Crash closes Sterling Highway
The Sterling Highway was closed for about an hour Saturday evening after a motorcycle hit a truck that turned in front of it, sending both the motorcycle driver and his passenger to the hospital.
Alaska State Troopers said Joseph Essex and his passenger Shannon Smith, both of Anchor Point, were heading northbound on the highway, when Laura Owens of Homer pulled out in front of them in a 2005 Chevrolet truck.
The motorcycle struck the truck’s rear corner panel on the driver’s side. Both riders wore helmets. A medical helicopter rushed Essex to Central Peninsula Hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit, but is expected to recover, troopers said.
Smith was taken to the hospital by ambulance and treated for minor injuries. Both Owens and her passenger were wearing seat belts and were not injured. Troopers say their investigation continues, but that Owens is considered to be at fault because she pulled out in front of the motorcycle.
Design workshop offered
Explore and Expand Design workshop with Seattle-based jeweler Micki Lippe 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 13-14 at Bunnell Street Arts Center, 106 W. Bunnell Street.
This workshop addresses design through a series of creative exercises involving paper, metal and found objects. The following techniques will be discussed: riveting, various cold connections, fabrication, texturing, chasing, reposse, casting, roll printing, electroforming, wax carving and stone setting.” The cost is $100.
State to open disaster assistance centers
The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will open Disaster Assistance Centers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough to provide information and help recent flood disaster survivors utilize the state’s disaster recovery programs.
The DACs will take applications for State Individual Assistance, including the Individual Family Grant and Temporary Housing programs. The deadline to apply for individual assistance is Nov. 20.
Applying for assistance in person is quickest. Have these items with you: description of damages and/or losses, home ownership documentation, insurance information and personal identification. A station is set up at the Anchor Point Fire Station at 72440 Milo Fritz Rd., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct 15-16.
A hotline is available for those who are unable to visit a DAC in person. Those who wish to apply for state assistance by telephone can call 1-855-445-7131.
Seaton, Diament to debate Oct. 23
The Homer Chamber of Commerce will sponsor debate between incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton and Democratic challenger Liz Diament, candidates for House Seat District 30. The debate is set for 7-8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Kachemak City Center.
Homer Foundation meets Fridays
The Homer Foundation’s monthly First Friday brown bag investment meetings continue with the next session scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5, at noon. The meetings are held in the Foundation’s conference room, located in the lower level of the Kachemak Bay Title Building, 3773 Ben Walters Lane.
The public is welcome. Call 235-0541 for more information.
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