Fire and EMS May 13-19 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 12 emergency medical calls and one fire call. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to one fire call and five emergency medical calls. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to three medical calls and one fire call. Alaska State Troopers May 15 Troopers responded to a motor [...]
The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Indictment Dylan C. Ely, 20, tampering with physical evidence Coy E. Kirby, 25, assault in the third degree Constantina L. Landt, 46, felony driving under the influence Bruce C Larson, JR., [...]
Homer resident, Mrs. Sandra Lauretta Jensen, 71, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at her home in Homer. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Mrs. Jensen was born Jan. 26, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minn. She graduated high school in Minnesota and in1984, she moved to Alaska, living in Fairbanks, Nome and finally Homer. Before [...]
A 10-pound halibut currently sits atop the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leaders’ board, thanks to the angling aptitude of Janet Baldauf. And, while she’s not exactly expecting her fledgling fish to remain in the top spot, it certainly doesn’t hurt that the little guy was also wearing a tag!
The Homer Derby started May 15, and already, two other tagged fish have been landed.
“We had one tagged fish caught prior to the derby’s start, and one that didn’t want to buy a derby ticket,” said derby organizer Paula Frisinger.
Baldauf will have to wait until Sept. 15 to find out whether her tagged fish is worth $50,000, or $10,000 or even a truck.
After weeks of complaining about winter’s tenacious grip on Alaska’s spring season, perhaps another reference to the unorthodox and unneighborly May snows of 2013 would be redundant.
Still … blowing snow and 18 degrees at a track meet? That’s just wrong.
“It certainly was freezing cold, but we’ve been competing in conditions like that all year,” said Homer Track Coach Bill Steyer of a freezing Fairbanks. “We worked to find a way to reframe the frigidness as a positive thing.”
The Homer Lady Mariners kept fairly busy last week, cramming six games of softball into four days in an effort to getting some playing time in before the regular season ends.
The Lady M’s started with a 8-0 Northern Lights Conference win over the Soldotna Stars last Wednesday. The victory extended Homer’s winning streak to eight games.
Hannah LaRue pitched the entire game for Homer, striking out six SoHi players. McKi Needham went 2-for-2 to lead Homer, while teammate Maggie LaRue picked up two runs and a triple. Senior shortstop Miranda Beach added a triple of her own.
Homer moved on to host Kenai on Thursday, and dominated the Kardinals with consistent hitting throughout the game. The M’s opened with two first-inning runs, and then added seven more in the top of the second. For Kenai, it was all downhill from there.
The Mariner baseball team held their 2013 home opener against the Soldotna Stars last Wednesday. They played their last home game against Kenai the very next day.
Some might call it a short season.
Homer gave up three runs to SoHi in the first inning of the conference game, but those would be the only runs pitcher Zach Haning and the Mariner defense were willing to give up.
The M’s answered with four runs to take the lead in the bottom of the first, thanks to hits from Zac Bynum, Lucas Schneider, JJ Sonnen, Derek Johnson and Tommy Bowe. Johnson picked up two hits, while Bowe nailed a double that skirted under the outfield fence.
Defensively, outfielder Brian Rowe gunned down a runner trying to score on a base hit to center field. Senior catcher Willy Deaver made the tag at home plate. Sonnen contributed a diving catch at second to shut down the Stars’ scoring threat.
Billed as “Modern Speakeasy Music,” the Tumbledown House musicians, Gillian Howe and Tyler Ryan Miller, are traveling to Alaska from their home in San Francisco again this month for their fifth Alaskan tour, with four performances booked in Homer.
On their web page they write: “As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to climb, we begin preparing for our fifth Alaskan Tour. We can’t wait to see all of our Alaskan friends, play with some of our favorite musicians and perform in some of our favorite venues.”
Called a “Sultry Song-writing Duo” they usually recruit other musicians to join in their performance, and they know they will find plenty of willing talent here to join them on stage.
Here are the song titles from their two albums:
Alice’s Champagne Palace is bringing blues guitarist Rick Brooks to town Friday evening and the harmonica man Gary Sloan (more Alaska bluesmen) Saturday night.
Brooks accompanies himself on acoustic guitar as he sings blues, rock and classic songs and more. He says he took his first guitar lessons at age eight in Oxford, Mississippi. His father wanted him to be Johnny Cash and his teacher favored Chet Atkins but he took more interest in blues, jazz, classical and folk music. In the late 80s he played in a series of rock, rhythm and blues and top-10 bands traveling around Alaska from Nome to Homer. He started on electric guitar but then switched to acoustic in the late 90s. He has also toured and played the west coast states California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Nevada.
An enthusiastic and appreciative crowd packed Alice’s Champagne Palace on Saturday night to enjoy the music, stories and poetry presented by numerous performers for the sixth-annual Cowboy Cabaret.
The show started with a two-hour “concert” by the Homer Ukulele Society. Singing and playing mostly familiar country songs were Sunrise Kilcher, Tim Quinn, Daniel Wysocki, Michael Murray, Jim Hornaday, Deb Schmidt, Olga von Ziegesar and Gayle Claus.
Presented by the Equestrian Society, the show (and silent and live auctions), raised approximately $8,000 toward the $40,000 left of the note for the purchase of the Cottonwood Horse Park. The facility is a multi-use park on the downhill side of East End Road at mile 1.5. Equestrian Society president, Roberta Highland said the society’s next payment of $30,000 is due June 1.