Obituary – May 18

Van Cleave Price Sept. 12, 1931 — May 13, 2016 Van was born the youngest of 11 children, in Barton N.M., to Mack and June Price. He grew up on the family farm, plowing with both horse and tractor. He attended Albuquerque High School, and in 1951, he joined the Navy and spent three years […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – May 18

HEA bylaw propositions approved Homer Electric Association members approved five changes to the cooperative’s bylaws in the recent HEA election process, However, a proposition to amend the Articles of Incorporation failed to gather the two-thirds majority required by state statute and was not adopted. At the May 4 annual meeting it was announced that all […]

Community News – May 18

Deserving people recognized Anchor Point Fire Chief Al Terry handed out “years-of-service” awards to Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services members at their annual training and awards banquet last week. Years of Service Awards: 1-5 years: Ethan Veldstra, Chelsea Marsh, Tammy Taylor, Clancy McClaren, Jake Kemnitz, Richard Ginter, Samantha Cunningham, Doug Loshbaugh, Jim Dycus, […]

Public Safety – May 18

FIRE May 9-15 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three EMS calls. Homer VFD responded to six EMS and one fire call. Anchor Point Fire/EMS responded to five EMS, and three fire calls. POLICE May 12 DUI: A caller reported a drunk driver almost causing an accident at Mariner Park. The responding officer arrested a male […]

Helicopter permit in park limited to one landing

Park officials largely declined a permit application from an Anchorage-based helicopter company to land in multiple locations throughout Kachemak Bay State Park after community members protested the plan.
A single permitted landing site was approved for Nose Flight, Inc., on Grewingk Glacier, where two other companies are currently permitted to land. Landing sites on Sadie Peak, Grace Ridge, China Poot Lake, Halibut Cove Lagoon and the Glacier Spit were declined.
In a determination issued by Ben Ellis, director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for the state, Ellis said the Grewingk Glacier site has a history of helicopter landings while the other locations do not.

Seasonal sales tax increase voted down

A move to put a 1 percent raise sales tax from April 1 through Sept. 30 on the ballot this fall failed to move forward this week at Monday night’s city council meeting. Several on the council commented that some income stream source was needed, but time to get a tax increase of some type on the ballot this fall is running out.
The council voted unanimously in opposition of the ordinance raising sales tax during the summer months. It was introduced by Councilman David Lewis last October and postponed in December as the council wrestled with finding a source of income to plug a $1 million budget shortfall. When the council asked for voter approval to reallocate taxes gathered for road and trail improvements to the general fund, they did so for only three years with the understanding that they would soon need to find another source of funds to balance the books. Lewis’ sales tax increase, which would have drawn more funds from visiting tourists, grew out of that effort.

Recreation center receives city funding challenge

Plans to build a covered recreation center in Homer got a big boost from the Homer City Council on Monday night as the council voted unanimously to approved an appropriation of up to $189,000.
There is a catch, however. To access all the money, the group must raise double that amount. In kind contributions will count too, but at a lesser level. That didn’t seem to worry Daniel Zatz, one of the primary organizers of the project, who said he would do everything he could to make sure that youth were playing soccer on the covered field by Sept. 30 of this year.
What started out as a plan to construct a simple 70-by-120-foot covered metal frame structure to allow Homer youth to play soccer year round has ballooned into a 72-foot-by-156-foot structure that would allow for soccer games and other activities to occur simultaneously, Zatz said. Pickle ball players, for example, who are likely to lose their home if and when the HERC building turns into part of the new police station, will have a home under the roof of the South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center. So will people looking for a place to walk or let their children play in the winter.

Homer soccer teams rack up the goals

Homer sophomore Simon Dye scored five goals in the Mariners’ 9-0 home stomping of Houston on Thursday.
After neither team scored in the first half, the M’s came out hot in the second half and pelted the Hawks with shots; nine of them found the back of the net. Mariners Dexter Lowe, Charles Rohr, Tim Blakely and Oliver Beck each added a goal to round out Homer’s scoring.
The M’s hosted Colony on Friday under cloudy skies, cool temps and blustery winds, and managed to hold the Knights scoreless in the first half of the Northern Lights Conference game.
After the break, the Knights jumped out with two quick goals, surprising the Mariners in the first two minutes of the second half.

Water taxi provides ‘bird’s-eye’ view on Kachemak Bay

Step onto the 28-foot, 15-passenger M/V Torega, and one of the first things you might notice is the little wooden plaque that reads, “They’re all good birds.”
Karl Stoltzfus is the owner of Bay Excursions, operating the Torega, as well as the 20-foot, 6-pack Soleci. Both boats are recognizable, painted bright yellow and black — taxi colors.
Stoltzfus started his water taxi business in 1995 and has carved a niche over the years, specializing in birding, wildlife and photography tours. His clients come from Canada, the Lower 48, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, Japan and China.

Mariner softball, baseball split road games

Homer senior McKi Needham hit five doubles on Saturday, as the Lady Mariners split games against Bartlett and Hutchison in the final day of the “Blue and Gold Battle” in Anchorage. The Lady M’s beat Bartlett 9-2, before losing to Hutchison 2-6.
Homer also split a pair of Friday games with a 9-8 squeaker over the Colony Knights, and a 0-8 shutout loss to 2015 large-schools state champion East Anchorage.
The Lady M’s endured an uncharacteristic hitting drought against East on Friday. A strong Thunderbird performance at the mound gave up just one hit, and struck out 11 Homer batters. Needham pitched four innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. She struck out two batters, but five Lady Mariner defensive errors kept the Thunderbirds crossing home.

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