Earlier this month, public broadcasting survived an effort in the House to slash its state funding by half. Now, a subcommittee in the Senate has axed the appropriation entirely. The cuts would cause some stations in places like Homer and Kodiak to lose their federal funding and rural communities could lose their emergency alert system.
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Since January, Homer has had its nose in a book. That book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. For nine weeks, dozens of bookworms participated in the Big Read, a program to encourage community-wide literacy, which finished this month.
The Homer City Council has at last reached the end of its search for a new City Manager to replace former manager Walt Wrede. The position first opened up in early October. By the time of Wrede’s departure in December nearly 50 candidates had applied. A special council meeting on Tuesday night marked the second round of interviews and the job was offered to current Economic Development Director Katie Koester. Despite the months’ long search and the loss of several potential candidates, council members say they’re more than satisfied with the final outcome.
A medical examiner has positively identified two of the four sets of human remains found over the weekend near a Kenai trail. Kenai Police released a statement Thursday positively identifying 37-year old Brandon Jividen and 23-year old Rebecca Adams.
Homer’s Winter King Derby has grown continuously since it was first started twenty-two years ago. The trend continued Saturday when the Homer Chamber of Commerce and tournament participants saw every derby record set broken again.The winning fish weighed in at 30.4 pounds, second place was 28.6 pounds, and third place hit 28.5 pounds.
South Peninsula Hospital held a three day emergency drill last week to prepare Homer for a real life large scale disaster. The exercise made use of emergency personnel from both local and state agencies as well as dozens of volunteers. According to South Peninsula Hospital emergency personnel simulated the care and management of over one hundred casualties and seventeen fatalities.
Kenai police say they are fairly confident the human remains found by a motorist on a local trail are those of a family missing since last May.
Lieutenant David Ross held a media update midday Monday.
“Based on the consistency, we are very confident. The clothes are consistent, the size, the location. We are very confident that it is them. Obviously we will be looking for the medical examiner’s confirmation through DNA testing.”
He says there were four sets of human remains found and one dog.
Human remains were found Saturday on a Kenai trail. Kenai police are looking into a possible connection to a local family that went missing almost a year ago.