The City of Homer released its adopted budget in January. The budget for fiscal year 2015 stretches each dollar of revenue as far as possible. There is no surplus to speak of. This year’s budget basically ensures the city’s daily operations can continue uninterrupted. Recently City of Homer Finance Director John Li and KBBI's Quinton Chandler discussed the status of the city's finances.
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last night voted in favor of researching ways to lower the borough’s health care costs. The assembly passed an ordinance to appropriate $200,000. That money will go toward establishing a working group and hiring consultants.
The Walker administration has brought back two more transportation officials who left their posts during the Parnell administration. Department of Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken yesterday named Mike Neussl as deputy commissioner. He served in the same post in 2011 and 2012. Department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says he will oversee the ferry system, as he did before. Ferry system General Manager John Falvey will remain in his post.
Since December, a few intrepid Cook Inlet fishermen have been trying something new. They’ve been fishing for pollock in state waters using seine gear. It’s an experiment to determine the viability of establishing a future fishery in the area. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spent a day aboard the Sea Prince to see how the experiment is working so far.
It can be extremely difficult to earn a living working a farm. It’s not enough to have a green thumb. Farmers have to know how to navigate the obstacles of the business world. Recently, a company that travels the country tutoring local farmers in the business side of their trade stopped in Homer during a week-long trip through Alaska.
The City of Homer selection committee last week released the shortlist of candidates for Homer City Manager. It includes Homer Public Works Director Carey Meyer, North Pole legislator Douglas Isaacson, Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Anacortes, Washington, Chris Johnson, and Executive Director of Support Services for the City of Rosenberg, Texas, Jeffrey Trinker.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday voted to recommend a 1.7-million pound increase in the coast-wide catch of halibut. The joint U.S. and Canadian body oversees management of the highly prized bottom fish from California to Alaska. The commission held its annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia last week.
A warmer winter has pushed many Homer residents inside the local ice rink, looking for a blast of cold air and a good winter sport. And curling seems to be just the ticket. It’s a centuries old game that can be played by people young and old, highly athletic or not, by rookies and experienced players alike. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver stopped by an open curling night at the rink to find out just what attracts new people to this unique sport and keeps them coming back.