Before serious debate about building a new police station and cutting library budgets, the council at its regular meeting on Tuesday started the night out with a treat: chocolate cake.
A Substance Abuse and Addiction Forum is at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Homer High School Commons. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Alaska Governor Bill Walker declared a public health crisis earlier this year in order to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. Substance misuse and addiction are negatively affecting individuals, families and businesses on the Southern Kenai Peninsula, and prescription and non-prescription drugs are a growing concern in the community. Substance abuse was the factor ranked number one as most negatively affecting the community in all three of the last community health needs assessments for the southern peninsula.
After the dust settled and lawyers had made their oral arguments Monday in Aderhold et al. v. City of Homer, the lawsuit filed by three Homer City Council members seeking to stop a June 13 recall election against them, Judge Erin Marston faced a key question. Should Alaska’s recall statute be “liberally construed”?
At commencement ceremonies Monday night for Homer Flex School and Homer High School, speakers offered practical guidance for young adults going forth in the traditional American rite of passage. Usually adults offer inspiration, but at both schools examples of overcoming adversity came from the students themselves.
The Spit has plenty of places to sit. There are picnic tables. Pieces of driftwood. A scattered assortment of benches. Rocks in various sizes.
In the May 18 Arts story “Two new memoirs raise the bar for Alaska writing,” the name of Ralph Galeano’s boat and the title of his book got mixed up. His book is “Alaska Challenge” and his former boat is “American Eagle.” The website for his book also was omitted. It is www.horsemanspress.com.
Yet another judge, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston, has been appointed in a lawsuit by three Homer City Council members seeking to stop a June 13 recall election against them.
“Homer residents, you’ve been served!” reads a flier that appeared in Homer mailboxes this week. “We the People will not be silenced.” The flier references a lawsuit filed by Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds seeking to halt the June 13 recall election targeting the three council members.
The debate over whether a Cook Inlet hatchery operator can move some net pens out into a Homer-area bay is tangled up with the future of the tourism industry and commercial fishing in Lower Cook Inlet.
As part of Memorial Day weekend events, May 26 has been designated National Poppy Day. The American Legion encourages all patriotic Americans to wear or display a poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope. The American Legion Post 16 family, led by the American Legion Auxiliary, distributes poppies by placing donation cans at local businesses. Members also will be distributing poppies from 10 a.m.-6 p.m May 26 and 27 at Safeway.
Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten hold a public listening session Monday on net pen aquaculture development in Tutka Bay. The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. May 15 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The meeting also includes an update on the planning process underway for the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park. For additional details, contact Mary Kay Ryckman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-269-8426.
It is unknown what caused a power outage Saturday that left 130 Homer Electric Association members without electricity.
Despite an expedited court schedule in a lawsuit by three Homer City Council members seeking to stop a June 13 recall election, public notice of the election will proceed. The city has to issue a notice 30 days in advance, or by May 18. It also has to print election ballots soon. The deadline to register to vote in that election is May 14.
A 5.4 earthquake that first seemed like a sudden gust of wind struck the Kenai Peninsula at 8:25 p.m. Saturday night. The quake quickly accelerated, rattling wood frame houses and causing some objects to fall off shelves. The quake hit at a depth of 40 miles in Cook Inlet about 10 miles north of Ninilchik and 39 miles north of Homer. According to “did you feel it?” reports to the U.S. Geological Survey, people described the earthquake as having light shaking with no damage.
As if turning a switch, thousands of shorebirds arrived May 3, pushed north and west by a storm with winds up to 35 mph. Predictions that the peak of the migration would hit right during the 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 4-7 proved spot on, justifying a decision to move the festival up a week this year.
Rusted or pitted steel discovered during the M/V Tustumena’s overhaul will mean another delay in the 53-year-old state ferry’s return to service — this time to 5 p.m. July 18, when the Tustumena returns to Homer. Now undergoing work at the Vigor Ketchikan shipyard, workers discovered the rusted or pitted steel, called steel wastage, in the engine room. The ferry went in for its overhaul on March 13.
As the old song goes, make new friends but keep the old. That’s the approach the Homer Economic Development Advisory Commission will take with a new program: Business Retention and Expansion, or BRE, the idea of working with existing businesses to make sure they thrive and prosper.
Homer Police on April 26 found a Homer man dead in his motorhome parked on the Homer Spit near the Homer Shores Boardwalk near Freight Dock Road. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said police do not suspect foul play in the death of Dwayne Headley, 44. Next of kin has been notified.
Fifty flags on the Homer Spit beach and perhaps 500 people greeted USS Hopper, the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, based U.S. Navy destroyer, as it rounded Coal Point at the end of the Spit on Saturday. Homer Downtown Rotary provided U.S. Flags, and rows of them lined the beach in front of Land’s End Resort. As Hopper pulled past the Spit, rows of sailors lined the decks. One family, Ralph Crane, his daughter Joy Overson and his granddaughter Faith Overson, waved a large American flag and an Alaska flag.