Homer named Alaska’s sexiest town

Magazine recognizes city’s subsistence lifestyle, beautiful women

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2006

Homer has been named one of the 50 sexiest towns in America.

At a recent city council meeting, Mayor James Hornaday announced that the Men’s Journal magazine had listed Homer right up there with Portland, Ore.; Haleiwa, Hawaii; and Santa Cruz, Calif., as one of the 50 “healthiest, sexiest, most adventurous” towns in its April edition. The magazine chose one town from each state.

Men’s Journal called Homer “up and coming,” “the capital of the subsistence lifestyle” and “a town full of smart, beautiful women.”

“Think Cape Cod 30 years ago: progressive and sophisticated, yet working-class, with only 5,000 residents, good art galleries, two bookstores, and a roaring economy,” the article reads.

For their part, city staff and council members — who will remain nameless — honored the mayor with a framed copy of the article and a mock-up cover showing a bare-chested surfer with the mayor’s face attached. Next to the doctored photo, the title read “James C. Hornaday — Mayor of Alaska’s Sexiest Town.”

And while Hornaday turned red and laughed at the prank, rumors swirled around Cowles Council Chambers that another national media organization, albeit a fake one, also had its sights on Homer. City Manager Walt Wrede said he had received a call last week that the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” was planning to send a correspondent to Homer to produce a piece on eagle feeding.

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television show on Comedy Central often pokes fun at elected officials throughout the country as it creates reality-based fake newscasts.

The program is increasingly popular among the under-40 set, and none of the city council members Monday admitted to having seen the program. Jon Stewart, the anchorman of the program, has interviewed politicians from John McCain to Hillary Clinton and was the host for this year’s Academy Awards.

The “Daily Show’s” Homer appearance could happen during the next couple of weeks, Wrede said.

The mayor announced that council member Val McLay, the author of the eagle feeding ordinance that will ban the practice beginning this summer, likely will be interviewed, if the show comes to town.

There has been no word if the “Daily Show” intends to interview Jean “The Eagle Lady” Keene, who earned an exemption from the city to continue to feed eagles on the spit for the next six years.

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