Homer officials said the city is in relatively good shape, financially speaking, and there are big plans on the horizon. Mayor Beth Wythe and City Manager Walt Wrede delivered their State of the City Address Tuesday.
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A new fire station has long been planned for the Skyline Drive area on top of the Homer bluff. Last year, the Homer City Council re-appropriated a half-million-dollar grant from the state legislature to pay for the station.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed Ninilchik beaches for razor clam harvesting through the end of the year. The area includes the north bank of Deep Creek to a marker located about 3.2 miles north of the Ninilchik River.
Volunteers from several organizations in Homer have been meeting to discuss what the city needs in terms of arts, culture, parks and recreation. The City Council received an update about the group’s progress so far during its Monday night meeting.
Basketball teams from Seldovia and Nikolaevsk will be heading to the state championships this weekend. The teams will represent the Kenai Peninsula in the 1A division. This is the first time since 1997 the Nikolaevsk Warriors have competed at the state level.
The committee tasked with exploring the option of a vessel haul-out and repair facility at the Homer Harbor has started meeting. Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins has said making the facility a reality could be a few years out.
This year’s session of the Alaska State Legislature has reached its halfway point and so far, the big topic has been education. KBBI’s Aaron Selbig checked in with a pair of Kenai Peninsula legislators to get their thoughts on education funding and the concept of “school choice.”
Former Homer City Manager Ron Drathman passed away Feb. 27th at South Peninsula Hospital. He was 71. Drathman had a lengthy career in public service on the Kenai Peninsula after working for a decade in Anchorage as a public defender.