Nelson leads halibut derby

Austin Nelson of North Pole landed a 252.2-pound monster halibut last week to become the current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader. Nelson was fishing with Homer Ocean Charters and Capt. Travis Blount aboard the F/V Diamond Cape when he caught the fish that edged previous leader Daniel Spies’ halibut by just over a pound.

Births – Aug. 25

Sariyah Tanya Lovina Brock was born in water to Katie and Keith Brock on July 25, 2016 at 9:17 p.m. with the assistance of Rite of Passage Midwifery. Sariyah weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces. She is welcomed by her siblings Caprice, Anthony, Ciara, Grace and Adonaijah, and uncle Aaron Taliesin. Her grandparents are Robin McAllister […]

Charles (Charlie) Michon

Homer resident, Mr. Charles (Charlie) Michon, Sr., 91, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with his family by his side.  Charlie was born Dec. 26, 1924 in Auburn, Neb. He was a corporal in the Army-Air Force during World War II as a diesel mechanic. Charlie and his wife Bonnie […]

Community news – Aug. 25

Zumba’s Maria hosts Thriving Thursday at SVT Elder care expert and certified Zumba Gold Instructor Maria Santa Lucia will share tips and pointers on aging gracefully at this week’s Thriving Thursdays Class at SVT Health and Wellness. “Aging Well, Wisely and with Panache” focuses on exercising and appropriate modifications as we age. The class runs […]

City tightens leash on animals traveling lose in back of trucks

The days of dogs hanging their heads out the back of trucks, tongue flapping, is coming to close, in the Homer city limits anyway. Dogs, or any other animal for that matter, traveling in the back of a truck must now be leashed in such a manner that keeps all parts of the animal in the vehicle at all times.
Also outlawed is the practice of driving with your canine companion, not to mention iguana, bird or any other such creature in your lap.
The new regulations are part of a much larger ordinance pertaining to everything from impoundment fees for animal code violations to clarifying impound procedures. But of special interest to the council was language pertaining to “cross-tethering” your pet in the back of one’s truck.

Beth Ann Mishko

Beth Ann Mishko died of ALS, in the South Peninsula Hospital at Homer, Alaska in the first hour of Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Beth was born Beth Ann Gill on Oct. 18, 1947 in the elevator of Mercy Hospital in Auburn, N.Y. Her family was in dairy farming as tenant farmers in five central New […]

Public Safety – Aug. 15-23

FIRE Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 15 emergency services calls. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to three medical calls and one fire call. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to two fire calls and two EMS calls. Police Thursday, Aug. 18 1:34 a.m. A caller reported a REDDI vehicle on the Spit Road. An officer […]

Seaton sweeps primary

The tempo was upbeat at Alice’s Champagne Palace as supporters of incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, compulsively hit refresh on the state Division of Elections web site to see the latest updates from the polls.
By 10 p.m., with only 6 precincts reporting, Seaton had more than 50 percent of the vote. Supporters shook hands with the Alaska State House representative, who campaigned on a moderate platform and said his record in Juneau reflected his ability to bridge party lines and be an effective lawmaker.
When all the votes were tallied, Seaton had earned 46.6 percent of the votes, while John Cox, an Anchor Point businessman, took the second-highest vote count with 28.7 percent. Beth Wythe, the outgoing mayor of Homer, received 24.7 percent of the votes.

Zak, Lewis face off in Homer city mayor’s race

Two current council members who have often found themselves on opposite sides of issues will face off for the mayoral seat of Homer this fall. Bryan Zak, a business counselor with Southwest Alaska Small Business Development Center, will face off against David Lewis, a retired teacher and former coordinator of the Kachemak Bay Campus’ Youth Job Training Program.
Both candidates were elected to city council in 2008 and have weathered a variety of issues around the council table, from the legalization of marijuana to the ever-shrinking city budget. The two have disagreed on many issues, including the institution of a bed tax in Homer, which Lewis has long supported, and Zak has summarily opposed.
In his candidate statement, Zak said he believes encouraging involvement in local government is key to the success of the community.

Against odds, fisherman lands huge halibut

It was a slow day on the water for Daniel Spies and the employees of his Soldotna construction company. But that was all about to change as Spies hooked into something that felt like dead weight at first.
“I didn’t know what to think” Spies, a longtime fisherman who placed fourth in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby last year with a 187-pound fish. “I couldn’t really tell what it was.”
Spies said at first, he thought maybe his line was stuck on the bottom. Then the mystery fish took off running for a bit and stopped again. Every time he would reel the fish up a bit, it would head right back down to the bottom.
“It was like it was stuck to the bottom with suction cups,” Spies said. “It really didn’t move around a lot.”

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