Staff report

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.

Burn permits suspended

The Alaska Division of Forestry has issued a burn permit suspension as of 8 a.m. July 18 for the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak areas. According to a notice from the Homer Volunteer Fire Department, the suspension has been put in place due to high to very-high fire danger in the region and the continued drying and curing of fine fuels. The suspension includes the burning of debris and brush piles, burn barrels and lawns as allowed in the 2016 General Burn Permit.

Fish & Game opens Ninilchik River to king fishing

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Ninilchik River will open to the harvest of hatchery-reared king salmon beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 18, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016.

King salmon are stocked in the Ninilchik River each year by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This provides sport fish anglers additional opportunity to harvest king salmon while reducing the potential for over harvest of naturally-produced king salmon.

AmericasCuisine hosts Business After Hours

AmericasCuisine will host this month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. 

It takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Homer Elks Lodge. 

There will be plenty of door prizes, refreshments and opportunities to mingle and network with others.

For more information, call the chamber at 235-7740.

The chamber is seeking information on lodging availability for visiting anglers for the Winter King Salmon Tournament, which is scheduled for March 19.

Alice Witte/Ron Gribble Alumni Challenge is Saturday

All Homer High School Alumni are invited to get out their old letterman jackets and join the Mariner boys and girls basketball teams for an evening of fun, basketball and food — all happening on Saturday, Dec. 26, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Alice Witte Gym, Homer High Schoo.

It’s the Alice Witte/Ron Gribble Alumni Challenge in honor of two people who had a significant impact on Homer’s youth.

Ice Challenge title goes to Service

After wins against Kenai and SoHi on Thursday and Friday, the Homer hockey team fell 6-0 to Service on Saturday at the Peninsula Ice Challenge at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

The Mariners defeated Kenai Central 11-7 on Thursday in the opening round of the tournament.

Homer took a 3-0 lead after the first period but the Kardinals came back to tie the game in the third period before Homer ran away again in a wild period that saw Homer score six times and Kenai score three times.

Chamber open house scheduled for today; raffle tickets on sale

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will have an open house for members and prospective members from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. 

People are invited to stop in and learn more about the chamber’s member benefits and how chamber programs can help promote their business.

Chamber staff will be available to answer questions, renew memberships and register new businesses. 

The deadline to be in the chamber visitor guide is Sept. 30.

Homer feels Tuesday’s quake

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that occurred Tuesday around 6:30 p.m had its epicenter on the west side of Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park, 58.8 miles northwest of Homer and approximately 44 miles southwest of Mount Redoubt Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazard webpage.

The University of Alaska’s Earthquake Information Center tweeted that the quake was “felt from Kodiak to Fairbanks.” 

All open burning prohibited

The State Forester announced yesterday that all open fires are now banned in Southcentral Alaska, including the Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Due to past and prevailing weather conditions which have caused extremely dry conditions for the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska Division of Forestry and the State Forester determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities which unduly increase the fire danger.

HVFD chief earns credential

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert L. Painter was approved by the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Commission during the May 2015 review meeting to receive the Certified Emergency Manager credential. The CEM designation is the highest honor of professional achievement available from the International Association of Emergency Managers, CEM said in a press release. 

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