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4.9 quake slightly rattles Homer

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.

Vance, Ketter file for Homer City Council

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.

New road built in Homer

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.

Homer, Kenai play in Bridge tournament

The Kachemak Bay Bridge Club was visited by the Kenai River Kings & Queens last Tuesday. The 36 players from the two bridge clubs started by having lunch together in the dining room of the Homer Senior Citizens Center, where they got better acquainted. Then they enjoyed playing Bridge against each other in the activity room.

Marine Education conference is Aug. 7-11

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.

 

Short search ensues after truck found fallen off Baycrest Hill; driver had crashed days earlier

Homer Police continue investigating an incident in which a Homer man crashed his truck off Baycrest Hill over the weekend, but whose failure to report the crash prompted a search Monday morning after an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities worker found a bent guardrail and the truck down a ravine.

First responders find truck off Baycrest Overlook; driver not hurt

Members of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services spent about three hours searching for a possible victim of a car accident on Monday after responding to the Baycrest Overlook on the Sterling Highway for a truck that had crashed through the guard rail and fallen over the edge. Friends of the driver, Thayr Watson, 38, later came by the scene and reported Watson had crashed his truck a few days earlier and walked away from the crash.

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