Candidates for state house present their platforms

Incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, faces a challenge this month for the Republican nomination from two candidates, John Cox, an Anchor Point business owner, and Mary E. “Beth” Wythe, the current mayor of the city of Homer. Since there is no Democrat candidate running for the seat, the House District representative will be decided by the state Republican primary election to be held this Tuesday, Aug. 16. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and early voting is open all week prior to the vote. Voters registered as Republican, nonpartisan and undeclared can vote. Democrats cannot.
Last week, the candidates gathered at the Homer Public Library, along with a crowd of interested residents, to present their platforms on issues ranging from how they would deal with the state budget gap to what their favorite book is.

Homer Tribune reborn in time for 25th anniversary

When one of the few remaining independent newspaper operators in Alaska heard that the Homer Tribune was shutting its newspaper boxes for good earlier this summer, they said they had to see what they could do.
Kiana Peacock and Jason Evans purchased the Arctic Sounder and Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman five years ago, and have been publishing them ever since with the help of Editor Carey Restino, who was based in Homer.
While the Peacock and Evans now live in Anchorage, they remain connected to the rural communities they come from and those in which their friends and relatives live. With staff already in place in Homer, adding the Homer Tribune to their company’s papers was a natural fit, said Evans.

Plans for flash-freezing fish facility on Spit move forward

A nonprofit company planning to use flash-freezing technology to create seafood products not only in Homer but in villages across Alaska has applied for a 20-year lease for two lots on the Homer Spit at the corner of Fish Dock Road.
City Manager Katie Koester briefed the council on new developments with Global Sustainable Seafoods of Alaska, which has been discussing its plans with the city for some time now. The company plans to build a prototype for its flash-freezing seafood program in Homer, then build similar units for installation in rural Alaska villages throughout the state. People from the villages will be brought to Homer and trained in how to use the modular flash-freezing equipment, said Koester.

FCC REACHES $2.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH GCI

FCC REACHES $2.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH GCI FOR WIRELESS 911 OUTAGES IN ALASKA WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communication, Inc. (GCI), resolving an investigation into five 911 service outages that occurred on the company’s wireless network in various parts of Alaska […]

Plane piloted by Alaska Dispatch News owner crashes in Halibut Cove

By Annie Zak Alaska Dispatch News A single-engine plane piloted by the owner of Alaska Dispatch News crashed Sunday night in Halibut Cove. The National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office chief Clint Johnson said witnesses reported the single-engine plane struck a tree. The plane, a float-equipped Cessna 206, then crashed into the water and sustained […]

Hiker injured by brown bear on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Late Sunday afternoon, July 3, a lone female hiker encountered a brown bear and was bitten on the upper leg while hiking with her two dogs on the Lower Kenai River Trail on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The woman began hiking back towards the trailhead along Skilak Lake Road with one of the dogs […]

SNAGGING PERMITTED IN THE NICK DUDIAK FISHING LAGOON

AND ADJACENT WATERS JULY 1 – 4 The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and adjacent water (excluding the Homer Boat Harbor) are open to snagging beginning at noon Friday, July 1 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 4. The areas open to snagging include the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and the waters from the Homer City Dock […]

Power outage impacts Homer area

PRESS RELEASE – Homer Electric Association responded to a power outage on Tuesday evening, June 21, that impacted approximately 900 HEA members in the Homer area. The outage was the result of a broken insulator on a power pole near the Homer Fire Hall on Heath Street. When the insulator broke, the wire fell to […]

Fishing rate scuffle dominates council meeting

How much boats in the Homer Harbor pay to tie up to the dock was again the subject of heated testimony this week at the Homer City Council chambers as small and large boat owners weighed in on the recommendations made by the Port and Harbor Advisory Commission to increase fees.
While most who testified expressed gratitude for the harbor facilities and a readiness to pay for those services, speakers were largely split on the issue of who should pay what. Small boat owners mainly testified that larger commercial boats take up significantly more space per linear foot, making the flat per-foot rate that has been in place for decades unfair to them. The commercial operators, however, claimed they received less services for their money, and that recommendations to implement a graduated rate structure that would charge large boats more would have pushed slip fees for some as high as $10,000 a year.

Bears spotted on the ridge top

We live in bear country. No one forgets that — especially this time of year. But it’s not every day when you see one in your backyard, in front of your car on the road, or ready to walk right in your front door.
“Wednesday morning around 4 a.m., the dog started barking,” said Dana Guidi, who lives on Diamond Ridge near West Hill. “We saw a moose — and then a bear.”
“The mama moose came into the yard, and the brown bear took the baby down in the ravine,” Guidi said. “It sounded horrible.”
She said the carcass was still in the ravine days later, where she saw a dog eating it.

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