Homer tow-truck driver delivers service — and a smile

“I can’t dance, so I had to find something I was good at,” said a laughing Kenny Bryant, a local tow truck driver. “It turns out, this was it.”
On a typical day, Bryant will wake up at 6 a.m. and be on the road by 7, responding to six to eight service calls each day within his service area of Ninilchik to Voznesenska. He gets calls from individuals, insurance companies, state troopers and the fire department, is the local AAA service provider and tows for all the automotive shops in town.
Bryant is on call 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, with a team of guys available to assist him if needed. He does everything from unlocking and jump-starting cars, towing wrecks, broken-down and abandoned vehicles and changing flat tires.

Snowbulance to the rescue

A Wednesday afternoon ski for Marianne Markelz turned into an unforeseen ride on Kachemak Emergency Services’ new snowbulance after falling and breaking her leg.
Markelz said her afternoon started off as any other.
“I got off work and was going for a ski, but hadn’t told my husband,” she recalled from home over the weekend. “Luckily, I had called a friend on my way out, and I took my phone for some reason. I don’t usually take a phone.”

Homer council nixes pot vote

The Homer City Council has heard plenty about the pros and cons of allowing commercial marijuana grow operations and sales in Homer in recent weeks, as dozens testified at meetings that stretched late into the evening.

Proposed public safety building may use part of HERC structure

Facing a much-diminished budget, those planning the proposed public safety building floated a new idea at this week’s Homer City Council meeting; using part of the mothballed HERC building for nonessential purposes.
Ken Castner reported to the council that the Public Safety Building Review Committee is now considering using part of the former school to accommodate some of the functions of the safety building, which the city is hoping to bring to voters for bond this fall.

Beluga Slough undergoes relocation of outlet

Weekend beach-goers seeking some much-needed sunshine were greeted by heavy equipment at Bishop’s Beach as work to relocate the Beluga slough outlet was underway last week.
Steve Delehanty, Refuge Manager at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, said private landowners in the area report the work being done routinely since the 1964 earthquake.

Copters on Sadie Peak?

A permit request by an Anchorage-based helicopter company to land in nearly a dozen different locations in Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park, including popular mountaintop trails like Grace Ridge and Sadie Peak, has drawn some ire and concern among those who say the activity would be disruptive to wildlife and human users alike.

Indoor soccer field planned for Homer

Soccer enthusiasts are known for being passionate about their sport, and Homer’s soccer following is no exception. When climate change and competition with other sports converged to limit field-time options during the school year, the Homer Soccer Association decided to fix the problem by building their own indoor sports field, called SPARC, for South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center.

Gear up for the 23rd annual Winter King Salmon Tourney

It’s snowing.
No, wait — it’s sunny and 40 something.
Feeling a little disoriented with Homer’s wavering weather? Now’s your chance to make the full-on commitment to spring.
Don your best fishing gear, sharpen your hooks and get ready to hit the water for Homer Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd-Annual Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Advanced practitioner uses variety of healing techniques

Individuals from all walks of life and ages, with all manner of physical injuries and pain, from knee, back and shoulder issues, to sciatica and headaches seek balance and pain relief locally through a therapy called ConTact C.A.R.E Flinchlock Release Therapy.

Cannabis club looking for new digs

Lindianne Sarno, director of the Kachemak Cannabis Coalition says that Homer City Councilwoman Catriona Reynolds asked the Homer Cannabis Club to consider shutting down until the city holds its vote on cannabis in the city.
“I’m not sure where that impression came from,” said Reynolds in an email. “I had a productive phone call with Lindianne about the current cannabis conversations and issues in town. Lindianne mentioned there was a meeting that evening, as I couldn’t be there I popped in during the day.”

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