Plane crash victims identified

Alaska State Troopers have identified the passenger and two pilots killed recently when the Hageland Aviation Cessna 208B they were in en route from Quinhagak to Togiak slammed into a mountainous area northwest of Togiak.
The passenger has been identified as Manokotak resident Louie John, 49.
Efforts to reach John’s family members last week were unsuccessful.

Sports Briefs – Oct. 13

Kuhns leads Homer team at Bartlett Homer’s Lauren Kuhns led the Mariner swim team at Saturday’s Swim/Dive Invitational at Bartlett-Chugiak in Anchorage. Kuhns, a senior, finished third in 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 20.97 seconds. She touched the wall less than half a second behind the second-place finisher. Kuhns also took […]

Forensic nurses identify need for facility

When someone — especially children — experience crime in Homer, they have a long, twisting path to follow to get help. A first stop might be at the Homer Police Station to make a formal report, possibly followed by a trip to South Peninsula Haven House for an interview. Then, if the situation involves physical assault, such as child abuse or domestic violence, the person must make a third trip to an impersonal exam room at South Peninsula Hospital.

Homer wrestlers work to wrap up state repeat

After winning the 1-2-3A State Championships last year, Homer High School wrestlers are considering only one option this season: a repeat.
Last season, 10 Mariner boys and six girls finished in the top six places of their respective weight classes. Another power-packed squad returns this year, including seniors Jared Brant at 138 pounds, Timmy Woo at 160 and Jaime Rios at 170.
Brant and Woo are both three-time state placers and returning state finalists.

Fisheries debate draws full slate of candidates

Fish on! The lure of reaching a statewide radio audience has once again attracted a full slate of political hopefuls to Kodiak for its popular fisheries debate.
On Wednesday, five candidates for U.S. Senate traveled to the nation’s No. 2 fishing port to share their knowledge and ideas on a single topic: Alaska’s seafood industry.
“It’s a great service to Kodiak, to our fishing communities and to Alaska in general,” said Trevor Brown, director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, host of the event. “Fishing is the state’s largest private sector employer. I think the candidates realize the importance of the fishing industry and that its viability is very important to Alaska.”

Man ends high-speed chase with boatyard crash

Homer area residents don’t often see a high-speed chase, but last Thursday, that was the scene as pedestrians and drivers dodged out of the way of a man careening through the Homer area pursued by Alaska State Troopers and Homer Police Department cars.
On Thursday afternoon, troopers received a report of a red Chevrolet Lumina speeding near Anchor Point. Troopers responded and attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle failed to yield. Troopers pursued and found the vehicle crashed in a ditch. The driver, later identified as Paul Suter, 30, fled into the woods, evading arrest.

Beth Wythe honored for service to city as mayor

Outgoing Homer City Mayor Beth Wythe was honored for her service to the community, receiving praise from many who served with her over the years. Wythe was first elected to the council 12 years ago, serving on the council for eight years before being elected to the mayor’s seat in 2012. She served two terms as mayor, and turned the gavel over to newly elected Mayor Bryan Zak at Monday’s meeting.
Former council member Francie Roberts spoke at the council meeting of Wythe’s ethics and tireless hard work on the city’s behalf.

Gorgonia ‘Gloria’ Tela-on Sevilliano Scroggs

Gorgonia “Gloria” Tela-on Sevilliano Scroggs peacefully left the earth on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at Soldotna General Hospital at the age of 83. She was a resident of the state of Alaska for more than 60 years. Scroggs grew up in the province of Leyte, and was both strong and tenacious. As a survivor during […]

Community news – Oct. 13

Ready to climb the walls? The Bay Club is looking for climbing instructors. If you are interested in instructing Homer youth in rock climbing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons please attend the climbing instructor round-up on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. Please call Chris Alfiche at 299-5216 or Dana Jaworski at 399-8177 for more […]

When self-reliance goes too far

We Alaskans like to be known for our self-reliance, but when we cross the line to suffering in silence, it’s no longer a good thing.
Alaska has had one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation for decades. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, September, is now behind us but the tough topics behind these painful statistics are relevant year-round.

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