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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.

Courtesy of Ginger Frizzell

What if you could get paid for simply agreeing to not develop any wetlands on your property? The idea is to store carbon in marshes and bogs, preventing the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere, and the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve wants to know if enough carbon is stored around Kachemak Bay to turn a profit.

Charles Williams

The Cook Inlet Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, or CICADA, has expanded hours at its Homer satellite office. The Kenai-based non-profit hired one part-time provider in late-September, expanding its out-patient services to five days per week.

In the past, CICADA has staffed the Homer location with providers from Kenai just two days per week. Executive Director Sara Fann said the move is just the first step to provide more services on the southern peninsula.  

Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot propositions are the topic on this week's Coffee Table. The guests are Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and Borough President Kelly Cooper.

Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Early Thursday morning, a Dodge Nitro SUV parked outside Sarge’s Auto Repair Shop in Anchor Point was stolen and used to rob the Useful Things Pawnshop.

The assailants used the SUV to drive to the shop, break in, and the vehicle was later abandoned.

Mike Slaughter owns the pawnshop and he estimates $20,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the store. 

“We had five handguns taken, some rings, miscellaneous jewelry, some old bills, some high-end knives,” Slaughter listed.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Five of the seven candidates running for two seats on the Homer City Council squared off one final time before Election Day Thursday. Candidates took both prepared and audience questions on a range of issues, but concerns about the current business climate, economic growth and capital projects stole the show.

City council candidates Andrew Kita and Kimberly Ketter were both absent, but the remaining five candidates gathered at the Homer Elks Lodge for the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s city council forum.

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