Among musicians, a corny old joke goes like this: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice.” This August, a group of young string musicians made their own concert venue, the majestic setting of Grewingk Glacier in Kachemak Bay State Park. So how does one get there?
As part of its mission to increase awareness of drug abuse, Alaska’s 15 Elks Lodges have partnered with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Office of Substance Misuse &Addiction Prevention to distribute medicine disposal bags.
In advance of a special session of the Alaska Legislature starting Oct. 23, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, held town hall meetings in Ninilchik and Homer last Thursday. Gov. Bill Walker has called the Legislature into session to consider a flat-rate payroll tax and Senate Bill 54, changes to Alaska’s criminal statutes. About 60 people in Homer at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center heard Pat Pitney, Director of the Alaska Office of Management and Budget, discuss Walker’s tax proposal, a 1.5-percent tax on wages and self-employment income and what some have called a head tax.
The State Medical Examiner’s office has positively identified a body found on a vacant Noview Avenue lot in Homer on Sept. 29 as that of John “Clint” Griffith, 40, a Huntsville, Texas, man reported missing about 3 p.m. Sept. 2 after he failed to show up to work in Alaska.
Jesus dies in the end.
Unofficial results from Tuesday’s municipal election show Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord leading the pack and set to fill Homer’s two city council seats.
Roads, the recall, taxes, business and budgets dominated discussion at two Homer City Council candidate forums held the past two weeks. On Sept. 21, KBBI Public Radio and Homer News reporters moderated a meeting at Kachemak Bay Campus. On Sept. 28 at the Homer Elks Lodge, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center sponsored another forum.
On Oct. 3, city of Homer voters not only select two new council members, they will consider a change to city code that gives the council and City Manager Katie Koester a new tool to balance the budget.
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters face a full slate of candidates and issues. All borough residents will select one of three candidates for borough mayor: Dale Bagley, Linda Farnsworth Hutchings or Charlie Pierce.
Affirming what had been suspected happened when a Heartbeat of Homer spokesperson broke confidentiality, an ethics complaint against three Homer City Council members filed on July 5 was dismissed by an administrative law judge and hearing officer in August, a public records request has revealed.
Science fiction as predictive literature has its limits, but the writer Frederik Pohl noted one value to the genre: it provides the emotional content of the futures planners posit for us to see if we want to live in them. In that context, Nancy Lord’s latest book and her first published novel, “pH,” (WestWinds Press-Alaska Northwest Books/Graphic Arts, September 2017, $16.99 paperback) imagines the implications of ocean acidification, told in a witty, but cautionary, tale with scientists and an artist as central characters.
Construction started on Sept. 6 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the The Boat House Maritime Pavillion on the Homer Spit at the site of the old harbormaster’s office. Last week, contractors began pouring the foundation for the shelter and gathering space at the Homer Harbor. Miranda Weiss, organizer of the project, said most of the work should be done this fall, with final touches being completed next spring. Bay Welding will begin work on a mast to cap off the pavillion’s maritime design.
Students from McNeil Canyon Elementary School walking the Homer Spit beaches last Friday have become the latest generation of citizen scientists participating in CoastWalk, the annual fall cleanup and beach monitoring project of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. While some kids delight in picking up gross trash, CoastWalk also inspires students to monitor beaches for things like erosion, bird and wildlife sightings, human use and other environmental information.
Two Japanese Self Defense Force ships stopped briefly in Homer on their way to a goodwill visit in Anchorage. On Monday morning, Sept. 25, the Japanese Military Self Defense Force vessels Kashima, DD-3508, and Harusame, DD-102, anchored off the Homer Spit. They stayed in Homer until Tuesday evening when they left for Anchorage. Harusame is a training ship and Kashima an escort vessel. The ships left Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan in May and have been visiting ports in the west and east coasts of the United States, Cuba, and Canada as part of training for newly commissioned naval officers. The ships have 600 total crew, including 200 newly commissioned officers.
The first rule in filing an ethics complaint with the city of Homer is that you don’t talk about filing an ethics complaint. The second rule, however, is if the respondents choose to waive confidentiality, anyone can talk about it.
In a Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate forum sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Dale Bagley, Linda Farnsworth Hutchings and Charlie Pierce all distinguished themselves as capable candidates for the borough’s top administrative position.
A small wildland fire in the hills above Shirley Court appears to have been started by some sort of accelerant, Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Painter said on Wednesday. HVFD firefighters responded and put out a wildland fire behind Homer High School that started about 11:30 a.m. Monday morning, Sept. 18. The fire was near the cross-country running trails but did not threaten the high school.
Homer Police are investigating a shooting incident in which a man suffered a minor gunshot wound. According to police reports, at 6:20 a.m. Sept. 17, police responded to a report of a gunshot wound at a Pioneer Avenue address. No one was transported to the hospital. Two men were handling a handgun they thought was unloaded when it went off, said Homer Police Chief Mark Robl.
The Homer News submitted these questions to all the candidates actively running for two 3-year seats on the Homer City Council. Their answers are printed as submitted. Andrew Kita did not return answers.