Town Crier

The Friends of the Homer Public Library annual meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 via Zoom to elect new officers and provide an update on FHL activities. The meeting is open to the public. To RSVP, email

Join Friends of the Homer Public Library for a virtual Lunch with Homer City Councilmember, Rachel Lord, on Feb. 14. This monthly program provides community members an opportunity to learn more about city council, ask questions and share ideas. This meeting is a Zoom only event. In the future we hope to resume these gatherings in the library meeting room. Stay tuned for updates. To attend at noon on Monday, Feb.14, email for the Zoom link.

A GoFundMe has been created to help the family of Devon Kennelty who recently passed away after multiple surgeries that resulted in him being airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage. Kennelty was a phlebotomist in the laboratory at South Peninsula Hospital. The GoFundMe was created by a coworker of Kennelty who originally established the fundraiser to help his family travel to Anchorage to be with him. The fund is now being directed to his final medical and funeral expenses. More than $41,000 of the $80,000 goal has already been donated. Visit to donate. Coop’s Coffee is hosting “Devon Day” this Saturday, Jan. 29, to raise funds for the family. All proceeds on Saturday will be given to the family.

Registration is now open for the Homer-Kachemak Bay Rotary Club’s fourth “nearly annual” Cranium Cup Trivia Challenge, which will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The competition has space for 20 teams of six individuals, and the entry fee is $100 per team or $20 for an individual player. Participants can register at Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card the evening of the event. The winning team will be awarded a grand prize and the Cranium Cup trophy. For additional information, contact Dennis Weidler at 907-304-1057 (voice or text) or

Registration is open for the 2022 Alaska Food Festival and Conference, which is going virtual on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19. It opens with a pre-conference movie on Thursday, March 17. This year’s theme is “Everybody Eats: Nourishing Our Culture, Our Health, Our Future.” The four focus areas of this year’s conference are: Policy and Education, Production and Harvest, Culture and Community, and Business and Industry.

This event is co-sponsored by the Alaska Food Policy Council, Intertribal Agriculture Council and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Dietetics and Nutrition Program.

Registration costs $40-$150, depending on the package, and you can register at this link, Early bird registration and pricing ends on Monday, Jan. 31.

The Loved & Lost Memorial Bench is being created to honor all those missing around Alaska, the nation, and the world. Three artists, 250 pounds of clay and more than five months in the making, work continues on the bench with a goal of placing it in its permanent spot outside the Homer Public Library. A memorial for Duffy and bench dedication event will be open to the public via Zoom, with details to be announced soon.

If you have a missing loved one and would like their photo included on the bench during the dedication event, please email a photo along with their name and date/location they went missing to Christina at Fundraising efforts are ongoing with $10,000 still to be raised. Donations can be made online at AND, and by check payable to HUMC, mailed to HUMC, 770 East End Rd, Homer, AK 99603 with memorial bench in the subject line.

You can also continue to drop dollars and change in donation jars around town – Chevron, Coles Market, Latitude 59 SBS, Ulmers and Wild Honey Bistro. If you’d like to support the bench as a major donor and receive name/logo recognition in a variety of ways, please contact Christina for more details and the donor form –, 907-435-7969.

Duffy’s family would like to share the modeling clay that has been used to create the 12 sculptures that will be depicted on the bench. If you are a local or statewide artist, school or arts organization interested in re-using some of the 200 pounds of clay, please contact Christina, 907-435-7969.

Anchor Point Group of Alcoholics Anonymous continues to meet in person at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at 34175 Sterling Hwy (north of Chapman School) on Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. These are open meetings, and alcoholics and non-alcoholics are all welcome. For more information, call 907-223-9814.

The Homer Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. downstairs at Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road. All meetings are open to anyone wanting to learn more about recovery from alcoholism. More information and online links to meetings can be found at

Co-Dependents Anonymous is meeting in person at Homer Methodist Church, located at 770 East End Road. Please contact Kay at 907-399-6243 for more information. All are welcome.

Step into Freedom is a narcotics anonymous group that will be held at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Glacierview Baptist Church “Big House” next to the main church. This group is for both women and men, and is open to non-addicts who would like to sit in on the meetings. For questions, call Jaclyn at 907-756-3530.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste facilities is closed on Sundays for the winter through April 24, 2022. For more information contact the KPB Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667 or check their webpage at

Homer Legislative Information Office

The Homer Legislative Information Office at 270 W Pioneer is now open for the second session of the 32nd State Legislature, which started Jan. 18. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Masks are required and provided. We are here to help you learn about and participate in matters facing the State Legislature.

Our office is a distribution site for PFD applications and can assist with questions. We verify passports and birth certificate for the Permanent Fund Division so you do not need to mail your original documents.

BILL HIGHLIGHT: SJR19: “Proposing amendments to the State Constitution relating to an appropriation limit.” If the Legislature passes SJR19, it will appear on the general election ballot for voters to approve. If voters approve the change, the state constitution will be amended.

