Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education looked out at a sea of red in its meeting in Homer on Monday night. Over a hundred teachers and support staff, who are seeing red over unresolved contract negotiations, wore red to the meeting and spoke out about their concerns.

City of Homer and Alaska Legislature

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect comments from House District 31 Republican nominee Sarah Vance and Party Chairman Nona Safra. 

The Homer Chamber of Commerce canceled its debate for the House District 31 race. The chamber announced Monday that it will not host a debate between incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton and Sarah Vance due to stipulations put forth by the House District 31 Republican Party.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

Homer will soon see a new police station, but the city still has to decide what to do with the current building. On Monday, the Homer City Council began that discussion, and it’s leaning toward keeping the building.

During a work session Monday, the city council considered multiple options for what to do with the current police station after the department moves into its new building in 2019.

The council discussed everything from renovating the space to demolishing it. But selling the building wasn’t appealing to the council.

Courtesy of Connor Schmidt

Just a few days after jumping into the race for two seats on the Homer City Council as a write-in candidate, Connor Schmidt is pulling out of the race.

Schmidt announced on his Facebook page Monday that he did not change his voter registration from Kachemak City to Homer before the official deadline, making him ineligible to be elected to the council.

Schmidt says he is unsure if he'll run for a seat on the council next election cycle, but he says he'll be involved in the race in some capacity. 

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Sept. 9, 2018

Sep 9, 2018

Pituryatur warluta  -  Picnic

Unwaqu pamairtukut Nanwakcagmen
pituryatur warluta.

Tomorrow, we are heading to Second Lake for a picnic.

Courtesy of Connor Schmidt

Just a few days after a candidate dropped out the race for two seats on the Homer City Council and left two incumbents unopposed, one Homer resident is mounting a write-in campaign. Connor Schmidt is hoping to insert himself into the race as a younger progressive candidate.

The 25-year-old said he had wanted officially file to run for city council before the August deadline, but decided against it when city council member Donna Aderhold filed for re-election and Deb Lowney jumped in the race.

City of Homer and Alaska Legislature

The District 31 Republican Party is imposing stipulations on when, where and how its nominee, Sarah Vance, will debate incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton.

In an email to the Homer Chamber of Commerce and local press, Party Chair Nona Safra said the party will not approve any debates taking place in establishments where alcohol is served. Safra also noted that the “time, date, moderator and location” will be subject to her approval.   The party is also prohibiting their candidate from participating in any debates prior to Oct. 15.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The Alaska Veteran Association or VA wants to provide Homer veterans with more health services and a larger clinic. But there’s a hang up. Only half of the estimated veterans in town are signed up for insurance through the VA. Without more registered vets, it may be harder to justify additional services, and getting unregistered vets to sign up isn’t easy.  

Vietnam veteran Troy Wise wears the same grey hat everyday.

“It has three pins on there,” he said. “It has the combat infantry badge, the Vietnam campaign medal and aviator wings.”

City of Homer Planning and Zoning Department

South Peninsula Hospital is speaking out against a proposal for a new clinic. Dr. Paul Raymond with the Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic is seeking a conditional use permit to build a roughly 20,000 square-foot clinic between South Peninsula Hospital and the Homer Medical Clinic.

The Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic is currently located off Bartlett St. The clinic  provides children’s health, wellness and preventive exams and occupational medicine, among other offerings. It’s not clear if the new clinic would provide additional services.

Vladimir Dudak, creative commons

Federal prosecutors say a Homer man illegally shipped several modified firearms with defaced serial numbers to New York. A New York grand jury indicted 25-year-old Benjamin Handley in late July on 15 counts of illegally shipping the weapons.

Handley allegedly mailed nine firearms that he is said to have illegally modified into “machineguns”, including a variety of 9 mm and .45 caliber pistols. Serial numbers on each of the guns were allegedly removed.