Mushroom drugs net felony charges
Felony charges were filed against Steven Nicholas Quay Groff, 28, and Monique Escolta Guarin, 18, for selling 10 chocolate-covered mushrooms. According to charging documents, Groff paid Guarin $200 on Feb. 24 to obtain 10 psilocybin mushrooms. Groff then sold them to five teenagers attending a party. One of the girls came to police attention after her mother reported her acting erratic and aggressive at home. Police found she was screaming and hallucinating, and transported her to the hospital.
Funds granted for airport improvements
A federal grant was awarded to the Homer Airport on Friday by the Congressional delegation. The $366,407 goes to the State of Alaska in order to rehabilitate taxiway lighting at the Homer Airport. This award was part of a package of funded projects for airports around the state.
Learn how to identify shorebirds
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next regular meeting will be 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Auditorium at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.
Following the brief meeting, Aaron Lang will present “Identification of Shorebirds.” Lang is a world traveler and birding guide who lives here in Homer. The presentation is meant to help identify shorebirds in time for their arrival. New birds are arriving daily. Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge. For more information, call Betty Siegel at 235-1598 or Lani Raymond at 235-9477.
Gift certificates to Fritz Creek Gardens
The 6th grade class at McNeil Canyon Elementary is once again selling gift certificates to Fritz Creek Gardens. They cost $22 each and can be used to purchase an eight-pack of Proven Winter hanging basket annuals or toward the purchase of any item you choose. The class receives a percentage for each certificate sold. The money earned will help pay for their May field trips. Certificates can be purchased from a sixth grader, Sheryl Sotelo, at the Homer Bookstore or in the McNeil Canyon Elementary school office from Laura.
Help for IRS procrastinators
Now that the federal tax return deadline of April 17 is past, there may be taxpayers who missed filing their returns on time. The IRS has some advice for those taxpayers who missed the deadline.
“We want taxpayers to understand that there are still options for those who missed the filing deadline,” said IRS spokesman David Tucker II. “The important thing is for them to take action to remedy their situation.”
Don’t panic, but file as soon as possible. If you owe money the quicker you file your return, the less penalties and interest you will have to pay. E-file is still your best option. IRS e-file programs are available for most taxpayers through the extension deadline – Oct. 15, 2012. Installment agreements are available. Request a payment agreement with the IRS. File Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request or apply online using the IRS Online Payment Agreement Application available at www.irs.gov.
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