Mariner Pride

  Photo by Don Pitcher Lady Mariner Megan Pitzman battles opponents from Anchorage Christian School and Seward.

Radio pirate arrested

An Anchor Point man with a history of illegally broadcasting on pirate radio stations has been charged by the FBI for making on-air threats against law enforcement.
Larry Clarence Volz, Jr., 58, was arrested Thursday by the FBI and charged with “unlawful possession of a firearm by a mental defective person or person who been committed to a mental institution.”

State warns of winter road maintenance cutbacks

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is cautioning motorists to be prepared for winter driving conditions — especially this year, as maintenance will be reduced on state roads.
ADOT announced at the end of last week that it would be cutting back on winter maintenance in response to budget cuts.

Preparedness classes focus on coastal communities

The communities of Kachemak Bay have one thing in common — they are all coastal communities, a fact that brings with it some inherent risks that those in the Interior don’t face.
Two classes this month will help residents explore and prepare for those coastal risks, from tsunamis to climate change impacts. And better yet, they are free.
The classes, titled “Tsunami Awareness” and “Coastal Community Resilience” are presented by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center run through the University of Hawaii and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They will be held Oct. 20 and 21 respectively from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Whale sighting season

Numerous whales were observed lunge feeding this summer in Kachemak Bay, including the inner bay, east of the Homer Spit. The whales cover the same feeding areas over long periods of time, according to Ginger Moore of Rainbow Tours. No official count of exactly how many humpbacks are presently in the bay, but over 30 […]

Pioneer to get 4-way stop

Homer is soon to become a three-stoplight town as state officials begin work installing a four-way stop and a second blinking red beacon on Pioneer Avenue.
Alaska Department of Transportation officials say the flashing red light, to be installed at Pioneer and Main Street next month, was identified as needed based on the frequency of crashes at the intersection.

Seasonal sales tax, HART funds favored city revenue options

Attendees of a Homer town hall meeting last week favored raising funds for the city’s empty coffers with a seasonal sales tax or a temporary dip into taxes earmarked for roads and trails over a year-round sales tax or property tax increase.
Some 50 community members — most city residents — attended the meeting Wednesday night, hearing from Homer City Manager Katie Koester on the state of the city’s $1 million-plus budget shortfall. Koester laid out the most viable options identified by city staff for raising money to quell the shortfall, as well as the option not to raise additional revenue and what that would look like as far as a reduction in city services.

Warrior class gets young Vets involved in community

The first thing you notice about Kurt Leffler, co-owner of The Homer Gym, is that his arms are as big around as tree trunks and he looks capable of snapping a full grown spruce in two. As the founder of the Warrior Class, his physical strength pales in relation to the mental strength of his commitment to the local community of Veterans, particularly younger ones who are trying to adjust to the cultural differences in the civilian world and the structure of the armed forces.

Update – PSP found in Peterson Bay

Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been found in Peterson Bay. Commercial Harvesting has been closed. The area will remain closed until three consecutive shellfish samples test below the 80µg/100g acceptable regulatory level.

Ochoa takes first-ever Halibut Hustle

After trekking uphill along eight miles of road and trail on Saturday to win the 2015 Rescue Run, Pedro Ochoa donned his running shoes once again Sunday morning to take first in the Halibut Hustle.
Offered as part of the weekend’s Halibut Festival activities, the 5-kilometer run on the Homer Spit saw nearly 60 runners and walkers hoofing it for halibut.

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