Fire station sees upgrades

Drive by the Homer Volunteer Fire Department building on Pioneer Avenue this week and you are likely to see changes afoot. The building is getting a facelift starting literally at the ground level. But those are just some of the new developments at the fire hall this month. The department just received a much-needed ambulance through a mix of city, state and federal funds. And last but certainly not least, a grant is making it possible for the department to hire an assistant fire chief, a position that has been unfilled for a decade.
“We are trying to keep up with it all,” said Fire Chief Bob Painter.

Car crash injures driver, knocks out power

An Anchor Point woman was seriously injured in a rollover crash near Homer early Monday when her vehicle struck a power pole, knocking out electricity to hundreds of area residents for hours.
Alaska State Troopers said in a dispatch that they responded at 7 a.m. to Mile 13 of East End Road, in the Fritz Creek area northeast of Homer. They found 39-year-old Jill Davis still in her vehicle at the scene.
“An investigation showed (Davis) had been driving on East End Road when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road,” troopers wrote. “Davis’ vehicle went off the road, rolled several times and struck a power pole.”

Community news – Sept. 1

Life after puppyhood Author Laura T. Coffey will read from her new book, “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts,” Sept. 1 at the Homer Public Library. Coffey’s national bestseller reveals how rewarding it can be to take on older pets. The reading is sponsored by Friends of the Homer Library and Homer […]

Public Safety – Sept. 1

FIRE Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 14 emergency services calls and one fire call. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to five medical calls and two fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to five EMS calls. POLICE Thursday, Aug. 25 12:17 p.m. A caller reported a suspicious male hanging around a business on the […]

Josh Fraley coaches skills on and off the football field

For Josh Fraley, head coach of the Homer Mariners, athletics is about building better individuals and better communities.
“Athletics are super important,” he said. “Whether it’s football, baseball, skiing – it makes sure kids are involved in something that teaches them discipline, hard work and physical fitness. It helps reinforce decision-making and helps them keep their eye on the prize with their studies.”
Fraley knows of what he speaks. His own early days with football influenced his future. He began playing football as a freshman after his dad sent him to football camp.
“Right away, it opened my eyes to what football was about – the camaraderie and brotherhood, relying on everyone to make the game happen,” he said.

Deborah Rose Nye

On June 25, 2016, Deborah Rose Nye of the Olday Road at McNeil Canyon suddenly passed from this life. Nye was the first baby born in the new year of 1952 at the Canandaigua, N.Y., hospital. She grew up Nye Schuyler at Naples in the Finger Lakes region of New York. In 1976 she met her future husband Willy down on the Seneca Reservation at Salamanca, New York.
The next year she and son Aubrey followed Willy and his dream to a small village on Kodiak Island. It was there second son Zachar was born at the beach house she called home at the time. Then it was on to Homer where they wintered in Wilson’s 16-foot-by-24-foot homestead log cabin, the site of their future long-time permanent home.
In search of new adventure she and the two boys followed Willy to Fairbanks, where they stayed, while Willy cooked at Deadhorse. J.Maitland was born that summer in the rented dome she found overlooking the big city from above Farmer’s Loop Road.

City mulls centralized emergency dispatch

When you call 911, how beneficial is it to talk to someone who knows the back roads of the Kenai Peninsula, not to mention the police officers they are communicating with? This and other questions were at the heart of a discussion Monday night between city administrators and the council regarding centralized dispatch service proposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Not everyone is a fan of the idea, for obvious reasons, including City Manager Katie Koester, who said the city would not see any financial savings from the move, but would absorb a good bit of risk and uncertainty from the move.

Growing alongside the family business

For 14-year old Zach Condon, the family business is a source of pride, not to mention a great workout. Woody’s Alaskan Firewood Company supplies firewood to residencies and businesses in the Homer area and Condon, a freshman at Homer High School, has been helping his parents with the business since he was 8 years old.
“I started out clearing brush, moving the little rounds and picking pieces of wood out of the splitter,” Condon said. “When I was 11, I was learning to run the splitter – moving rounds onto the splitter, cutting them into sizes, throwing them onto the truck and helping my dad with deliveries.”

Residents react to proposed oil and gas lease sale

If those who testified at last week’s public hearing on the proposed oil and gas lease sale in the Cook Inlet were in charge, the 1.09 million acres currently being analyzed for potential development would never make it to market.
“There are a zillion reasons why this shouldn’t go ahead,” said Tamara McShane. “Pretty soon, we will be the endangered species.”
McShane and others, including Cook InletKeeper Executive Director Bob Shavelson, testified that the marine environment in the Cook Inlet and Alaska was already showing signs of stress, with recent marine mammal and bird die-offs.

Emily Ann Barnett Koskovich

Emily Ann Barnett Koskovich, 68, was taken from this earth by her beloved angels Aug. 17, 2016. “Annie” was born in Madeira, California to third generation wagon train pioneers of English/Irish heritage. Two of her ancestors came to America on the Mayflower. One of her ancestors is a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Annie, […]

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