Tom Toepfer: personal trainer — and ‘One of Us’

It is 5:30 a.m., and the only sound inside the gym is the hushed tones of a man and a woman. They are standing beside a bench, a pull-up bar and a two-tiered shelf filled with free weights of varying sizes. He is demonstrating the proper technique for doing pull-ups.

Obituary – Feb. 3

Greatly beloved and surrounded by her family, Helena Marie Bartman Andree, age 95, went home to the Lord on Jan. 20, 2016. She died at the Alaska Native Medical Center from complications following hip surgery. Affectionately known as Lena, she was born Dec. 24, 1920 at a saltry near Igushik, Alaska to a Dutch father, […]

Community news – Feb. 3

Discovery lab features ‘Our Amazing Ocean’ This week’s free, family friendly Discovery Lab is today, Wednesday, Feb. 3, and focuses on “Our Amazing Ocean.” Head over to the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center from 3–5 p.m., and learn about some of the remarkable creatures that inhabit the ocean. The lab will demonstrate how currents, volcanos […]

For the Record – Feb. 3

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 Maude Susie Halbur, 40, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited; violating conditions of release for misdemeanor Frank Marotta, 40, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited; driving […]

Alaska kicks Moda Health out of individual insurance market

The Alaska Division of Insurance announced Thursday that it is forcing Portland-based health insurer Moda Health out of the state’s individual marketplace for now, leaving Alaskans with only one choice for coverage: Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield. Lori Wing-Heier, the division’s director, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that staff has been closely monitoring Moda’s […]

Homer rides out earthquake with minimal damage

Homer weathered the largest earthquake in decades with little more than lost sleep, a few broken bottles and picture frames, and a stern reminder that most could do with a little more planning.
The 7.1 earthquake was centered 86 miles west-southwest of Anchor Point and struck at 1:30 a.m. Alaska time on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No tsunami was generated by the shake, but plenty of people were roused from their bed. Reports came over social media of items falling off shelves and people heading for the safety of door frames, but no serious damage was reported.

Fugitive arrested in Anchor Point

When former New Mexico governor Lew Wallace put out wanted posters for Billy the Kid in 1881, chances are it took quite awhile to track the fugitive down.
Times have changed.
On Jan. 22, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl sent out a press release asking for the community’s help in locating 30-year-old Dellan Vanbuskirk.

City council introduces new beach-driving restrictions

Limiting driving on some of Homer’s beaches is once again on the table again as the Homer City Council voted unanimously Monday night to introduce an ordinance that its sponsors say is aimed at striking a balance between the needs of pets and pedestrians and drivers collecting coal and recreating.

Four homes lost in Kenai due to gas leaks

While the loss of four homes is nothing to be celebrated, residents and emergency responders to natural gas-fueled explosions on Lilac Lane in Kenai following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake early Sunday morning are calling the situation miraculous, since no one was hurt and everyone got out alive.

For the Record – Jan. 27

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 Eric Blaine Benson, 53, DUI; fourth-degree weapons misconduct Jacob A. Dooley, 34, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited Maude Susie Halbur, 40, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked […]

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