After 17 years at the helm of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and 26 years in Homer, Chief Bob Painter is stepping down this month. He plans to return to his home state of Oklahoma.
Ever since the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s controversial policy regarding invocations before meetings was updated and finalized in 2016, people across the peninsula have been voicing their support or frustration, some more vigorously than others.
From Washington, D.C., to Homer, 2017 stood out as a year of transformation. Some saw radical change with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who promised to “drain the swamp” and “make America great again.” Others saw a step backward into past days of racism and sexism and a shredding of the social contract.
In an order and decision released on Dec. 22 regarding a city of Homer civil court decision, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston made a ruling like King Solomon when he split in half the legally allowable attorney fees that the prevailing party could receive. In the Aderhold et al. v. City of Homer recall election case, the political action group Heartbeat of Homer — admitted as an intervenor on the side of the city — had asked for 75 percent of the $11,506 it paid in attorney fees.
In an order and decision released on Dec. 22, Judge Erin Marston ruled that Heartbeat of Homer may receive $1,150.60 in attorney’s fees for its role as an intervenor in Aderhold et al. v. City of Homer in which three then Homer City Council members challenged a recall election against them on constitutional grounds.
Scientists have identified the source of a glut of pink salmon that showed up in streams across Lower Cook Inlet this year. Suspicions that some pinks came from hatcheries proved out, but they weren’t all local stocks. In some streams, up to 70 percent were born in Prince William Sound hatcheries.
By Megan Pacer
With Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor and Homer City Council elections behind them, and elections for the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate ahead, several progressive and moderate groups seek to organize and pool resources for future political involvement.
Homer has a budget for fiscal year 2018, now that it’s been passed by the City Council after several adjustments.
People in Homer are coming for plastic bags — again.
Alaska State Troopers have charged a Homer man for possession of a chainsaw taken in an October burglary of a Hutler Road cabin near McNeil Canyon. Roy Burke, 39, pleaded guilty in late October for third-degree theft by receiving and was sentenced to five days in jail. The chainsaw was found with other possible stolen chainsaws and may provide clues for a series of burglaries that have hit the lower Kenai Peninsula this fall.
From the location of bathrooms to the future of crime and population in Homer, City Council members grilled Police Chief Mark Robl at their last meeting during a work session to go over one of the preliminary designs for a new police station.
Facing a much shorter window to enroll in a health care insurance plan — enrollment ends on Dec. 15 — many Alaskans may have some questions or need help.
Saying an ethics complaint filed by a Homer recall supporter “borders on the frivolous,” an Anchorage administrative law judge last Friday dismissed a complaint filed by Larry Zuccaro against former Homer City Council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds and current council member Donna Aderhold. Zuccaro was one of the sponsors of a petition to recall Aderhold, Lewis and Reynolds that ultimately failed at the ballot box.
By Megan Pacer
Homer’s next budget is another step closer to being finalized after Monday’s City Council meeting, where several amendments were added to it.
Though it has celebrated its 25th birthday, the Peninsula Crime Stoppers group is still trying to gain more public attention and involvement.
“I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card. ”- Laura Bush
One would be hard pressed to find a police station in the country for which drunk driving is not an issue in the community. The same goes for the Homer Police Department, and to tackle that issue, its staff are taking their efforts off the streets and into the schools.