Man arrested in ‘Poopdeck Trail’ murder

It’s been three years since Mark Matthews was murdered near Poopdeck Trail in the center of Homer, three years during which family members, as well as the community, wondered if the unusual Homer murder case would ever be solved.
But last month, Homer Police finally got a break in the case and arrested Lee John Henry, 55, for Matthews’ murder.
According to a the court affidavit by Sgt. Lary Kuhns with the Homer Police Department, police had suspected Henry as being involved in Matthews’ murder since the early days of the investigation. He was seen with Matthews, then 61, on the day of the murder, and was seen in an apparently heated argument with the victim about a half-hour before he was found.

Council hears details that lead to proposed moorage rate increase

The Homer City Council got an inside look at the method behind the proposed Homer Harbor moorage rate increase, which have been debated and analyzed by the Homer Port and Harbor Advisory Commission for several years now.
The new rate structure, called a progressive rate structure, charges more per linear foot for larger boats than it does smaller vessels, but charges far less for larger boats than was initially considered.
Most of the large vessel owners, predominantly fishermen, who filled council chambers for the worksession, testified that they supported the proposed resolution, though one said the increase caused him to move his boat to another port. Many called for the council to respect the lengthy process that led up to the current proposal, and approve it unchanged.

Sharing the wild

TUTKA BAY — Sometimes the work is slow enough that you might as well sit down. Scoot on your butt and pull each blueberry stem in turn, until it curves under the moss, red and damp and rooty, and you can’t pull any farther. Snip the stem off, leaving the sharp stub tucked carefully beneath the earth. Grab the next one.
Half an hour and a couple dozen feet later, I stood up to admire my path.
“It doesn’t look like I did anything at all,” I marveled.

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Oct. 20

Get your “Shake” on Alaskans have a great opportunity to practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On” with today’s (Oct. 20) 10:20 a.m. Great Alaska Shakeout. During the Shakeout, Alaskans across the state will simultaneously practice the actions of “drop, cover, and hold on” as a reaction drill to the occurrence of an earthquake. The Great […]

Alaska needs new leadership in Senate

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President, has done it again with his vulgar, vile, and predatory comments about women. Yet these kinds of comments are not new, nor is the fact that this deeply flawed candidate does not have the character, temperament, or knowledge to be the President of the United States.
I have voiced my opposition to Trump clearly, early, and often. Lisa Murkowski has not. In fact, it was only this past Saturday that she finally announced that she would not support Trump. What took Murkowski so long? She’s known that Trump has a long history of making derogatory comments about women (as well as Native Americans, disabled people, military veterans, and other groups). While Murkowski should be telling us herself, a good guess is that Murkowski’s silence indicates that she is a captive of the establishment and her national political party.

It’s national save for retirement week – so take action

Congress has dedicated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. Clearly, the government feels the need to urge people to do a better job of preparing for retirement. Are you doing all you can?
Many of your peers aren’t – or at least they think they aren’t. In a recent survey conducted by, respondents reported that “not saving for retirement early enough” was their biggest financial regret. Other evidence seems to show they have good cause for remorse: 52% of households 55 and older haven’t saved anything for retirement, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, although half of this group reported having a pension.
Obviously, you’ll want to avoid having either financial regrets or major shortfalls in your retirement savings. And that means you may need to consider making moves such as these:

Deidre Ann Bottineau

Homer resident Deidre Ann Bottineau passed away suddenly Thursday morning, Oct. 13, 2016. Born in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 21 1954, Deidre was always challenging herself to do and learn different things. She inspired spiritual wisdom and aspiration to all with equal ease. Her sense of adventure made Dee a true Alaska woman. She […]

Lady M volleyball team just getting warmed up

After looking a little wobbly early on, Lady Mariner volleyball turned the corner against the Houston Hawks last Friday in Homer, and gunned it to the finish line with a 3-1 Southcentral Conference victory.
Homer opened with a 24-26 loss in game one, making for what looked to be a long Senior Night at Alice Witte Gymnasium. Then things improved for the M’s, as they rumbled back to a 25-12 win in game two.

Homer’s Hailey Smith sees art in everything

When Hailey Smith decided to spend her junior year of high school as a foreign exchange student in the Dominican Republic, she was excited to learn Spanish. What she discovered was a deep passion for art, specifically, painting and drawing.
“In the Dominican Republic, one of my best friends’ mom was an artist,” she shared. “I spent time with them and she introduced me to various young artists who had attended Altos de Chavon, a local art school.”

Sports Briefs – Oct. 20

Six Cougars named to All-Conference team The Voznesenka Cougars landed six different players on the 2016 Peninsula All-Conference Team, chosen last week. Most notably, Cougar David Sanarov was named defensive player of the year. Sanarov, as well as two other teammates, were named to the first team on defense. 2016 Peninsula All-Conference Teams • Defensive […]

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