Public Safety – Aug. 26

Fire Aug. 17-23 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to nine emergency medical services calls and no fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three EMS calls and three fire calls. Police Aug. 19 Trespass: A caller requested a male be given a trespass notice from an address on Hazel Avenue. Domestic Dispute: A caller reported […]

Plan to ban beach driving to be withdrawn

As beach motorists of Homer ready to defend their right to drive on Homer’s shores to collect coal and recreate, the resolution that could end that practice is being withdrawn, said one of its sponsors, Councilwoman Catriona Reynolds.
Reynolds said Monday she will recommend at next Monday’s council meeting that the council vote down the ordinance banning motor vehicle access to Bishop’s Beach and other areas of Homer’s shoreline. She said she plans to bring a new ordinance forward at the first city council meeting in September that follows earlier recommendations by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission’s Beach Policy Task Force.

Seven file for city council

Seven people filed for two positions on the Homer City Council election Oct. 6, a lively field that includes incumbent Beau Burgess, along with newcomers Bob Howard, Joni Wise, Donna Aderhold, Micheal Neese, Heath Smith and Tom Stroozas.
The filing period for city council seats closed at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The candidates come from diverse backgrounds in business, wildlife management and publications.
Local business owner Wise, 35, says she will represent a demographic she feels is under-represented on the city council if elected: families struggling to make ends meet in a town whose cost of living makes it difficult to live here. She is the mother of five children age 5 to 13 years old and with her husband, Marty, owns Marty Wise Electrical. They also commercial fish for salmon in summer.

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival sponsorship shift

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will no longer be one of the primary sponsors of the popular Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, which draws more than a 1,000 participants in May to focus on shorebirds and birding from many different angles.
The festival will now be sponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit that promotes conservation of natural and cultural resources of all 16 Alaska National Wildlife Refuges.

Dunne, Slaughter files for borough assembly

Willy Dunne, longtime resident of Fritz Creek, said his wife is always picking on him for his obsession about listening to the Kenai Peninsula Borough meetings on the radio.
Now, however, he’s putting that obsession to use.
Dunne is one of two candidates who filed for the south peninsula seat now held by Mako Haggerty. Haggerty has served the maximum two terms on the assembly. Dawson Slaughter has also filed for the seat.

Community Events – Aug. 19

If you’re looking for a Homer-style fun way to top off this summer, consider the second-annual “Alaska Open” Human Foosball Competition at the Down East Saloon on Aug. 29.
Teams are encouraged to dress strange, sing a theme song, wear matching T-shirts, have cheerleaders, bring a poster to trot around the venue, whatever.
Anyone can sponsor a team for $65. Individuals wanting to play can sign up for $5 at the Down East, and will be assigned to a team when sponsors needing to fill rosters can pick players “sandlot-style” before the event.

Neurotoxin in giant algal bloom has Alaska researchers on alert

An enormous algal bloom containing domoic acid, a potentially fatal neurotoxin that shut down dungeness crab and razor clam fisheries in Washington state this summer, has spread to Alaska waters. But dozens of shellfish samples taken since the bloom appear to contain only trace amounts of the substance, state scientists said this week.

Births – Aug. 19

Fisher Len Johnson, weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces, was born at 7:48 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital to Brittany and Ryan Johnson of Anchor Point. He is welcomed by older brother Bridger and older sister Cedar Johnson, who are so excited to have a baby brother. Grandparents are Scott Johnson and […]

Public Safety – Aug. 19

Fire Aug. 10-16 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three emergency medical calls and one fire call. Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 18 EMS calls and four fire calls. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to five medical calls and three fire calls Police Aug. 10 Found Property: A juvenile brought a bicycle to the […]

Obituary – Aug. 19

Stanley Ralph Harrington On Aug. 10, 2015, Stan Harrington passed peacefully at his home in Anchor Point with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at his side. Stan — one of seven children — was born on May 18, 1945 in Montrose, Colo. to Vern and Lena Harrington. In his teens, the family moved […]

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