Homer runners turn up heat as temperatures drop

Homer High School cross country runners proved once again that there is strength in numbers.
Mariners Jordan Beachy, Jared Brant, Luciano Fasulo and Jacob Davis earned the lion’s share of points by placing third through sixth at Friday’s Abercrombie Invitational in Kodiak. The Homer four all finished within eight seconds of each other, while fifth man Charlie Menke came in at 11th. The solid team performance gave Homer the title with 29 points.
The Lady Mariner squad also finished at the top. They bested runner-up Kodiak by 22 points, led by senior standout Megan Pitzman’s first-place finish and time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds.

Homer man dies in crash

A Homer man is dead following a car crash on East End Road late Friday night after a physical disturbance with a woman he met at a Homer Spit bar earlier in the evening, Alaska State Troopers report.
Jonathan Osteen, 32, was reportedly parked at a location near Mile 10 of East End Road around 11:30 p.m. Friday night with a woman when they had a disturbance and she called troopers. According to the female caller, Osteen sped away from the scene. Troopers responded to the woman’s location, and escorted her back to Osteen’s residence, where her vehicle was parked. She was released to her friend, who was sober and drove them into Homer to stay for the night, troopers reported.

Local youth meets her muse in music

Throughout her young life, Ella Parks has been surrounded by artists who inspire her, including her aunt – a ceramics artist, her dad – a photographer and her mom – a musician.
Now a junior at Homer High School, she is sharing her own talents with local and Anchorage audiences, belting out blues and jazz songs from some of her favorite singers, including Etta James, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Adele.

Kayak angling offers more than just ‘good vibes’

Kayak angler Rudy Tsukada first started seriously fishing from a kayak in 2011, but he still considers himself “relatively new” to the sport. That “newness,” however, appears to have little bearing on his overall knowledge and experience with the whole process.
With the help of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail Committee and Dave Brann, Tsukada will host a workshop this weekend: Water Safety and Tips on Fishing from Your Kayak. The two-day event offers a 6-9 p.m. Saturday presentation at Land’s End, followed by an on-the-water demonstration Sunday.
Tsukada spoke with the Homer Tribune earlier in the week, and offered some insight into human-powered fishing in Kachemak Bay.

Community News – Sept. 15

Dance for connection with Kara Clemens Research has shown that dancing makes you smarter, healthier, happier and reduces the onset of dementia. Trained in Brain Compatible Dance Education, Kara Clemens will move students through warm ups, sequences and cool-downs designed to rewire your brain and body. It’s a way to strengthen neural pathways — and […]

Public Safety – Sept. 5-11

FIRE Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to six medical calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to one fire call and two EMS calls. Alaska State Troopers On Sept. 7, at 8:44 a.m., Alaska State Troopers were notified of a firearm theft from a residence near mile 14 of East End Road in Fritz Creek. The […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Sept. 15

Anchorage police seek suspect Anchorage police are looking for a “person of interest” in one of the rash of homicides reported this year across the city. Police released a sketch today of a person who may have information about the killing of 21-year-old Treyveonkindell Thompson. Thompson was shot multiple times July 29 in the area […]

Beach policy laws, signage irk some

For more than 40 years, Willie Suter has been driving on Mariner Beach at the base of the Homer Spit to collect wood, seaweed, sand and coal.
But on June 13, his drive was a little more eventful than usual. Suter said he was met by police officers from both the Bishop’s Beach and Mariner Park sides telling him he had to leave the beach. The laws had changed, the officers informed him, and driving on the beach was no longer allowed during the summer months. Then they gave him a citation for driving on the beach illegally. He could have paid a $25 fine, but Suter contested the citation.
He said he knows you aren’t allowed to collect wood or drive above the high tide line or in the storm berm. He wasn’t doing that. And unlike Bishop’s Beach, the signs at Mariner Park say nothing about any new driving restrictions.

HEA asks members to approve deregulation

This summer, the Homer Electric Association board of directors voted unanimously to hold a member vote on detaching from the state regulatory commission. The move is being championed by some as a way to save money in lean times, but others are concerned about an unregulated association operating a monopoly on the southern Kenai Peninsula.
The Homer Electric Association is currently overseen by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which reviews and approves rates, fees, and actions as per state statute. But in 1980, the state enacted legislation that allowed cooperatives to seek exemption from that oversight. It requires a majority vote in favor by at least 15 percent of the membership, and can be rescinded with a similar vote. But some are concerned about the implications for the direction HEA will take in the future.

Wooden boat, halibut festivals join forces

As the Homer fishing fleet makes its way back to port this month from Prince William Sound, Kodiak and other locales, a celebration planned this weekend on the Homer Spit is ready to celebrate the many ways our community is connected with the sea that surrounds it.
The Wooden Boat Festival has been running for decades in Homer, but this year, organizers have joined forces in earnest with the Halibut Festival for a weekend of events ranging from a fish fry to the classic boat-painting event under the big white tent.

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