Community News – May 18

Deserving people recognized Anchor Point Fire Chief Al Terry handed out “years-of-service” awards to Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services members at their annual training and awards banquet last week. Years of Service Awards: 1-5 years: Ethan Veldstra, Chelsea Marsh, Tammy Taylor, Clancy McClaren, Jake Kemnitz, Richard Ginter, Samantha Cunningham, Doug Loshbaugh, Jim Dycus, […]

Public Safety – May 18

FIRE May 9-15 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three EMS calls. Homer VFD responded to six EMS and one fire call. Anchor Point Fire/EMS responded to five EMS, and three fire calls. POLICE May 12 DUI: A caller reported a drunk driver almost causing an accident at Mariner Park. The responding officer arrested a male […]

Helicopter permit in park limited to one landing

Park officials largely declined a permit application from an Anchorage-based helicopter company to land in multiple locations throughout Kachemak Bay State Park after community members protested the plan.
A single permitted landing site was approved for Nose Flight, Inc., on Grewingk Glacier, where two other companies are currently permitted to land. Landing sites on Sadie Peak, Grace Ridge, China Poot Lake, Halibut Cove Lagoon and the Glacier Spit were declined.
In a determination issued by Ben Ellis, director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for the state, Ellis said the Grewingk Glacier site has a history of helicopter landings while the other locations do not.

Seasonal sales tax increase voted down

A move to put a 1 percent raise sales tax from April 1 through Sept. 30 on the ballot this fall failed to move forward this week at Monday night’s city council meeting. Several on the council commented that some income stream source was needed, but time to get a tax increase of some type on the ballot this fall is running out.
The council voted unanimously in opposition of the ordinance raising sales tax during the summer months. It was introduced by Councilman David Lewis last October and postponed in December as the council wrestled with finding a source of income to plug a $1 million budget shortfall. When the council asked for voter approval to reallocate taxes gathered for road and trail improvements to the general fund, they did so for only three years with the understanding that they would soon need to find another source of funds to balance the books. Lewis’ sales tax increase, which would have drawn more funds from visiting tourists, grew out of that effort.

Recreation center receives city funding challenge

Plans to build a covered recreation center in Homer got a big boost from the Homer City Council on Monday night as the council voted unanimously to approved an appropriation of up to $189,000.
There is a catch, however. To access all the money, the group must raise double that amount. In kind contributions will count too, but at a lesser level. That didn’t seem to worry Daniel Zatz, one of the primary organizers of the project, who said he would do everything he could to make sure that youth were playing soccer on the covered field by Sept. 30 of this year.
What started out as a plan to construct a simple 70-by-120-foot covered metal frame structure to allow Homer youth to play soccer year round has ballooned into a 72-foot-by-156-foot structure that would allow for soccer games and other activities to occur simultaneously, Zatz said. Pickle ball players, for example, who are likely to lose their home if and when the HERC building turns into part of the new police station, will have a home under the roof of the South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center. So will people looking for a place to walk or let their children play in the winter.

Water taxi provides ‘bird’s-eye’ view on Kachemak Bay

Step onto the 28-foot, 15-passenger M/V Torega, and one of the first things you might notice is the little wooden plaque that reads, “They’re all good birds.”
Karl Stoltzfus is the owner of Bay Excursions, operating the Torega, as well as the 20-foot, 6-pack Soleci. Both boats are recognizable, painted bright yellow and black — taxi colors.
Stoltzfus started his water taxi business in 1995 and has carved a niche over the years, specializing in birding, wildlife and photography tours. His clients come from Canada, the Lower 48, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, Japan and China.

Public Safety – May 11

FIRE May 2-8 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to one EMS call and two fire calls. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to three medical calls and one fire call. POLICE May 4 Vehicle in Distress: A female flagged down an officer on Lee Drive and reported a vehicle in the ditch. The vehicle was unoccupied […]

Community news – May 11

Tillion gets scholarship for maritime studies Homer High School senior Hunter Tillion was awarded the CIRCAC/Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship for Maritime Studies. For the second year, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council is awarding memorial scholarships to deserving Cook Inlet students who seek to advance our mission of promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and […]

For the Record – May 11

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanor Tyler James Ledger Hecks, 18, fourth-degree theft (2 counts) Lawrence Hill, 63, fourth-degree theft; second-degree criminal trespass Howard Lee Manser, 57, fourth-degree assault Joseph Kuzmin, 40, fourth-degree assault; second-degree criminal […]

Ride in style over Shorebird weekend

Back in 2011, Alex Knudtson, a 14-year-old business entrepreneur brought life back to the Homer Trolley, as he began offering tours around town on the shiny red and green streetcar.
Originally inspired on a trip to England with his mother, he started operating the Homer Trolley with the idea of including Homer education and entertainment for tourists visiting the “Cosmic Hamlet.”

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