Homer among worst places to live in Alaska

For all the grit Alaskans pride themselves on, folks in the Frontier state also tolerate grim grouchy troubles that make certain towns the worst places to live, according to a new analysis by the website RoadSnacks.
Like Homer, Anchor Point and Fritz Creek.
These communities made the 10 Worst Places to Live in Alaska list by the website RoadSnacks. That’s a site meant to feed readers’ appetite for Top 10 curios such as the top 10 snobbiest places in New York and the 10 worst places to find love in California.

Community News- Aug. 26

Counting cranes … Join the Kachemak Crane Watch on Aug. 27 and be on the lookout for local cranes flying south. The three days set for observation are Aug. 27, Sept. 2, and Sept. 8, between 6 a.m.–11 pm. Report the number of cranes and how many of each are adults, colts and cranes marked […]

Letters -Aug. 26

Stealing from neighbors not the ‘Alaska way’ Some time ago, there was a good article about Iceland — perhaps you read it also. They face similar issues as we do in Alaska, yet they discuss them openly through social conversations in media, theater and music. That impressed me. For eight years, I fished commercially, and […]

Community Events – Aug. 19

If you’re looking for a Homer-style fun way to top off this summer, consider the second-annual “Alaska Open” Human Foosball Competition at the Down East Saloon on Aug. 29.
Teams are encouraged to dress strange, sing a theme song, wear matching T-shirts, have cheerleaders, bring a poster to trot around the venue, whatever.
Anyone can sponsor a team for $65. Individuals wanting to play can sign up for $5 at the Down East, and will be assigned to a team when sponsors needing to fill rosters can pick players “sandlot-style” before the event.

Neurotoxin in giant algal bloom has Alaska researchers on alert

An enormous algal bloom containing domoic acid, a potentially fatal neurotoxin that shut down dungeness crab and razor clam fisheries in Washington state this summer, has spread to Alaska waters. But dozens of shellfish samples taken since the bloom appear to contain only trace amounts of the substance, state scientists said this week.

Community news – Aug. 12

It is time to ‘Meet your Teacher’ West Homer Elementary School will host a “Meet Your Teacher” event 2:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the school. Seaman hosts another ‘Chef at the Market’ On Saturday join Bette Seaman, registered dietitian/nutritionist from South Peninsula Hospital, for “Fun Ways to Make Market Veggies Last All Year.” Bette will […]

Council begins work on cannabis regulation

The Homer City Council this week was briefed on the complicated world of cannabis legislation as the state and regional municipalities try to sort out how to regulate the recently-legalized substance.
City Attorney Holly Wells told the council they must align their regulations so that they do not conflict with federal laws. Under federal laws, marijuana use is still illegal, but the state legalized the substance last fall, creating a complicated situation for both municipalities writing laws regulating commercial growing and sale of the substance as well as those involved in the industry.
Wells told the council, for example, that commercial growers and sellers of marijuana in the state could not use banks to get loans or even write checks with money earned through the sale of marijuana. Therefor, she said, it is an entirely cash-based business.

Notice of proposed marijuana regulations

The Marijuana Control Board proposes to adopt regulations to implement the marijuana law which was voted on as Ballot Measure 2 in November 2014. See below for a summary of the proposed draft set 3 regulations; the full draft set 3 regulations are attached.
You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, through the Alaska Online Public Notice System using the “comment” link. You may also submit written comments to John Calder, Marijuana Control Board at 550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1600, Anchorage, AK 99501. Additionally, the Marijuana Control Board will accept comments by electronic mail at john.calder@alaska.gov – note in the subject line that you are commenting on Set 3. The comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. AKDT on September 10, 2015.

Land-clearing on Danview means new trail

Land-clearing on Danview Street has attracted attention in the past few weeks, as plans for creating a new pathway through to Bartlett Street should solve a problem of access from Hohe for pedestrians. Other plans include a new medical facility close to the hospital.
Though permits for the building haven’t yet been filed with the Homer Planning Office, the driveway construction go-ahead was approved by the Homer Public Works Department, said Director Carey Meyer.

Man’s body found on Seldovia beach

The body of a Colorado man was discovered Saturday morning on a beach near the community of Seldovia, on the southern end of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, according to police there who are investigating the case.
In a release from the Seldovia Police Department, Police Chief Hal Henning said that the body was discovered by two fishermen at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a beach at Backers Island. Henning described the “island” as more of a peninsula, reachable by land and within the Seldovia city limits.
The body was identified as that of Troy Dean Fisher, 47, of Grand Junction, Colorado. He had been “temporarily working in the area,” according to police.

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