BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • In a squeaker of an election, after the city elections canvass board tallied absentee and other votes on Friday, incumbent Homer City Council member Bryan Zak made up a 4-vote deficit in unofficial results to win re-election. Zak has been elected to a third term, winning with 547 votes over Corbin A...

    Fri, 10/04/2013 - 1:00pm
  • Homer businessman Gus VanDyke leads the Homer City Council election with 544 votes. Van Dyke is one of two candidates endorsed by Homer Voice for Business. The other endorsed candidate, Corbin Arno, is in a tight race for a second seat against incumbent council member Bryan Zak. Arno is just four vo...

    Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:59pm
  • A Homer teen pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a reduced charge in a fake bomb incident that happened at Homer High School last May. Zachary Fraley, 18, accepted a plea agreement charging him with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The Homer High School graduate orig...

    Fri, 08/30/2013 - 5:24pm
  • Homer residents may catch a whiff of an unusual smell on Friday: the pungent scent of rotten eggs. On Friday morning, Enstar Natural Gas and its contractors start the process of injecting natural gas into a 17-mile, 8-inch-diameter section of the Anchor Point to Homer natural gas trunk line. As part...

    Thu, 08/15/2013 - 4:24pm
  • With the 1-year anniversary coming up next month for the Sept. 8, 2012, teen drinking party incident in which two Homer brothers were arrested for sexual assault, Homer Judge Margaret Murphy last Friday expressed some impatience with the progress of the case.  Since being released on bail in Oc...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 3:11pm
  • Following a forensic examination and further investigation, Homer Police have ruled the death of Mark Matthews, 61, a homicide. Matthews was found dead about 10:15 p.m. July 28 by two people walking on the Poopdeck Trail, a path connecting Pioneer Avenue to Hazel Avenue and Poopdeck Street in downto...

    Tue, 08/06/2013 - 2:35pm
  • A pilot and five passengers walked away from a Cessna 206 plane crash on a bear viewing trip in the Katmai National Park area. No one was injured in the crash and all were taken back to Homer by another flight service. According to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson, the...

    Mon, 08/05/2013 - 4:37pm
  •   An electrical equipment failure shut down power from the Safeway grocery store on the Sterling Highway to the end of the Homer Spit on Monday afternoon. Power was out from about 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Related to the outage, Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins ordered an evacuation of the Fish Do...

    Mon, 08/05/2013 - 4:00pm
  • Homer Police are calling the death of a Homer man “suspicious.” Two people walking the Poopdeck Trail found the body of Mark Matthews, 61, about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. Matthews was lying on his back, police said in a press release. His body was sent to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office for a fo...

    Tue, 07/30/2013 - 2:17pm
  • A fire that started about 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July severely damaged a small house on a private driveway off Diamond Ridge Road. Kachemak Emergency Services and Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters had to string at least 500 feet of hose down a gravel driveway to get to the fire. About 2...

    Fri, 07/05/2013 - 11:41am

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