Mariners near end of season with awards, many firsts for team

Had you asked a Homer Mariners football fan this time last year what the team’s chances of going to the state playoffs were, you might not have gotten a very positive answer. But that’s all changed for the players this year, under the direction of newcomer Walter Love, who was named coach of the year for the Division III Peninsula Conference.

Town Crier

The Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) group meets from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies building at 708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer. Those who are interested in reducing solid waste, recycling and discussing similar issues, please attend to learn and contribute ideas. Contact Vivian Finlay with questions at 435-3903, or karealaska@gmail.com.

Town Meeting: talking taxes

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.

Best Bets

As short as our Alaskan summer may be, it still seems to be enough to embolden us and lull us into a pattern of traveling at speeds an ornery moose would surely love to take advantage of in the dead of winter’s night (or, you know, 3:30 p.m. in January).

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