Shotgun wielding man robs Grog Shop

Police are looking for the person responsible for an armed robbery that took place in downtown Homer last week.
According to Homer Police, a white adult male walked into the Grog Shop on Pioneer Avenue and held the cashier at gunpoint. The man, who wore a mask during the confrontation, left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He arrived and left on foot.
The robbery took place at 10:48 p.m. on Thursday night, about one hour before typical closing time.
“There’s not much information that can be released right now,” said Grog Shop owner Mel Strydom. “But thankfully, everyone is OK.”

Ranchers aim to preserve, study genetics of island herds

The Alaska Gulf may not be known for its large tracts of ranch land, but it is nonetheless home to a handful of island-bound cattle herds — non-native populations introduced in the 19th century.
Two of those island territories may soon be free of their bovine occupants, however, as the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge begins the process of returning the refuge land back to its natural habitat.
That was the subject of a public meeting last week at Homer’s Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The issue has drawn comment from conservationists, hunters, concerned citizens and livestock producers, to name a few.

First Friday features powerful images addressing social issues

K Bay Caffe and the Homer Public Library are welcoming the New Year with First Friday receptions on Jan. 3. Both venues will showcase photo exhibits that feature powerful images addressing social issues.

Santa Paws visits shelter to raise funds for HAF

Through the blowing snow and over drifting mounds, Santa Paws made his way to the Homer Animal Shelter before Christmas. Here, he and his team of elves interacted with dogs and cats and their people, as photographs were taken amidst a chorus of barking, meowing, drooling and tail-wagging.
For a $10 suggested donation, pet owners posed with their four-legged friends or stood off to the side, calling, encouraging, snapping fingers and squeaking toys to get pets to look up toward the camera. Pooches of all sizes, ages, breeds and colors licked Santa’s face, slouched across his feet, sat on his lap and nestled up next to him.

Fitness guru can help get you in shape

What do Homer athletes have in common with recording artist Cher and tennis player Sloane Stephens — currently ranked 13th in the world?
Certified athletic trainer Mary Jo Cambridge, that’s what.
A certified athletic trainer for nearly 30 years, Cambridge has worked with people from all walks of life. Members of the Homer community gather at Cambridge’s Alaska Training Room on Ocean Drive to take advantage of her expertise and experience. Under her direction, athletes become stronger, faster and more agile, while non-athletes work to meet their personal fitness goals.

Ninilchik man killed in single-vehicle rollover Christmas Day

A 65-year-old Ninilchik man died after he lost control of his vehicle and rolled into a ditch.
At 1:27 p.m. Dec. 24, Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call reporting an accident at Mile 142 of the Sterling Highway. According to troopers, Denver Hammons was driving his 1996 Nissan Pathfinder north between Anchor Point and Ninilchik, when he crossed the centerline.
Hammons reportedly attempted to regain control of the vehicle, overcorrecting in each direction before skidding a second time into the southbound lane.
The Pathfinder overturned in the ditch on the southbound side of the highway. Hammons was apparently not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and was ejected from the vehicle on impact.

Anchor Point man arrested for arson

Trevor M. Cole, 33, is being charged with felony arson after a fire consumed a travel trailer on his property. No one was injured in the blaze.
Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a structure fire late on Dec. 26. When they arrived at the Chakok Avenue property in Anchor Point, one of the three live-in style trailers on the property was fully engulfed in flames.
While initial attempts to contact Cole were unsuccessful, troopers finally encountered him after the blaze was extinguished. He was walking on North Fork Road, and was allegedly carrying a bolt-action rifle.

Poking holes in Pebble’s promises

Alaska has seen the development of successful mines at places like Fort Knox, Greens Creek and Red Dog. Some mines produce positive benefits for both Alaska and the mining industry. Not all mines are the same, however. Recently, Northern Dynasty’s chief executive, Ron Thiessen, made the following comments about the Pebble Prospect that deserve serious scrutiny and challenge:

Letters – Jan. 1

Et tu Governor? Have you noticed in the Anchorage Daily News’ Dec. 24 edition, page A-8? Izembek says “Road supporters say they don’t plan to give up fight.” In the third column, second paragraph, the governor uses the word “unconscionable” and “irrational” to describe the “decision by the federal government that denies Alaskans access – […]

Mariner boys beat Seward, finish fourth in Ketchikan Tourney

Quinn Daugharty had the hot hand Sunday, scoring 14 first-half points as Homer beat the Seward Seahawks 53-39 to finish fourth in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Basketball Classic in Ketchikan.
The Mariners started their tourney journey with a tough 64-69 loss against Klawock on Friday. They rebounded to a solid 70-58 win over Craig on Saturday, moving them into the battle for fourth place against the Seahawks on Sunday.
In what began as a battle of three-pointers, it was the Mariner defense that ultimately won the game for Homer, holding Seward to 16 points in the second half.
Kenneth Schneider sent the M’s into the locker room at the half with a little extra momentum. The junior point guard quickly grabbed the rebound from a missed Peter Reutov three-pointer, and slipped it through the net before the buzzer sounded.

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