Sports Briefs – April 27

Mariner baseball drops road game to SoHi Homer baseball opened its 2106 season with a tough 6-10 road loss in Soldotna over the weekend. Mariner pitchers gave up 12 hits in the game, allowing the Stars to score three runs in the first inning. The M’s took advantage of a few SoHi errors to tie […]

Can you make your investments less ‘taxing’?

Tax Freedom Day, which typically occurs in late April, according to the Tax Foundation, is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. So you may want to use this opportunity to determine if you can liberate yourself from some investment-related taxes in the future.
Actually, Tax Freedom Day is something of a fiction, in practical terms, because most people pay their taxes throughout the year via payroll deductions. Also, you may not mind paying your share of taxes, because your tax dollars are used in many ways – such as law enforcement, food safety, road maintenance, public education, and so on – that, taken together, have a big impact on the quality of life in this country. Still, you may want to look for ways to reduce those taxes associated with your investments, leaving you more money available to meet your important goals, such as a comfortable retirement.
So, what moves can you make to become more of a “tax-smart” investor? Consider the following:

For the Record – April 27

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 Kyle Ray Hock, 27, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited Kenneth James Johannes, 59, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited Felony Kenneth James Johannes, 59, felony […]

Lady M’s, alums tie in softball scrimmage

Homer softball alums, varsity square off Several Homer High School softball alums turned out at Jack Gist Park on Saturday to scrimmage the school’s varsity team in early season action. The alumni warmed up a bit against the Lady Mariner JV, and then faced off against Coach Bill Bell’s current varsity squad. Word is, the […]

Lady M’ tracksters finish Kenai Invite right on SoHi’s heels

The Homer Lady Mariners came within eight points of first-place Soldotna at the Kenai Invitational Track Meet over the weekend.
The Lady M’s scored 101 overall points in the competition, thanks in part to a well-rounded attack from both track and field events.
Lauren Evarts led the way for the Lady Mariners with a 16.45-second first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 50.37.
Evarts got quite a bit of back-up from her teammates, thanks to a second-place finish in the 100m from Kaylee Veldstra. The Homer freshman finished in 12.83 seconds.

Community news – April 27

Make Saturday ‘Safe and Healthy’ The annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair is set for Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Homer High School. This is a free, fun event for children of all ages to focus on safety, health and wellness. It offers more than 30 booths and stations, with […]

Fugitives from justice

Homer police are asking the public’s help in locating two fugitives from justice believed to be in the Homer area. William Oscar Daugherty, 51, Homer and Mica Justin Messinger, 34, Wasilla. The public is urged not to confront or contact these individuals if spotted and to call their local law enforcement at 235-3150, or the […]

Pioneer Bob Walli passes

Stories, not tears, flowed after the passing of Robert John Walli. Often known as Bob or Bobby, Walli died April 13, 2016 at the age of 91.
Walli loved a good story — and was a part of plenty of his own, family and friends say. He could tell them, and he had a way of bringing them out of others.
“He always had a smile and something cute to say,” said Wilma Williams, best friend of Walli’s younger sister, Lillian (“Blondie.”)

Council convenes work session on opioid problem

When someone says your community has a problem with opioid use — prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioid-based drugs — it’s easy to dismiss it as a problem that doesn’t impact you. But the people who convened to talk about the growing problem at last week’s Homer City Council say that would be a mistake.
Opioid use is more prevalent now than ever, they say, and like the rest of the nation, it spans all ages and socioeconomic sectors.

Student filmmakers advance to finals

It’s time to vote! No politics this time, though.
It’s Toyota’s TeenDrive365 Video Challenge and Homer High School students Liam Somers, Johann Kallelid and Lyndsay Brown have watched their video climb into the nation’s top 10.
The Homer trio enjoys making movies together, so when Somers found an opportunity to win money for college, he grabbed his friends and went full speed ahead with a video about distracted teen drivers.

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