Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby

Derby Standings as of July 19, 2015 2015 Jackpot Leader Linda Scott of Bloomington, Minn. continues to hang on to the top spot with her 224.4-pound monster fish caught on July 10. Linda was fishing with Deepstrike Sportfishing and Captain David Bayes aboard the F/V Grand Aleutian. • James Perkins of Joplin, Mo. won the […]

Finding what drives Moto-X pro Cody Woodworth

Back in 2007, Cody Woodworth was a 14-year-old boy chasing a Motocross dream. Now 22, he has been riding for more than 10 years, and has made his way to the Professional Motocross Circuit.
He also got married, got his pilot’s license, and comes back to Homer in the summers to help with dad Shane’s electrical contracting business. He races on the weekends.

Public Safety – July 22

FIRE July 6, 15 HVFD responded to 12 EMS calls for the week. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to five emergency medical calls and two fire calls. POLICE July 10 Disorderly Conduct: A caller reported an intoxicated male causing a disturbance on Sterling Highway. Officers responded to the scene, and arrested one male for […]

For the Record – July 22

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanors Rodger L. White, 63, driving while license suspended Cary Wayne Gibbs, 47, disorderly conduct Judgments Amanda Haverman, 27, reckless driving; guilty Edward T. Vey, 49, violating limitations for halibut; guilty

Obituary – July 22

Longtime Homer resident Robert B. Turkington, 92, died Monday, July 13, 2015 at home with family by his side. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 31 at the Homer Elks Lodge, 215 W Jenny Lane. Honorary Pallbearers are Sean Presley, Daniel Presley, Scott Turkington, Ryan Turkington, Matt Turkington, Vladimir Martushev, Jason […]

Published Events – July 15

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Rock the board!

When the first people started standup paddleboarding off the Homer Spit about a decade ago, cars screeched to a halt in surprise and the Homer police dispatchers got calls from alarmed bystanders.
Today, SUPs — wide surfboards you stand up on and paddle — are much more mainstream, and adventurists are finding more and more uses for this new way of exploring Alaska.

Trooper position in Ninilchik briefly vacant

The heavily trafficked summer months are not the best time to lose public safety positions on the Kenai Peninsula, but that will be a temporary effect of State spending cuts for the month ahead.
As of Monday, the Ninilchik Alaska State Trooper position will be vacant, said Beth Ipsen, trooper information officer.
“The position, which will be briefly vacant as of Monday, will be transferred to Anchor Point and filled starting Aug. 1,” she said.
The move was partial because the lease on the state housing associated with the Ninilchik post is set to expire soon. Not renewing the contract gives the State a cost savings.

Collecting stories along a changing coastline

When a boulder fell from a bluff on Homer resident Sherry Stead last July, it was seen as a freak accident of nature.
Stead was on the popular Bishop’s Beach, walking with friend Tracy Asselin when out of nowhere, a giant rock lost its perch and crushed her leg.
Recent human history shows an eroding coastline that’s threatened to toss a few Kachemak Bay Drive homes off the cliffs. A crucial chunk of highway at Mile 153 currently under rescue recently warned of hazards carrying grave human consequences.
Compared to species like polar bears poised on extinction and vanishing villages, the Kenai’s problems may seem insignificant, but not to those studying the state’s erosion hazards.

Cook Inlet advocate known for his passion of all things Alaskan

Friends and family were hard-pressed to simply summarize Frank Mullen, a man whose smile, character and passion were as big as the state he loved.
One thing they agree on, however, is that Mullen — who passed away last week after a battle with cancer — made good use of his 65 years on the planet.
His early years were spent on his family’s Soldotna homestead, and he began commercial fishing at the age of 14. He fished for the next 50 summers straight, an experience that made him an advocate for the ocean and the wealth it provided those around him. Mullen was also politically active from a very young age, working in Juneau as a legislative aide in his early 20s.

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