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US Fish and Wildlife Service

Alaska's Fair Share oil tax initiative announced on Thursday that they have collected the required 40,000 signatures to place their initiative on the ballot. The initiative aims to amend existing laws, most notably Senate Bill 21 A, to increase Alaskan's share of production revenues by increasing the gross tax rate and eliminating net tax credits.
Update:
This story has been updated to include initiative sponsor and attorney, Robin Brena.

City of Homer

The City of Homer issued an official statement on Thursday, announcing that the lawsuit brought by former Homer City Councilmember Thomas Stroozas against the City of Homer and Homer City Council was dismissed by Anchorage Superior Court on Wednesday, December 18.

KBBI

On Monday December 9, Anchorage Superior Court denied former Homer City Councilmember Thomas Stroozas’ request that the court issue an injunction ordering the council to remove Storm Hansen-Cavasos from the Homer City Council pending resolution of his lawsuit.

Stroozas, represented by attorneys Thomas Amodio and Keri-Ann Baker, is suing the city and the city council asserting that Hansen-Cavasos was ineligible to run as a candidate because she did not meet Homer City Code's one-year residence requirement.

Borough recap: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Dec 5, 2019
KPB

Correction:
A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the councilmember who called for reconsideration of the material site ordinance. Councilmember Jesse Bjorkman called for reconsideration. 

KBBI

Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Alyse Galvin was in Homer on Saturday and Sunday. Galvin is running as an independent.

This is her second attempt to unseat Representative Don Young who commenced his 23rd term in 2018. In that election, Galvin got 47% of the vote.

She sat down with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson after her appearance at KBay.
 

Homer City Council recap: November 25, 2019

Nov 27, 2019
City of Homer

The City of Homer held its first public hearing on the 2020 and 2021 budget Monday night and proposed a long list of changes, substitutions and corrections. The budgets, which totaled nearly $22 million for 2020 and 2021 prior to the council’s proposed amendments are the first attempt at approving a two-year budget process.

KBBI

Governor Mike Dunleavy was in Homer on Thursday to address the  Alaska State Home Builders Association at their conference at Land’s End Resort.  KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson was there and filed this report.

Homer City Council recap: October 14, 2019

Oct 15, 2019
City of Homer

In a marathon meeting Monday night that packed the council chambers, the Homer City Council unanimously certified the October municipal election results and seated Storm Hansen-Cavasos and Joey Evensen on the council.  Council members also officially called for an investigation into the eligibility of Hansen-Cavasos after numerous people came forward questioning her claim of residency in the City of Homer.

Kenai Peninsula Borough election results show 17.75 % of eligible voters voted in yesterday’s election.

Both propositions on the borough ballot failed.

On Prop 1. "Should the city move to a borough manager form of government?"
57 %  of borough voters cast a N0 vote.
43 %  voted Yes.    

Prop 2. would have raised the sales tax cap from $500 to $1000. It also failed
with No votes making  55 %  of the total
and Yes votes bringing in 45%.

City of Homer

On this two-part Coffee Table, first, you'll hear from incumbent candidates for Homer City Council, Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas. In the second half, guests are candidates Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos. The election is Tuesday, October 1.   Correction: In the on-air version of the show with guests Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas, host Kathleen Gustafson incorrectly stated that Councilmember Shelly Erickson signed the 2017 petition to recall three Homer City Council members.

Homer City Council recap: September 23, 2019

Sep 26, 2019
City of Homer

Just weeks after finally agreeing to move forward with plans to demolish the Homer Educational and Recreational Complex, or HERC building, the Homer City Council heard a proposal to turn the old education building into an innovation center. 

Joshua and Jeremiah Riley of the nonprofit Grow Economy pitched the idea to the council Monday night, saying other similar facilities have been built in various rural communities in the Lower 48 using federal and state funding sources. 
 

Homer Chamber of Commerce

The candidates for Homer City Council met in the Homer Public Library Wednesday, September 25, 2019 for a candidate forum sponsored by the library and the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Kelly Cooper was the moderator.
Questions were sourced from the audience and from the community at-large. The event was broadcast live on KBBI. Click on the links below to hear a recording of the forum.

Pebble Project presents to Borough Assembly

Sep 19, 2019
Northern Dynasty Minerals

Correction: In a previous version of this story, KBBI incorrectly stated that Northern Dynasty Minerals was no longer affiliated with the Pebble Partnership. In fact, Northern Dynasty Minerals is the sole owner of the Pebble Partnership. KBBI regrets the error.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard an update from the Pebble Project at its regular meeting on Tuesday as the company moves toward the completion of its federal permitting process.

Homer City Council recap: August 12, 2019

Sep 17, 2019
City of Homer

Homer Mayor Ken Castner campaigned on the promise that he would not cast votes to break a tie when the city council split their votes evenly. He said he wanted council members, who often split on issues, to not depend on him to decide. At Monday night’s council meeting, in response to Castner casting tie-breaking votes on a couple of issues, Councilmember Rachel Lord brought forth an ordinance that would have required the mayor break ties.

Homer City Council recap: September 9, 2019

Sep 17, 2019
City of Homer

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, the council failed to approve a measure it had been discussing since March that would have allowed properties outside the city to connect to city water. 

The ordinance, amended  city code pertaining to water rules and regulations. It was introduced in April and had been postponed twice.
It would have allowed residents and businesses outside the city to connect to water if their property was adjacent to the city’s water line, as is the case in many areas of Kachemak City.

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