty of Alaska’s economic future.

Trolley tour connects riders with Homer highlights

Interested in seeing what all Homer has to offer, but don’t feel like searching for parking places? Beat the traffic, and take in all kinds of Homer history this sumer with the Homer Trolley.
Both visitors and locals can ride on the Homer Trolley to visit highlights in Old Town, downtown and the Homer Spit from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Along the way, Homer sourdough driver Berkly Davis offers up a colorful narrative of just what Homer is all about. Tours start Friday, (June 14), and run throughout the summer.

Business Briefs – April 24

Senators co-sponsor bill aimed at stopping campaign abuses WASHINGTON – Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the first attempt at bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation in a decade: The Follow the Money Act of 2013.  The bill seeks to address the influx of anonymous federal election spending and bring transparency and consistency […]

Business briefs – Feb. 13

Book winners Homer High School Battle of the Books winners were Iustina Kuznetsov, Genevieve Tymrak, Christopher Bice and Tayler Franklin. Looking for excellent teachers The BP Teachers of Excellence program is taking nominations of outstanding teachers who are making a difference for Alaska’s young people. The program is open to teachers statewide, and nominations will […]

Business briefs

ocals win car, ATV and more
The $25,000-dollar credit from Stanley Ford, or $15,000 cash, went to Carrara Poindexter of Anchor Point. The 2012 Honda Rancher ATV was won by Charles Rehder from Homer, and one night lodging from NMS Lodging went to Tabor Ashment.
• A $20 gift certificate from Barb’s Video and $50 gift certificate from VBS Heating: Tom Stroozas Family;
• Membership and goodies from Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and $40 gift certificate from AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse: Charles Rehder;

Stradling named 2012 Realtor of the Year

Shelly Stradling

Stradling was named Realtor of the Year 2012 at the Kachemak Bay Board of Realtors for her diverse role in all facets of real estate dating back four decades. Keeping this quiet was no easy accomplishment, given that Stradling is the group’s executive officer.

Ivory Goose entertains in elegant new tea room

The antique store in downtown Homer added a new feature for diversity among the culinary offerings of a town famed for its fare: a tea room cozy enough to meet at the end of a beach walk, yet formal enough to present High Tea.
Coletta Walker, owner of the Ivory Goose and Tea Emporium, at 158 W. Pioneer Ave., expanded her shop’s offerings in an allotment of tea tables that can seat about 20-25 people.
The interior designer’s flare for the picturesque shows in every nook or open feature of the shop. Imagine on a cold, dark winter’s day entering a place filled with a spectrum of tea ware in bursting color and flowers, set among the delicate linens and shining antiques of long ago.
“I wanted ladies and gentlemen to relax and come enjoy a fine cup of tea and find their spirits tranquil and brightened. We all get the winter blues,” Walker said. “Tea is a peaceful, sociable thing to do. It brings us back to a more relaxed time period.”

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