KPB Prop 2 won’t hike taxes to pay for SPH improvements

As Kenai Peninsula Borough and Homer voters face a slate of bond propositions and tax changes, KPB Proposition 2 could be an easy sell for voters for one simple reason: It won’t take a dime from taxpayers.

The proposition asks voters to approve a general obligation bond of up to $4.8 million to expand South Peninsula Hospital’s Homer Medical Clinic and install a new hospital operating room air handling and ventilation system. Because of increased property values in the SPH Service Area, that won’t require a mill rate increase.

Prop 1 would bring cop shop into 21st century say proponents

In considering Homer Proposition 1, a proposal to borrow up to $12 million to build a new Homer Police Station, the controversy isn’t whether or not police need a new station.

Even opponents of Prop 1 say it’s clear the 39-year-old station needs replacement. The debate is over the cost and how to pay for it.

“I think they deserve a new facility,” said Homer City Council Member Heath Smith. “I think the community can afford to provide that, but I don’t think we should have to afford what’s currently being proposed.”

HEA board, management voting 'yes'; change is in cooperative's best interest

The number one priority that drives our work at Homer Electric Association Inc.: safely providing power at a consistent, fair price. Our goal is to make decisions that best serve our local communities today and into the future. We exist to meet the electrical power needs of our members, and to strengthen infrastructure and foster economic growth on the Kenai Peninsula.

HEA’s board of directors had these goals in mind when they decided to ask you — the owners of HEA — a question: Is local control right for HEA?

HEA should stay out of RCA vote

Dear HEA grid members,

Our electric supplier has recently begun a drive to remove itself from regulatory oversight of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, whose job has been to review rates and some other policies of HEA and other utilities in the state.

I don’t know all the issues yet, other than RCA requires a vote, scheduled for next month. I do remember reading a piece in the paper in which Bob Shavelson was quoted with several arguments against the idea.

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Lasse Holmes, Karen Berger and Steve McCasland opened the doors to Homer Brewing Co. in the former Manley Terminal building on Ocean Drive on Sept. 21. It sold two beers: Old Inlet Pale Ale and Broken Birch Bitter. Holmes and former resident Lawrence Livingston created the Q and Q Brewers Guild in the Old Inlet Trading Post’s basement, where the idea of Homer’s first brewery was born. Holmes, Berger and McCasland pooled their finances for the new venture.

– From the issue of Sept. 19, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

Library unveils surprises at 10th birthday celebration

The Homer Public Library unveiled two new additions — one small in size and the other quite large — during the 10th birthday celebration of the current library building on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Guests walking into the library to attend the event were greeted by the new Friends of the Homer Public Library bookmobile, which was open so the public could see the shelves of books inside. Once inside, a rectangle wrapped in orange paper caught the eye before FHPL Vice President Sue Mauger and former board member Cleo Webb unveiled the painting of the library.

School briefs and events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy

Little Fireweed

Sept. 29: K-2 student-parent open house, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Homer Flex

Sept. 23: Eligibility check due.

Oct. 4: Picture day.

Homer High School

Sept. 22: Spirit week: Class color day; seniors: black, juniors: white, sophomores: grey, freshmen: purple, staff: tie dye.

Sept. 22: Powder Puff football finals during FOL

Sept. 23: Spirit week: Blue and gold day

Sept. 23: Pep assembly, 8:30 a.m.

School start and end times discussed at Homer meeting

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District started discussing new start and end times for schools within the Homer area at a community meeting at Homer High School on Monday, Sept. 19. A meeting will be held at Chapman School today at 6:30 p.m.

Approximately 20-30 people attended the Homer meeting, said KPBSD Board of Education member Zen Kelly. The meeting opened discussion with the community about the changes that will happen in the 2016-2017 school year when lower peninsula schools go on a two-tier bus system. The rest of the district is already on this system.

Meet Lily

Pet of the Week

My people had to move and left me behind. It’s not my fault — I’m a good girl. My name is Lily, and I am an 8-year-old, spayed, domestic white cat. I am very loving, but don’t like noises or a lot of people coming and going, so I need a quiet home.

To adopt a pet, call or stop by the animal shelter across from the city’s Public Works Department off the Sterling Highway. The shelter is open from noon-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 235-3141.

Walter R. Pudwill

Walter R. Pudwill

May 25, 1955-Sept. 10, 2016

Walter Raymond Pudwill, 61, carpenter, gardener, prospector and fix-it-man extraordinaire, died Sept. 10, 2016, at home in Homer, Alaska, after living with cancer for nearly four years.

Homer Fire

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases.

Homer Fire

Sept. 12-18

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to six medical calls.


Kriss Dawn Swoboda

Kriss Dawn Swoboda

Oct. 8, 1965 – Sept. 13, 2016

Kriss Dawn Swoboda, 50, died Sept. 13, 2016. Her family said she passed away “after a lengthy and inspiring battle with cancer.”

Kriss was born Oct 8, 1965, on Kodiak Island to Don and Mary Mack. She grew up in Kodiak and started commercial fishing at an early age. She moved to College Station, Texas, in 1997. While there she managed the office of Swoboda Tile for 10 years while raising her family and making many new friends. She recently moved to Homer, where she continued to make new friends.

Virgil W. Englishbee

Virgil W. Englishbee

Feb. 20, 1941-Sept. 16, 2016

Mr. Virgil Wayne Englishbee, Sr., 75, of Anchor Point, died from pulmonary fibrosis on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at St. Elias Speciality Hospital in Anchorage, after a day surrounded by family and friends. A service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Chapman School in Anchor Point.

Lafayette Edward Wilson

Lafayette Edward Wilson

Oct. 17, 1935-July 4, 2016

Longtime Homer resident Lafayette Edward Wilson, 80, died July 4, 2016, at home in Homer.

He was born Oct. 17, 1935, in Kansas. He served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He came to Homer in 1982. Prior to moving to Alaska, he worked for many years as a bartender in San Francisco. He enjoyed painting.

His ashes will be spread at Bishop’s Beach at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. Everyone is welcome. Anyone with questions is invited to call Kelly Lockwood at 399-1462.

Marjorie Gene Stephens

Marjorie Gene Stephens

1928-Sept. 1, 2016

Former Homer resident Marjorie Gene Stephens, 88, died peacefully on Sept. 1, 2016, in Amarillo, Texas. She was born in Amarillo and spent her childhood and early adult years there. She married her high school sweetheart Del Stephens, attended the University of Texas with him, and accompanied him around the world for the next 50 plus years. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and they enjoyed traveling together. They had a loving marriage.

Aksel Johnson

Aksel Johnson was born at 10:43 p.m. Sept. 14 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Katie and Wade Johnson of Anchor Point. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. His grandparents are Jason and Angie Johnson of Anchor Point and Mike and Kari Arno of Homer. His siblings are sister Aubrey and brother Ansen.


Town Crier Announcements

SPARC, the South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, holds a special ham radio event, “North America’s Most Westerly Highway Point,” starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, and ending Sunday afternoon at the Halibut Campground in Anchor Point. SPARC will set up and operate portable radio stations. Stop by and learn and even participate in amateur radio operations.

Team Chloe to walk 2016 Anchorage Heart Walk

Team Chloe will once again be at the starting line of the 2016 Anchorage Heart Walk at the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage on Saturday, Sept. 24. The team rallies support for 3-year-old Chloe Miller of Homer who was born in 2013 with a congenital heart defect. Those interested in joining the team to support heart health and help the team reach its $1,200 goal or for more information, contact Chloe’s grandmother Dottie Zopp at 299-8255 or, or visit, click “join a team” and enter “Team Chloe.”


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