Jakolof oyster thieves charged

Four people have been charged with allegedly stealing from an oyster farm in Jakolof Cove after an oyster farm owner found his oyster nets were markedly slimmer than expected. Alaska State Troopers said that on July 13, they received a report that an oyster grower in Jakolof Cove had discovered a batch of oysters stolen. […]

Community news – July 29

Splash Bash Cook Inletkeeper will host their “Splash Bash” July 30 at the Bishop’s Beach Picnic Pavilion. The 18th-annual celebration of clean water and healthy salmon runs from 6-8 p.m., and acts as a thank you to members, volunteers and friends. Live music, salmon barbecue and local beverages will be offered. Join this free event […]

Turkington remembered as community man, town founder

When Bob Turkington passed away this month at the age of 92, he left behind a legacy of hard work and community service that poured much of the foundation of Homer for nearly 70 years.
Turkington first came to Alaska in 1946, driving up the Alcan in a Model A Ford with his cousin. That summer, he worked various jobs, including fishing on a tender in Kachemak Bay.
Homer must have gotten under his skin, because he came home to New England and set about finding a bride. Carolyn Roy had caught his eye and the two were married in April of 1948. He presented her with a wool shirt for Christmas and she asked why this gift. He said, “So you can stay warm while hanging laundry on the line in Alaska.”

East End Road work looks to wrap up soon

Construction work on East End Road is about 99 percent complete on the portion from Kachemak City to Waterman Road, then a new pedestrian walkway will be available in an expansion of Homer’s multi-use paths.
Shaun Combs, project engineer with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, updated the public on the three areas of East End Road being worked on this construction season.

Community News – July 22

Chef at the Market Join South Peninsula Hospital Registered Dietitian and /Nutritionist Bette Seaman at the Homer Farmers Market, today from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Seaman will showcase healthy “Quick-Fix Meals.” Beaches, birds, brew — and oysters too Join the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies each Friday from 1-5 p.m. now through September, and get to know […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – July 15

Closing the gap; town hall meeting A Monday, July 20 town hall meeting will take place to discuss and workshop the Homer City budget at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. City Manager Koester will outline the current financial deficit before convening breakout sessions for community members to discuss specific city-provided services with department heads. Results […]

City hall to hold town meeting

A town hall meeting to discuss the city’s current fiscal deficit has been scheduled for Monday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m., and the city is seeking input through an online survey.
The city is facing an estimated $903,000 shortfall for this fiscal year. A recent attempt to put the idea of a 2.5 percent bed tax to voters was voted down by the council.

Community News – July 15

Birders take to the beaches The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next event will be an evening trip July 18 to the Anchor River. Meet at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center parking lot to carpool at 6:30 p.m., or at the campground by the Anchor River boat launch at 7 p.m. to take this evening tour of returning […]

No roundabout planned at Main Street intersection

Scratch the plans for a roundabout, a much-discussed alternative to the oft-deemed dangerous intersection at Homer’s Main Street and Sterling Highway.
The design team said the roundabout concept got nixed after a study determined it would reduce crash rates more than a signal, but would increase delay times for southbound traffic.
“A signal with a turn lane reduces both the crash rate and the delay times,” the project fact sheet noted. “Construction costs and right-of-way needs are also much lower for a signal, although annual maintenance costs will be higher.”

Teen effort sparks discussion about teen homelessness

On any given day, dozens of teens in Homer wake up on a friend’s couch, in a tent, or in a car. Like the rest of those homeless in Homer, teens have no place to go when their home life is disrupted. But unlike adults, teens face an arguably greater challenge because many do not know about the resources that are available to them in the community.
While efforts have surged at times over the years to help homeless teens, in recent months, a new push to develop a better network to support these youth has come from an unusual source — teens themselves.

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