Births – Nov. 4

Ella Marie Brooks, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, was born Oct. 27, 2015 at 5:25 a.m. at South Peninsula Hospital to Joleen and Josh Brooks of Homer. Grandparents are Susan and Richard Brooks of Homer. Camden Ruth Steen, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, was born Oct. 30, 2015 at 11:26 p.m. at South Peninsula Hospital […]

City pays bankrupt Buccaneer $8,730

When Buccaneer demanded the City of Homer pay back $17,460 the oil drilling company paid the city for port services 90 days prior to filing bankruptcy, many on the Homer City Council scoffed.
Buccaneer, an Australia-based company who drilled in the Cook Inlet, docked its jack-up rig Endeavor at the Homer dock for a winter from August 2012 until March of 2013. The city of Homer made money in the deal — more than $550,000 in port and harbor revenues as well as nearly $200,000 in state oil property taxes — but the experience wasn’t all good. Some contractors who worked refurbishing the rig said they didn’t get paid. In May of 2014, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, leaving many in Homer who provided services to the company holding invoices that would never see payment.

You will experience a few ‘speed humps in the road’ along the way

Drive down Bunnell Avenue to Bishop’s Beach this week and you’ll hit a few new bumps in the road, but they aren’t potholes. These bumps were put there deliberately to slow down drivers in the popular Old Town neighborhood, where residents have promoted traffic calming measures to make the area more walkable.
City Public Works Director Carey Meyer said the speed humps are designed to be wider on top than the speed bumps of the past, and studies have shown them to be safer and easier for bicycles and pedestrians to use. They do, however, force traffic to slow down.

Borough considering hospital, fire service consolidation

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre knew the words centralization and consolidation weren’t going to sit comfortably when talking to many from the southern Kenai Peninsula, but he said them anyway.
Navarre spoke at the Homer City Council meeting Monday, bringing the message that dwindling budgets may necessitate the consolidation of some Kenai Peninsula Borough Services — primarily emergency services and health care.

Green Dot Homer celebrates everyday heroes

“Can you tell me how to get to the Salty Dawg?”
“Do you know what time it is?”
These may seem like everyday questions, but to Green Dot Homer, they are questions meant to prevent violence before it starts.
Last Friday, Homer citizens and area businesses gathered at the Homer Public Library to announce winners of Green Dot Homer’s “10-in-10” contest as well as celebrate Homer’s commitment to preventing acts of violence in the community.

News Brief & Announcements – Oct. 28

Empty bowls luncheon A benefit for the Homer Community Food Pantry will be held  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Homer United Methodist Church. Get soup for $10, or soup and a handcrafted bowl for $30. For more information, call 399-2007. Thefts increases at boat harbor There has been a series of […]

Gather your ghosts and goblins

Halloween in Homer brings four days of frightening fun for the family, with a variety of offerings to keep even the most critical candy collector happy during the hauntings. Following are some family friendly frights and fun: Wednesday, Oct. 28  • Paul Banks Elementary School will host its annual Halloween Parade at 12:20 p.m. Students […]

Community News – Oct. 28

Townsend to speak on improving issues Trudy Townsend, coordinator of the “Creating Sanctuary” program in The Dalles, Ore., will share the history, methods and results of an inspiring community resilience building initiative. The initiative is  designed to “re-script the future of our community,” by improving issues related to everything from poor performance in schools to […]

Homer Farmers Market wins USDA funding

• Look for increased education, food access and support for healthy, local foods throughout the region. HOMER – Since 1999, the Homer Farmers Market has served the greater Lower Peninsula through providing access to fresh, local foods, flowers and crafts. The Market has grown substantially in the past five years, and the board of directors […]

Public Safety – Oct. 28

FIRE         Oct. 19-25 Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to three medical calls and onefire call. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to one fire call and two emergency medical calls. Homer Police Oct. 21 Probation Violation: An officer arrested a male for probation violation on Bartlett St. Summons Service: An officer provided transport to […]

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