Skating Grewingk provides intimate Alaska encounter

Arguably the most notable feature on the Homer skyline, after the Homer Spit, is the glacier that looms large in the center of the Kenai Mountains that ring Kachemak Bay. It sparkles blue in the summer sunshine, reveals deep waving ribbons of dark rocks and debris like a child’s finger-painting, and on those rare moonlight nights, glows almost as brightly as the moon itself.
But while many have made the trek up to the glacier’s lake in the summer, only the most adventurous have experienced the glacier up close. Unless, that is, they know how to seize the perfect moment to visit.

Budget debate pits core against community

At its next meeting, the Homer City Council will approve one of two budgets, depending on the outcome of next week’s tax vote (see related story below). If all goes well, a tight but bearable budget will allow for most city services to continue. If voters turn down the reallocation of a portion of the city’s sales tax, however, most departments will lose personnel and city residents will lose services.
Exactly what services they will lose, however, was the subject of debate at this week’s committee of the whole meeting prior to the broadcast evening city council meeting, when council members discussed their preferences.

City vote on HART tax suspension set for Tuesday

What the city of Homer’s services will look like for the next few years is in the hands of Homer voters next week with a special election on a temporary sales tax reallocation.
The city currently collects .75 percent sales tax dedicated to a fund to encourage the development of roads and trails. But facing a $1 million budget shortfall thanks to cuts in state funding and ever-increasing costs of doing business, the city council and staff are asking voters to reallocate that Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails Program funding to the general fund for the next three years while the city finds another way to pay its bills.

Vets get smoother rides to medical care

Veterans on the Kenai Peninsula will continue to have help getting to and from medical services, thanks to the renewal of a transportation grant in the amount of $250,000 to the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs.
Any veteran on the Kenai Peninsula can get free transportation to the VA medical clinic in Kenai or outpatient clinic in Homer, as well as any VA-authorized vendors, like pharmacies, hospitals and medical specialists. Forest Powell, with the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs, says it even counts for trips to Anchorage, if the local VA refers a vet to a doctor in the city.
“You, as a veteran, get free transportation from here to the VA and return back, free,” Powell said.

Easy Recycling

Each week, the Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) will share information and tips on recycling in the Homer area. Glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard can be recycled at Save-U-More, McNeil Canyon and in Anchor Point. Additional items that can be recycled at the Homer Transfer Station (dump): No. 1 and no. 2 plastic containers, stretchy […]

News Briefs & Announcements – Nov. 25, 2015

KPC to close for Thanksgiving holiday Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River and Kachemak Bay campuses, as well as Anchorage and Resurrection Bay extension sites, will be closed Nov. 26-29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no classes on Nov. 25, but locations will be open for general business. All KPC locations will […]

Community News – Nov. 25, 2015

HHA offers Homer High students free skate The Homer Hockey Association has invited Homer High School students to a FREE skate this Saturday, Nov. 28, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Take advantage of your time off and come out to the Kevin Bell Ice Arena over the holiday weekend for some fun on the ice. […]

Public Safety – Nov. 25, 2015

Fire            Nov. 16-22 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three fire calls and two medical emergency calls. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to five medical calls and two fire call. Police Nov. 15 Alarm: Multiple callers reported an alarm going off at a business on FAA Road. Registered owner said an employee set […]

Courts – Nov. 25, 2105

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 Pete K. Daily, 64, fourth-degree theft Juan Manuel Perez, 40, fourth-degree assault Cory W. Johnson, 22, DUI; fourth-degree weapons misconduct Aloyisius Pikonganna-Wright, 24, criminal mischief Ivan Radtke, 25, disorderly conduct; […]

Obituaries – Nov. 25, 2015

Homer resident Thomas Phillip Greenwell, 75, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Tom was born May 22, 1940 outside of Bardstown, Ky. Tom was raised and graduated high school in Fern Creek, Ky., and served in the Army as a medical technician during the Vietnam War. Tom moved […]

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