During this fiscal year’s budgetary process some of Homer’s various department heads asked the city council for additional personnel. The council denied those requests because of a lack of funds. Recently several departments explained the reality behind their staffing needs.
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The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, a state owned corporation, is coming closer to a decision on a proposed alliance with Furie Operating Alaska in light of the company’s looming gas exploration in Cook Inlet. AIDEA and Furie both expect an investment in Cook Inlet to pay big returns.
The city council announced it will follow a judge’s ruling on natural gas assessments for one particular condominium owner. But, it won’t change its approach to all other assessments as a result. This is the latest step in the Ken Castner vs. The City of Homer case that started nearly two years ago.
The day marijuana legalization took effect in Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down the first major marijuana proposal it’s considered. That decision followed hours of strongly divided opinions and community members.
There will be no digging for clams on east Cook Inlet beaches this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued the emergency order yesterday. It prohibits the taking of any clam species on beaches from the Kenai River to the end of the Homer Spit from March 1st through December 31st.
The advisory planning commission is undertaking a daunting task. It’s evaluating the uses, boundaries, and natural landscape of some of Homer’s most popular beaches. That may sound benign, but beaches can be some of the most complex multi-use areas in a community.
Governor Bill Walker’s nominee to the Board of Fisheries has withdrawn his name from consideration. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader John Coghill’s office confirmed the withdrawal of Dr. Roland Maw but couldn’t provide additional details. Maw went through the first half of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Resources Committee Monday. The hearing was extended to Friday afternoon as there were more people signed up to testify than time allotted, but was cancelled earlier today.
The State Senate Resources Committee gave Alaskans an opportunity to voice their opinions on a Joint Resolution that insists the United States Legislature open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain to oil and gas development. A single Homer resident was the only person to testify.