On the loss of a city manager

Get ready for patience as the search begins for a new Homer city manager. A city manager is generally a specialized hybrid – a combination of an individual who possesses politically savvy, as adept at budgets as a CEO and as diplomatic as a game show host – all at the same time. Finding one […]

Enough already on HERC talks

Round and round she goes: Discussions on the old derelict middle school, called the HERC building, circle into yet another phase. On Monday night, the Homer City Council heard a report from the city manager on getting a deed restriction removed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough. This would clear the way for the City of […]

A wrap on home rule for Homer

This week we finish publishing the four-part series “Home Rule 101” in the Homer Tribune to shed a light on the issues behind home rule. Hopefully, this has given readers some helpful information to aid in making an important local decision soon at the ballot box. Government issues impact lives directly, yet few people seem […]

Historic Homer’s art

Small Alaska towns typically do not possess the historic buildings that in prominent places impress on each era’s importance. The hundred-years old capital buildings of marble, the seats of government imposed in brick edifices – these are not Alaska style architectural generally. Commissioned marble statues and works of art melted to a single effect, setting […]

Public gets chance to learn more on whales and Navy war exercise

For more than 30 years, the U.S. Navy has held war-game training sessions in the Gulf of Alaska using submarines and ships, bombs and sonar. Known as Northern Edge, the training involves 6,000 participants from all the services, airman, soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and national guard units. Participants sharpen […]

What’s home rule

Going to a home rule form of city governance carries several hurdles of “if’s” to cross before Homer will see change – if any is at all to come – to its way of doing things. First, a majority of voters would need to say “yes” on the ballot to the question: “Shall a charter […]

Just keep voting – one round down, two to go

Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s election, Alaskans should try not to give into feelings of futility if their ballots don’t meet with popular vote agreement.
The primary election was only round one among three sets of voting decisions this fall that will mean changes ahead — one way or another. This year’s primary won’t unseat or seat any politicians just yet, but it is the elimination round.
For that, we can be truly grateful.
One big elimination from public noise is the whole business of “Vote Yes,” which really means voting no – let’s not keep SB21 as a matter of law. Or “Vote No,” meaning yes, let’s keep SB21 as a matter of law.

Good for Mayor Navarre

Extra revenue for promoting tourism on the Kenai Peninsula is almost always a welcome sight. But when it came to imposing a bed tax to achieve that extra cash flow, a poorly thought-out plan might have become a reality. Local businesses in Homer made their case loud and clear in several public forums showing how […]

Letters – June 25

Regarding natural gasline assessments In January, Superior Court Judge Huguelet stated: “The city’s assessment with respect to condominium owners is “arbitrary and unreasonable”. He ordered the City of Homer to correct Ordinance 13-02. Everyone thought the legal battle was over. However, several of us have approached the City and been told the City considers the […]

Homer youth represent community strength

I went to the Colors of Homer show at Kbay Caffe on Friday for a lot of reasons. I wanted to absorb some community art, be supportive of young voices, and give my little sister a chance to see some of her slightly older contemporaries braving the stage. All of those things met my expectations. Check, check and check.
What I didn’t expect was to be completely bowled over by the skill and strength of the teenagers who shared their art with Friday’s audience. There’s no other way to say it — those kids killed it. But it was more than their raw skills that still had me grinning after the show.

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