Beau Burgess has won a seat on the Homer Council, defeating challenger James Dolma by just 43 votes. Burgess was appointed to the council earlier this year following the resignation of former council member Kevin Hogan.
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The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the state Department of Natural Resources and the state division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys will soon be the benefactors of 3-D seismic research performed in Cook Inlet.
Two arrests have been made in a sexual assault case that has caused a lot of community concern in Homer and led to a Thursday night meeting on the subjects of sexual behavior, bullying and alcohol abuse.
Homer High School held its monthly site council meeting this past Tuesday. The meeting was attended by several members of the Homer community, many of whom shared their opinions regarding the allegations of inappropriate behavior at the recent Homecoming Dance, among other incidents.
After concerns were raised about the safety of the Drift River oil storage facility located at the base of Mt. Redoubt, the energy company Hilcorp has started a project to ensure protection of the large oil tanks located there. But before the project could be started, Hilcorp first needed waivers from provisions of the Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat Area Management Plan.
Votes are still being tallied from this week’s Borough and Municipal elections. In a press release Thursday, the Borough Clerk’s office said the Borough Canvass Board is currently processing Absentee and Special Needs ballots, as well as ballots received from by-mail precincts. Nearly one-thousand ballots are yet to be counted.
Property owners looking to rebuild and repair after several days of flooding and high water last week will have a bit of relief from the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The Borough announced Tuesday that permitting fees for residents with flood-damaged properties will be waived.
Alaska State Troopers are investigating events surrounding a large September house party, where numerous Homer High School students and other youth were in attendance. The fallout from the party has prompted a community meeting at the high school tonight.