On her visit to Homer last Friday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, delivered an emphatic “no” — but that was in response to a reporter’s question about if she had any presidential ambitions. One of a batch of moderate Republicans seen as potential swing votes in passage of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, Murkowski wasn’t as forceful in her opposition to what some call Trumpcare, but Alaska’s senior senator still made her position clear. She does not support the current proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act and would be willing to work with Senate Democrats to fix it.
Brittany Nathat kayaks by rocks at low tide near Otter Cove Resort in Kachemak Bay on Sunday, June 25. Nathat is a kayak guide at the resort.
By Michael Armstrong
An Anchorage man is in jail after using his car to ram another car and causing damage to the Anchor River Store. The collision also damaged the Seldovia Village Tribe Anchor Point Health Clinic, temporarily closing the clinic.
For the past 18 years, along Freight Dock Road near the Homer Spit, L.H. and Marcia Pierce have run a sweet little Spit operation, Sportsman’s Supply. Halfway between the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and the load-launch ramp, the tackle and bait shop serves fishermen heading out to Kachemak Bay or trying their luck at the Fishin’ Hole.
Alaska’s senior U.S. senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, visits Homer for two meetings on Friday.
The winners in the Fourth of July parade are:
When Leroy and Rita Jo Shoultz settled on 14 acres near Fritz Creek, the top priority was making an abandoned log cabin habitable for their family and learning to live without running water or electricity.
In her report to the Homer City Council at its Monday night meeting, City Manager Katie Koester made a big “mea culpa” and admitted providing the council with wrong information on the performance of the Homer Permanent Fund. Based on that information, on a recommendation from council member Shelly Erickson to rescind an earlier decision gutting the fund, the issue will come back to the council at its July 24 meeting.
After bringing a proposed Greatland Street project back to the Homer City Council for a second public hearing, the Homer City Council on Monday night tied on the question of moving the project forward and supporting Option A, extending the street straight to Pioneer Avenue.
Fourth of July Holiday Events
The recent hiring of two new Homer Police Department officers brings the force up to its full component of 12 staff. Homer Mayor Bryan Zak recognized new officers Jessica Poling and Morgan Tracy at Monday’s Homer City Council meeting. The new officers fill positions vacated when former officer Sgt. Larry Baxter was promoted to investigative sergeant after Sgt. Lary Kuhns retired in April and another officer left the department in 2016.
In a birth announcement in the June 22 issue,, the time of birth was incorrect for Mirabel Silver Piek. She was born at 10:30 a.m. June 14, 2017, at South Peninsula Hospital to Tabitha and Jacob Piek. The birth announcement with correct time is in this week’s Town Crier. We apologize for the error.
As Homer’s aviation tourism business has grown, along with it have come complaints about noise from airplanes and helicopters flying low over homes and businesses. The problem has become so common that the Homer Police Department includes a link on the city’s web page, “How to Report Low-flying Aircraft” (http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/police/low-flying-aircraft).
By vote margins of 223 or more, an attempted recall failed for Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds. In final results tallied today by the Special Election Canvass Board, the “no” votes increased their margins of victory to triple digits over Tuesday’s voting. All three council members will keep their seats.
With 849 more votes counted today on top of 1,087 votes cast on June 13, and with a 42 percent voter turn out, the final results are:
Shall Donna Aderhold be recalled?
Yes: 825 votes or 43 percent
Editor's note: This story has been updated as of 4:05 p.m.
A meeting at Homer City Hall, Cowles Council Chambers, of the Homer Canvass Board at 1 p.m. Friday to count about 850 outstanding absentee and other ballots got delayed when the city clerk’s office discovered an 18-vote discrepancy between the number of people voting on Tuesday and the number of ballots counted. City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen advised the canvass board to do a recount of ballots cast in Homer Precincts 1 and 2 on June 13.
A special election to recall three Homer City Council members who sponsored an “inclusivity” or “sanctuary city” resolution appears to have failed, but still is too close to call.