Fugitives from justice

Homer police are asking the public’s help in locating two fugitives from justice believed to be in the Homer area. William Oscar Daugherty, 51, Homer and Mica Justin Messinger, 34, Wasilla. The public is urged not to confront or contact these individuals if spotted and to call their local law enforcement at 235-3150, or the […]

Pioneer Bob Walli passes

Stories, not tears, flowed after the passing of Robert John Walli. Often known as Bob or Bobby, Walli died April 13, 2016 at the age of 91.
Walli loved a good story — and was a part of plenty of his own, family and friends say. He could tell them, and he had a way of bringing them out of others.
“He always had a smile and something cute to say,” said Wilma Williams, best friend of Walli’s younger sister, Lillian (“Blondie.”)

Council convenes work session on opioid problem

When someone says your community has a problem with opioid use — prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioid-based drugs — it’s easy to dismiss it as a problem that doesn’t impact you. But the people who convened to talk about the growing problem at last week’s Homer City Council say that would be a mistake.
Opioid use is more prevalent now than ever, they say, and like the rest of the nation, it spans all ages and socioeconomic sectors.

Student filmmakers advance to finals

It’s time to vote! No politics this time, though.
It’s Toyota’s TeenDrive365 Video Challenge and Homer High School students Liam Somers, Johann Kallelid and Lyndsay Brown have watched their video climb into the nation’s top 10.
The Homer trio enjoys making movies together, so when Somers found an opportunity to win money for college, he grabbed his friends and went full speed ahead with a video about distracted teen drivers.

Gerard Housework: carpenters carve niche in local area

Brothers David and Dan Gerard come from a family of carpenters, loggers and laborers and both vividly remember their grandfather covered in sawdust, a pencil behind his ear, and missing a few fingers.
As young boys, they often hauled items — like the arm to their mom’s couch — into the school’s workshop. The brothers said that as they got older they joked that since they were really good at wrecking a house, they should try to fix one.

‘Miss Mary’ remembered for profound impact on community

Mary Epperson, a tiny woman with a 1,000-watt smile and seemingly endless enthusiasm for her piano students, the arts and her community, has died at the age of 93.
At the Homer City Council meeting Monday night, community leaders bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence in honor of Epperson, who came to Alaska in 1954 and quickly became a leading promoter of the arts.

Council introduces $225,000 recreation project fund

By Carey Restino Homer TribuneA proposal to allocate $900,000 from the city’s permanent fund to match private recreation facility projects like the currently proposed indoor soccer arena in Homer didn’t fly, but the council introduced the ordinance with a amended $225,000 appropriation. Councilman David Lewis brought forward the initial ordinance, saying recreation facilities like the […]

Artist Ray Troll celebrates Earth Day in Homer

While artist RayTroll is well known for his artwork — especially that gracing wildly colorful and humorous t-shirts — it’s music he’s bringing with him on his next trip to Homer.
“When I get inspired drawing or painting, I’m always listening to music,” Troll said.

Red Cross installs smoke alarms

The American Red Cross was in town Saturday, joining forces with the Homer Volunteer Fire Department to install free smoke alarms. It’s all part of an ambitious program that seeks to reduce home fire deaths by 25 percent in five years.
To help make this goal a reality, the Red Cross is teaming up with local emergency agencies, churches and other civic-minded organizations across the nation to offer free smoke alarms. Installation, fire safety tips and advice on a family action plan are also free.

Council moves fire funding forward

The Homer City Council moved last week to approve funding for renovations to the current Homer fire station after the council scrapped plans it deemed too expensive to build a new fire hall along with the proposed police station.

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