Births – June 24

Dawson William Lewis, weighing 7 pounds, 5.4 ounces, was born June 16, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital to Katherine Hargett of Homer and Kevin Lewis of Kenai. Grandparents are John and Sheryl Howe of Homer, and Joe Stollar and Geri Lewis of Ketchikan. Aurora Kelly Porter, weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces, was born June 16, […]

Community News – June 17

Worsfold named to MSU honor roll Homer High School alum Jacob Worsford was named to the Montana State University 2015 spring semester honor roll. The Dean’s Honor Roll includes students earning grade point averages of 3.5 or above, and carrying at least 12 hours of coursework for the semester. Homer celebrates pioneers with parade This […]

Homer gains $1.8 million in water distribution

Homer stands to benefit from its lone legislative appropriation at the chaotic end of this year’s budget battles, a $1.8 million grant that starts a new water distribution and storage facility.
The City of Homer requested the grant to launch phase one of the new water system, a three-phase project that will eventually incorporate power-generating micro turbines. Technology allows the system to slow the down-hill flow of water from Homer’s reservoir while it gives new water service to the Homer Spit, South Peninsula Hospital and homes not currently served, said Public Works Director Carey Meyer.

Jobs, fracking, torn roads: residents express concerns

All three communities in June town hall meetings expressed different concerns on the latest oil drilling plans off Anchor Point proposed by BlueCrest Energy.
The biggest concern from Anchor Point focused on impacts to the immediate neighbors around the Cottonwood Subdivision. The closest neighbor is a cabin-owner 50 feet from the onshore drilling pad.
“They had questions on the personal impact to their neighborhood – noise and lights and the number of trucks running down the road,” said Larry Burgess, the Health, Safety and Environmental manager for BlueCrest who conducted the meetings.
In Homer, a packed audience was concerned about what BlueCrest planned near or around salmon streams such as Starisky Creek and the popular halibut beds off Anchor Point. They also wanted to know about any possible fracking plans.

Public Safety – June 17

FIRE June 8-14 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to one fire call and two emergency medical calls.  Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 10 EMS calls and two fire calls. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to one medical call. POLICE June 10 Patrol Request: Caller on Klondike Avenue requested a patrol of area around her […]

Fake armed robbery call fails to distract troopers

Two Homer residents were jailed following a traffic stop after their attempts to distract troopers with a fake armed burglary report went awry.
Anchor Point State Troopers stopped a maroon Toyota van on Saturday north of Anchor Point. While conducting the traffic stop, Soldotna Public Safety Dispatch received a report of a home invasion involving a firearm just miles north of the traffic stop.

Community news – June 10

Bailey awarded health care scholarship The Homer Foundation awarded Leah Bailey the 2015 Homer Health Care Providers Scholarship to assist with her studies at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia where she is pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy. Bailey is a 2008 graduate of Homer High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of […]

Council looks for funds

During a regular meeting on May 26, the Homer City Council proposed an ordinance that would secure funding to move forward on the proposed $29 million dollar Public Safety Building project.
The ordinance would move $613,000 out of the general fund balance to bring the project to 35 percent of design. The push to secure funding for the design is urged by the impending deadline to submit items to be on the October ballot for voters; to create buy-in for the project in the form of a bond proposition, said the Public Safety Building Review Committee during an April meeting, “voters need to see a little more.”

Community News – June 3

Knutson takes new job at Chamber Jan Knutson has been hired as the new visitor center/events coordinator. She supports all Chamber members, as well as welcome and connect visitors from all over the world to Homer and our surrounding communities. Jan is responsible for managing the Visitor Center, supporting our volunteers, and planning numerous year-round […]

State budget indecision puts salmon season at risk

Alaska’s salmon industry is ready to get corked by the inability of state lawmakers to pass a budget.
More than 20,000 state workers are bracing for 30-day layoff notices, meaning they’ll be off the job when the new fiscal year starts on July 1. The timing couldn’t be worse for Alaska’s salmon managers, who are nearing the peak of a season that could set new records.
“There is some budget, about 27 percent of our normal amount for us to work in the field, and do our management responsibilities. But how we proceed from July 1 is what we’re working on,” said Jeff Regnart, director of Commercial Fisheries at the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

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