Public Safety – Sept. 1

FIRE Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 14 emergency services calls and one fire call. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to five medical calls and two fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to five EMS calls. POLICE Thursday, Aug. 25 12:17 p.m. A caller reported a suspicious male hanging around a business on the […]

Community news – Aug. 25

Zumba’s Maria hosts Thriving Thursday at SVT Elder care expert and certified Zumba Gold Instructor Maria Santa Lucia will share tips and pointers on aging gracefully at this week’s Thriving Thursdays Class at SVT Health and Wellness. “Aging Well, Wisely and with Panache” focuses on exercising and appropriate modifications as we age. The class runs […]

City tightens leash on animals traveling lose in back of trucks

The days of dogs hanging their heads out the back of trucks, tongue flapping, is coming to close, in the Homer city limits anyway. Dogs, or any other animal for that matter, traveling in the back of a truck must now be leashed in such a manner that keeps all parts of the animal in the vehicle at all times.
Also outlawed is the practice of driving with your canine companion, not to mention iguana, bird or any other such creature in your lap.
The new regulations are part of a much larger ordinance pertaining to everything from impoundment fees for animal code violations to clarifying impound procedures. But of special interest to the council was language pertaining to “cross-tethering” your pet in the back of one’s truck.

Community news – Aug. 18

SPH adds new radiologist, gynecologist to staff South Peninsula Hospital welcomes new radiologist Edson Knapp, MD, and his wife, gynecologist Renda Knapp, MD, to the hospital’s medical staff and the community. Both doctors received their medical degrees at the University of South Florida, and have practiced medicine in Florida and Tennessee.  Renda is board certified […]

Troopers: Unoccupied trailer was stabbed, spray-painted

The Alaska State Troopers said Saturday they were investigating a trailer stabbing in the community of Anchor Point.
Troopers said in an online report that they responded Friday to a report of a damaged “travel trailer” near North Fork Road.
The responding trooper, Tyler Stuart, said the trailer — the type that’s pulled behind a truck — had two or three punctures about an inch wide. It was also spray-painted with “certain expletives” and sliced, like someone had keyed it, he said.

Oil and gas lease comments wanted

Homer Tribune The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold hearings on the Kenai Peninsula this week regarding proposed oil and gas leases in the Cook Inlet, and for those who miss the meeting that was to be held Wednesday, the public comment period remains open through Sept. 6. The bureau’s five-year plan proposes […]

Alaska one step closer to expanding Indian Country

The administration of Gov. Bill Walker will begin looking into options and potential ramifications of the federal government taking lands into trust in Alaska, following the announcement Monday morning by state Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth that the state will not pursue any further action in its main court case on the issue.
“I support Attorney General Lindemuth’s conclusion that it doesn’t make sense to use the state’s limited resources pursuing this litigation that has already dragged on for 10 years,” Gov. Walker said in a statement Monday.

Flood control project keeps Fairbanks dry

MOOSE CREEK DAM — For the thirteenth consecutive day, four plates of steel in a framework of concrete have quietly saved Fairbanks.
Heavy rains in the basin of the Chena River, the waterway that spawned Fairbanks, have swelled the river to where motorboats can’t squeeze beneath downtown bridges.
Dam-tenders here have responded by lowering steel gates into the river. The gates skim river water, backing it into an immense channel perpendicular to the river. A 50-foot mound of rock dam reaches eight miles downhill to the larger Tanana River.

Seaton sweeps primary

Voter turnout one of highest in state. The tempo was upbeat at Alice’s Champagne Palace as supporters of incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, compulsively hit refresh on the state Division of Elections web site to see the latest updates from the polls. By 10 p.m., with only 6 precincts reporting, Seaton had more than 50 […]

Alaskans battling opioid epidemic get audience with U.S. surgeon general

PALMER – Kim Whitaker took the story of her anguish over her daughter’s ongoing battle with heroin addiction straight to the U.S. surgeon general.
Dr. Vivek Murthy was a key participant at a high-powered opioid summit convened by U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, at Mat-Su College Thursday. The summit aimed to bring federal officials up to speed on the challenges Alaska faces in combating heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.
Whitaker told about 500 people at the Glenn Massay Theater that her daughter became addicted to heroin after a doctor prescribed her opiates at 19.
Then she lost custody of her children. She’s been through detox three times, twice in Anchorage and the last at home.
Now she’s using again.

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