Obituary – Jan. 27

Renowned Alaskan writer and marine biologist, Eva Lucia Saulitis, age 52, was carried into her beloved eternal wilderness on the spirited wings of dear friend and mentor Celia Hunter’s dogsled, in the early afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 from her home in Homer. Eva’s writing touched countless lives with her powerfully honest and generous […]

Community News – Jan. 27

Homer Theatre screens the classics Throwback Thursdays at the Homer Theatre presents the 1953 classic, “Roman Holiday,” starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 28) at 6 p.m. Join in the fun to win some great movie memorabilia door prizes. General admission is $8, discounted is $6. This movie is 90 minutes long […]

BlueCrest prepares to drill for oil at Cosmopolitan Unit

BlueCrest Energy continues preparations to drill for oil in the Cosmopolitan Unit at its 37.5-acre site on the Cook Inlet bluff about 5.5 miles north of Anchor Point.
Larry Burgess, health, safety and environmental manager for Texas-based BlueCrest, told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that the company’s 3,000-horse power drilling rig is nearing completion in Houston, Texas. It should ship out for Alaska soon and will take 45 days to arrive, at which point crews will go to work getting it assembled and running.

Public Safety – Jan. 27

FIRE Jan. 18-24 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to two EMS calls, one fire call and one standby for ski races on Ohlson Mountain Road. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to two medical calls. Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to nine EMS calls and two fire calls. On Jan. 24, at 5:50 a.m. HVFD crews […]

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake opens up 10-foot fissure in road

Though one lane of Kalifornsky Beach Road was still open to traffic Sunday afternoon, many drivers heading between Kenai and Kasilof stopped to see the gaping cracks in the pavement that occurred when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Southcentral Alaska around 1:30 a.m. that morning.
“Yeah, we had to come out here and check it out,” said James Benson, of Soldotna.

Commercial cannabis zoned in business districts

The cannabis issue has presented a new land-use discussion for the City of Homer’s Planning Department. The planning commission has moved forward with setting up designations for commercial cannabis activities — which is more than many places. Some cities have decided to take no action — at least for now — when it comes to cannabis.

Homer rides out earthquake with minimal damage

By Carey Restino Homer Tribune Homer weathered  the largest earthquake in decades with little more than lost sleep, according to initial reports from police. The 7.1 earthquake was centered 86 miles west-southwest of Anchor Point and struck at 1:30 a.m. Alaska Time, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No tsunami was generated by the shake, but […]

Person of interest arrested

Dellan Vanbuskirk was arrested by troopers at approximately 1 p.m. in the Anchor Point area on an outstanding arrest warrant for driving with a revoked drivers’ license. He will also be charged with probation/parole violations. His arrest was primarily due to a response from the press release we made this morning. Thank you all for […]

Police seek person of interest

The Homer Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in determining the location of Dellan Vanbuskirk, of Homer. Vanbuskirk currently has an active arrest warrant for parole violations. Vanbuskirk also is a person of interest regarding several recent crimes that have occurred in the Homer area. If you happen to see and recognize Vanbuskirk, do […]

Glacier silt inhibiting kelp growth in Bay

Old-timers will tell you that, back in the day, the glaciers of Kachemak Bay stretched across far more domain than now. Today, many are receding at a rapid rate in pace with large ice fields worldwide said to be responding to temperature increases.
Now, the increased glacier silt from all that melting ice is causing problems for at least one species in Kachemak Bay — kelp.

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