Megan Pacer

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As idyllic as our little corner of the world can be, sometimes one finds oneself in need of a vacation. Maybe we find ourselves in a rut creatively, maybe our job has been weighing on us, or maybe we just really need a change of scenery — though the Betster fails to see what scene could be more perfect and picturesque than the mountains looming across Kachemak Bay.

Short search ensues after truck found fallen off Baycrest Hill; driver had crashed days earlier

Homer Police continue investigating an incident in which a Homer man crashed his truck off Baycrest Hill over the weekend, but whose failure to report the crash prompted a search Monday morning after an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities worker found a bent guardrail and the truck down a ravine.

First responders find truck off Baycrest Overlook; driver not hurt

Members of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services spent about three hours searching for a possible victim of a car accident on Monday after responding to the Baycrest Overlook on the Sterling Highway for a truck that had crashed through the guard rail and fallen over the edge. Friends of the driver, Thayr Watson, 38, later came by the scene and reported Watson had crashed his truck a few days earlier and walked away from the crash.

Couple completes first fat bike journey from Point Hope to Utqiagvik

In the past 10 years since fat bikes have become popular for riding on beaches and snow in Alaska, people have regularly ridden them from Anchor Point to Homer or into the snowy backcountry of the Caribou Hills. On Saturday, Homer couple Kim McNett and Bjørn Olson finished taking their fat bikes where no one has ever ridden before, about 450 miles in a 24-day trip from Point Hope to Utqiagvik, much of it on Arctic beaches.

Fish and Fire: Ninilchik resident writes stories of his life

Ninilchik resident Mike Chihuly has lived enough lives to write several books since moving to Alaska more than 60 years ago. Instead, he packed them all into one.

Chihuly’s book, “Alaska Fish and Fire,” was published in August and released in October. It catalogs Chihuly’s life experiences from growing up in Alaska and working on the state Board of Fisheries to his time spent on the Agulowak River and working as the chief of Ninilchik Emergency Services.

“I probably should have written two or three books,” he said of the broad range of topics covered in the memoir.

Defense working through evidence in murder case

Public defenders are working through discovery in the case of a Homer man accused of murder in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer.

Lee John Henry, 55, was indicted by a grand jury Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of first-degree robbery. Homer police arrested him for first-degree murder Oct. 19 after the department got a tip from an area resident.

Man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse of minor charges

KENAI — An Anchorage man is accused with sexually abusing a minor in the Homer area.

Jacob Kemnitz, 30, was indicted on Nov. 23 with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for six events alleged to have happened from late 2011 through 2013, according to the indictment. The charges against Kemnitz reference one alleged victim, a boy under the age of 12 over the course of the alleged abuse.

Kemnitz entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court.

Trial set for January in Homer murder case

KENAI — A Homer man accused of the city’s only previously unsolved murder appeared in Kenai Superior Court on Monday.

Lee John Henry, 55, is charged in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer.

He was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of first-degree robbery. Homer police arrested him for first-degree murder on Oct. 19 after the department got a tip from an area resident, the Homer News reported.

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