Council guts Permanent Fund, stalls on cop shop

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting on the eve of a special election to recall three council members, the council drastically transformed its budget by zeroing out the $2.3 million Homer Permanent Fund. The drama of that action highlighted the council’s indecision on a major city capital project, not yet endorsing the recommendation of the Police Station Task Force to build either a $6 million or $9 million police station on Grubstake Avenue.

Jane Smiley: Exploring the lives of writers

For attendees at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, listening to keynote addresses can be like panning for gold at an Alaska back road tourist attraction. You have to pay to get in, and sometimes you don’t find much to take home. Open-to-the-public readings bring writers and poets out into the community, but the opening talk is just for the conference goers. Most keynote speakers deliver inspiring talks, though.

Adams signs new garden book on Saturday

Internationally acclaimed Homer garden designer, Brenda Adams, has just published her second book on the subject of gardening in northern latitudes. The new book from the University of Alaska Press, “Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective,” has already received high praise from garden experts worldwide.

Hunter Allan Verdoljak

Hunter Allan Verdoljak was born at 11:29 a.m. June 6, 2017, at South Peninsula Hospital to Brianna and Corey Verdoljak. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. His grandparents are Mary and Doug Score, Matt and Sally Verdoljak of Superior, Wisc., and Brian and Sheila Strew of Glencoe, Minn.

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Kachemak Bay Water Trail and Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park celebrate the completion of its new pavilion from noon- 3 p.m. Saturday in the lot next to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. Enjoy food and music.

DOT&PF projects in the works

Though capital projects have slowed down in Alaska because of the tight state budget, several state road and airport projects are under construction this summer or planned for the 2018 building season. Last week, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held a workshop last Tuesday for two 2018 road projects and then another workshop last Friday for two current jobs. Homer area residents can expect to see work done on these improvements over the next two years:

Recall failing in preliminary results

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to included a statement from Heartbeat of Homer.

A special election to recall three Homer City Council members who sponsored an “inclusivity” resolution appears to have failed. In preliminary results, the “no” votes are ahead in the bid to recall Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds.


If their lead holds, all three council members will keep their seats.


With 1,071 people voting, the preliminary results are:


Shall Donna Aderhold be recalled?

Town continues discussion on opioid addiction

Homer’s ongoing struggle with opioid addiction continued last Wednesday with a community presentation and conversation at Homer High School, “Responding to Opioid Addiction in Our Community.” Moderated by Pastor Lisa Talbott of Homer United Methodist Church, the discussion included talks by a recovering addict and the parents of a recovering addict.

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Local fire departments remind everyone that a permit is required to burn anything more than a small campfire, and to remember to always attend your fires until they are out cold to the touch. Burn Permits are available at the Homer Volunteer Fire Station from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday for burn permits inside city of Homer limits. If you are outside city limits, burn permits are available at the McNeil Fire Station-Kachemak Emergency Services, the Fritz Creek Store, from the local Alaska Division of Forestry office on Kachemak Drive and online at forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Follow the directions on the permit and check in daily for burn conditions. For more information, call HVFD at 235-3155, KESA at 235-9811 and Division of Forestry at 235-7734.

CACS gets $204,000 education development grant

Homer’s local environmental education organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, last month received a $204,000 grant to engage Alaska teachers, students and communities in preparing and responding to coastal hazards and climate change. CACS director Beth Trowbridge will manage the grant and work with other nonprofit science and education groups on the project.

Pedestrian crossing signs went up late last month warning drivers to yield to walkers on the Spit. Installed in the median on flexible posts, the signs alert drivers to stop for people crossing crossing the road from about Ramp 3 to Ramp 1. The entire stretch of road there is a pedestrian crossing zone.