Buccaneer requests city return money

Buccaneer Resources, the oil and gas production company that operated the jack-up drill rig Endeavor in the Cook Inlet in recent years, as well as other energy projects on the Kenai Peninsula, has asked the city of Homer and reportedly other businesses in Homer to return money paid to them for services rendered in the six months prior to the company’s filing for bankruptcy.
Homer City Manger Katie Koester reported to the Homer City Council this week that the city’s attorney, Thomas Klinker sent a letter to Buccaneer rejecting their request for re-payment due to the fact that the money earned by the city was for debt incurred by Buccaneer in the ordinary course of business and therefore exempt from requests for repayment.

Council ponders banning vehicles on Bishop’s beach

People will be pressed to pick up after their dogs more vigilantly after the Homer City Council passed a new resolution Monday night to install dog waste dispensers at public buildings, trails and parks.
The council’s action came in response to public outcry about the myriad of problems at Bishop’s Beach during the past two years. That includes violent parties, loud vehicles, trash and dog waste.
The dog waste resolution comes as a first move toward a series of policy changes ahead to fix and enforce changes, said Julie Engebretsen, the Homer deputy city planner. “The Homer Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has been reviewing the Beach Policy, looking at a host of issues and made recommendations,” she said. “The first two of those 15 or so recommendations was presented to the City Council tonight.”

Marine trades, college collaborate on basic training program

An effort is afoot to train more people for entry-level positions in the marine trades in the Kachemak Bay area, and it is being led by those in the industry who say there are more jobs than candidates.
Don Lane, a commercial fisherman in the area since 1976 and member of the board of the Homer Marine Trades Association, said a combination of marine trades industry expansion in the area, as well as the graying of the fleet, has resulted in a glut in the labor pool for entry-level employees in many fields. Lane said fishermen like him, as well as those in the marine repair and fabrication business, and those doing work shoreside, often struggle to find candidates with adequate skills.

Wild Shore Festival aims to pioneer new sound

When he arrives in August, Conrad Winslow will perform a piece of music composed for Homer. Called “Sonata for a Northern Sea Town,” it’s meant to convey what he “hears” in the eccentric cast of characters that inspired his Fritz Creek childhood.
But the melody does it through instruments – not lyrics.
As one of the organizers of the Wild Shore Festival of New Music Aug. 5-11, Winslow’s goal is to introduce Kenai Peninsula musicians to new ways of making music through current composers. Chicago-based “eighth blackbird” will be the featured guest artists at this year’s event. The group took a Grammy Award three times, an ensemble whose music breaks new ground in sound.
“(The workshops) are a kind of training in new techniques for creating sounds and expression in a wider range of sounds,” Winslow said. “Whether you’re a composer, a violin, guitar or drum player – anyone looking for a new breath of air in creating music.”

Jakolof oyster thieves charged

Four people have been charged with allegedly stealing from an oyster farm in Jakolof Cove after an oyster farm owner found his oyster nets were markedly slimmer than expected. Alaska State Troopers said that on July 13, they received a report that an oyster grower in Jakolof Cove had discovered a batch of oysters stolen. […]

Community news – July 29

Splash Bash Cook Inletkeeper will host their “Splash Bash” July 30 at the Bishop’s Beach Picnic Pavilion. The 18th-annual celebration of clean water and healthy salmon runs from 6-8 p.m., and acts as a thank you to members, volunteers and friends. Live music, salmon barbecue and local beverages will be offered. Join this free event […]

Turkington remembered as community man, town founder

When Bob Turkington passed away this month at the age of 92, he left behind a legacy of hard work and community service that poured much of the foundation of Homer for nearly 70 years.
Turkington first came to Alaska in 1946, driving up the Alcan in a Model A Ford with his cousin. That summer, he worked various jobs, including fishing on a tender in Kachemak Bay.
Homer must have gotten under his skin, because he came home to New England and set about finding a bride. Carolyn Roy had caught his eye and the two were married in April of 1948. He presented her with a wool shirt for Christmas and she asked why this gift. He said, “So you can stay warm while hanging laundry on the line in Alaska.”

Public Safety – July 29

FIRE July 20-26 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to two fire calls and two EMS calls. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to four medical calls and four fire calls. HVFD responded to 11 EMS calls and two fire calls. POLICE July 18 Trespass: A caller requested a male subject be permanently trespassed from a business […]

For the Record – July 29

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 Robert Edward Armstrong, 52, fourth-degree assault Lindee J. Sprong, 39, driving under the influence Julie Marie Fowler, 44, fourth-degree assault Kenneth Wayne Kvasnikoff, 45, violating conditions of release John Paul […]

Obituary – July 29

Zak Krom of Homer, Anchorage and Kodiak, died June 25, 2015 in Naknek, Alaska. A full obituary and service announcements will be published at a later date. A future memorial service will be held in Homer. Kathleen Margaret Patsch Walls April 13, 1949- July 24, 2015 Devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Kathleen Walls, peacefully passed […]

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