Homer track opens season with strong showing at Big C Relays

Despite yet another last-ditch attempt by Mother Nature to restart Winter 2015, Homer High School tracksters continue to squeeze as much outdoor practice time as they can into every day.
“The good weather we’ve had so far has helped my training,” said sophomore sprinter Lauren Evarts. “It gives me a reason to want to be outside at practice.”

Brothers plead guilty to lesser charges

Two men originally charged following the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old boy at a party in Homer two-and-a-half years ago plead guilty to harassment and other charges this week in an emotional court hearing that included statements from both men as well as the mother of the victim.
The older of the two brothers, Anthony Resetarits, was led out of the court hours in handcuffs Thursday after pleading guilty to felony charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence as well as misdemeanor charges of harassment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Anthony Resetarits, 22, was sentenced to serve 75 days of “shock jail time” as well as 40 months probation for the felony counts. With good behavior, his jail time could be reduced to 50 days, the judge said. The judge imposed a suspended imposition of sentence on all charges including the two felony charges Resetarits pled guilty to — first degree hindering prosecution and first degree tampering with physical evidence. That means that if Resetarits does not violate the conditions of his probation and his sentence is not imposed, his record will be clear in the eyes of the state at the end of his probation period. On the misdemeanor charges, he was sentenced to one year’s probation and 120 hours of “shock community work service.”

For the Record – March 4

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 Casey Allen James, 32, fourth and fifth-degree misconduct involving weapons. Steven D. House, 26, violation of conditions of release. Randall A. Minke Jr., 24, driving in violation of instructional permit. […]

Salmonstock evolves

A salmon-themed festival by any other name, would still sound as sweet.
On Feb. 19, the Renewable Resources Coalition and Foundation sent out a news release indicating that they will no longer be organizing Salmonstock — the three-day festival that has become a summer staple on the Kenai Peninsula.
Instead, the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society of Homer will keep the good times rolling with many of the same staff, vendors and producers, according to event producer Jim Stearns.
“I think we can kind of seamlessly make that transition with administration to another body,” Stearns said. “It is a great event that has been growing every year in scope and reach.”

Obituaries – Feb. 25

Chlorus Vaughn Pointer, also known as Von Pointer, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Anchorage. A celebration of life service was held Feb. 14 at Homer United Methodist Church. Von was born in Omaha, Neb., on Oct. 11, 1935, to Chlorus Laverne and Florence Lichti Pointer. He was raised on the family farms in […]

Last call for natural gas special assessment objection

A final opportunity to object to an individual assessment in the Homer Special Assessment District for the natural gas line was announced in a press release on Feb. 3 by the City of Homer.
The announcement followed an amendment exempting “non-benefitted” lots and signaled that the city is moving forward with the original assessment plan. This means each taxable parcel in the HSAD will incur an assessment of $3,237.

Nominations sought for Distinguished Artist

Anchorage – Rasmuson Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Artist Award, recognizing superior artistic accomplishments of an Alaskan. The selected artist will receive $40,000. “The Distinguished Artist Award is an opportunity to recognize the talents and contributions of extraordinary Alaska artists,” said Jayson Smart, program officer for Rasmuson Foundation. “We welcome the participation […]

Mariner Basketball; ready for the ‘perfect storm’

By Sean Pearson Homer Tribune Living in a coastal, fishing community, most Homerites probably have a pretty decent understanding of the term, “perfect storm.” In fact, George Clooney and “Marky Mark” Wahlberg made a relatively lackluster movie about one 15 years ago. And, while the term certainly relates to meteorological events, it’s not weather-specific. Merriam-Webster […]

‘Angelica strong!’

Angelica Haakenson, 11, continues to recover at Providence Hospital in Anchorage with her family close by and with the thoughts and prayers of the community.
Haakenson was pinned between two vehicles after a car slid on slush and ice, crashing into the family vehicle that was getting a jump start. As a result, Haakenson had to have both legs amputated above the knee and suffered several broken vertebrae.
Resilient and strong, updates from the family on facebook and the fundraising page for the Haakensons have posted remarkable responses to each step in the process.

Nomad program aims to help strengthen community

Two house fires and 15 years later, Jessica Tenhoff still cannot explain why she loves making Alaskan Yurts. But perhaps it is the many years of work and those life altering events that she feels have helped her to think, quite literally, outside the box.

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