The federal government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years. While members of Congress debated the long-term effects of the shutdown, 13,000 federal employees in Alaska woke up to an unpaid day off.
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Enstar Natural Gas Company is continuing prep work for the expected construction on the trunk line into Homer. The company has already awarded a contract for construction on the trunk line to Sterling-based Chumley Incorporated and has also leased office space in Homer.
The Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer has a new look thanks to a visiting artist and a group of local volunteers who’ve created a giant sculpture out of commonly found objects. Sculptor Jarod Charzewski conceived of the large buoy sculpture.
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.
There are two new public restrooms on Pioneer Avenue in Homer and another facility at the end of the Spit. Cruise ship head tax money was used to pay for them. Now officials are pushing to get the restrooms finished before winter hits.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had its annual meeting in Seward Tuesday night. An ordinance to liberalize the use of fireworks in the Borough was the hot topic. The measure fell with a unanimous vote in opposition, leaving the Borough’s fireworks prohibition in place.
This month’s meeting of the Borough’s Anadromous Streams Task Force started off with a discussion about semantics. At issue was the role of the mayor’s Chief of Staff Paul Ostrander, who is serving on the task force as group’s facilitator.
The Homer Public Library is hoping to focus more on its children’s library. Claudia Haines had her position go from part time to full time a few months ago.