Renee Gross

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Sarah Vance is one of three Republican primary candidates in House District 31 vying for the chance to face incumbent and non-partisan candidate Paul Seaton in the general election. Vance is a homeschooling mother of four, and this is her first run for state office. But this is not her first foray in politics.

Vance got her start in Homer politics in 2017 when she was the spokesperson for a political action committee that pushed for the recall of three Homer City Council members.

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Crime has been a large concern on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Anchor Point has held several recent meetings on how to lessen it.  But residents working to prevent crime may soon be able to receive a little help from the state.  

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South Peninsula Hospital’s new substance use, misuse and addiction task force will meet for the first time at the end of this month. The hospital is forming a group of 12 representatives from emergency services, the Homer Medical Center and the local community, among other areas.

Derotha Ferraro is the spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital. She said the task force will look at roughly 20 areas of the hospital’s care from birthing to physical therapy.

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Gubernatorial candidates stopped in Homer Tuesday to campaign, meet with residents and square off in a governor’s forum. The event drew four prominent candidates including Governor Bill Walker, Mike Dunleavy, Mark Begich and Mead Treadwell. It also drew lesser-known candidate Billy Toien.  

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Three candidates are running for two seats on the Homer City Council. Council member Heath Smith filed to run for his second term on Monday.

Smith is one of two candidates running for re-election. Council member Donna Aderhold also filed for re-election. Her first term is ending as well this year. 

Former Middle School teacher Deb Lowney is running for a seat on the council her first time. The deadline to file for this fall's election is Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.  

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The Homer City Council voted down an ordinance Monday that would have required the city manager to take inflationary pressures on the budget and the cost of living for employees into account during the budgeting process. 

The ordinance would have required the city manager to present the council with an overview of the Anchorage Consumer Price Index from the previous year, the only city in the state where inflation is tracked. The city manager would also be required to track cost-of-living raises given to city employees in three nearby communities.

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The director of the Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay Campus will retire at end of the year. Carol Swartz has directed the campus for the past 32 years. She drove its growth by increasing the student enrollment and the school's offerings.

Swartz also founded the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. The event draws over 100 attendees and acclaimed writers to the Homer area every June.

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Members of the public will not be able to visit the Pratt Museum for roughly eight months while it undergoes building renovations. According to a press release, the museum will close in early September and reopen in early May of 2019. The museum is installing ramps and hydraulic lifts in order to become more accessible.  It also plans to construct a new collections department and upgrade the building system, among other improvements.

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The U.S Coast Guard rescued two men from a pleasure cruiser Saturday in Prince William Sound. The F/V Gaillea ran aground roughly six miles off Busby Island, roughly 20 miles Southwest of Valdez. 

A 75-year-old man fell overboard, according to a Coast Guard news release. The man swam ashore, and several other vessels responded to help. Members of the F/V Fierce Leader recovered a 69-year-old man who was still aboard the Gaillea and crewmembers from the F/V Mary J used a skiff to rescue the other man from shore.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission

Applications for two proposed gravel pits in and around the Anchor Point area were appealed over the last couple of weeks.

Emmitt Trimble, the manager of Beachcomber LLC appealed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission’s decision to deny his permit request to excavate roughly 30 acres near the mouth of the Anchor River. The panel denied the permit in a 6-3 vote in July.

The planning commission denied the application after hearing hours of testimony about the potential visual and noise impacts, among other concerns.