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Courtesy of Homer Soil and Water Conservation District

Residents in Homer will soon be able to receive help combating invasive weeds. Homer Soil and Water Conservation District is collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide technical assistance to Kenai Peninsula landowners to help protect native plants and animals.

Conservation district Natural Resource Specialist Matt Steffy said invasive weeds can disrupt the balance of native ecosystems, and they can threaten one of the most cherished recourses in Alaska: salmon habitat.  

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

An ethics complaint filed in relation to Homer’s recall election this summer was thrown out Friday.

Larry Zuccaro, one of the original petitioners that sought to recall three Homer City Council members in June, filed the ethics complaint on July 31 against council members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis.

Homer residents voted in favor of each member retaining their seats, but the complaint argues that the council members should have recused themselves from certifying the election results.

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates groundfish in Alaska and other federal fisheries, is gearing up for its annual meeting next week, and the halibut charter industry will be a hot topic.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Those looking to get into the Christmas spirit will be able to kick off the season this weekend with several performances of the Nutcracker. Over 75 young dancers and actors have been working on this year’s performance since August.

Co-director Breezy Berryman is getting her dancers ready for the opening performance of the Nutcracker Saturday.

Young kids to teenagers are working through the steps as Co-director Jennifer Norton and Berryman look on, making sure every last detail is perfect.

Creative Commons photo by Ed Bierman

The International Pacific Halibut Commission, which regulates halibut fisheries in U.S. and Canadian waters, heard a presentation on reducing or eliminating the minimum size limit for commercially caught halibut at its interim meeting in Seattle Wednesday. It’s estimated removing the limit would boost the total catch across all districts by about 4 percent, but commissioners and fishermen questioned whether the change would reduce prices at the docks.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council took an in-depth look at a preliminary design for a new police station Monday. The design plan calls for constructing a new facility at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue. The $6 million building would be a vast improvement over the Homer Police Department’s current facility, but the plan does come with some drawbacks due to financial constraints.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council made some adjustments to the 2018 draft budget Monday.

The council approved .5-percent cost of living adjustment for city employees. The Employee Committee initially asked the council for a 1-percent raise, but council member Heath Smith expressed concern over the $90,000 move.

He said it would eliminate a portion of future savings the city gained after voters approved using a road-and-trail-construction fund to pay for road maintenance this fall, which will go into effect in 2019.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Nov. 27, 2017

Nov 28, 2017
Creative Commons

Taaritet  -  Steam Bath Switch

Maqikumnuk-qaa taarisquten unuku?

Translation:
When we take a steam bath tonight, would you like me to spank you with the steam bath switch?

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Black Friday is one of the largest retail events of the year, and while most across the country is wading through crowds of people, a Homer woman is undoubtedly serving up the best deals. Casey Marsh puts on the Black Friday Giveaway in Homer, an event for people in need of warm clothes, toys for the kids or even a haircut.

Marsh founded the Homeless, Hungry and Hopeful for a senior project three years ago to raise awareness for homelessness in the Homer area.  

Courtesy of the Alaska Municipal League

A push to get Alaska’s Legislature to tighten up the law for recalling elected municipal officials made progress last week. The Alaska Municipal League passed a resolution asking lawmakers to revisit the grounds for recalling municipal officials. This comes after several recall efforts have sprung up around the state, one of which landed in court.  

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