Recent News Stories

One Homer based organization that is part of a national network has been assessing health needs in the community, and seeking ways to meet those needs.  It’s a mouthful - "Mobilizing For Action Through Planning and Partnership" - or MAPP, for short. 

More than a week after the 2013 municipal election, voters in Homer finally have official election results. A vote recount Tuesday confirmed that Bryan Zak and Gus Van Dyke were the two top vote-getters in a four-way race for the city council.

State fisheries managers say Cook Inlet salmon sport fishing will be managed conservatively for the 2013 season, a response to low king salmon abundance over recent years, a below-average outlook for the upcoming season and uncertainty over how quickly abundance may rebound.

A Homer art gallery is one of just 153 arts organizations nationwide to receive a “Challenge America Fast-Track Grant” from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Bunnell Street Arts Center will receive $10,000 in grant money from the NEA. 

One of the Homer City Council’s prickliest issues over the last few years has finally been put to bed … at least for now. After about an hour of discussion, the “nays” had it and the city council once again voted down the reinstatement of the grocery tax.

The federal government’s most important piece of fisheries legislation – the Magnuson-Stevens Act – is set to expire this year unless it is reauthorized by Congress. U.S. Senator Mark Begich says he and other members of Congress are pushing for changes to the act.

Local halibut fishermen concerned about NOAA’s proposed halibut catch-sharing rule will have an extra two weeks to file public comments on the subject. Originally, NOAA had set a public comment period of 45 days.

The City of Homer is still reeling from damage caused to its sewer system by a January storm. The Homer City Council approved relief funding for three families affected by the storm and is anticipating even higher damage costs to the sewage treatment plant.

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