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.

Community news – Aug. 5

Mindfulness in an age of complex uncertainty Sign up at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and let nature inspire your practice of being present. Sandy Cronland will lead two days of Yoga Retreat at the Peterson Bay Field Station, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14-15.  The $290 fee includes transportation, lodging, meals and intertidal fun. […]

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.

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