For the Record – Jan. 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 Eric Blaine Benson, 53, DUI; fourth-degree weapons misconduct Jacob A. Dooley, 34, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited Maude Susie Halbur, 40, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked […]

Obituary – Jan. 27

Renowned Alaskan writer and marine biologist, Eva Lucia Saulitis, age 52, was carried into her beloved eternal wilderness on the spirited wings of dear friend and mentor Celia Hunter’s dogsled, in the early afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 from her home in Homer. Eva’s writing touched countless lives with her powerfully honest and generous […]

BlueCrest prepares to drill for oil at Cosmopolitan Unit

BlueCrest Energy continues preparations to drill for oil in the Cosmopolitan Unit at its 37.5-acre site on the Cook Inlet bluff about 5.5 miles north of Anchor Point.
Larry Burgess, health, safety and environmental manager for Texas-based BlueCrest, told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that the company’s 3,000-horse power drilling rig is nearing completion in Houston, Texas. It should ship out for Alaska soon and will take 45 days to arrive, at which point crews will go to work getting it assembled and running.

Public Safety – Jan. 27

FIRE Jan. 18-24 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to two EMS calls, one fire call and one standby for ski races on Ohlson Mountain Road. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to two medical calls. Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to nine EMS calls and two fire calls. On Jan. 24, at 5:50 a.m. HVFD crews […]

Hockey goes 2-1 against SoHi, Bartlett

It’s been a long and brutal winter for the Mariner hockey team so far. A 3-2 overtime victory against the Soldotna Stars in conference play last week was their first win since Nov. 6 — of 2015.
Dimitry Kuzmin scored a goal off his own rebound, Tim Blakely buried the puck off assists by Kuzmin and Robby Larson, and Garrett Butcher scored the OT goal on a break-away. Danny Wiest and Riley Swanson each got the assist.
Things were still looking good for the M’s on Friday, as they picked up another OT win — this time a 4-3 dog fight against the visiting Bartlett Bears. Douglas Dean opened the scoring for Homer when he buried the puck in the Bears’ net off a Kuzmin assist. Larson picked up a pair of goals, with Dawson Roberts assisting on both.
And the winning overtime goal went to Kuzmin, who scored off a Blakely assist. Mariner goalie Hunter Warren turned away 23 shots in the win.
You could probably see this one coming.
The Mariners’ luck ran out on Saturday, when the Bears got the 5-3 …
Roberts scored off assists from Woape Huffman and Garrett Butcher, and sophomore Charlie Menke found the back of the net with an assist by Tucker Weston, Butcher picked up an unassisted goal in the third period. Goalie Warren faced 22 shots, while the Mariners hammered Bartlett’s goalie with 37 shots.
The Mariners play their final home game tomorrow — Thursday, Jan. 28 — against the Kenai Kardinals in a Senior Night showdown. Game time is 7 p.m. at Kevin Bell Arena.

Sports Briefs – Jan. 27

Warriors come ready to ‘Rumble’ The Nikolaevsk boys basketball team went relatively unchallenged in their Warrior Rumble over the weekend. Opening Thursday with a 74-36 pulverizing of Wasilla’s C team, the host Warriors returned Friday to punish Alak 60-33. Nikolaevsk sealed their tournament sweep with a 53-27 victory over the Nenana Lynx on Saturday. Nikit […]

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake opens up 10-foot fissure in road

Though one lane of Kalifornsky Beach Road was still open to traffic Sunday afternoon, many drivers heading between Kenai and Kasilof stopped to see the gaping cracks in the pavement that occurred when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Southcentral Alaska around 1:30 a.m. that morning.
“Yeah, we had to come out here and check it out,” said James Benson, of Soldotna.

Commercial cannabis zoned in business districts

The cannabis issue has presented a new land-use discussion for the City of Homer’s Planning Department. The planning commission has moved forward with setting up designations for commercial cannabis activities — which is more than many places. Some cities have decided to take no action — at least for now — when it comes to cannabis.

Skiers team up for relay races

The Mariner Nordic Ski team traveled to Soldotna’s Tsalteshi Ski Trails on Friday for the Kenai Klassic Race — that actually turned out to be a relay. Teams of two boys and two girls switched between classic and skate techniques, and Homer finished third with skiers Rachel Ellert, Quinn Alward, Mariah Vantrease and Hoxie Parks. […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Jan. 27

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