Rock the board!

When the first people started standup paddleboarding off the Homer Spit about a decade ago, cars screeched to a halt in surprise and the Homer police dispatchers got calls from alarmed bystanders.
Today, SUPs — wide surfboards you stand up on and paddle — are much more mainstream, and adventurists are finding more and more uses for this new way of exploring Alaska.

Trooper position in Ninilchik briefly vacant

The heavily trafficked summer months are not the best time to lose public safety positions on the Kenai Peninsula, but that will be a temporary effect of State spending cuts for the month ahead.
As of Monday, the Ninilchik Alaska State Trooper position will be vacant, said Beth Ipsen, trooper information officer.
“The position, which will be briefly vacant as of Monday, will be transferred to Anchor Point and filled starting Aug. 1,” she said.
The move was partial because the lease on the state housing associated with the Ninilchik post is set to expire soon. Not renewing the contract gives the State a cost savings.

Collecting stories along a changing coastline

When a boulder fell from a bluff on Homer resident Sherry Stead last July, it was seen as a freak accident of nature.
Stead was on the popular Bishop’s Beach, walking with friend Tracy Asselin when out of nowhere, a giant rock lost its perch and crushed her leg.
Recent human history shows an eroding coastline that’s threatened to toss a few Kachemak Bay Drive homes off the cliffs. A crucial chunk of highway at Mile 153 currently under rescue recently warned of hazards carrying grave human consequences.
Compared to species like polar bears poised on extinction and vanishing villages, the Kenai’s problems may seem insignificant, but not to those studying the state’s erosion hazards.

Cook Inlet advocate known for his passion of all things Alaskan

Friends and family were hard-pressed to simply summarize Frank Mullen, a man whose smile, character and passion were as big as the state he loved.
One thing they agree on, however, is that Mullen — who passed away last week after a battle with cancer — made good use of his 65 years on the planet.
His early years were spent on his family’s Soldotna homestead, and he began commercial fishing at the age of 14. He fished for the next 50 summers straight, an experience that made him an advocate for the ocean and the wealth it provided those around him. Mullen was also politically active from a very young age, working in Juneau as a legislative aide in his early 20s.

FYI – News briefs & announcements – July 15

Closing the gap; town hall meeting A Monday, July 20 town hall meeting will take place to discuss and workshop the Homer City budget at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. City Manager Koester will outline the current financial deficit before convening breakout sessions for community members to discuss specific city-provided services with department heads. Results […]

City hall to hold town meeting

A town hall meeting to discuss the city’s current fiscal deficit has been scheduled for Monday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m., and the city is seeking input through an online survey.
The city is facing an estimated $903,000 shortfall for this fiscal year. A recent attempt to put the idea of a 2.5 percent bed tax to voters was voted down by the council.

Community News – July 15

Birders take to the beaches The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next event will be an evening trip July 18 to the Anchor River. Meet at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center parking lot to carpool at 6:30 p.m., or at the campground by the Anchor River boat launch at 7 p.m. to take this evening tour of returning […]

No roundabout planned at Main Street intersection

Scratch the plans for a roundabout, a much-discussed alternative to the oft-deemed dangerous intersection at Homer’s Main Street and Sterling Highway.
The design team said the roundabout concept got nixed after a study determined it would reduce crash rates more than a signal, but would increase delay times for southbound traffic.
“A signal with a turn lane reduces both the crash rate and the delay times,” the project fact sheet noted. “Construction costs and right-of-way needs are also much lower for a signal, although annual maintenance costs will be higher.”

For the Record – July 15

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Felony Sean Michael Carpenter, 25, second-degree theft, tampering with physical evidence Martin S. Kitson, 51, second-degree assault Gavril Akaty Konev, 28, fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance (methamphetamine) Misdemeanor Michael Luna […]

Public Safety – July 15

FIRE July 6-12 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to one EMS call. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to four medical calls. POLICE July 6 Theft: A caller reported theft of camping items from a yard on West Bunnell Avenue. Hit and Run: A male reported a hit-and-run accident. Officer advised. Theft: A male presented at […]

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