Council introduces $225,000 recreation project fund

By Carey Restino Homer TribuneA proposal to allocate $900,000 from the city’s permanent fund to match private recreation facility projects like the currently proposed indoor soccer arena in Homer didn’t fly, but the council introduced the ordinance with a amended $225,000 appropriation. Councilman David Lewis brought forward the initial ordinance, saying recreation facilities like the […]

Artist Ray Troll celebrates Earth Day in Homer

While artist RayTroll is well known for his artwork — especially that gracing wildly colorful and humorous t-shirts — it’s music he’s bringing with him on his next trip to Homer.
“When I get inspired drawing or painting, I’m always listening to music,” Troll said.

Red Cross installs smoke alarms

The American Red Cross was in town Saturday, joining forces with the Homer Volunteer Fire Department to install free smoke alarms. It’s all part of an ambitious program that seeks to reduce home fire deaths by 25 percent in five years.
To help make this goal a reality, the Red Cross is teaming up with local emergency agencies, churches and other civic-minded organizations across the nation to offer free smoke alarms. Installation, fire safety tips and advice on a family action plan are also free.

Council moves fire funding forward

The Homer City Council moved last week to approve funding for renovations to the current Homer fire station after the council scrapped plans it deemed too expensive to build a new fire hall along with the proposed police station.

Time running out for Voznesenka school

For the parents who drove two hours to Soldotna and waited until 9:30 p.m. to testify at the recent Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board meeting, it was undoubtedly a long day. But that didn’t diminish the passion in their voices as they asked the board to save their school in Voznesenka.

HVFD’s Grabowski to retire after 32 years of emergency services

It’s only fitting that, while interviewing Homer Fire Department Services Coordinator Elaine Grabowski, duty called — more than once.
First, an emergency medical services call required her response as an EMT1 on the crew. Grabowski said the call would take about an hour — and she was less than 15 minutes off on her estimation.
That’s what being on the job for over 30 years does for you, you know your work backwards and forwards, and you know how much time everything will take.

Local bartender part of Homer’s ‘cool family vibe’

Locals and visitors alike have followed bartender Xander Eutsler to his various bartending jobs around town. They often seek him out specifically for his specialty drinks — like his Manhattan.
But Eutsler said his dream customer is someone who requests an “amazing cocktail,” thus providing him the opportunity to surpass their expectations.

Caucus draws crowd of Sanders supporters

When organizers arrived at the Homer High School for the Democratic Party caucus Saturday morning, they got a taste of what was to come. An hour before the event, 100 people had already showed up at the Homer High School commons area.
Liz Diament, chair for District 31’s democrats, said she had attended caucuses before in 2008 and again in 2012. She was expecting slightly more people than that — maybe 300 people — to caucus that morning. But it was immediately obvious that this year was going to be different.

Remaining Deep Water expansion funds spur new projects

While you could say, “easy come, easy go” when it comes to the remnants of the wood chip facility on the east side of the Homer Harbor, that was not the case when discussing the devastating loss of Homer-area trees to the Spruce Bark Beetle infestation in the ‘90s.

KBBI’s Anderson steps down as GM

While April 15 generally isn’t much cause for celebration for many people, the day has a bit of a silver lining for KBBI General Manager Dave Anderson.
And it has nothing to do with taxes.
April 8 will officially be Anderson’s last day as general manager of KBBI, so Anderson plans to celebrate his time with the station with an April 15 party. It’s the start of a new chapter in his life, after working at KBBI since the 1980s.

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