Homer among worst places to live in Alaska

For all the grit Alaskans pride themselves on, folks in the Frontier state also tolerate grim grouchy troubles that make certain towns the worst places to live, according to a new analysis by the website RoadSnacks.
Like Homer, Anchor Point and Fritz Creek.
These communities made the 10 Worst Places to Live in Alaska list by the website RoadSnacks. That’s a site meant to feed readers’ appetite for Top 10 curios such as the top 10 snobbiest places in New York and the 10 worst places to find love in California.

Plane crash kills 2

nvestigators are trying to discover the cause of a plane crash Saturday night in Kasilof that killed two local men.
Pilot Brian, 69, and 57-year-old Peter Lahndt, both of Kasilof, died when Nolan’s Cessna 180 crashed into a stand of trees about 150 feet from Cohoe Loop Road, just inland from the bluff over Cook Inlet near the mouth of the Kasilof River. The plane immediately burst into flames. The crash was not survivable, according to an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.
The plane went down around 8:11 p.m. Saturday at Mile 3.2 South Cohoe Loop Road, near Powder Keg Avenue. Dan Brown lives across the street and a little to the south of the crash site. He heard the plane throttle up, then crash a second or so later.

Props to decide crime, fire, taxation issues

2015’s Ballot propositions aim to solve key Kenai Peninsula problems in drug crimes and wildfire response, along with generating service revenue from oil companies doing business in nearby Cook Inlet waters and limiting cities’ taxation powers.
Prop 1 raises the long-controversial sales tax question on non-prepared foods. If voters approve the proposition, cities such as Homer and Soldotna will not be able to collect tax on food during the October-June season. Homer already does not, while Soldotna tags on the tax year-round.

Kenai Peninsula Fair logs another successful year

A heavy dose of sunshine merely gilded the full slate of fun offerings at the Kenai Peninsula Fair over the weekend.
Music is a draw of the fair, and though there were bands playing all weekend long, it was the atmosphere that brought the listeners to Ninilchik, in keeping with this year’s theme, “Country Nights and Carnival Lights.”

Assembly candidate says his age offers fresh perpective

Dawson Slaughter, candidate for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s south peninsula seat, brings up his age right away. At 24, he knows many voters will be questioning how much he knows about the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
“There are a lot of things I don’t know,” he said. “You can’t expect a 24-year-old to have all the answers.”
But he’s a good listener, he said, and has be interested in politics since he was 18. He got involved with the campaign of friend John Cox, a Republican candidate who ran for United States Representative in recent years. Slaughter said he’s hoping people will recognize the value of a fresh, young perspective, a new voice that might be able to inspire civic involvement of a younger group of people.

Boogie’s troubles come to an end

People touched by a Pet-of-the-Week’s turmoils that brought them to the Homer Animal Shelter don’t always get to know how things turn out. Lost dogs injured from vehicle accidents, cats stranded in the subzero cold, a female puppy showing up after the kids where she lived broke both her front legs.
That was the case with Boogie, a three-month-old small dog mixed breed.

fyi-News briefs & announcements- Aug. 26

HEA resolves power outage Homer Electric Association members experienced a brief, widespread power outage last Friday morning. The outage started around 11 a.m., when a fault occurred on Chugach Electric’s transmission line between Indian and Anchorage. The disruption on the transmission tie-line, which connects the Kenai Peninsula to the rest of the Railbelt, resulted in […]

Community News- Aug. 26

Counting cranes … Join the Kachemak Crane Watch on Aug. 27 and be on the lookout for local cranes flying south. The three days set for observation are Aug. 27, Sept. 2, and Sept. 8, between 6 a.m.–11 pm. Report the number of cranes and how many of each are adults, colts and cranes marked […]

Letters -Aug. 26

Stealing from neighbors not the ‘Alaska way’ Some time ago, there was a good article about Iceland — perhaps you read it also. They face similar issues as we do in Alaska, yet they discuss them openly through social conversations in media, theater and music. That impressed me. For eight years, I fished commercially, and […]

Hunting 2015: Ready, set, wait to start

Before hunters set their sights on the upcoming season, they should direct their eyes to hunting regulations, because some have changed this year.
First and foremost, the season dates have changed. Instead of the general season running from Aug. 20 to Sept. 20, the general season now opens Sept. 1 and closes Sept. 25. The archery-only general season in Game Management Units 15A and 15B also is later this year, from Aug. 22 to 29.
But the requirement for legal bulls remains the same for the general moose hunt in GMUs 7 and 15 (which encompass the entire peninsula). A bull must have a spike on one side, have antlers with at least four brow tines on one side, or have an antler spread of 50 inches or greater.

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