Fire destroys Boat, oyster equipment in Jakolof Bay

By Carey Restino Homer Tribune A fire Sunday night burned a sailing vessel that carried the owners of Jakolof Bay Oyster Company around the Pacific for three years, but heroic efforts by responding mariners and fire department members from Seldovia saved some of the oyster company’s equipment. No one was injured in the blaze. Gregor […]

Residents asked to weigh-in on city services through online poll

Some 75 community residents turned out on a balmy Monday evening to talk about shrinking revenue streams and the value of city services, letting council members know what was important and how they want to pay for it.
The town hall-style meeting was relatively informal, starting off with presentations from Homer City Manager Katie Koester and Mayor Beth Wythe. Then everyone in the audience weighed in using high-tech keypad polling on how much they valued various departments and nonprofits.
Wythe told the audience that since voters chose in 2008 to stop collecting sales tax on food in the winter months, balancing the budget has been all about cutting back — travel budgets, extras, employee salaries, even depreciation accounts used to fix and replace equipment have suffered.

Homer man helps put face on Medicaid expansion

Since he was 20 years old, Brandon Head engrossed himself in a Homer lifestyle, playing his guitar warm days on the beach when he wasn’t cooking at local restaurants. When he first arrived from Columbia Falls, Mont., and rented a cabin with no running water.
When his multiple sclerosis was diagnosed, Head had what he thought was a stroke. His voice slurred and “one side of my body wasn’t acting right,” he said. But in his early 30s, doctors didn’t think it could be a stroke.

Child drowns while playing near Ninilchik Harbor

A 4-year-old boy drowned in the Ninilchik Harbor last week as his parents unloaded gear from a fishing vessel.
Alaska State Troopers received a report shortly after noon last Wednesday that the boy had been found in the water. Troopers, Ninikchik medics and Life Med responded to the incident, but efforts to resuscitate the boy for 45 minutes at the harbor were unsuccessful. The child was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital where he was declared deceased.

East End Road work looks to wrap up soon

Construction work on East End Road is about 99 percent complete on the portion from Kachemak City to Waterman Road, then a new pedestrian walkway will be available in an expansion of Homer’s multi-use paths.
Shaun Combs, project engineer with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, updated the public on the three areas of East End Road being worked on this construction season.

Community News – July 22

Chef at the Market Join South Peninsula Hospital Registered Dietitian and /Nutritionist Bette Seaman at the Homer Farmers Market, today from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Seaman will showcase healthy “Quick-Fix Meals.” Beaches, birds, brew — and oysters too Join the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies each Friday from 1-5 p.m. now through September, and get to know […]

Public Safety – July 22

FIRE July 6, 15 HVFD responded to 12 EMS calls for the week. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to five emergency medical calls and two fire calls. POLICE July 10 Disorderly Conduct: A caller reported an intoxicated male causing a disturbance on Sterling Highway. Officers responded to the scene, and arrested one male for […]

For the Record – July 22

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanors Rodger L. White, 63, driving while license suspended Cary Wayne Gibbs, 47, disorderly conduct Judgments Amanda Haverman, 27, reckless driving; guilty Edward T. Vey, 49, violating limitations for halibut; guilty

Births – July 22

Jeremiah Wafford, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces, was born July 14, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. at South Peninsula Hospital to Demi Lugo-Sena and Kevin Wafford of Homer. Aliyah Joy Edens, weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces, was born July 15, 2015 at 8:59 a.m. at South Peninsula Hospital to Kaycee and Keith Edens of Homer. She […]

Obituary – July 22

Longtime Homer resident Robert B. Turkington, 92, died Monday, July 13, 2015 at home with family by his side. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 31 at the Homer Elks Lodge, 215 W Jenny Lane. Honorary Pallbearers are Sean Presley, Daniel Presley, Scott Turkington, Ryan Turkington, Matt Turkington, Vladimir Martushev, Jason […]

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