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Outen abandons North Atlantic crossing

The British adventurer who arrived by kayak in Homer in August 2014 as part of an attempt to circumnavigate the world totally by muscle power has had to abandon ship during the last leg of her adventure, a trans-Atlantic Ocean crossing. Sarah Outen, 30, was picked up by a passing ship, the Federal Oshima, according to a report on her website, www.sarahouten.com.

Homer man celebrates his centennial Sept. 27

It’s not uncommon for children to live longer than the age of their parents, but when a father lives well into his 90s, the bar gets set a bit higher. On Sept. 27, Wendell Stout did just that. His father, Ray Stout, lived from 1885 to 1984, dying just two months short of his 100th birthday. On Sept. 27, Wendell Stout broke his dad’s record and celebrated his centennial. He had a private party with his son, Mark, 59, and friends, at his apartment at Friendship Terrace. The next day, Sept.

In Brief

Alaska Air Guard does rescue training

The Alaska Air Guard did water-rescue training in Kachemak Bay and Homer from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. The 210th, 211th, and 212th Rescue Squadrons of the Alaska Air Guard’s 176th Wing trained on water rescue tactics along with a boat crew as support personnel, the Alaska Air Guard said in a press release.

Anchor Point man faces federal weapons charges, making threats against law enforcement

An Anchor Point man faces federal charges for allegedly threatening law enforcement over the radio.

Larry Clarence Volz Jr., 58, was arrested Oct. 1 during a Federal Bureau of Investigation search of his home on the 41000 block of the Old Sterling Highway in Anchor Point. An FBI SWAT team executed a search warrant as part of a Safe Streets Task Force investigation, according to a statement from the FBI’s Anchorage office.

Dunne wins District 9 assembly race

In the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough District 9 Assembly race between two political novices, Willy Dunne, 60, handily defeated Dawson Slaughter, 25, with 56.26 percent to 43.51 percent in unofficial results. Dunne, of Fritz Creek, led in all precincts except Slaughter’s hometown of Anchor Point, where Slaughter won with 68.56 percent.

While new to elected office, Dunne has served on boards and commissions and as a 28-year Homer resident is widely known. He credited that experience with his election. Dunne also said he thought his message resonated better with voters.

Walker plans Homer visit

Gov. Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker visit Homer on Oct. 9 for two events.

At 2 p.m. at the Homer Senior Center, the Walkers are the featured speakers for the Southern Peninsula Senior Summit at the Homer Senior Center. The summit runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with representatives from several senior programs also speaking.

Political novices competing for assembly District 9 seat

Of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s assembly districts, District 9 on the lower peninsula is one of the largest. At 3,400 square miles, as a Supercub plane flies, it spans 80 miles east to west. It includes some of the borough’s most remote and sparsely populated areas: Razdolna, Voznesenka, Kachemak Selo, Halibut Cove, Seldovia, Nanwalek, Port Graham, Anchor Point, Diamond Ridge and Fritz Creek. Like District 3, Nikiski, it’s also a district an assembly member would need a boat or plane to reach some villages. 

Services vs. Revenue

At a Town Hall meeting last week to discuss city of Homer budget options, about 50 people heard City Manager Katie Koester propose ways to bridge a $1 million fiscal gap in the 2016 budget. Citizens and the Homer City Council have three choices in balancing next year’s budget:

• Cut city services drastically;

• Raise revenues; or

• A combination of cuts and new revenues.

Alaska storm drops 11.2 inches of snow in Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS — Thousands of Alaska residents are without power after a major snowstorm socked the Fairbanks area and forced a grocery to store frozen food outside.

The National Weather Service says 11.2 inches of snow fell in Fairbanks through early Wednesday.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that 15,000 Golden Valley Electric Association customers were without power Wednesday because of trees falling into power lines. Some residents may be without power for days.

Nikiski voters to decide law enforcement issue

Voters will have another shot at taking steps to reduce crime in Nikiski when they head to the polls on Oct. 6.

Proposition 2 seeks to create a law enforcement service area following the same boundaries as the Nikiski Fire Service Area, including a section on the west side of Cook Inlet. 

A yes vote on the proposition would also establish a service area board and the potential for Nikiski to have its own police agency.

Juneau businesses over voting incentive

JUNEAU — A trio of Juneau businesses will be discounting coffee drinks for all customers the day after the municipal elections. These discounts, however, come with a catch: they are contingent on voter turnout.

On Oct. 7, Coppa, GonZo and the Rookery will match the voter turnout in their respective voting precincts with corresponding coffee discounts, according to a press release.

$42,500 settlement OK’d by council in condominium case

In the long-running Ken Castner v. City of Homer case, the Homer City Council on Monday approved a $42,500 settlement with Castner and his attorney. The council met in executive session to consider a settlement offer from Castner’s attorney, Stephan Williams. Castner said he will receive $100 in the settlement, with the rest going to Williams for attorney and other fees.

“There was no benefit for either side not to settle,” Castner said. “This was a fair-and-square deal which relieved us both from litigation.”

Ted Wiard: Life After Grief

Editor's note: The photo caption has been corrected to identify the Wiard brothers properly.

It’s called compounded complicated grief — when one loss follows another. And another. When a person doesn’t have time to process the first shattering before the next one happens.

‘Pirate’ arrested for terroristic threats at ferry terminal

A man witnesses described as “dressed like a pirate” faces a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, following an incident last Friday evening at the Homer Ferry Terminal. Homer police arrested Bret Herrick, 54, on the charge. No one was injured, and Herrick did not resist arrest, said Homer Police Chief Mark Robl.

Rolling Into Fall

Yellow birches and crimson fireweed bring a dash of color to Kachemak Bay scenery, as seen from the Reber Trail in these photos taken this week. The Kenai Mountains and higher elevations in Homer also got a sprinkling of termination dust.

Derby Jackpot goes to novice angler from Minnesota

When Homer Chamber of Commerce President Tom Stroozas called the 30th Annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby winner on speakerphone Monday night to tell her the big news, the assembled crowd at the visitor’s center waited breathlessly for her response.

For a few seconds, they heard only silence.

“Did she faint?” Stroozas asked.

It turned out that Linda Scott was fully conscious, the connection had just been lost. 

Police find basket vandal, but no charges yet filed

Tire tracks and a tip lead police last week to the man who burned and then destroyed the Burning Basket. An 18-year-old high school student confessed to both acts of vandalism on the weekend of Sept. 11-13. Homer Police have forwarded charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, to the Kenai District Attorney, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said. 

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