Cougars outlast Redington 12-8 for first football win of season

After starting their 2016 season with an 0-4 record, the Voznesenka Cougars ended their losing streak last Friday with a 12-8 win over Joe Redington Jr/Sr High School outside Wasilla.
And while Voz head coach Justin Zank was almost as stoked as his players with the win, he was also quick to point out that they have plenty to practice this week before meeting Seward.
“We were a little reserved with our excitement, as we knew we made a bunch of mistakes,” Zank said. “Those are all things that we need to correct prior to our game this weekend.”
The Huskies scored early with a first-quarter touchdown and successful 2-point conversion that put them up 8-0. But Cougar quarterback Azary Reutov answered with a touchdown run on what Zank called a “midline option read.”

Homer volleyball splits games on the road

In Class 3A girls volleyball action, the Lady Mariners beat Anchorage Christian Schools on the road in three games Saturday. Homer beat ACS 25-19, 25-20 and 25-22. The Lady M’s fell to the Grace Christian Grizzlies on Friday, 19-25, 25-10, 25012 and 25-10.

Gene Stephens

Marjorie Gene Stephens, 88, passed away peacefully Sept. 1, 2016 in Amarillo, Texas. She was born in Amarillo, and spent her childhood and early adult years there. She married her high school sweetheart Del Stephens, attended the University of Texas with him and accompanied him around the world for the next 50-plus years. He was […]

Virgil Englishbee

Virgil Englishbee passed away on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. His funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Chapman School Gym in Anchor Point. There is a viewing at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. A finger-food potluck will follow, and all are welcome to attend. If you would like to […]

Mariner runners ‘take to the streets’ in Homer Spit Trials

Mariner cross country teams once again flexed their muscles in a dominating finish at Saturday’s Homer Spit Trials.
Teams from Voznesenka, Nikolaevsk, Port Graham, Nikiski, Kenai and Soldotna also competed in the rainy race, but Homer ran away with the show.
Freshman Autumn Daigle turned in a personal-record performance on her way to first place in the girls’ time trials. Daigle led the way for the Lady Mariners with a time of 19 minutes, 18.53 seconds. Finishing fourth, senior Megan Pitzman also turned in a personal record for the season. She led a long line of Mariner runners, all seven of which finished within the top nine places.
“Seeing Autumn win it was awesome,” Pitzman said of her young teammate. “She’s shown so much improvement each week and has been such a great addition to our team.”

Sullivan hopeful millions headed to rural water systems in Alaska

If all goes well, the thousands of Alaskans still without running water and indoor plumbing may get federal support, thanks to a bill working its way through congress with more than $1 billion in funds for improving infrastructure.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act by a vote of 95-3. The House will consider its version of the bill this week, though it does not contain all the provisions of the senate version.

School start times to change next year

Students on the southern Kenai Peninsula will either head to school earlier or later than they do now next year as part of a school district cost-saving plan to stagger school start times and use fewer buses.
At a meeting Monday night introducing the idea, parents and educators had more questions than answers as Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators told them few details were available yet as to how the new staggered start times would play out for specific areas and schools.

Documentary fest features top films

If you own a movie theater, you simply must have a movie festival, said Jamie Sutton, who started the Mariner Theater Documentary Film Festival 13 years ago in part because of his love of the movie genre.
Sutton said each year, he asks for the best documentaries the industry has to offer, and they deliver plenty to him.
“Then we watch a lot of documentaries,” he said. “We’ve honed it down to these.”

Public Safety – Sept. 12-19

FIRE Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to six emergency medical service calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to two smoke investigation calls. POLICE Sept. 15 10:56 a.m. A caller on Bartlett Street requested a subject be removed from the premises. 12:24 p.m. A caller on East End Road reported loose asphalt in the roadway, causing a […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Sept. 22

Keep yourself — and the community safe The next syringe exchange is Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m. at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center, 203 W. Pioneer Ave. The exchange offers safe disposal of used syringes, safer injection kits, free HIV/Hepatitis C testing and treatment information. It is confidential and anonymous. For more information, email […]

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