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  • Tall, lanky and almost always smiling, Frank Vondersaar could be seen volunteering for nonprofits from the Salvation Army to the Pratt Museum. When campaign season rolled around, the name of Vondersaar, a tireless Alaska Democratic Party member, frequently could be seen on the ballot. Most recently ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:05pm
  • Soggy basketMavis Muller, with torch, prepares to light “Grow,” this year’s Burning Basket, Sunday night at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Despite a steady drizzle, about 200 people showed up for the annual community art celebration.Now in its 11th year, Muller has coordinated building basket...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:45pm
  • Getting to Tuesday’s Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center candidate forum at Wasabi’s on East End Road past Kachemak Drive could be a metaphor for politics itself. Wasabi’s is in the construction zone, and like East Enders know, that means a long wait, trying to avoid getting splattere...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:39pm
  • Messages decorate the side of “Grow,” this year’s Burning Basket at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. The basket was burned at sundown on Sunday. Despite a steady drizzle, about 200 people showed up for the annual event. Artist Mavis Muller faciliated the community art project with help from vol...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:35pm
  • An alleged armed robbery at the Wagon Wheel on Ocean Drive last week wasn’t a robbery at all, but an inside job, Homer Police said in a criminal complaint filed at the Homer Court on Sept. 10. Police charged Tommy Lee Neal, 19, with third-degree theft and making a false report, both misdemeanors. ...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:22pm
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    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:37am
  • With the fireweed blossoms long gone and leaves turning yellow, it’s time to think about what’s around the corner: winter. With that in mind, the Salvation Army is holding a coat give-away for area youngsters at the Salvation Army’s Sterling Highway location from noon-2 p.m. Saturday. “We ha...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:10pm
  • Homer Police on Wednesday filed for an arrest warrant for a suspect in an armed robbery last Thursday of the Wagon Wheel, a longtime Homer feed, animal supply and garden store on Ocean Drive.  The store is known for its frequently photographed “Pick Up Chicks Here” sign. Police did not want...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:09pm
  • Hospice of Homer begins its annual training for end-of-life and visitor volunteer programs next month. Training sessions will be: • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5; • 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7; • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11; • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12;  ...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:08pm
  • An omission in Homer’s city code has prompted a proposed revision of where heliports can and cannot be allowed.  While most helicopters land and take off at the Homer Airport, another frequent landing spot is the pad on the roof of South Peninsula Hospital when medevac flights deliver or tran...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:07pm

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