Births – Sept. 23

Bennett Thomas Switzer, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, was born at 9:37 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital to Brittani and Robert Switzer of Homer. Grandparents are Scott and Shelley Switzer of Winchester, Idaho, and Tom and Lisa Stafford of Homer.

Basket burns despite vandalism

Early Sunday morning, just hours before festivities were to begin for the 12th-annual Burning Basket ceremony, pieces of the 2015 “Reach” creation lay strewn across the Homer Spit. Volunteers gathered sections of the destroyed basket from the ditch along the road, and chased bundles of dry fireweed across Mariner Park.
The night before, someone had tried to torch it.

Council mulls revenue options

City council began this week to review its options for closing the current $1 million budget gap, considering everything from taxing internet sales to raising property taxes to bring the city out of the red. Many of the options will be presented at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at city hall.

Harbor load and launch ramp closes until December

Anyone who has backed their boat down the Homer Load and Launch Ramp in recent years has seen the problem. Pitted, worn out concrete with rebar showing through greet the hundreds of users of Homer’s harbor launch facility each summer, and most could see that repairs were in order. The price, however, is several months without an easy place to bring your boat in and out of the water in Homer.

First halibut festival aims to celebrate, educate and unite

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council would like to do for fish what the shorebird festival has done for birds.
It’s hard to imagine Homer without fish — or fishing. The AMCC is throwing a weekend-long festival in appreciation of the bounty of the sea Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Homer Halibut Festival brings back a celebration of our fisheries, but also shares information and brings the fishing community together in what they hope will become an annual event.
While fishing is integral to the Homer lifestyle, there hasn’t been a fun way to bring fish-loving groups together for several years.
Fisheries touch the lives of nearly everyone here, from the commercial and sport fishermen, processors, who depend on it as a livelihood to the end user who may never get on the water but has a deep and abiding love for the taste of fresh seafood.

Welcome to a day in the life of Jordanians

The sun is setting. The call to prayer is sounding. A donkey brays in the distance. My heart pounds with nervous energy, pulse heavy in my ears as I sit next to this stranger in his car, this man named Rakan.
We pull up to a large, two-story house and a group of children spill out the front door, a wave of laughter washing over us as they run to hug his tall, lean frame. A young girls steps towards me, smiling. She takes my hand in hers.
“Marhaba,” she whispers. “

Voters get plenty of choices

ix candidates and one incumbent have made for a full dance card in the upcoming city council election to fill two three-year terms.
Beauregard Burgess, who was appointed to the council in April of 2012 and elected that fall, filed to extend his term on the Homer City Council, while Councilwoman Francie Roberts, who has served three terms, chose not to run for re-election.
Burgess faces a challenge from six candidates: Bob Howard, Joni Wise, Donna Aderhold, Michael Neece, Heath Smith and Tom Stroozas.
Howard is a civil engineer and general contractor who said in his candidate statement that he has worked in both the private and municipal sectors. He served on the Economic Development Commission, the Port and Harbor Commission and the Sewer and Water Rate Task Force in recent years.


News briefs & announcements HEA brings BBQ and briefs members Homer Electric Association will host a series of area meetings throughout the Kenai Peninsula over the next month. The meetings will feature a family style barbecue dinner, followed by a short presentation on current HEA projects and activities. HEA comes to Anchor Point’s Chapman School […]

For the Record-Sept.16

The following records are cases and records filed in court.  Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanor Garner True Sackett, 29, driving under the influence; refusal to submit to a chemical test Christopher T. Watson, 28, driving under the influence Ryan Harrison Norkus, 25, second-degree criminal trespass; […]


Homer resident Nancy Branch, 76, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. A celebration of her life will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Kachemak Community Center. A full obituary will appear later. Arrangements are with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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