Whale sighting season

Numerous whales were observed lunge feeding this summer in Kachemak Bay, including the inner bay, east of the Homer Spit. The whales cover the same feeding areas over long periods of time, according to Ginger Moore of Rainbow Tours. No official count of exactly how many humpbacks are presently in the bay, but over 30 […]

Pioneer to get 4-way stop

Homer is soon to become a three-stoplight town as state officials begin work installing a four-way stop and a second blinking red beacon on Pioneer Avenue.
Alaska Department of Transportation officials say the flashing red light, to be installed at Pioneer and Main Street next month, was identified as needed based on the frequency of crashes at the intersection.

Seasonal sales tax, HART funds favored city revenue options

Attendees of a Homer town hall meeting last week favored raising funds for the city’s empty coffers with a seasonal sales tax or a temporary dip into taxes earmarked for roads and trails over a year-round sales tax or property tax increase.
Some 50 community members — most city residents — attended the meeting Wednesday night, hearing from Homer City Manager Katie Koester on the state of the city’s $1 million-plus budget shortfall. Koester laid out the most viable options identified by city staff for raising money to quell the shortfall, as well as the option not to raise additional revenue and what that would look like as far as a reduction in city services.

Warrior class gets young Vets involved in community

The first thing you notice about Kurt Leffler, co-owner of The Homer Gym, is that his arms are as big around as tree trunks and he looks capable of snapping a full grown spruce in two. As the founder of the Warrior Class, his physical strength pales in relation to the mental strength of his commitment to the local community of Veterans, particularly younger ones who are trying to adjust to the cultural differences in the civilian world and the structure of the armed forces.

Council introduces special election vote of HART tax repeal

The Homer City Council approved introduction of an ordinance calling for a vote on the suspension of the Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails Program, re-allocating the dedicated funds from the .75 percent sales tax to the city’s general fund for a period of three years, but left the date that the city special election would be held blank.

Community News – Sept. 30

Here comes Homecoming! You know you miss it. What could be better than snuggling up on the bleachers, sipping hot chocolate and rooting for the Mariner football team at  Saturday’s homecoming. The Homer High School Student Council invites the community to a Friday evening homecoming bonfire from 7-10 p.m. in the lower level of the […]

Public Safety – Sept. 30

FIRE         Sept. 21-27 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three fire calls and four medical emergency calls. POLICE Sept. 22 Theft: A caller reported the theft of a vehicle on Beluga Place. DWLR: An officer summonsed a male driver on Main Street and Lee Drive for driving while license revoked and no proof of […]

For the Record – Sept. 30

Felony Diana Leah Hurn, 43, fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance Dale Darwin Vaughn, 52, DUI (more than 2 priors) Maranda Lee Moore, 33, first-degree assault; tampering with physical evidence Bret Alan Herrick, 54, second-degree terroristic threatening Misdemeanor Diana Leah Hurn, 43, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited; driving in violation of license […]

Births – Sept. 30

Griffith Thomas Baker, weighing 7 pounds, 11.7 ounces, was born at 8:50 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2015 to Hannah and Seth Baker of Homer. Grandparents are Vicki and Steve Schlicher, Thomas Baker and Scott and Caressa Fennell.

Update – PSP found in Peterson Bay

Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been found in Peterson Bay. Commercial Harvesting has been closed. The area will remain closed until three consecutive shellfish samples test below the 80µg/100g acceptable regulatory level.

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