Plane crash kills 2

nvestigators are trying to discover the cause of a plane crash Saturday night in Kasilof that killed two local men.
Pilot Brian, 69, and 57-year-old Peter Lahndt, both of Kasilof, died when Nolan’s Cessna 180 crashed into a stand of trees about 150 feet from Cohoe Loop Road, just inland from the bluff over Cook Inlet near the mouth of the Kasilof River. The plane immediately burst into flames. The crash was not survivable, according to an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.
The plane went down around 8:11 p.m. Saturday at Mile 3.2 South Cohoe Loop Road, near Powder Keg Avenue. Dan Brown lives across the street and a little to the south of the crash site. He heard the plane throttle up, then crash a second or so later.

Props to decide crime, fire, taxation issues

2015’s Ballot propositions aim to solve key Kenai Peninsula problems in drug crimes and wildfire response, along with generating service revenue from oil companies doing business in nearby Cook Inlet waters and limiting cities’ taxation powers.
Prop 1 raises the long-controversial sales tax question on non-prepared foods. If voters approve the proposition, cities such as Homer and Soldotna will not be able to collect tax on food during the October-June season. Homer already does not, while Soldotna tags on the tax year-round.

Kenai Peninsula Fair logs another successful year

A heavy dose of sunshine merely gilded the full slate of fun offerings at the Kenai Peninsula Fair over the weekend.
Music is a draw of the fair, and though there were bands playing all weekend long, it was the atmosphere that brought the listeners to Ninilchik, in keeping with this year’s theme, “Country Nights and Carnival Lights.”

Assembly candidate says his age offers fresh perpective

Dawson Slaughter, candidate for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s south peninsula seat, brings up his age right away. At 24, he knows many voters will be questioning how much he knows about the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
“There are a lot of things I don’t know,” he said. “You can’t expect a 24-year-old to have all the answers.”
But he’s a good listener, he said, and has be interested in politics since he was 18. He got involved with the campaign of friend John Cox, a Republican candidate who ran for United States Representative in recent years. Slaughter said he’s hoping people will recognize the value of a fresh, young perspective, a new voice that might be able to inspire civic involvement of a younger group of people.

Plan to ban beach driving to be withdrawn

As beach motorists of Homer ready to defend their right to drive on Homer’s shores to collect coal and recreate, the resolution that could end that practice is being withdrawn, said one of its sponsors, Councilwoman Catriona Reynolds.
Reynolds said Monday she will recommend at next Monday’s council meeting that the council vote down the ordinance banning motor vehicle access to Bishop’s Beach and other areas of Homer’s shoreline. She said she plans to bring a new ordinance forward at the first city council meeting in September that follows earlier recommendations by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission’s Beach Policy Task Force.

Seven file for city council

Seven people filed for two positions on the Homer City Council election Oct. 6, a lively field that includes incumbent Beau Burgess, along with newcomers Bob Howard, Joni Wise, Donna Aderhold, Micheal Neese, Heath Smith and Tom Stroozas.
The filing period for city council seats closed at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The candidates come from diverse backgrounds in business, wildlife management and publications.
Local business owner Wise, 35, says she will represent a demographic she feels is under-represented on the city council if elected: families struggling to make ends meet in a town whose cost of living makes it difficult to live here. She is the mother of five children age 5 to 13 years old and with her husband, Marty, owns Marty Wise Electrical. They also commercial fish for salmon in summer.

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival sponsorship shift

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will no longer be one of the primary sponsors of the popular Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, which draws more than a 1,000 participants in May to focus on shorebirds and birding from many different angles.
The festival will now be sponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit that promotes conservation of natural and cultural resources of all 16 Alaska National Wildlife Refuges.

Dunne, Slaughter files for borough assembly

Willy Dunne, longtime resident of Fritz Creek, said his wife is always picking on him for his obsession about listening to the Kenai Peninsula Borough meetings on the radio.
Now, however, he’s putting that obsession to use.
Dunne is one of two candidates who filed for the south peninsula seat now held by Mako Haggerty. Haggerty has served the maximum two terms on the assembly. Dawson Slaughter has also filed for the seat.

Berry-picking season

Thirty-four people combed the forest floor Monday afternoon, eyes peeled, attention piqued, senses alert. Their quarry was stationary and abundant but the hunt still held challenges. Not so much in the finding, but in telling one specimen from the wide variety of others.
“What’s this?” “Here’s some red ones!” “Are these any good?”
Variations of those comments formed a background of chatter for the hour-and-a-half walk on Tsalteshi Trails, ebbing and flowing like waves on a shoreline, quieting as the hunters became engrossed in their task and crescendoing when someone found something new, exciting and hopefully delicious — or at least safely edible.

Bed tax preferred for filling Homer’s revenue gap

Feedback from about 600 Homer residents lent the City of Homer advice on moving toward generating new taxes by getting rid of the seasonal sales tax holiday, introducing a bed tax or installing a new .5 percent sales tax increase.
The public advice came in two forums: A July 20 town hall meeting attended by about 100 people who were broken into work groups, and an online survey with 500 respondents.
Results of each public outreach effort were tabulated this week in City Manager Katie Koester’s report to the Homer City Council.
According to work groups at the town hall gathering:

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