City of Homer

City of Homer

The City of Homer is thinking about how it will develop its storm water drainage system as the community grows. The city recently received a roughly $100,000 grant from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to see how green infrastructure could help mitigate the cost of developing that system.

Public Works Director Carey Meyer said green infrastructure can range from grassy ditches that remove sediment carried by rainwater runoff to rain gardens that retain and filter water during storms.

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Click on the audio file below to hear the  Homer City Council & Mayoral Candidates Forum sponsored by The Homer Chamberof Commerce, recorded at Alices's Champagne Palace in Homer on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

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Homer City Manager Katie Koester told Homer residents Tuesday that the city is keeping its head above water as the state fiscal crisis and recession continues.

Koester gave a State of the City speech to residents during a Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Best Western Bidarka Inn.

She highlighted Homer’s diverse economy and steady population growth.

Courtesy of Keep Cannabis Legal

Marijuana businesses across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are facing an uncertain future. Ballot Proposition 1 will go to a vote in October and would ban all pot operations within the borough that don’t fall under municipal regulations. A ballot initiative group is pushing back against the proposition by promoting the economic growth of the marijuana industry.

Keep Cannabis Legal gave a presentation to the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Board Friday. The ballot initiative group is traveling around the peninsula to push back against Ballot Proposition 1.

New director takes over at Hospice of Homer

May 12, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Hospice of Homer has a new executive director after Darlene Hilderbrand retired last month. Hilderbrand started as the volunteer coordinator 18 years ago before becoming director.

Jessica Golden started working with Hilderbrand last month and took over the volunteer-based operation May 1. Golden has worked in the non-profit field since 2008 doing public relations work for Blood Bank of Alaska and most recently as the events manager for the American Lung Association’s Alaska branch.

Kachemak Bay Campus celebrates the class of 2017

May 11, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Kachemak Bay College Campus held its graduation ceremony Wednesday. Family and friends gathered in Homer High School’s auditorium to watch 13 GEDs and 21 certificates awarded. Nineteen graduates also received associate, bachelor and master’s degrees.

Retiring Associate Professor of Mathematics Sara Reinert was set to address the graduating class, but was unable to attend. Campus Director Carol Swartz spoke to Reinert’s impact on campus.

Challenges for Homer businesses, what are they?

May 10, 2017
City of Homer

What are the challenges businesses face in Homer? That’s what the Homer Economic Development Advisory Commission hopes to answer by surveying business owners in the city.

Commissioner Rachel Lord presented a plan to the Homer City Council Monday that would survey businesses within city limits.

The commission hopes the data collected will help the city better understand ways it can help businesses.

“Our job growth and our economic development really is going to likely come most from the success and retention of the businesses we currently have,” Lord said.

Listen to a recording of Monday night's Homer City Council meeting.

Homer Election Certified, Confirms Results

Oct 8, 2016
City of Homer

The City of Homer has counted all the votes and certified the official results for the regular election that took place Tuesday, October 4.

“The certifying of the results include counting all of the absentee and early ballots, the question ballots, and special needs votes. It did adjust the percentages for the candidates slightly, and for the proposition,” said Jo Johnson, the City of Homer Clerk. She says that the newly counted ballots did not change the overall results of the election by much.

Homer Man Leads Troopers on High Speed Chase

Oct 7, 2016
Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

On Thursday afternoon, a Homer resident led local law enforcement on a high speed chase from Anchor Point to Homer.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Anchor Point Troopers received a report just after 3 p.m. Thursday of a reckless driver on Sterling Highway near mile 171. Troopers located the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Lumina, and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, 30-year-old Paul Suter of Homer, led police on a brief car chase before crashing into a ditch. Suter then fled into the woods on foot at mile 158, near Sabea Circle.

2016 Municipal Election: Unofficial Results

Oct 4, 2016
Image courtesy of City of Homer

The city of Homer has reported the preliminary results from the 2016 municipal election.

Bryan Zak won the Homer mayoral race, with 52 percent of the vote. Candidate David Lewis received 46 percent of the vote.

Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas have been elected to Homer City Council.

Voters rejected Homer City Ballot Proposition 1, with 53 percent voting no on the proposition. The bond proposition would have financed a new police station in Homer.

Borough Mayor Promotes Propositions in Homer

Sep 14, 2016
City of Homer

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre attended the Homer City Council meeting on Monday, where he talked with council members and Homer's Mayor about two propositions that will appear on the Oct. 4 municipal ballot.

Both propositions address Borough tax code. Mayor Navarre said the proposed tax increases are needed.

Burning Basket Tradition Marks Its 13th Year

Sep 9, 2016
Shahla Farzan / KBBI

This year is the 13th anniversary of the Homer Burning Basket celebration.

If you’re not familiar with the tradition, each fall, community members gather plants and other natural materials to create a large woven basket in Mariner Park. They decorate the basket, tucking personal notes inside. Once it’s complete, the basket is set on fire.

Homer Fire Gets Boost Through Remodel, Grants

Aug 31, 2016
Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Homer Volunteer Fire Department has started a remodeling project to improve their Pioneer Avenue building.

Fire Chief Bob Painter says the project has been underway for about two weeks. He says the remodel is the result of two and half years of planning.

The $1,000,000 project was funded by the City of Homer after the department was removed from the plans for a new public safety building.

Coffee Table: Legislative Impact on Local Government

Apr 27, 2016
Photo by Rose Grech

Legislators are more than a week past their deadline to end the regular legislative session and the most important issue, the budget deficit, is still unresolved. This session lawmakers heard multiple bills that, if passed, could increase costs for cities and boroughs around the state. 

This week on the Coffee Table we discussed session’s proposed legislation and the impacts it could have on the city of Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. 

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