Don’t forget your Derby ticket!

Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn. continues to hold onto the lead in the 2015 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with her 224.4-pound flatfish. Scott landed her big fish on July 10, while fishing with Deepstrike Sportfishing and Captain David Bayes aboard the F/V Grand Aleutian. A 291.2-pound fish was landed on July 21, but alas, the […]

King salmon restrictions relaxed

Anglers fishing for Kasilof kings are now allowed to use bait and multiple hooks, from the river’s mouth upstream to the Sterling Highway bridge, through 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 31. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also allows the use of bait/scent in the Kenai River from its mouth, upstream to Skilak Lake. Stronger-than-expected […]

Sports Briefs – July 29

Baseball boys continue to shine Eight Homer baseball players have continued to compete in the game over the summer, playing on the American Legion Post 20 Twins in Kenai this year. Four Homer players are on the AA (varsity) team, and four play on the A (JV) squad. Under the leadership of head coach Robb […]

Bristol Bay sockeye prices dip to 50 cents per pound

Shock and dismay were heard from Bristol Bay fishermen when they finally got word last week that major buyers would pay 50 cents a pound for their sockeye salmon. That’s a throwback to dock prices paid from 2002 through 2004, and compares to $1.20 advanced last year ($1.33 on average after price adjustments).
A late surge of reds produced catches of nearly 13 million in its final week, bringing the total by July 23 to 34.5 million fish. The fish were still trickling in, and state managers, who called the season an “anomaly,” said the final tally will likely reach the projected harvest of 37.6 million sockeye salmon.

Public Safety – July 29

FIRE July 20-26 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to two fire calls and two EMS calls. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to four medical calls and four fire calls. HVFD responded to 11 EMS calls and two fire calls. POLICE July 18 Trespass: A caller requested a male subject be permanently trespassed from a business […]

For the Record – July 29

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanor Robert Edward Armstrong, 52, fourth-degree assault Lindee J. Sprong, 39, driving under the influence Julie Marie Fowler, 44, fourth-degree assault Kenneth Wayne Kvasnikoff, 45, violating conditions of release John Paul […]

Obituary – July 29

Zak Krom of Homer, Anchorage and Kodiak, died June 25, 2015 in Naknek, Alaska. A full obituary and service announcements will be published at a later date. A future memorial service will be held in Homer. Kathleen Margaret Patsch Walls April 13, 1949- July 24, 2015 Devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Kathleen Walls, peacefully passed […]

Fire destroys Boat, oyster equipment in Jakolof Bay

By Carey Restino Homer Tribune A fire Sunday night burned a sailing vessel that carried the owners of Jakolof Bay Oyster Company around the Pacific for three years, but heroic efforts by responding mariners and fire department members from Seldovia saved some of the oyster company’s equipment. No one was injured in the blaze. Gregor […]

Residents asked to weigh-in on city services through online poll

Some 75 community residents turned out on a balmy Monday evening to talk about shrinking revenue streams and the value of city services, letting council members know what was important and how they want to pay for it.
The town hall-style meeting was relatively informal, starting off with presentations from Homer City Manager Katie Koester and Mayor Beth Wythe. Then everyone in the audience weighed in using high-tech keypad polling on how much they valued various departments and nonprofits.
Wythe told the audience that since voters chose in 2008 to stop collecting sales tax on food in the winter months, balancing the budget has been all about cutting back — travel budgets, extras, employee salaries, even depreciation accounts used to fix and replace equipment have suffered.

Homer man helps put face on Medicaid expansion

Since he was 20 years old, Brandon Head engrossed himself in a Homer lifestyle, playing his guitar warm days on the beach when he wasn’t cooking at local restaurants. When he first arrived from Columbia Falls, Mont., and rented a cabin with no running water.
When his multiple sclerosis was diagnosed, Head had what he thought was a stroke. His voice slurred and “one side of my body wasn’t acting right,” he said. But in his early 30s, doctors didn’t think it could be a stroke.

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