BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Public arts committee recommends not accepting Brother Asaiah statue

At a meeting and public hearing Thursday night, the Homer Public Arts Committee didn't just reject the idea of putting a bust of the late Brother Asaiah Bates in WKFL Park. It recommended not accepting into the city art collection at all a proposed donation of the $18,500 bronze bust.

John Nazarian, a friend of Brother Asaiah, planned to commission a sculpture by Homer artist Leo Vait to be cast as a bronze statue and placed on the rock in WKFL Park. Brother Asaiah died in March 2000 at the age of 78.

Council approves internal loan of $300,000 to harbor building

In a bit of internal accounting, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday meeting approved in a 6-0 vote a transfer of $300,000 from the general fund to the Port and Harbor Enterprise Fund. The transfer was part of completing a financing package to build a new Port and Harbor Building estimated to cost $2.3 million. A legislative grant of $1.5 million will pay for most of the building.

Also on Monday, the council approved an appropriation of $500,000 from the Port and Harbor Enterprise Fund depreciation reserves to pay a state-required 25 percent match.

City won't appeal condo assessment ruling

The city of Homer will not appeal a ruling last month by Superior Court Judge Huguelet in favor of Ken Castner, the condominium owner who challenged the city’s assessment rules for condominium in the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District. Castner filed a lawsuit against assessing individual condo units. Huguelet found for Castner, ruling that a gas line brought one pipe to a lot, and all lots should be treated the same and assessed on a per-lot basis.

Police arrest Homer man in Grog Shop robbery

Using some old-fashioned detective work combined with modern cell-phone records tracing, Homer Police at about 8 p.m. Friday arrested a Homer man they said robbed at gunpoint the Grog Shop on Dec. 26.

Michael R. McClendon, 29, was taken without incident near his Main Street home. He’s charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, theft of a firearm, first-degree misconduct involving weapons for felon in possession of a firearm, and tampering with physical evidence.

City seeks proposals for Public Safety building

The city of Homer has put out a request-for-proposals for a design and construction services team to perform and design a new Public Safety building in Homer. Using what’s called the general contractor, construction manager, or GC/CM, concept, the city seeks proposals for architects and contractors working together to choose the site, participate in public involvement, do design survey and geotechnical work, prepare construction documents, estimate the cost of construction and complete construction.

HEA worker injured in electrical accident

A Homer Electric Association lineman was medevaced to Seattle on Wednesday night following an electrical accident. Jacob Adams, 33, of Anchor Point, is being treated at Harborview Burn Center, Seattle.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the lineman and his family,” HEA spokesperson Joe Gallagher said. “We’re working very closely with Jacob’s family to make sure they have everything they need to get through the immediate circumstances.”

Man dies of injuries from Anchor Point crash

An Anchor Point man died on Sunday of injuries from a two-car collision near Mile 155 Sterling Highway in Anchor Point on Saturday. Dale Keefer, 53, succumbed to his injuries, Alaska State Troopers said in a press release. He had been transported to an Anchorage hospital after initially being treated at South Peninsula Hospital. Next of kin has been notified.

$3,000 reward offered in armed robbery

Investigation is continuing into the armed robbery last Thursday of the Grog Shop, a Pioneer Avenue liquor store. Citing the ongoing investigation, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl declined to say if any suspects had been identified.

The owner of the Grog Shop, Mel Strydom, has put up a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed the store at gunpoint on Dec. 26. CrimeStoppers also offers up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

Revised Quiet Creek plat being considered

If the Homer Advisory Planning Commission ever chooses a motto, it might use baseball manager Yogi Berra’s quote, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

That’s the way it seemed earlier in December when the planning commission considered a revised plat by developer Tony Neal for his 37-acre Quiet Creek Park subdivision above Homer High School — a subdivision it first looked at eight years ago in June 2005.

Elves save the day for Share the Spirit

After worries last week that there would be a shortfall of gift donations for Share the Spirit, Homer’s elves came through. By Friday morning, all the “ornaments” — gift wish-lists for families hung on trees around town — had been picked up, said Share the Spirit co-coordinator Shari Daugherty. During a lull in activity at the gift wrapping and food box preparation at Homer High School, Daugherty said that after word went out about a shortfall in gift donations, in a high tide of goodwill, people began picking up the wish lists.

Elves save the day for Share the Spirit

After worries last week that there would be a shortfall of gift donations for Share the Spirit, Homer’s elves came through. By Friday morning, all the “ornaments” — gift wish-lists for families hung on trees around town — had been picked up, said Share the Spirit co-coordinator Shari Daugherty. During a lull in activity at the gift wrapping and food box preparation at Homer High School, Daugherty said that after word went out about a shortfall in gift donations, in a high tide of goodwill, people began picking up the wish lists.

Troopers charge AP man with Anchorage car theft

Alaska State Troopers last week charged an Anchor Point man with the theft of a Dodge Durango from an Anchorage parking lot in May. Troopers found the truck on May 12 after it had been abandoned in a car crash on Coleman Lantern Avenue in Anchor Point.

Dylan C. Adkins, 24, is charged with first-degree vehicle theft, second-degree theft, both felonies, driving while license revoked and failure to report an accident.

Man arrested for stealing car also suspected in other thefts

Homer Police said a man arrested on Sunday for stealing a Subaru Forester is a suspect in other recent burglaries and break-ins. Police charged Lucky Ackerman, 35, with first-degree vehicle theft, a felony, but other charges may be forthcoming for burglary and theft, said Homer Police Sgt. Lary Kuhns.

“We expect he’ll be charged at some point with multiple felonies involving property crimes,” Kuhns said.

State, feds to close three area waste wells

In an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will close 55 motor-vehicle waste disposal wells across Alaska at state vehicle repair and maintenance facilities. Some wells are in groundwater-protection areas and pose a risk to water resources used by communities for drinking water, the EPA said in a press release last month.

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