Kenai women charged with stealing mail in Homer area

Alaska State Troopers have arrested two Kenai women accused of stealing mail and checks after a search of their vehicle following a random traffic stop uncovered a stack of letters that didn’t belong to them.
Pamela J. Larson, 39 and Kimberly L. Scheaffer, 46, each face five felony counts of second-degree theft and a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree theft, according to a trooper dispatch.
Larson and Scheaffer were stopped by troopers at Homer Middle School just before 1:30 a.m. Aug. 10 when their sedan pulled into the wrong entrance of the school.

Sullivan hopeful millions headed to rural water systems in Alaska

If all goes well, the thousands of Alaskans still without running water and indoor plumbing may get federal support, thanks to a bill working its way through congress with more than $1 billion in funds for improving infrastructure.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act by a vote of 95-3. The House will consider its version of the bill this week, though it does not contain all the provisions of the senate version.

Documentary fest features top films

If you own a movie theater, you simply must have a movie festival, said Jamie Sutton, who started the Mariner Theater Documentary Film Festival 13 years ago in part because of his love of the movie genre.
Sutton said each year, he asks for the best documentaries the industry has to offer, and they deliver plenty to him.
“Then we watch a lot of documentaries,” he said. “We’ve honed it down to these.”

Seahawks’ 22 third-quarter points too much for M’s

Woo strong on defense with 15 solo tackles By Sean Pearson Homer Tribune Perhaps nothing speaks louder than the picture of the Homer Mariner football team kicking off against Seward on Saturday, while injured starting quarterback Teddy Croft leans on crutches on the sidelines, in the background. The M’s fell 14-22 at home. With Croft […]

Homer man dies in crash

A Homer man is dead following a car crash on East End Road late Friday night after a physical disturbance with a woman he met at a Homer Spit bar earlier in the evening, Alaska State Troopers report.
Jonathan Osteen, 32, was reportedly parked at a location near Mile 10 of East End Road around 11:30 p.m. Friday night with a woman when they had a disturbance and she called troopers. According to the female caller, Osteen sped away from the scene. Troopers responded to the woman’s location, and escorted her back to Osteen’s residence, where her vehicle was parked. She was released to her friend, who was sober and drove them into Homer to stay for the night, troopers reported.

Community News – Sept. 15

Dance for connection with Kara Clemens Research has shown that dancing makes you smarter, healthier, happier and reduces the onset of dementia. Trained in Brain Compatible Dance Education, Kara Clemens will move students through warm ups, sequences and cool-downs designed to rewire your brain and body. It’s a way to strengthen neural pathways — and […]

community news

4.4 earthquake gives Southcentral Alaska a morning jolt Alaska Dispatch News An earthquake early Thursday near Mount Spurr was widely felt in Southcentral Alaska, according to state seismologists. The Alaska Earthquake Center said the 4.4 magnitude temblor, which occurred at 4:27 a.m., struck roughly 38 miles northwest of Tyonek at a depth of 81 miles. […]

Caught fish are not the only measure of a day, or life

A few weeks ago, I was stacking nets extra far from the shoreline, preparing to head “down states” as we say, to California to attend a reunion of folks who used to live on the Kobuk River. Unfortunately the gathering was held during the commercial salmon season, which I hold dear — but those people are dear to me, too.
All those folks — that big extended family of mine: the Jones, Wiks, Schiros and others — have been gone from the Northwest Arctic for decades, and so I took along local food to remind them of their long-ago lives spent here in far-flung cabins and sod igloos. Leaving Kotzebue, my checked baggage was stuffed with caribou and muskox meat, blueberries, cranberries, smoked salmon, dried whitefish, beluga and bowhead muktuk and other things. I brought fresh salmon, too, of course.

Community news – Sept. 1

Life after puppyhood Author Laura T. Coffey will read from her new book, “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts,” Sept. 1 at the Homer Public Library. Coffey’s national bestseller reveals how rewarding it can be to take on older pets. The reading is sponsored by Friends of the Homer Library and Homer […]

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 […]

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