Work toward your own financial independence day

It’s almost the Fourth of July — time for fireworks, picnics and a reflection on all the liberties we possess in this country. But if you’re going to enjoy the freedom to do the things you want, especially during your retirement years, you’ll want to take the steps necessary to achieve your own “Financial Independence Day.”
Here are a few suggestions for helping you reach that goal:

Community News – July 1

Celebrate local research The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve invites the community to join in celebrating their successful transition to UAA’s Alaska Center for Conservation Science. Head over to the deck at Kachemak Oyster Growers Co-op (on the west side of the Homer Spit) from 5-7 p.m. today. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and oysters […]

Births – July 1

Josiah Wade Overdorf, weighing 10 pounds, 13. 3 ounces, was born at 8:59 p.m. on June 27, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital to Casandra and Joe Overdorf of Homer. Grandparents are Kirk and Diane Marvin of Ninilchik, and Wade and Rhonda Overdorf of Cisero, Indiana.

Public Safety – July 1

FIRE June 22-28 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 15 EMS calls and two fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to four EMS calls. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to six EMS and one fire call. POLICE June 22 Theft from Vehicle: A caller reported theft of fuel from parked vehicles on Kachemak Drive, […]

Resident dies in car crash

Longtime Homer resident Bradley Dickey died from as-yet unknown causes after his car veered off the Sterling Highway June 17. Just before 4 p.m., that day, Alaska State Troopers in Anchor Point were notified by other motorists of irregularities in the driving of a 1998 GMC Sierra truck. While troopers were responding, the vehicle involved […]

Kenai schools set for a fully-funded year ahead

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District should fare better than many school districts across the state in the coming year due to how it is funded.
“This year they will be fine,” said Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, who oversaw a budget this year that involved funding the district to the tax cap through borough taxes. That meant $48 million or $4 million more than the borough funded last year, he said. “That might not be the case next year however. We might not be able to fund education to the cap.”

Community News – June 24

Plant edibles, beach to forest The Homer Native Plant Society offers a field trip to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ facilities in Peterson Bay on Aug. 15. An overnight stay at nearby yurts is optional. The day trip leaves Homer by 7:30 a.m., and leaves Peterson Bay at 3:30 p.m. The water taxi is $55 […]

Public Safety – June 24

FIRE June 15-21 Homer Volunteer F.D. responded to 15 EMS calls and three fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three EMS and five fire calls. Anchor Point Fire/EMS responded to 10 EMS calls and seven fire calls. POLICE June 15 Fraud: Caller on Ben Walters Lane reported counterfeit currency. Criminal Mischief: Caller reported mailboxes […]

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 […]

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