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.
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.
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.
In unofficial Homer City Council results, Donna Aderhold has emerged as the apparent top vote getter, taking 46 percent of votes cast. That’s easily above the 20-percent bar in the two-seat race to avoid a run-off election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
Troopers have stopped actively searching for an Anchorage man who’s been missing since Sept. 22.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
For many Homer residents, last weekend’s inaugural Halibut Festival provided an opportunity to be immersed in the marine world.
From a fun run to a fish fry to a halibut cabaret, most of the weekend was a celebration of Homer’s iconic resource. But much of the discussion at Saturday’s “State of Our Halibut” lecture series at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center was serious and centered around a major issue: the total mass of Pacific halibut is shrinking and no one is entirely sure why or what to do about it.
The body of 34-year-old Daniel Compeau, a Colorado man who went missing near Kenai Lake last month, has been found, Alaska State Troopers say.
Soldotna troopers got a call that someone found the body near the Kenai Lake shoreline on Sept. 15. It was identified by the state medical examiner Monday, according to a trooper dispatch. Compeau’s next of kin have been contacted.