Satanic invocation opens Borough Assembly meeting

The invocation that started the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s Tuesday meeting was a little different than usual: Instead of espousing the ideals of Christianity, it carried a message of Satanism.
It was the culmination of recent discussion at the Assembly around whether to keep up with the tradition of opening meetings with prayers, or whether doing so was excluding those who hold different beliefs.
In June, the Assembly discussed an ordinance aimed at doing away with invocations before meetings, but not enough members voted in favor of introducing it.
Instead, the borough has decided to make the reading of invocations more equitable. In the past, said Assembly President Blaine Gilman from Kenai, a group of pastors would usually give the names of members who would give the invocation. Now, it’s on an open, first-come, first-served basis: someone who wants to give an invocation can contact the borough clerk and sign up to do so.

Seaton sweeps primary

Voter turnout one of highest in state. The tempo was upbeat at Alice’s Champagne Palace as supporters of incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, compulsively hit refresh on the state Division of Elections web site to see the latest updates from the polls. By 10 p.m., with only 6 precincts reporting, Seaton had more than 50 […]

Naval exercise timing, location questioned

Concern over Naval training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska only a year ago were renewed afresh at this week’s Homer City Council meeting as residents testified in support of a resolution opposing proposed training in a highly productive area of the gulf during the spring whale migrations.
In 2015, Homer fishermen and citizens protested the exercises, which began in mid-June, with a parade of banners.
The training exercises planned for next spring are earlier than previous operations, starting May 1 of next year, which many testified coincides with the critical migration times for whales. In addition, the proposed location of the naval training activity is closer to shore than it has been in past years, and overlaps areas many say are critical fish habitat zones.

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 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 […]


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 […]

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