The Homer Tribune Offering news of the people, places and events of Homer and the lower Kenai Peninsula en-us 2017 Alaska Newspapers, Inc. Thu, 25 May 2017 22:43:51 CDT 1440 The Homer Tribune Grads of 2017 honored for having heart Each graduating class to walk across the stage of Homer High School is distinctive, said school Principal Douglas Waclawski on Monday night, shortly before honoring the 69 graduates with diplomas. What makes the class of 2017 stand out is their heart, he said. quot;This class gives back,quot; he said, noting the many volunteer awards, community involvement and the overwhelming support for classmate Hoxie Parks as he faced cancer mid-way through the year. Sun, 3 Jun 475956 18:22:01 CST Recall vote to move forward A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the city of Homer in a case aimed at stopping the upcoming recall election on the grounds that it violated the freedom of speech rights of the three council members facing the recall vote. In a ruling issued late Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Erin Marston wrote that the recall petitions were legally sufficient and disagreed with the defendants' stance that the petition violated the council members' First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Sat, 26 May 475956 15:55:21 CST Rain, strong winds expected A storm system will send quot;multiple waves of rainquot; and high winds across Southcentral Alaska, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rains are forecast this week, causing rises in rivers and streams mdash; with some of the highest expected in the Susitna Valley. Thu, 17 May 475956 12:28:41 CST FYI - News briefs & announcements - May 25 Horsing around welcome Mon, 7 May 475956 21:55:21 CST After long saga, Hilcorp installs permanent repairs on once-leaking pipeline A Cook Inlet natural gas pipeline that leaked for much of the winter, sparking concerns about the environment and wildlife, has been permanently repaired by undersea divers for Hilcorp Alaska, the state reported Monday. Repair divers installed a temporary repair clamp that stopped the leak on April 13. On Friday they installed a permanent repair clamp over the gash on the pipeline, located northwest of Nikiski. Thu, 3 May 475956 06:48:41 CST Legislature opens Alaska to ride-hailing companies JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate passed a bill Wednesday that will allow ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to expand into the state. House Bill 132, which passed the House on Monday, will go to Gov. Bill Walker's desk for his signature after Wednesday's unanimous Senate vote. quot;Ride sharing is coming to Alaska!quot; Anchorage Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt tweeted after the Senate vote. Fri, 27 Apr 475956 03:35:21 CST On '529 day,' think about college savings plans You probably won't see it on your calendar, but May 29 (5/29) is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people's awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education. And that need has never been greater. Consider the following: Tue, 17 Apr 475956 21:22:01 CST New 'cottage food' rules could make it easier for people to start business More jams, jellies and baked goods could end up in farmers markets if an ordinance to reduce permit fees for quot;cottage foodquot; vendors passes the Anchorage Assembly. Those producers, who typically are small in scale and sell items like baked goods, jams, jellies and fermented food made in home kitchens, pay $310 under current municipal rules to operate. The ordinance, scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Tuesday, would lower the fee to $50. Mon, 2 Apr 475956 23:02:01 CST Graduates should set intentions For many across Alaska, caps flew in the air this week as graduates from high school and college walked across the stage and into a new chapter of their lives. For the time being, most graduates are only thinking of the short-term changes that are coming in their lives now that the studying is over and the tests have all been taken mdash; sleeping in, enjoying the summer sunshine, moving out on their own, making their own decisions. Wed, 28 Mar 475956 12:28:41 CST House plan fairly spreads budget burden For the last four months, the bipartisan group of lawmakers in the new majority coalition in the Alaska House of Representatives have worked on a responsible solution to Alaska's fiscal crisis. The ongoing crisis has stymied investment and perpetuated a recession that threatens jobs, large and small businesses, public safety and the education of our children. In crafting our plan, we consulted experts, heard from Alaskans and have refused to shrink from political risks. Tue, 20 Mar 475956 10:02:01 CST