Grand Jury indicts man in Christmas day accident

A grand jury for the Kenai Superior Court indicted Larry E. Pyatt Jr of Anchor point, 29, this week on nine criminal counts including assault, driving under the influence, and reckless endangerment. The charges stem from an accident that happened on Christmas day injuring 11-year old Angelica Haakenson and her mother, Mathany Satterwhite of Anchor Point.

WWII Veteran Dottie Holten takes Honor Flight

One thing becomes clear when you make the acquaintance of local WWII veteran Dottie Holten; a zest and persistence for life that is marked by years of accomplishment. So when Holten was given the opportunity to travel to American Memorials and landmarks on the Last Frontier Honor Flight, she took the opportunity.
“That was busiest five days of my life that I can remember,” said Holton with a laugh.
The Last Frontier Honor Flight is the “Alaska hub” of the Honor Flight Network; a non-profit organization that is working toward the goal of flying WWII veterans to their monument in Washington D.C. at no cost to the veteran.

Charter plane lands without wheels deployed

A plane Homer bound from Tatitlek, Alaska landed on the Homer airstrip Saturday afternoon “gear up” after the landing gear on the aircraft failed to come down, according to Alaska Department of Transportation Airport Manager, Kevin Jones.
A pilot and seven passengers were on the charter plane operated by Alaska Air Transit out of Anchorage, however, none of the passengers or the pilot incurred any injury.

Caution: heavy construction ahead

As the first weekend of summer approaches, projects throughout the state are gearing up to begin the largest construction year that central Alaska has seen.
State of Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy, said smaller communities are likely to see the “same amount, or slightly more” road work than the 2014 construction season; including a continuation of the Homer Rehabilitation Project on East End Road and 22 miles of work on the Sterling Highway between Ninilchik and Anchor Point.

Wasilla cartoonist brings ‘Moose the Movie’ showing to Homer

• Tundra comic artist creates comedy film By Jenny Neyman Redoubt Reporter Sooo, there’s this half-man, half-moose, and a kid in a tin hat, some squirrel hunters, an overly aggressive redneck and his overly chilled-out brother, a troupe of mimes and a mountain pirate who is plenty piratey, but lives inland due to his probable […]

Fire consumes land, threatens homes

A wildfire that started during the afternoon hours of May 4, consumed five acres of trees, brush and grass just outside of Anchor Point, before being put to rest one day later by a collective effort.
Personnel from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, in addition to Kachemak Emergency Services, and the Anchor Point Fire Department arrived on the scene to battle flames that encompassed enough land to be considered a significant wildfire.
Howie Kent, Fire Management officer for the Kenai and Kodiak areas, stated that the fire began as the result of unattended burning of debris near Jim Howard Road located a mile and a half from the community of Nikolaevsk.

Cannabis commission takes shape

Just days after Governor Bill Walker signed a house bill making way for a Marijuana Control Board, the city of Homer made recommendations regarding who should serve on the newly established Cannabis Advisory Commission. The Homer City Council voted during a May 11 meeting, electing nine members to the commission with various areas of experience.
The commission, introduced in the month of March and passed in April, is set to include nine members, serving one, two and three-year-long terms. The local group will advise the council on governance of marijuana use within the city and serve as the local regulatory authority.
In total, the city received 13 applications for the commission; the final selection included nine individuals with a diverse array of expertise.
Carrie Harris, an applicant for the commission, explained that her role as a taxi cab driver opened endless conversations with people and their thoughts on marijuana.

Homer council takes a closer look at city revenues

Stating that it is time to take a second look at revenue streams for the City, a May 11 Homer City Council meeting saw the introduction of an ordinance for hotel tax — or a more familiar term — bed tax.
Council member David Lewis brought the issue to the table, asking that the council consider the proposal at 2.5 percent, bringing in what is estimated would be $300,000 in revenues. The ordinance also designates where, and how much of those funds would be dedicated to city entities.
The city-funding pie is divided as follows:

Working with beeswax

Equipped with the knowledge of an ancient medium of painting with beeswax and fire, local artist Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt spent two weeks this semester teaching Fireweed Academy students a little about encaustic painting. The style utilizes heat, wax, and tree resin to fuse layers of artwork, and was the focus for the late-winter Artist in Residence session at the school.
Wimmerstedt spent two weeks in February teaching students in third through sixth grade the technique, producing final student projects textured and bursting with color that were presented in a mural to House Representative, Paul Seaton, on May 11.

Seal pup rescued from mud flats

The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward welcomed a Kachemak Bay resident on April 25, after a two-day old seal pup was rescued from the mud flats near the Homer Spit.
According to a SeaLife Center news release, some of their staff happened to already be in the area for a volunteer training when the pup was reported as stranded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The stranded mammal is the first rescue of 2015 for ASLC through the Wildlife Response Program; an effort that rescues and rehabilitates anywhere between five to 15 harbor seals in a typical year.
The arrival of the harbor seal was a of a bit surprise, however, as the month of April doesn’t often see rescues. ASLC veterinarian Carrie Geortz said the previous earliest seal-pup rescues took place on May 16 in 2014, and May 29 in 2013, Both came from the Homer area.

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