South Peninsula on high fire alert

Whether this year’s fire season comes in like a lion or a lamb, the Alaska Division of Forestry is concerned about the southern Kenai Peninsula, according to Fire Chief Bob Painter.
Last year’s Card Street fire southwest of Sterling burned approximately 8,000 acres and destroyed 11 structures north of Soldotna.

Community News – April 13

Mariner musicians qualify for State Ensemble Homer High School’s jazz ensemble (featuring Jordan Anderson, Ethan Benedetti, Landon Bunting, Miles Catlin, Erin Farrell, Eryn Gillam, Lee Lowe, Robert Martin, Carly McLean, Christina Mitchell, Ellie Syth and Zane Wilkinson) qualified for State Ensemble in May. Qualifying soloists in Miles Catlin on French horn, Carly McLean on clarinet, […]

Public Safety – April 13

FIRE April 4-10 Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to eight EMS calls and five fire calls. Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to eight EMS calls and one fire call. POLICE Apr. 6 Fraud: A subject came to the front counter of the police station to report a Craigslist scam. Burglary: A caller reported a […]

Rescue team closes in

Former Redoubt Reporter owner, editor and writer Jenny Neyman is one of two hikers stranded since Friday on Bear Glacier in the Harding Ice Field. Neyman, 36, was hiking with 45-year-old Christopher Hanna from Soldotna. The two were dropped off by airplane Friday for a day trip of skiing and hiking. Bad weather that night […]

For the Record – April 13

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 Wayland Glenn Branstetter, 48, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited Joseph Kuzmin, 40, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited Robert A. Jones, 69, DUI Kristina M. […]

Births – April 6

Evelyn Juel Lusy, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, was born at 9:39 a.m. Mar. 30, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital to Katie Juel White and Don Lusy of Homer. Grandparents are Garth White and Khristine L’Orange of Fairhope, Ala., and Angel Aranda of Stockton, Calif. Leah Marie Giles, weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce, was born […]

Council moves fire funding forward

The Homer City Council moved last week to approve funding for renovations to the current Homer fire station after the council scrapped plans it deemed too expensive to build a new fire hall along with the proposed police station.

Time running out for Voznesenka school

For the parents who drove two hours to Soldotna and waited until 9:30 p.m. to testify at the recent Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board meeting, it was undoubtedly a long day. But that didn’t diminish the passion in their voices as they asked the board to save their school in Voznesenka.

HVFD’s Grabowski to retire after 32 years of emergency services

It’s only fitting that, while interviewing Homer Fire Department Services Coordinator Elaine Grabowski, duty called — more than once.
First, an emergency medical services call required her response as an EMT1 on the crew. Grabowski said the call would take about an hour — and she was less than 15 minutes off on her estimation.
That’s what being on the job for over 30 years does for you, you know your work backwards and forwards, and you know how much time everything will take.

Three Homer cannabis businesses on the horizon

Three Homer-area cannabis businesses are currently tackling the application process of the state’s young cannabis industry. Two limited-marijuana cultivation facilities and one retail marijuana store have submitted applications in the Homer area so far, according to the Director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, Cynthia Franklin.

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