MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Year in review

From Washington, D.C., to Homer, 2017 stood out as a year of transformation. Some saw radical change with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who promised to “drain the swamp” and “make America great again.” Others saw a step backward into past days of racism and sexism and a shredding of the social contract.

Judge grants partial attorney’s fees to recall election intervenor Heartbeat of Homer gets $1,218,53

In an order and decision released on Dec. 22 regarding a city of Homer civil court decision, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston made a ruling like King Solomon when he split in half the legally allowable attorney fees that the prevailing party could receive. In the Aderhold et al. v. City of Homer recall election case, the political action group Heartbeat of Homer — admitted as an intervenor on the side of the city — had asked for 75 percent of the $11,506 it paid in attorney fees.

Judge grants partial attorney’s fees to recall election intervenor Heartbeat of Homer gets $1,150.60

In an order and decision released on Dec. 22, Judge Erin Marston ruled that Heartbeat of Homer may receive $1,150.60 in attorney’s fees for its role as an intervenor in Aderhold et al. v. City of Homer in which three then Homer City Council members challenged a recall election against them on constitutional grounds.

Cycle Logical buys Pioneer building

A former pawn shop on Pioneer Avenue that has been vacant for several years got a new owner and will see a business back in it next spring. Last Friday, Derek and Catriona Reynolds, owners of Cycle Logical, got title to the old Homer Trading Post building between the Homer Bookstore and Salvation Army. Cycle Logical held a “before” party to celebrate the purchase on Dec. 15.

New artist finds patterns for fashion

Web commerce and new media technology has created challenges for brick-and-mortar stores and traditional publications, but it also has spawned new opportunities for visual artists. Artists like Salmon Sisters Emma Teal and Claire Laukitis, Felicity Rae Jones, Chelsea Horn and Oceana Wills market their art online through their own e-commerce sites or portals like Etsy. Horn and Wills sell prints while the Salmon Sisters and Jones transform their designs into screen printed clothing, vinyl stickers and even adult coloring books.

Troopers recover chainsaw from Hutler Road burglary

Alaska State Troopers have charged a Homer man for possession of a chainsaw taken in an October burglary of a Hutler Road cabin near McNeil Canyon. Roy Burke, 39, pleaded guilty in late October for third-degree theft by receiving and was sentenced to five days in jail. The chainsaw was found with other possible stolen chainsaws and may provide clues for a series of burglaries that have hit the lower Kenai Peninsula this fall.

DEC responds to truck crash on Anchor River

The driver of a truck that rolled over on the Nikolaevsk Road last Monday failed to report the crash and a possible fuel spill to Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. According to DEC, a citizen reported the crash to DEC about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Troopers also reported a spill to DEC about the same time. Troopers received no reports of injuries, said Tim Despain, a trooper spokesperson. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, Despain wrote in an email.

Hearing officer spikes ethics complaint

Saying an ethics complaint filed by a Homer recall supporter “borders on the frivolous,” an Anchorage administrative law judge last Friday dismissed a complaint filed by Larry Zuccaro against former Homer City Council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds and current council member Donna Aderhold. Zuccaro was one of the sponsors of a petition to recall Aderhold, Lewis and Reynolds that ultimately failed at the ballot box.

The Force is strong with them

A line of about 25 people waited to buy tickets for the Homer premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” about noon Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the Homer Theatre. Tickets went on sale for a gala opening night on Dec. 14 as well as shows that weekend. The opening night includes a special souvenir popcorn tub as well as door prizes. At the last Star Wars film opening, some fans attended in costumes.

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