MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Police continue to investigate Oct. 29 boat fire

A 58-year-old Homer area man last week suffered burn injuries in a suicide attempt when he tried to kill himself by burning a fishing boat in dry dock at Northern Enterprise Boatyard. Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treated the man about 10 minutes after the boat, the Slava II, exploded on fire and he came out of the burning boat. Because of fears that the man might be armed, EMTs and firefighters were delayed in fighting the fire until Homer Police could secure the scene, said Homer Fire Chief Bob Painter.

Homer Volunteer fire department celebrates big six-oh

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department

OK, just to get the historical facts out of the way, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department Inc., the organization that celebrates its 60th anniversary this weekend, was officially incorporated on Feb. 10, 1954. That would make it 58. The anniversary honors not just the organization, but the first fire company started in Homer by Sebastian Gnad in 1952. Chief Bob Painter says the tradition of celebrating HVFD’s anniversary in October came about because it’s National Fire Prevention Month — a way to celebrate and also teach a bit about fire safety.

Wrede submits ‘treading water’ budget to council

At the Homer City Council on Monday, the council put on its agenda the most important item of the year: setting the fiscal year 2013 budget. 

Homer City Manager Walt Wrede submitted the budget this week and the first public hearing was held. The council will make adjustments over the next three months, including proposed deletions and additions. By law, the council has to pass a balanced budget by Dec. 21.

The draft budget of $25.3 million dollars includes $11 million in general funds, primarily for personnel, operations and maintenance.

Artist wears her gallery around her neck

Previous Bunnell Street Arts Center artists-in-residence like Mike Houston and Jim Woodring have set up studios in the gallery space that sprawled across the rough old wooden floors. This month’s artist-in-residence, Micki Lippe, a Seattle jewelry artist, has a temporary studio that’s as spare and elegant as her art. “Spare and elegant” could describe Lippe herself, a small, soft spoken woman of almost 70 who looks 10 years younger and could walk your socks off on a hike.

Resetarits brothers released on bail

Joseph Resetarits

The two brothers charged with sexual assault of a drunk boy at a Sept. 8 East End Road teen drinking party were released from jail Tuesday and Wednesday. Joseph Resetarits, 18, left the Homer Jail Tuesday in the custody of his father, Douglas Resetarits. His brother, Anthony Resetarits, was released from the Anchorage Jail on Wednesday and into the custody of his mother, Maria Santa Lucia.

Buccaneer’s jack-up rig to leave by Oct. 31

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence will leave the Homer Deep Water Dock and Kachemak Bay by Oct. 31, said Buccaneer vice president Mark Landt. Landt spoke Monday at a Homer City Council meeting on the West Eagle Drilling Program, another Buccaneer project off East End Road on Basargin Road. 

Landt took the opportunity to update the council and city on the Endeavour status.

First Friday shows highlight unusual media

A painting by Donna Ridener from her show.

For October's First Friday openings, artists show works in traditional media like oils and watercolors. See media a bit out of the ordinary at other exhibits featuring metal jewelry and unusual beach stones. At Bunnell Street Arts Center, visiting Seattle-based artist Micki Lippe kicks off her residency with a display of her jewelry inspired by shapes in nature. At the Homer Council on the Arts, Donna Ridener exhibits her spirit rocks. Ridener draws with pen and ink scenes and images she sees in collected rocks that call to her as she walks Kachemak Bay beaches.

Troopers investigate teen party incident

 The proverbial elephant in the room has been stomping down the hallways of Homer High School. 

Rumors have been raging among students and parents about an incident at a Sept. 8 teenage drinking party at an East End Road home. 

The rumors have stirred up a discussion on bullying and underage drinking — a discussion stymied by Alaska State Troopers' and school officials' inability to speak publicly about the event until an investigation is complete.

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