Person of interest arrested

Dellan Vanbuskirk was arrested by troopers at approximately 1 p.m. in the Anchor Point area on an outstanding arrest warrant for driving with a revoked drivers’ license. He will also be charged with probation/parole violations. His arrest was primarily due to a response from the press release we made this morning. Thank you all for […]

Police seek person of interest

The Homer Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in determining the location of Dellan Vanbuskirk, of Homer. Vanbuskirk currently has an active arrest warrant for parole violations. Vanbuskirk also is a person of interest regarding several recent crimes that have occurred in the Homer area. If you happen to see and recognize Vanbuskirk, do […]

Glacier silt inhibiting kelp growth in Bay

Old-timers will tell you that, back in the day, the glaciers of Kachemak Bay stretched across far more domain than now. Today, many are receding at a rapid rate in pace with large ice fields worldwide said to be responding to temperature increases.
Now, the increased glacier silt from all that melting ice is causing problems for at least one species in Kachemak Bay — kelp.

Two new espresso shops open

Alaskans love their coffee.
Even when politicians, pundits, pastors and police can’t agree on anything else, coffee is a place people find common ground.
Two new coffee shops recently opened in town to better serve local coffee enthusiasts.
Coop’s Coffee, located at 60744 East End Road, opened right around Thanksgiving, owner Kelly Cooper said. And while she is happy to be able to provide Homer folks with some high-quality java, her motivations weren’t entirely altruistic.

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra to ‘Link Up’ in Homer

Step aside, Carnegie Hall. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Link Up program took center stage.
“It is a very educational, fun concert. Every year we seem to do a little bit more and more. This year we’ve got 10 schools participating, which us the most ever,” said Tammy Vollom-Matturro, artistic director for the orchestra and coordinator for the Link Up concerts in Homer on Friday and Kenai on Saturday.

It’s MMA Fight-Night at Homer High School

What do you do with your free time? Many people are readers, others knit. Some brave souls even enjoy a little baking from time to time.
And then, there are the “warriors.”
Warriors train very hard to better themselves — and more than just their bodies. The fight is just the final presentation of the process; like the cake, or the sweater at the end of a lot of hard work.
If you’ve always wanted to experience a bit of MMA action, head to Homer High School on Saturday, Jan. 30 for, “A night of combative entertainment.”

Armed robber hits another Homer business

Homer police are investigating the second armed robbery in two weeks in Homer, and say they believe the same robber is involved in both incidents.
On Jan. 6, a man walked into the Short Stop Tesoro on Baycrest Hill holding a black semiautomatic pistol, Homer police say, and demanded money and several packs of cigarettes. His description matches that of a man involved in a robbery at Fat Olives’ “The Coffee Shop.”
The first robbery occurred on the morning of Dec. 28, when the coffee shop was robbed at 10 a.m. In both incidents, the man disguised his face with a black ski mask.
The robber in both incidents is described as being about 5’7” tall with light-colored hair. During the most recent robbery, he was reportedly wearing black Carhartt canvas pants, a dark hoodie and a blue bandana. In the Coffee Shop’s robbery, he said to be wearing an oversized brown camouflage jacket and blue jeans. Police estimate he is in his mid-20s.

Council briefed on proposed public safety building

The Homer City Council got its first official briefing on the Homer Public Safety Building this week, a controversial facility not only because of its cost, but also because of the buildings that would have to be demolished to make room for the facility.
Few who have walked through the halls of the Homer Police Station, where officers, dispatchers and prisoners are crammed under low ceilings strung with dangerous-looking wires, have questioned the need for a new police facility. But many question the proposals being put forth by a committee studying the needs of the police and fire departments, now combined in some plans in a $28.7 million facility with 10 jail cells and a 2,000-square-foot firing range.
Even more damning in the eyes of some critics is the location proposed for this building — the corner of Pioneer Avenue and the Sterling Highway where currently sits an antiquated but much-loved and well-used gymnasium, a skateboard park, basketball courts and a maintenance building used by city workers. While most of the so-called HERC building is mothballed, the gym has been kept open under pressure from residents who use it for everything from a place for kids to play when it’s pouring outside to pickleball.

Local couple to open Grace Ridge micro-brewery

What do an engineer, a sailor and a brewer have in common? It’s a riddle Don Stead solves every day.
Don and Sherry Stead, along with son, Scott, will soon open Grace Ridge Brewing on Ocean Drive. The brewery will occupy the east half of the building, sharing the other side with the United Parcel Service.
Originally, the Steads looked for a place to brew in an existing structure, but just couldn’t find the ideal spot. So, when someone mentioned that UPS was moving, Don Stead asked his local UPS driver about the move.
At the driver’s suggestion, Don made contact with builders Harmon and Pauli Hall, and found out what was being done.
“They needed an additional tenant in the new building, and I needed to find a home for our business,” Stead said, adding that it was a good fit with his new landlord. “We were in the right place at the right time.”

Warm, wet, windy weather pattern likely to continue

The past week and a half hasn’t been kind to the Southern Kenai Peninsula. It has rained, snowed, rained, blown, blown harder, snowed again, rained and blown — not necessarily in that order.
Even meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Alaska say there have been so many back-to-back storms, it’s hard to keep straight when one ended and another began.
“We’ve been locked in this pattern for more than a week,” said Andy Dixon, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Dixon said the worst of the storms hit Dec. 29, when wind gusts as high as 70 mph were clocked on the Spit. For Homer residents, responders and Homer Electric Association linemen, however, the weather woes started on Christmas Eve when higher elevations received a foot or more of heavy, wet snow.

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