City looks at ADA compliance

Last fall, Rick Malley tried to vote in the Homer City election. A visually impaired man who works at the Independent Living Center, he had used an electronic touchscreen that reads the ballot and magnifies print in the past. But this time, no such machine was available.

VanBuskirk charged in robberies

Dellan Vanbuskirk, the man of interest apprehended last week in Anchor Point, was formally charged with two counts of armed robbery last week.
Vanbuskirk has been charged with armed robbery of the Short Stop gas station on Baycrest Hill on Jan. 6, as well as a previously unreported Jan. 16 second charge of armed robbery of a former friend on a secluded section of the North Fork Road.

A “Sunny-Side Up” themed Winter Carnival

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
A little bit of sunshine can do a lot to improve your mood — especially during those long, dark days of winter. It may not feel like it now, but we’re picking up a good 5 minutes a day in the sunlight category; that’s reason alone to celebrate.

Tom Toepfer: personal trainer — and ‘One of Us’

It is 5:30 a.m., and the only sound inside the gym is the hushed tones of a man and a woman. They are standing beside a bench, a pull-up bar and a two-tiered shelf filled with free weights of varying sizes. He is demonstrating the proper technique for doing pull-ups.

Alaska kicks Moda Health out of individual insurance market

The Alaska Division of Insurance announced Thursday that it is forcing Portland-based health insurer Moda Health out of the state’s individual marketplace for now, leaving Alaskans with only one choice for coverage: Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield. Lori Wing-Heier, the division’s director, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that staff has been closely monitoring Moda’s […]

Homer rides out earthquake with minimal damage

Homer weathered the largest earthquake in decades with little more than lost sleep, a few broken bottles and picture frames, and a stern reminder that most could do with a little more planning.
The 7.1 earthquake was centered 86 miles west-southwest of Anchor Point and struck at 1:30 a.m. Alaska time on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No tsunami was generated by the shake, but plenty of people were roused from their bed. Reports came over social media of items falling off shelves and people heading for the safety of door frames, but no serious damage was reported.

Fugitive arrested in Anchor Point

When former New Mexico governor Lew Wallace put out wanted posters for Billy the Kid in 1881, chances are it took quite awhile to track the fugitive down.
Times have changed.
On Jan. 22, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl sent out a press release asking for the community’s help in locating 30-year-old Dellan Vanbuskirk.

City council introduces new beach-driving restrictions

Limiting driving on some of Homer’s beaches is once again on the table again as the Homer City Council voted unanimously Monday night to introduce an ordinance that its sponsors say is aimed at striking a balance between the needs of pets and pedestrians and drivers collecting coal and recreating.

Commercial cannabis zoned in business districts

The cannabis issue has presented a new land-use discussion for the City of Homer’s Planning Department. The planning commission has moved forward with setting up designations for commercial cannabis activities — which is more than many places. Some cities have decided to take no action — at least for now — when it comes to cannabis.

Homer rides out earthquake with minimal damage

By Carey Restino Homer Tribune Homer weathered  the largest earthquake in decades with little more than lost sleep, according to initial reports from police. The 7.1 earthquake was centered 86 miles west-southwest of Anchor Point and struck at 1:30 a.m. Alaska Time, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No tsunami was generated by the shake, but […]

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