Cooper Dean Smith, a baby boy weighing 7 pounds, 3.8 ounces, was born on Dec. 21, 2012 to David and Kayla Smith of Anchor Point. Grandparents are Dave and Sharon Smith, Kimberly Olson, James Seifert and Floyd Newkirk.
Don Rhonda, a man who made his mark during four decades in Homer, illustrated just how much Homer was changed by the 1964 earthquake.
Speaking at Land’s End Resort for a history project in 1996, Rhonda said “many of you people realize that after the quake, this building – not this particular room, necessarily, but this building here, was about six feet in the air?”
They had to jack up the building to get it out of the tide.
“All the ground and dirt you see here came out of that hole where the harbor now is,” he said. “That’s the reason it’s in the middle of the Spit, because we had to have some dirt to raise the Spit up, or we’d lose the whole doggone thing.”
Fire calls • Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 11 emergency medical calls and 1 fire call for the week of Dec. 17-23. • Fire crews also responded to a carbon monoxide detector activation in a residence. Crews found it to be a faulty detector and advised the homeowner to replace it. • With all […]
Two fishing vessels sank in Jakolof Bay on Christmas day, and by Friday an oily sheen spreading in sensitive oyster farming waters had the attention of federal and state agencies.
The F/V Leading Lady and the F/V Kupreanof sank sometime during the night of Christmas Eve or the following day, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said in a release. The sunken vessels were discovered at 2:47 p.m. on Dec. 25 and were immediately reported to the Coast Guard. The ADEC was notified as well.
The cause of the sinking is believed to be from the 48 inches of snow falling that day, another causality of the immense storm that swept through the region. The vessels were apparently pushed down and on top of one another when crews inspected the situation on Thursday. The Leading Lady is a 53-foot commercial fishing vessel.
Buccaneer Alaska announced it had terminated its contractor, Archer Drilling, for alleged nonperformance of work, but Archer officials on Wednesday said the situation was actually the other way around.
David Walker, the manager for international platform drilling and engineering at Archer, said a lawsuit is now filed claiming more than $6 million in unpaid invoices are owed by Buccaneer. All local subcontractors hired by Archer have been paid by Archer, Walker said.
As the pilot of a Russian tanker on a near impossible mission to deliver fuel last winter to Nome, Capt. Peter Garay had his work cut out for him.
Except for a translator, the crew, all Russian, didn’t speak English. Cultural divides and different ideas on what constituted proper ship protocol separated them. Then, there was the matter of breaking through hundreds of miles of shore-fast ice.
“We also had weeks of planning sessions between private agencies, the Obama administration, the Coast Guard,” Garay said. “When it was finished, it wasn’t just a rescue mission getting fuel to Nome. It was a demonstration of the Coast Guard’s ability.”
As America works on logistics for protecting its claims around a rapidly melting polar ice cap, the January 2012 journey bringing 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products to Nome was setting history. The exercise command structure created in the effort will guide parties in the years ahead as they plan for work in a changing Arctic. Even President Obama listened in on the discussion and appraisal of Nome’s situation.
Frankincense and myrrh made ideal gifts at the dawn of that first Christmas long ago, gifts only wise and wealthy people were in a position to give.
The young, newly married couple taking refuge in a stable for the blessed birth likely couldn’t have afforded it if not for the benevolence of their three new friends from afar.
Homer alchemist Michael Francis finds public interest in the two famed essential oils hasn’t slowed down since. The owner of Alaska Intuitive Arts on Pioneer Avenue between Vagabond Café and the Upper Room, Francis combines ancient and modern alchemic knowledge to create oil and incense fusions, as well as salts, soaps and candles containing the oils. Frankincense and myrrh are among the hundreds of earth-based oils he draws from, as well as hundreds of herbs, flowers, crystals, rocks and minerals.
People who want to know more about chemical properties, histories and uses for aromas and other healing tools are quickly learning to head to Francis’ downtown shop. In a workshop behind the counter, he creates his own fusions and candles in a manner that probably wouldn’t be unfamiliar if a medieval alchemist stuck his head in the door.
Homer Police on Tuesday night arrested two suspects in the robbery of the Grog Shop Liquor Store on Pioneer Avenue.
John Allen Mumey, 49, and Terry Jean Lashley Elliot, 32, were each charged with first-degree robbery. Mumey was additionally charged with fourth-degree assault.
The Homer Police Department received a call at 11:34 p.m. Monday from a Grog Shop clerk stating he had been robbed. He reported that an adult male entered the store, picked up some merchandise, approached the clerk and brandished a semi-automatic handgun. The man demanded money and received an undisclosed amount of cash.
ocals win car, ATV and more
The $25,000-dollar credit from Stanley Ford, or $15,000 cash, went to Carrara Poindexter of Anchor Point. The 2012 Honda Rancher ATV was won by Charles Rehder from Homer, and one night lodging from NMS Lodging went to Tabor Ashment.
• A $20 gift certificate from Barb’s Video and $50 gift certificate from VBS Heating: Tom Stroozas Family;
• Membership and goodies from Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and $40 gift certificate from AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse: Charles Rehder;
Stradling was named Realtor of the Year 2012 at the Kachemak Bay Board of Realtors for her diverse role in all facets of real estate dating back four decades. Keeping this quiet was no easy accomplishment, given that Stradling is the group’s executive officer.