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Residents across the Kenai Peninsula will soon vote on whether Homer Electric Association can operate without rate oversight from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. The utility says deregulation would save time and money and give it more local control. But it would also allow HEA’s board to raise rates as high as they want. 

Brad Janorschke, general manager for Homer Electric Association, says the vote is about local control.


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Bryan Zak has served on the Homer City Council for the past seven years. Before that he served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He’s one of two candidates running for mayor. David Lewis, who serves on the Homer City Council with Zak is also running. Current Homer Mayor Mary E. “Beth” Wythe is not running for re-election. 

Before moving to Homer, Bryan Zak managed homeowners associations in Anchorage and in Wasilla. In 1998, he and his wife started a vacation rental business in Homer, and he moved here in 2004. 

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David Lewis has served on the Homer City Council for the past eight years. He says he’s running for Homer mayor to give voters a choice. He moved from his home state of New York to Alaska in 1976, where he worked as a teacher in rural Alaska for many years, eventually settling in Homer. He’s one of two candidates running for mayor. His fellow Homer City Council member, Bryan Zak, is also running. Current Homer Mayor Mary E. “Beth” Wythe is not running for re-election. 

David Lewis says he’s running for mayor because he thinks there should be competition.

Photo Courtesy of City of Homer

Tom Stroozas moved to Homer in 2006 after falling in love with the town during a vacation. Now he and his wife write an Alaska dining guide. Stroozas ran for Homer City Council last year, but was not elected. He currently serves on the Panning and Zoning Commission for the city of Homer. He’s one of three candidates running for two seats on the Homer City Council. Incumbent Gus VanDyke and Bryan Zak are not running again, though Zak is running for mayor. 

Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Ketter

Kimberly Ketter is new to Homer. She moved here in 2015 from her hometown of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, about 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh. She’s one of three candidates running for two seats on the Homer City Council. Incumbent Gus VanDyke and Bryan Zak are not running again, though Zak is running for mayor. 

Photo Courtesy of City of Homer

Shelly Erickson has lived in Homer most her life and owns businesses here. She and her husband started Home Run Oil, which includes the Home Run ShortStop Tesoro. She also owns Homer Tours, including Baycrest RV Park. Erickson has served on the Homer Economic Development and the Planning commissions. In addition, she served on the city’s Lease Committee. She’s one of three candidates running for two seats on the Homer City Council. Incumbent Gus VanDyke and Bryan Zak are not running again, though Zak is running for mayor. 

Erickson is proud of her local roots. She was born and raised in Homer. Erickson went to college at Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. She then married, moved to Wrangell, Dutch Harbor and then back to Homer, where she settled and had children.

2016 Municipal Election: Ballot Proposition 2

Sep 23, 2016
Image courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula voters will decide on four ballot propositions during this year’s October 4 municipal election.

Proposition 2 is a $4.8 million bond proposition that would finance upgrades to South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center. Both are located within the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area.

Photo Courtesy of Ron Keffer.

Nanwalek School is getting some relief from overcrowding after a garage/shop area was converted into a new classroom over the summer.

Principal Nancy Kleine says the new classroom for sixth through 12th-graders has made students more comfortable and enthusiastic about learning.

Photo Courtesy of Homer Documentary Film Festival

The 13th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival begins Thursday, September 22 at the Homer Theatre.

KBBI Reporter Shahla Farzan talked with Homer Theatre owner Jamie Sutton about what to expect at this year’s festival.

The Homer Documentary Film Festival runs through September 29. More information on the films and a complete schedule can be found online at homerdocfest.com.

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