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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.

KBBI

Two seats on the Homer City Council are up for election in the October 1, 2019  municipal election. The seats are currently held by Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas, who were elected in 2016. Both Erickson and Stroozas have filed for the upcoming election along with two new candidates for Homer City Council, Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen.

 KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson has this profile of Councilmember Tom Stroozas.

Potential candidates for Homer City Council can take a number of routes to prepare to serve. Tom Stroozas may have taken them all.

Shelly Erickson

Two seats on the Homer City Council are in contention for the October 1, 2019 Municipal Election. The seats are currently held by Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas who were elected in 2016. Those seats are being challenged by first time candidates, Joey Evensen and Storm Hanson-Cavasos. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson sat down with Shelly Erickson to talk about her time on the council and her goals for the upcoming year.

KBBI

When the Homer City Council starts to wrestle with an issue, candidate Storm Hansen-Cavasos says she’s ready to go to the mat.
KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson has this profile of Hansen-Cavasos.

Two seats on the Homer City Council are in contention for the October 1, 2019 municipal election. The seats are currently held by Tom Stroozas and Shelly Erickson. Both have filed for reelection. There are two new candidates for city council, Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos. 
 

City of Homer

Two seats on the Homer City Council are in contention for the October 1, 2019  Municipal Election. The seats are currently held by Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas who were elected in 2016. Erickson and Stroozas have both filed for re-election.

KBBI News

Kenai Peninsula residents traveled from as far away as Soldotna in hopes of recalling Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. Organizers from Homer set up tables in WKFL Park on Thursday, August 1. Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. they collected over 400 signatures. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson attended the rally to ask the people in attendance why they want to recall Alaska's Governor.

Homer Senior Citizens Inc.

Thirteen senior citizens who live at Homer Senior Center facilities face eviction because of their inability to pay rent due to The State of Alaska’s elimination of the state Senior Benefits Program. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Pat Melone, the president of the board of directors of Homer Senior Citizens Inc.  

District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak called from Juneau on Monday after the senate gaveled out. He spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update.

Voices from the Rally for Alaska

Jul 29, 2019
Nina Faust

The Homer Legislative Information Office on Pioneer Ave was the site of a rally this weekend. Organizers from the community and local nonprofits set up a stage and a microphone in the parking lot and invited people to speak about cuts to the state budget. KBBI’s Zoe Cramer was there and heard from protesters, about how the budget cuts will impact their lives.

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Office of Rep. Stutes

Alaska State Representative Louise Stutes says that reversing budget cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System is her priority this weekend. She spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update. Representative Stutes’ constituents in Seldovia and Halibut Cove can contact her at rep.louise.stutes@akleg.gov. or call her office at (907) 465-3271. To join in Monday’s teleconference, the toll-free number to call is: 1 (515) 604-9000  - Access Code 279613.

Homer City Council recap: July 22, 2019

Jul 24, 2019
City of Homer

The Homer City Council responded to the current state fiscal debate with a letter sent to the Alaska legislature and Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, outlining the impacts currently budgeted cuts would have on the city and region.The letter, approved unanimously by the council Monday night, noted that job losses from the $444 million in vetoes to the state operating budget implemented by Gov. Mike Dunleavy would impact the region’s property and sales tax revenues, which make up 72 % of the city’s general fund budget. 

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