Staff report

Scribner wins Elks Winter King Derby

Rough seas didn’t keep anglers from braving Kachemak Bay for a chance to win the 2017 Homer Elks Lodge #2127 Winter King Salmon Derby. Ed Scribner caught the top king with a 24.60-pound beauty fishing on the F/V Sea Wolf. Ron Johnson took second with a 22.20-pound king on the F/V Oly John and Patrick Hankins was third with a 20.40-pound king on the F/V Sound Escape. Bethany Casey had a 20.30-pound king on the F/V Misty, winning first place for the lady angler division.

‘Bending the Arc’ wins Doc Fest audience award

Following the close of the 14th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival, last month, Homer Theatre owner Jamie Sutton announced the winners of its annual Doc Fest awards. Based on anonymous voting from about 400 ballots, “Bending the Arc,” a documentary about innovative health care methods in developing nations, won the Forget Me Not Audience Favorite Award. Comments were encouraged from movie viewers and will be shared with the filmmakers. As one ballot submission said of “Being the Arc”: “So impressive! An important story showing once again how key leaders who have a vision and persistence can indeed bend the arc of the world towards justice and health!” Another ballot read, “Wow! I mean, WOW! This is what you go to the Doc Fest for. An inspiring, magnificent story, well told. I left with such a feeling of joy and inspiration.”

EPA seeks comment to withdraw Pebble Mine from Clean Water Act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes to withdraw its July 2014 Clean Water Act Proposed Determination that would, if finalized, have imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with the potential Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, EPA said in a press release.

Corps seeks comments on China Poot dock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks comments on a proposed 125-foot long floating dock, a 100-foot long aluminum gangway and a 607-foot long timber boardwalk to be built below the mean high water mark on the north shore of China Poot Bay. The applicant, Gail Fisher of China Bay LLC, Santa Barbara, Calif., seeks a permit for the projects as part of a development of a commercial lodge and private home for the owners. Fisher proposes construction of the dock to start in October. However, the date for comments was extended from Oct. 3 to a new date of Nov. 2.

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.

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