The State Senate Resources Committee gave Alaskans an opportunity to voice their opinions on a Joint Resolution that insists the United States Legislature open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain to oil and gas development. A single Homer resident was the only person to testify.
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The latest open enrollment period for health insurance on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace closed on Sunday. The enrollment period opened on November 15th of 2014. A local Homer Clinic has been walking residents through the details of signing up for their insurance.
Dr. Roland Maw, of Kasilof, has not yet been confirmed as the newest member of the Alaska State Board of Fisheries. His confirmation hearing Monday, February 16, before the Senate Resources Committee was extended to allot more time for discussion and testimony. It will continue Friday, February 20, at 3:30 p.m.
A group of Homer property owners are caught between a rock and a hard place. For years they haven’t been allowed to develop their land because of conditions in a decades old subdivision agreement. Now the City of Homer has sanctioned a special assessment of the Lillian Walli subdivision. Public Works Director Carey Meyer is looking for solutions to the property owners problems. Now after nearly 30 years there's new hope for the subdivision to be developed.
Three peninsula students will be recognized at the 2015 Spirit of Youth awards. The event celebrates the special accomplishments of Alaska’s young people. These central peninsula students join recipients from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla, and Toksook Bay. This year’s Spirit of Youth awards will take place at the Anchorage Museum March 28th.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center announced this week that Karen Zak has been appointed as the new executive director. Zak is a longtime Homer resident. She owns and operates Alaska Adventure Cabins and has worked in the travel and hospitality industry for more than 25 years. Her first day as director is Friday, February 13th.
Homer may see a new kind of summer festival coming to town. Two Homer residents proposed an idea for a new music and arts event to the city council at its regular meeting. It's called "Soul Fest" and theoretically will be a place for non-profits to come together in festival form.
Following an extensive executive session to discuss the candidates, the council eliminated Douglas Isaacson from the list. Jeffrey Trinker of Texas remains on the shortlist along with Chris Johnson of Washington state and Carey Meyer of Homer. The City Manager Selection Committee will next meet Wednesday, February 11, at 5:15 pm at City Hall.