Published Events – June 10

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Fake armed robbery call fails to distract troopers

Two Homer residents were jailed following a traffic stop after their attempts to distract troopers with a fake armed burglary report went awry.
Anchor Point State Troopers stopped a maroon Toyota van on Saturday north of Anchor Point. While conducting the traffic stop, Soldotna Public Safety Dispatch received a report of a home invasion involving a firearm just miles north of the traffic stop.

Sports Briefs – June 10

Special O brings medals Homer Special Olympics teams competed in Anchorage over the weekend, with the Homer Unified Basketball team going undefeated to take the gold. The unified basketball team (pictured right) comprises six athletes and four partners, and this was Homer’s first year to compete as a unified team. Swimmers Jeremy Day, Myrna Kuchenoff, […]

Marijuana vs. cannabis – what’s in a name?

As local governance of marijuana begins to take shape statewide, so has the local regulatory Cannabis Advisory Commission representing the city of Homer.
The group held its first meeting May 28 and discussed ideas and concerns regarding the up-and-coming industry and potential impacts that could be seen in Homer. During the meeting, the group also designated a chairwoman and vice chairman. Uncontested, agricultural gurus, Aryn Young and Shane Monroe were named for the two positions, respectively.
The commission currently comprises nine members; eight of which were present, commission member David Etzwiler was unable to attend.

Bear sighted killing moose calves, trail closed

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust closed the Calvin and Coyle Woodland Park on May 23 after an individual making their way down the trail came upon a bear killing two moose calves.
Calvin and Coyle Woodland Park is located inside city limits on Mariner Drive, approximately one mile from downtown Homer. The 1.5-mile loop in the park is a hotspot for birders, runners and those who like an easy hike just a short drive away.
According to KHLT Executive Director Marie McCarty, sitting adjacent to the Beluga Wetlands, the park is “prime wildlife habitat” that includes moose and bears.
McCarty said KHLT decided to cl

State budget indecision puts salmon season at risk

Alaska’s salmon industry is ready to get corked by the inability of state lawmakers to pass a budget.
More than 20,000 state workers are bracing for 30-day layoff notices, meaning they’ll be off the job when the new fiscal year starts on July 1. The timing couldn’t be worse for Alaska’s salmon managers, who are nearing the peak of a season that could set new records.
“There is some budget, about 27 percent of our normal amount for us to work in the field, and do our management responsibilities. But how we proceed from July 1 is what we’re working on,” said Jeff Regnart, director of Commercial Fisheries at the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

Public Safety – May 27

Fire May 18-24 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to nine EMS calls and one fire call. Homer Police May 18 • Caller reported several mailboxes had been knocked over and dam- aged at the intersection of East End Road and Thompson Drive, with broken glass all over. • A 911 caller reported an accident with […]

For the Record – May 27

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Complaint Forest Walker Bond, 28, first and second-degree burglary, class B and C felony complaint. Misdemeanor Thomas James, 67, driving under the influence Judgments Kimberly A. Logan, 18, guilty, disorderly conduct […]

Obituary – May 27

Walter Johnson, respected Dena’ina elder from the Iliamna Lake region, died peacefully on May 23, he was 92. Walter was born in Kaskanek, Alaska to Anna Rickteroff and Alf Johnson on June 14, 1922, the youngest of 7 children. He lived most of his early years with his mother in Lonesome Bay, living a subsistence […]

Wasilla cartoonist brings ‘Moose the Movie’ showing to Homer

• Tundra comic artist creates comedy film By Jenny Neyman Redoubt Reporter Sooo, there’s this half-man, half-moose, and a kid in a tin hat, some squirrel hunters, an overly aggressive redneck and his overly chilled-out brother, a troupe of mimes and a mountain pirate who is plenty piratey, but lives inland due to his probable […]

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