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In contrast to a heated hearing earlier in the day, Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting was relatively uneventful as new council members Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos took seats at the table for the first time and the council elected council member Rachel Lord as its new mayor pro tem.

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The Homer City Council on Monday voted to keep Storm Hansen-Cavasos on the council, finding that claims that she was not an eligible candidate for the seat because she was not a city resident for a year prior to the election were unfounded.

In a vote of 4-1, the council found that the preponderance of the evidence presented in the investigation supported Hansen-Cavasos’ claim that she was a resident of Homer for a year prior the election date.

Municipal election season begins today

Aug 1, 2018
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Editor's note: This story has been updated to include that Willy Dunne is planning to run for re-election. 

The filing window for residents interested in serving on local city councils, assemblies and boards has opened. Candidate filing and nomination packets are available now until August 15 for those interested in running for office.

Marijuana cultivation facility's future uncertain

Jan 23, 2018
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A potential marijuana cultivation facility’s future in Homer may be in jeopardy after it was found growing several marijuana plants before it was officially approved.

Alaska Loven It, a hopeful standard cultivation business on Kachemak Drive, was set to be considered for approval by the Homer City Council Monday.

Both City Planner Rick Abboud and Homer Police Chief Mark Robl had signed off on owner Dan Coglianese’s application, recommending its approval by the council before heading onto the Marijuana Control Board later this week.

City Council approves 2018 budget

Dec 12, 2017
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The Homer City Council unanimously approved a roughly $22 million dollar budget Monday.

The spending plan is relatively flat compared to 2017. City Manager Katie Koester called it a conservative and cautious approach.

Like other municipalities across the state, Homer’s budget outlook is looking grim. State revenue sharing has declined significantly over the past few years. Sales tax, which accounts for half of the city’s revenue, is also expected to stay flat and 2018’s healthcare premiums spiked about 8 percent.

Two more candidates file for council seats

Aug 11, 2017
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Two seats on the Homer City Council are up for grabs in October. So far, five candidates have officially filed to run.

Rachel Lord was among two candidates to file on Friday. Lord is a small business owner and is the current commissioner on the City’s Economic Development Commission. She also sits on the Harbor Safety Committee and is an executive secretary for Alaska’s Harbormasters Association.

Three candidates vie for two city council seats

Aug 10, 2017
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Two seats on the Homer City Council are up for grabs in October. So far, three candidates have officially filed to run.

Kimberly Ketter filed to run on Monday. Ketter ran in 2016 and received 181 votes.

Caroline Venuti filed on Thursday. Venuti is a lifelong Alaskan. She has served on the Library Advisory Board, the City Transportation Committee and sat on the founding board of the Homer Boys and Girls Club.

Joni Wise Candidate Profile

Sep 26, 2015
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Homer’s 2015 Regular Election is coming up on October 6th. The City has two open city council seats and six candidates competing for them. Over the past month KBBI has conducted interviews with each of the official candidates. Click the icon above to hear an interview with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and City Council Candidate Joni Wise.

Homer City Council Candidate Bows Out

Sep 22, 2015
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          Homer City Council Candidate Michael Neece officially withdrew his name from the race for city council on Monday. Neece says he has to quit for multiple reasons. 

“Part of it was time, part of it was family. Some of it was a medical thing. Part of it was conflict with my new job and the city. I couldn’t work my new job and be on the city council because it would be in conflict with my new business,” says Neece.

      Neece declined to identify his business on record. 

Beau Burgess Candidate Profile

Sep 15, 2015
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The 2015 General Municipal Election is approaching. The City of Homer has two open city council seats and seven candidates competing for them. In the coming weeks KBBI will share interviews with each of the official candidates. Next you’ll hear an interview with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and Incumbent City Council Member Beau Burgess.

Homer City Council Candidate Bob Howard

Sep 10, 2015
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The 2015 General Municipal Election is approaching. The City of Homer has two open city council seats and seven candidates competing for them. In the coming weeks KBBI will share interviews with each of the official candidates. Click the icon above to hear an interview with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and Homer City Council Candidate Bob Howard.