Community news – Aug. 12

It is time to ‘Meet your Teacher’ West Homer Elementary School will host a “Meet Your Teacher” event 2:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the school. Seaman hosts another ‘Chef at the Market’ On Saturday join Bette Seaman, registered dietitian/nutritionist from South Peninsula Hospital, for “Fun Ways to Make Market Veggies Last All Year.” Bette will […]

Berry-picking season

Thirty-four people combed the forest floor Monday afternoon, eyes peeled, attention piqued, senses alert. Their quarry was stationary and abundant but the hunt still held challenges. Not so much in the finding, but in telling one specimen from the wide variety of others.
“What’s this?” “Here’s some red ones!” “Are these any good?”
Variations of those comments formed a background of chatter for the hour-and-a-half walk on Tsalteshi Trails, ebbing and flowing like waves on a shoreline, quieting as the hunters became engrossed in their task and crescendoing when someone found something new, exciting and hopefully delicious — or at least safely edible.

Council begins work on cannabis regulation

The Homer City Council this week was briefed on the complicated world of cannabis legislation as the state and regional municipalities try to sort out how to regulate the recently-legalized substance.
City Attorney Holly Wells told the council they must align their regulations so that they do not conflict with federal laws. Under federal laws, marijuana use is still illegal, but the state legalized the substance last fall, creating a complicated situation for both municipalities writing laws regulating commercial growing and sale of the substance as well as those involved in the industry.
Wells told the council, for example, that commercial growers and sellers of marijuana in the state could not use banks to get loans or even write checks with money earned through the sale of marijuana. Therefor, she said, it is an entirely cash-based business.

Bed tax preferred for filling Homer’s revenue gap

Feedback from about 600 Homer residents lent the City of Homer advice on moving toward generating new taxes by getting rid of the seasonal sales tax holiday, introducing a bed tax or installing a new .5 percent sales tax increase.
The public advice came in two forums: A July 20 town hall meeting attended by about 100 people who were broken into work groups, and an online survey with 500 respondents.
Results of each public outreach effort were tabulated this week in City Manager Katie Koester’s report to the Homer City Council.
According to work groups at the town hall gathering:

Notice of proposed marijuana regulations

The Marijuana Control Board proposes to adopt regulations to implement the marijuana law which was voted on as Ballot Measure 2 in November 2014. See below for a summary of the proposed draft set 3 regulations; the full draft set 3 regulations are attached.
You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, through the Alaska Online Public Notice System using the “comment” link. You may also submit written comments to John Calder, Marijuana Control Board at 550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1600, Anchorage, AK 99501. Additionally, the Marijuana Control Board will accept comments by electronic mail at – note in the subject line that you are commenting on Set 3. The comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. AKDT on September 10, 2015.

Council meeting dominated by beach access debate

Residents on both sides of the question about regulating vehicle traffic on Bishop’s Beach turned out en force this week as the Homer City Council took up the issue for the first time since receiving extensive recommendations from the Beach Policy Task Force.
The task force, which has been meeting all winter to try to determine how best to balance pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the popular beach, recommended to the council that vehicle traffic be restricted in all areas of the city but a section of beach from Mariner Park going out onto the west side of the Homer Spit.
That allowsance was made, the committee said, to allow those who had traditionally collected coal on the beaches, to continue to do so.

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.

Public Safety – Aug. 12

FIRE Aug 3-9 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to four EMS calls and two fire calls. POLICE Aug. 1 Intoxicated Pedestrian: A caller reported an intoxicated male lying on a picnic table on the Homer Spit. Welfare Check: A caller reported a homeless male harassing people in a parking lot on Homer Bypass Road. Animal Related: […]

Obituary – Aug. 12

Sandra J. Newton Born July 28, 1937, passed away July 16, 2015 Her memories will be survived by her husband, George (Ray) Newton. Her four children: Todd, Mike, Mark and Donald Slaughter. Grandchildren: Chad, Angel, Mathew, Michael, Nichol, Trevor, Teagan, Mischa and Kiano. Great grandkids: Jesse, Caleb, Damien, Dakota, Desiree, Devon, Chase, and Lily. Daughter […]

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