City mulls centralized emergency dispatch

When you call 911, how beneficial is it to talk to someone who knows the back roads of the Kenai Peninsula, not to mention the police officers they are communicating with? This and other questions were at the heart of a discussion Monday night between city administrators and the council regarding centralized dispatch service proposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Not everyone is a fan of the idea, for obvious reasons, including City Manager Katie Koester, who said the city would not see any financial savings from the move, but would absorb a good bit of risk and uncertainty from the move.

Growing alongside the family business

For 14-year old Zach Condon, the family business is a source of pride, not to mention a great workout. Woody’s Alaskan Firewood Company supplies firewood to residencies and businesses in the Homer area and Condon, a freshman at Homer High School, has been helping his parents with the business since he was 8 years old.
“I started out clearing brush, moving the little rounds and picking pieces of wood out of the splitter,” Condon said. “When I was 11, I was learning to run the splitter – moving rounds onto the splitter, cutting them into sizes, throwing them onto the truck and helping my dad with deliveries.”

Residents react to proposed oil and gas lease sale

If those who testified at last week’s public hearing on the proposed oil and gas lease sale in the Cook Inlet were in charge, the 1.09 million acres currently being analyzed for potential development would never make it to market.
“There are a zillion reasons why this shouldn’t go ahead,” said Tamara McShane. “Pretty soon, we will be the endangered species.”
McShane and others, including Cook InletKeeper Executive Director Bob Shavelson, testified that the marine environment in the Cook Inlet and Alaska was already showing signs of stress, with recent marine mammal and bird die-offs.

Shaky start to season challenges Lady Mariner volleyball

First-year head coach and former Homer High School player Kristie Mastre knew this season would be a challenge for her Lady Mariner volleyball team.
After long-time coach Beth Trowbridge handed over her coaching reins to Pam Newton last year, the M’s were able to squeeze one more state appearance out of last year’s season.
But if Saturday’s Homer Jamboree is any indication of the road ahead, Mastre has her work cut out for her.
The varsity Lady M’s kicked off their annual jamboree with round-robin play Saturday morning, but had some trouble getting started as they fell 6-21 and 11-21 against the Kenai Kardinals. The Homer squad responded with a decent opening game against Nikiski in the next round of play, but still fell 16-21 to the Lady Bulldogs. A shaky Homer second game left the M’s on the short side of the 5-21 score.

Emily Ann Barnett Koskovich

Emily Ann Barnett Koskovich, 68, was taken from this earth by her beloved angels Aug. 17, 2016. “Annie” was born in Madeira, California to third generation wagon train pioneers of English/Irish heritage. Two of her ancestors came to America on the Mayflower. One of her ancestors is a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Annie, […]

Nelson leads halibut derby

Austin Nelson of North Pole landed a 252.2-pound monster halibut last week to become the current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader. Nelson was fishing with Homer Ocean Charters and Capt. Travis Blount aboard the F/V Diamond Cape when he caught the fish that edged previous leader Daniel Spies’ halibut by just over a pound.

Pink salmon catch down dramatically from 2015

Alaska’s 2016 pink salmon fishery is set to rank as the worst in 20 years by a long shot, and the outlook is bleak for all other salmon catches except sockeyes.
“Boy, sockeye is really going to have to carry the load in terms of the fishery’s value because there’s a lot of misses elsewhere,” said Andy Wink, a fisheries economist with the Juneau-based McDowell Group.
The historical peaks of the various salmon runs have already passed and the pink salmon catch so far has yet to break 35 million on a forecast of 90 million. That compares to a harvest of 190 million pinks last year.

Births – Aug. 25

Sariyah Tanya Lovina Brock was born in water to Katie and Keith Brock on July 25, 2016 at 9:17 p.m. with the assistance of Rite of Passage Midwifery. Sariyah weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces. She is welcomed by her siblings Caprice, Anthony, Ciara, Grace and Adonaijah, and uncle Aaron Taliesin. Her grandparents are Robin McAllister […]

Charles (Charlie) Michon

Homer resident, Mr. Charles (Charlie) Michon, Sr., 91, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with his family by his side.  Charlie was born Dec. 26, 1924 in Auburn, Neb. He was a corporal in the Army-Air Force during World War II as a diesel mechanic. Charlie and his wife Bonnie […]

Mariner runners reap benefits of summer training

Homer’s cross-country consistency continued over the weekend with both Mariner boys and girls running teams dominating Class 1-2-3A action in Soldotna on Saturday.
The M’s joined runners from all over the state in early season competition at the Tsalteshi Invitational. Homer boys placed fourth in a field of 20 teams, led by senior Jared Brant’s 13th-place finish. Brant, a senior, completed the Tsalteshi Trails 5k course in 16 minutes, 57 seconds; teammate Jacob Davis crossed the line just four seconds later.
The Lady M’s also finished fourth, almost 20 ahead of closest 1-2-3A competition — Grace Christian.

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