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Donor to help homeless students

After learning about a candlelight vigil to support homeless youth on the Kenai Peninsula last week, a generous person has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations to the school district’s Students in Transition program, which provides supplies and support to borough students in unstable housing situations. The program serves 185 students this year, and is nearly out of funding. For more information or to donate, call Jane Dunn at 226-1890.


Judge rules city was in civil 

contempt in condo decision

In the Ken Castner v. City of Homer lawsuit, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ordered the city to pay $42,500 as “a compensatory civil contempt sanction.” In that order, Huguelet also signed off on a settlement between Castner and the city. Huguelet had previously ordered the city to comply with his decision that the city improperly assessed Castner’s business condominiums in the Kachemak Bay Title Company building regarding the Homer Natural Gas Assessment District. The decision also applied to other condos in the gas service district.

In the latest order of Nov. 16, Huguelet agreed with the terms of a stipulation and proposed order agreed on by Castner and the city. Huguelet also found that the assessment roll confirmed by the Homer City Council in a Sept. 14 resolution complied with his order and that the city could issue special assessment statements to condo owners for the amounts in that roll. 

Huguelet ruled that the $42,500 civil contempt sanction was reasonable compensation for Castner’s attorney fees and costs devoted to his efforts to get the city to comply with the court’s decision. Huguelet also wrote that it wasn’t necessary to hold further hearings or impose additional contempt sanctions. In effect, Huguelet’s decision ends the case.


KBC announces nursing grads

The University of Alaska Anchorage Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College announces that the following eight students have completed the Homer-based UAA nursing program, earning a R.N. and A.A.S. in nursing degree: Brenna Overson, Joyce Rider, Mesille Mershon, Sydney Webb, DesMarie Meachum, Jacqueline Waldron, LeeAnn Fields and Karen Nelson.

These students began the program two years ago after at least a year of preparatory and prerequisite courses. The program included clinical rotations at several local clinics, South Peninsula Hospital and Anchorage hospitals.

Their achievements will be celebrated at a “pinning” ceremony coordinated by the students and KBC staff on Monday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay Campus.
The next cohort of new nursing students begin their program in January at KBC.

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