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  • 20 years ago in the Homer News:   A Minnesota man took the lead in the Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 379-pound catch. Jerry Meinders of Willmar, Minn. broke the derby record with a fish that took “all hands, three tries, a harpoon and a winch to haul the hefty fish aboard.” “My legs are st...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:55pm
  • After time ran out on a court rule requiring either a preliminary hearing to be held or a grand jury make an indictment, three felony charges have been dismissed against Dellna Vanbuskirk, a Homer man Homer Police alleged robbed at gunpoint the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station in January, taking cash a...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:46pm
  • A volunteer trained in disentangling whales and a National Oceanic and Atmoshpheric Administration law enforcement officer freed a juvenile humpback whale last week after it got tangled up in line and a buoy. It took about three hours for Josh Tobin, the volunteer, and Kasey Mayhew, the officer, to ...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:46pm
  • Editor’s note: The story has been updated to clarify why the citizen group did not turn in signatures. A citizen group seeking to ban by a vote commercial cannabis in Homer failed to deliver petition booklets by the June 23 deadline. On March 25, petitioners seeking to prohibit by local o...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:43pm
  • From police patrol cars to possibly a new station, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting offered some relief to the Homer Police Department. A low-ticket item was $65,000 for two used Fords, but topping the list was up to $12 million in bonds to build a new police station....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:42pm
  • David Stammen of Sidney, Ohio reeled in his first halibut aboard a Homer Ocean Charter boat on Tuesday, June 21 — followed by 12 more over the course of his fishing trip on Tuesday and Thursday, June 23. “It was amazing, other than the fact that you’re just about falling off the boat,” David...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:42pm
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski paid a visit to Homer on Saturday, June 25, where she visited the Homer Farmers Market, talked with locals, and chowed down on a local favorite — Alibi’s halibut taco — in the early afternoon. Murkowski stopped in Homer on her way to the BlueCrest Energy’s ceremonial open...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:42pm
  • If an intravenous drug user goes into The Exchange at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center to dispose of their used needles, they can receive a “safer injection kit,” condoms, Narcan overdose response kits, free rapid HIV and Hepatitis C tests, and other health-related information. They ...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 4:19pm
  • Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy set bail and conditions of release on Wednesday for Stephen R. Boyle, 43, a Homer man charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Boyle is the deputy fire chief for Kachemak Emergency Services. At his hearing yesterday, Kenai Peninsula ...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 4:18pm
  • A group of Homer residents and visitors gathered around the gazebo in WKFL Park on Friday evening and read the names of the 49 people who died in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida early in the morning on June 12....

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 4:18pm

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