Published Events- Aug. 26

WedAug26 Karaoke with Dax • 10 p.m. The Alibi, 453 East Pioneer Ave. Team Danger • 10 p.m., Kharacters, 197 E. Pioneer Ave. Open Mic with Mikey’s Chair • 8 p.m. Down East Saloon, 3 Mile East End Road, 235-6002. DownEastSaloon.com. Bingo • 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. Sponsored by Homer […]

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby – Aug. 26

Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn. continues to hold onto the lead in the 2015 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with the 224.4-pound flat fish she landed on July 10. Linda was fishing with Deepstrike Sportfishing and Captain David Bayes aboard the F/V Grand Aleutian. August Tags: • Bryce Johnson, Homer: Won $500 for a tagged halibut […]

Sports Calendar – Aug. 26

Friday, Aug, 28 • Varsity Volleyball at Kotzebue • Homer Invitational XC Meet, 3 p.m.   Saturday, Aug. 29        • Varsity Volleyball at Kotzebue • Voznesenka Football at HHS v Seward, 10 a.m. • HHS JV Football at home v Nikiski, 1 p.m. • Varsity Football at home v Nikiski, 4 p.m.

Mariner XC runners open season at Tsalteshi Trails

Homer High School’s cross-country season kicked off on Saturday, as the team traveled to Soldotna to compete in the 2015 Tsalteshi Invitational.
In a field of some 300 runners from a variety of different-sized schools around the state, both Homer girls and boys teams finished first in the 1-2-3A division.
“We beat Grace Christian and it rang a couple of bells,” said Jared Brant, Homer’s top finisher among boys. “We were all shocked, but I think it was a good wake-up call for the team.
Brant, a junior, completed the 5k race in a time of 17 minutes, 24 seconds for an overall 31st-place finish among nearly 150 runners.

Sports Briefs – Aug. 26

Albright, Illg lead Homer at Lost Lake Distance runner Heather Albright led the way among Homer athletes at Saturday’s Lost Lake Run in Seward, finishing 51st among a field of more than 450 female athletes. Albright finished the 16-mile course of U.S. Forest Service trails in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 49 seconds. Fellow Homer […]

Eielson football stomps Mariners 61-18 at home

It was a beautifully warm summer day on Saturday when the Eielson Ravens came to town for a football face-off against the Homer Mariners.
Temperatures hovered in the 60s amid a light breeze, the smell of grilling hamburgers and cotton candy wafted through the stadium and the M’s beautiful, one-year-old turf field sparkled in the sun.

Budget cuts put snag in Chinook Research Initiative

One of the casualties of this year’s budget cuts was funding for a program aimed at discovering why Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks have been declining since 2007.
A five-year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative launched in 2013 included more than 100 researchers focused on three dozen projects in 12 major river systems from Southeast to the Yukon. Now, the ambitious effort has been cut to just over one dozen projects.
“When we saw we weren’t going to get a third appropriation this fiscal year, we had to step back and narrow the focus, and make sure key projects still had money to continue for at least the next two years,” said Ed Jones, a coordinator with the state Sport Fish Division who oversees the initiative team.
The project has received two $7.5 million appropriations so far, and just over $6 million remains.

Obituary- Aug 26

Billy James Smith, 73, passed away Aug. 13, 2015 at Providence Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Verna (née Morgan) Smith, and brothers Robert and Jack (Sandra) Smith. Billy is survived by his loving wife, Beverly; brother Roger and sister Jeanette Frank; son, Scott Smith; daughters: Desiree Dawn Latour, Shari […]

Births- Aug 26

Honey Rose Hatch, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces, was born at 6:01 p.m., Aug. 18, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital to Anna and Philip Hatch of Homer. Grandparents are David and Kathryn Hatch, and Sam and Cathy Brandal. Lorenzo Gianni Ricciardi, weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces, was born at 8:39 a.m., Aug. 19, 2015 at […]

Public Safety – Aug. 26

Fire Aug. 17-23 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to nine emergency medical services calls and no fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three EMS calls and three fire calls. Police Aug. 19 Trespass: A caller requested a male be given a trespass notice from an address on Hazel Avenue. Domestic Dispute: A caller reported […]

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