LEGISLATIVE TIDBIT: The state constitution can only be amended by a vote of the people.

MEETING HIGHLIGHT: The Senate Judiciary committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, to consider SJR19: Const. Amend. Re: Appropriation Limit, no public testimony will be taken at this time. The committee will also review SB129: Election Pamphlet Information Regarding Judges, public testimony will be taken. To learn more about this legislation or how to participate please call 235-7878. You can watch all meetings online at

PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHT: “Alaska’s Constitution: A Citizen’s Guide” by Gordon Harrison. This publication provides explanation and historical context to each section of the constitution. Copies are available in our office free of charge.

To learn more about our services please contact us at 235-7878 or email us at

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Avenue serves take-out meals on Thursday evenings with pickup from 5-6 p.m. Monday is Homemade Soup and Bread night. Serving two different soups to-go each week, from 4-6 p.m. Quart’s $12 / Pints $7. Reservations not required. Tuesday is Kickin’ Fried Chicken night. Serving from 4-6 p.m. Buckets or 3-piece meals. With or without Coleslaw and Biscuits. Walk in’s welcome or call ahead 235-7786. Thursday night is Home Cooked Dinner Night. Each Thursday is a different meal. Dine in or Take out. Served from 5-6:30 p.m. Reservations 235-7786.

Helping Hands Thrift Store is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and donations can be dropped off any time. The office staff are at work and available by phone for addressing needs. For information, call 235-7786.

All of our meals and programs are open to the public and do not require membership. Call 235-7786 for more information.

Homer Senior Citizens

Homer Senior Citizens Inc. is closed to the public due to the high spread of the virus in our community. We are being very COVID-conscious due to the vulnerability of the people we serve. Please follow the signage on the entrance doors, which follow our mitigation efforts based upon the community levels of spread.

You my order a take-out meal from the Silver Lining Café or you may receive a meal at your home (if you do not have transportation at this time). Just call 235-7655 and reserve your meal. This week’s menu includes hot turkey sandwiches with sweet potato fries and peas on Thursday; chicken with apricot or orange, asparagus or broccoli and rice on Friday; and roast beef with mashed potatoes and green beans on Monday.

Family members may visit their loved ones at the Terrace Assisted Living. Face masks and screening are required to enter our facility. Visitation is allowed in the resident’s apartment. If you are a friend and would like to schedule an indoor visit in our Visitation Room, please call Tanner at 235-7655 to schedule your visit.

Friendship Center Adult Day Services will reopen to the public once our community level of spread is back to Intermediate.

Please join us in our concentrated efforts to reduce the spread of this virus wear a mask and avoid indoor gatherings. Choosing to get vaccinated is the single most important action you can take to protect yourself and our community. We care about our community and want to rejoin it safely.

Hospice of Homer

Hospice of Homer seeks to start a general Bereavement Support Group. This will be a facilitated group that will meet in person and be subject to our current COVID guidelines. Hospice has specific groups for those who’ve lost a life partner or child, but this group would welcome anyone dealing with loss. If you’re interested in joining, please contact the office at 235-6899 to be added to the list. Day/time information will be sent to you directly once we have an understanding of group size.

The Bereaved Parents Support Group is a support group and mutual assistance self-help group offering friendship, understanding, hope, encouragement and healing to all bereaved parents. Our purpose is to provide support, share and emotionally assist parents through their grief. The group is intended to serve both newly bereaved parents and those who are continuing on their grief journey. Anyone that has lost a child knows, you don’t just stop grieving. A parent’s grief is as timeless as their love. For more information, please email or call 303-949-8969.

Hospice of Homer has resumed its monthly Widows Support Group. This group is a place for those who have lost their partner to share and heal. It is a safe place for coming to terms with the powerful feelings and experiences only those who are walking the same path can truly understand. Participants will be following all COVID-19 protocols. RSVP is required if you plan to attend so organizers may plan accordingly for social distancing and group size limitations. Call 907-235-6899 to respond.

Homer Council on the Arts

HCOA holds its annual meeting and presents its annual Community Art Awards at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, via Zoom videoconference. Register for the meeting at HCOA has presented community awards since 2005, making this year the 16th Annual Community Art Awards. Individuals are nominated by the public and finalized by the HCOA Board of Directors. The 2021 recipients will be presented at the annual meeting. The 2020 Award recipients are Mary Epperson Lifetime Achievement Award, Paul Dungan: Artist of the year, Kim McNett; Arts Advocate, Little Foot; Mary Langham Volunteer of the Year Award, Abe Abrahamson; Jill Berryman Art Educator Award, Carly Garay; Diane Borgman Youth Artist of the Year Award, Mariah McGuire; Kathy and Mike Pate Business Award, Bodett & Co.

Registration is open for Art a la Carte, after-school classes for grades 3-6. In February students will explore paint using a variety of techniques with artist and teacher Sharlene Cline. Details and registration at

Kachemak Bay Campus

Do you have a masters degree? Have you ever thought of teaching a college class? KBC is seeking qualified adjuncts that would be willing to share their expertise with University of Alaska students. Stop by campus at 533 E. Pioneer Ave. (parking lot accessible from Heath St.) or call (907) 235-7743 for more information.

