Following a slow start with only two candidates having filed early last week, six more candidates filed last week and on Monday to run for two seats on the Homer City Council. A majority of the candidates are women, and until three men filed almost at the last minute, the slate had been an all-female ballot.
At a hearing held Monday, Aug. 14, at the Kenai Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet sentenced Stephen Boyle, 45, to 10 years in jail with four years suspended for one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Boyle had been the former assistant fire chief with Kachemak Emergency Services until being dismissed from his job after his arrest in June 2016.
A pilot in a Cessna 172 float plane lost steering power and hit the rocks while attempting to take off from Halibut Cove on Friday.
“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” wrote the 19th century French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Loosely translated, that means, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
After several delays, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced on Tuesday in a press release that the M/V Tustumena has returned to service for communities in the Kenai Peninsula, Southwest Alaska and the Aleutian chain. The Tustumena arrived in Homer on Tuesday.
A 4.9 magnitude earthquake shook Homer and the lower Kenai Peninsula at 10:18 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Homer Police dispatchers received no calls of damage, said Homer Police Chief Mark Robl. The Grog Shop, a Pioneer Avenue liquor store, also had no damage, said owner Mel Strydom.
With the deadline to file for two Homer City Council candidates ending at noon Tuesday, Aug. 15, two candidates have filed so far to run to fill seats now held by council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds. Sarah Vance filed on Aug. 1 and Kimberly Ketter filed on Aug. 7. Both have participated in city election campaigns. Vance was the spokesperson for Heartbeat of Homer, the group that attempted and failed to recall council members Donna Aderhold, Lewis and Reynolds. Ketter ran for city council in 2016, losing to council members Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas. Lewis and Reynolds both said earlier they do not intend to run for re-election.
Homer’s Pier One Theatre has always been a home-grown operation, with locals lending a hand for everything from directing to acting to tech to make-up and costumes. That’s especially so with Pier One Youth Theatre, the summer theater camp that challenges youth from elementary to high school to learn all aspects of theater.
Karla Freeman memorial show opens at KBC
Corey Stone Isenhour was born at 7:34 a.m. July 31, 2017, at South Peninsula Hospital to Lauren and Aaron Isenhour. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces. His grandparents are Mary and Emmitt Trimble of Anchor Point and Joe and Connie Isenhour.
Construction finished last month for Homer’s newest street, Eric Lane, a 1,200-foot side street off the lower end of West Hill Road. Built by Herndon Construction of Homer, the $925,000 project includes a sewer line as well a paved street, gutters and a sidewalk.
Wanted: Homer City Council members. Minimum qualifications: 18 or older, U.S. citizen, a registered voter in the city of Homer, and a resident for at least one year. Pay: $75 a council meeting day for at least two meetings a month. Work load includes reading thick council packets, attending meetings, and responding to citizen emails and phone calls. May be subject to recall for causes loosely defined. Hazards include long meetings, verbal abuse and tirades on social media. Candidates are subject to approval by the voters. Apply at city clerk’s office.
Guillotine drawing out of line
K-Bay Martial Athletics holds a Back-to-School Open House from 3-8 p.m. Aug. 18 at its studio, 601 E. Pioneer Ave. Register and sign up for programs and tour the studio. Programs are offered for ages 4-18 in ,Shotokan Karate, LFS-Kali, Filipino Martial Arts, Self-Defense, USABoxing, Kickboxing and Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After school programs and activities are offered. For more information, visit them on Facebook/KbayMartialAthletics, call 907-299-7239 or email KbayMartialAthletics@gmail.com.
A fight on the Homer Spit about 1 p.m. Wednesday sent a man to South Peninsula Hospital with injuries from a stabbing. According to a press release from the Homer Police Department, the man had non-life threatening injuries.
Hikers walking Alaska’s many trails know to take water, food, extra clothing, a First Aid kit, and, in the event of bears, bear spray or even firearms, but they might not think of a lawn rake.
Multiple education partners in Homer co-host the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) Conference in Homer next week, Aug. 7-11, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Participating organizations include the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the Pratt Museum, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve (KBRR), Kachemak Bay Environmental Educators Alliance (KBEEA), Alaska SeaGrant, UAF Cooperative Extension, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and the Alaska Natural Resource &Outdoor Education (ANROE). Presentations and meetings will be held at the Islands &Ocean Visitor Center and the Kachemak Bay Campus.
The other day the Betster dared to attempt a left turn on Ocean Drive at mid-day. Holy Gridlock! What happened to our sleepy little town where if you have to wait 10 seconds to turn onto the Sterling Highway from West Hill Road, impatient bush rats start pounding their steering wheels?