Courtesy of Conrad Field.

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is hosting its annual gala this weekend, and as part of the event, it will give away its fourth annual Land at Heart award, which honors those who have made contributions to land conservation on the Kenai Peninsula.

Carmen and Conrad Field will receive the award Saturday for their years of environmental education work around the peninsula. Carmen passed away in early 2016, but her husband Conrad will be on hand to accept the award. He said he’s honored the land trust is recognizing the legacy Carmen left behind.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Oct. 9, 2017

Oct 11, 2017
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Ayuiqalraanga -
             I couldn't sleep last night.

Unuk nangpia ayuiqalraanga.

Translation:
I couldn't sleep at all last night.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

Onsite consumption could become a reality for Alaska’s marijuana retail shops in the near future. The state Marijuana Control Board is taking public comment on proposed regulations that would allow consumers to use marijuana products at regulated establishments. The Homer City Council supported onsite consumption at its meeting Monday, but the council also recommended that only edibles should be consumed publicly due to concerns over first responders.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

The official results for Homer’s local election are in. Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord will be the newest additions to the Homer City Council. Both won by a landslide, each with 66 percent of the vote.

Lord and Venuti held 64 percent of the vote going into Friday, and Sarah Vance was in third. Vance came away with about 430 votes, 27 percent of the vote.

The city council is set to certify the results at its regular meeting on Monday. Venuti and Lord will both be sworn in during the meeting, and they are scheduled to take their seats on Oct. 30.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

With a little over two weeks until Alaska’s Legislature returns to Juneau for its fourth special session, House Rep. Paul Seaton hosted a town hall in Homer Thursday. The Legislature is being called back to consider Gov. Bill Walker’s “head-tax” proposal. The measure would tax 1.5 percent of Alaskans’ income, but Seaton told Kenai Peninsula residents that he’s staying neutral on the proposal for now.

Courtesy of Pier One Theater

Jesus Christ Superstar is coming to Homer. The rock musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the 1970s, is based on Jesus’s last week of life.

Pier One Theater’s Lance Peterson, Mark Robinson and Jennifer Norton are directing the play. Norton is very proud of her cast of 48 community members, and she warns that this production takes place somewhere a bit more modern than Jerusalem.

“Near-future dystopian alternate reality, definitely think Blade Runner,” Norton said.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Students at the Homer Middle School participated in a new drug prevention program this week. The initiative aims to teach students that addiction is a preventable disease.

The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court helped put the curriculum together. Executive Director Ginny Espenshade explains that the prevention effort will focus on addiction in general rather than on one particular substance.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

As the dust settles from Homer’s election, two candidates are soaking in their landslide victories. Candidates Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord both clinched seats on the Homer City Council, beating out five other candidates. Both Lord and Venuti say they’re ready to take current council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds’ seats.

Voter turnout was higher than usual Tuesday. Including absentee and special needs ballots, about 37 percent of registered voters flocked to the polls.

Pierce and Farnsworth-Hutchings in run-off race for borough mayor

Oct 3, 2017
Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Mark your calendars for October 24th. That’s the date of the run-off election for Borough mayor. Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings and Charlie Pierce were the top two vote getters in unofficial results.

“I’m very, very pleased that I’m holding a majority of the votes on the Peninsula,” Pierce said. “I would say that Team Charlie is ready for the race. We’re going to run to the finish line.”

Pierce says his strategy won’t change for the next round, and he’ll continue to stump with a conservative approach. Hutchings couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Unofficial results are in for Homer’s local election. There were a couple of contested races for seats on the Homer City Council. Candidates Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord came away with about 770 votes each, about 64 percent of the vote. Sarah Vance is in third with 331 votes.

It’s unknown how many questioned ballots were cast Tuesday, but about 420 absentee ballots will be counted on Friday, making it unlikely for results to shift.

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