Master 100 Ton/OUPV, Feb. 11 – March 6, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are four spots left in this USCG-approved course for those with enough sea time to achieve a 100 ton USCG license or an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel license. All exams are administered on campus, and upon passing the exam a certificate will be issued which the USCG will accept in lieu of taking the USCG exam. Full attendance is mandatory. You may have more qualifying sea time than you think. Class fee is $700. Classes meet Friday 5 – 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To register, visit Call (907) 235-1674 for more information.

The Pratt Museum & Park

The Pratt Museum & Park will reopen to the public for free on Feb. 12 for the Homer Winter Carnival.

Additionally, the Pratt Museum will have two new exhibits opening mid-February.

In the Community Gallery will be “Homer’s Nutcracker: A Community Portrait,” photographs by Rafael de la Uz. “Homer’s Nutcracker” tells the story of the town’s ballet in the midst of a pandemic. The exhibit depicts the effort and dedication the community invests in this traditional performance. Homer’s children work to provide several nights of joy and beauty. Photographs will be available for purchase.

Rafael de la Uz is a photographer and filmmaker. He began his work in his hometown of Havana, Cuba. Since moving to the U.S. in 2001, he has worked on projects for HBO, PBS, the New York Times and others. His latest work is a portrait of the community of set netters in South Naknek.

Lisa Williams’ “Native Ways In Changing Times” will be in the special exhibit gallery. “Native Ways In Changing Times” is the accumulation of photographs taken over a 5-year span from 2005 to 2010 in the villages of Nanwalek and Port Graham, Alaska. The Exxon oil spill occurred in 1989, but the social-cultural ripple effect is felt to this day. The work shown here is an attempt at examining the tightly held traditions and values of the Native people of these two villages and their resiliency with which they responded to the impact the Exxon spill had on their way of life. These 35 images and quotes were selected from over 1500 photographs and 50 pages of transcribed interviews. This project was funded in part by the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Lisa Williams is an award-winning photographer whose images are featured in the book, “Our Changing Seas.” She received her MFA in Social Documentation from Sonoma State University in Sonoma, California. Born in San Diego, California, Lisa has spent the last 30 years hiking the mountains, making friends, and exploring Alaska. She is a two-time grant recipient from the Alaska Humanities Forum and values the opportunity this has given her to learn about and document Alaskan Native Cultures. Lisa’s passion is visual anthropology and hopes her photographs compel deeper respect and appreciation for the cultural values of Native Alaskans. Her work has been shown in museums and cultural centers throughout Alaska and she looks forward to more photographic adventures.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers free testing and vaccinations for COVID-19. Free testing is offered daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the test site on Bartlett Street. No appointment is necessary. Vaccines are offered walk-in or by appointment as supplies permit from Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can only be made online at Vaccinations are open to anyone 5 years and older for Pfizer, and 18 years and older for all other brands. Call the COVID nurse at 235-0235 to discuss symptoms, or the COVID vaccine info line at 435-3188 for recorded updates. Free testing is now offered for anyone who recently attended a social gathering or who was in a crowded indoor space and close to others. Details are in the weekly newspaper ad, at or at 907-435-3188.

Pediatric vaccine appointments are also now available every Wednesday and Saturday at the SPH test and vaccine clinic on Bartlett Street. Pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine are now available for children ages 5-11. Appointments can be scheduled at A parent or guardian must be present during the appointment.

Kenai Peninsula Votes Tidbit

Even though S.2747 did not proceed in the last legislative session, cloture (procedure for ending a debate) was not invoked. That was in October. Below is a summary of the bill taken directly from All voters should consider its merit and write to your legislators with your thoughts.

Freedom to Vote Act

This bill addresses voter registration and voting access, election integrity and security, redistricting, and campaign finance.

Specifically, the bill expands voter registration (e.g., automatic and same-day registration) an voting access (e.g., vote-by-mail and early voting). It also limits removing voters from voter rolls.

Next, the bill establishes Election Day as a federal holiday.

The bill declares that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless, at the time of the election, such individual is serving a felony sentence.

The bill establishes certain federal criminal offenses related to voting. In particular, the bill establishes a new criminal offense for conduct (or attempted conduct) to corruptly hinder, interfere with, or prevent another person from registering to vote or helping someone register to vote.

Additionally, the bill sets forth provisions related to election security, including by requiring states to conduct post-election audits for federal elections. The bill outlines criteria for congressional redistricting and generally prohibits mid-decade redistricting.

The bill outlines criteria for congressional redistricting and generally prohibits mid-decade redistricting.

The bill addresses campaign finance, including by expanding the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals, requiring additional disclosure of campaign-related fundraising and spending, requiring additional disclaimers regarding certain political advertising, and establishing an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices.

Remember, all votes count and all voices matter.