Staff report

Seaton holds budget town hall meetings

Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, sponsors Town Hall meetings on Oct. 5 to discuss the state budget. Joining Seaton is Officer of Budget and Management Director Pat Pitney. Seaton also will take questions and comments on the budget, District 31 issues and the upcoming special session. For more information, contact Seaton’s office at 235-2921. The meetings are:

Te`arama group visits peninsula

Between Aug. 14 and 19, Seattle-based Tahitian performance group Te`arama conducted cultural exchanges with communities around the lower Kenai Peninsula. Coordinated by the Pratt Museum, Te’arama performed for and alongside members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Ninilchik Traditional Council, Nanwalek Village and Port Graham Village. In each community, they presented short workshops on traditional drumming and dancing styles from Tahiti. Among the opportunities offered by generous Kenai communities, Te’arama members were invited to the Ninilchik Traditional Council’s setnet site, enjoyed extended stays and travel by skiff between Nanwalek and Port Graham, and visited the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s K’Beq Heritage Site. In addition to pickup basketball games and riding four wheelers in the woods, conversations overheard spanned the importance of language preservation, contemporary music, the impact of colonialism in urban and village settings and cultural pride.

Volunteers needed for trail work parties

Volunteers wanting to help out with trail work and repairs can join the Alaska State Parks for Saturday work parties on the Saddle Trail in Kachemak Bay State Park on July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. Workers grub, move and disperse dirt using pulaskis, McLeods, shovels and buckets. Free transportation is provided into the park. The boat leaves the harbor at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. No skills are necessary —, just a desire to help out. Staff provides the tools and training; you provide the energy and enthusiasm. Pre-registation is required. Contact Park specialist Eric Clarke at 399-2054 or eric.clarke@alaska.gov.

Homer Bookstore releases its annual best seller list

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The Homer Bookstore has released its best seller list for books sold in 2016. Local authors wrote seven of the top-10 books, including the number-1 book, “Homestead Kitchen: Stores and Recipes from Our Hearth to Yours,” by Eve and Eivin Kilcher. The memoir and cookbook by the “Alaska: The Last Frontier” reality-TV show stars also set the all-time best-seller record for the Homer Bookstore, selling almost 1,000 copies.

Man found dead on boat at Homer harbor

A fisherman was found dead on his boat in the Homer harbor early Tuesday morning.

After a friend reported the man had not been seen for two days, Homer Police checked F/V Cascade, the boat of Anton Sanarov, 58, and found him dead.

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said Sanarov had a history of medical problems and police do not suspect foul play.

He is believed to have died of natural causes, Robl said.

Sanarov lived near Mile 22 East End Road.

Next of kin have been notified.

The Alaska Medical Examiner did not request an autopsy.

Homer wrestlers defend Kachemak Conference title with second-year win

The Homer wrestling team kept a tight grip on the Kachemak Conference on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at Anchorage Christian Schools.

The Mariners qualified 16 boys for the state meet, which is the most in school history. Four girls from Homer also qualified for the state tournament, which will be held at the Alaska Airline Center at University of Alaska, Anchorage Dec. 16-17.

New health needs assessment to be released at Friday meet

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, or MAPP, of the Southern Kenai Peninsula will release the 2016 community health needs assessment at its quarterly meeting on Friday at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus.

MAPP conducts a community health needs assessment of the southern Kenai Peninsula every three years, the results of which are used to inform and direct community coalition and agency work.

4.4 quake rattles Homer

4.4 quake hits near Homer Wednesday

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled the lower Kenai Peninsula about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 33 miles northwest of Anchor Point and hit 61 miles deep.

Scotts pharmacy to host Saturday grand opening

After a soft opening in early October, Scotts Family Pharmacy plans to pull out all the stops for a grand opening celebration set for Saturday.

The event takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the pharmacy located at 4014 Lake St., Suite 101, in the building that many long-time Homer residents call the old blue bank building on the corner of East End Road and Lake Street.

Among the events planned:

• Lunch will be served starting at 11 a.m., while supplies last.

• Free consults and services will be offered.

• Hot beverages will be served.

Homer Mariners hockey wins End of Road tournament

The Homer Mariner hockey team won its own End of the Road tournament Saturday by defeating Kenai Central 4-1.

The tournament marked Homer High’s first home games of the season.

Homer took the lead in the first period on a goal by Robby Larson, but Jakeb O’Brien tied it up for the Kards early in the second period. Lee Lowe would score for the Mariners before the period was out, then Ethan Pitzman and Garrett Butcher tacked on goals in the third.

Hunter Warren saved 27 for the Mariners, while Ryan Williams stopped 38 for the Kardinals, who are now 2-4 on the year.

Anchor Point gets new dentist

Anchor Point has a new dentist.

Dr. Brandon Astin began working with Dr. Ryan Abbott, at the dental clinic at 34115 Sterling Highway, earlier this summer. He began seeing patients full time Sept. 1.

Abbott is leaving the area for specialty training in dental prosthetics, or prosthodontics. The change means Abbott will study out of Alaska for the next three years “learning more about helping people who have missing, badly worn, and diseased teeth,” he said in a letter to his patients.

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