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CACS installs new mural

Artist Brad Hughes installed a new mural at last Friday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Part of a 35th anniversary remodeling effort to make the environmental education nonprofit’s building more visible, the mural shows two children wading in a tidepool and exploring marine life. Words on the mural encourage people to “explore, connect, protect.” In a nod to classical imagery, a boy reaches out to touch an octopus, an allusion to Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” mural on the Sistine Chapel. The remodel will include more murals on the side and front of the building.

Six more file for council

Following a slow start with only two candidates having filed early last week, six more candidates filed last week and on Monday to run for two seats on the Homer City Council. A majority of the candidates are women, and until three men filed almost at the last minute, the slate had been an all-female ballot.

Boyle gets 4 years in sexual abuse case

At a hearing held Monday, Aug. 14, at the Kenai Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet sentenced Stephen Boyle, 45, to 10 years in jail with four years suspended for one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Boyle had been the former assistant fire chief with Kachemak Emergency Services until being dismissed from his job after his arrest in June 2016.

Schools, organizations provide help with supplies

As the start of a new school year draws ever closer, parents and students alike have plenty of things to get ready for: sports, new classes and teachers, and new assignments. Part of being ready for school means equipping students with the supplies they’ll need to complete note taking, projects and assignments, both in the classroom and back at home.

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.

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