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.
A pilot in a Cessna 172 float plane lost steering power and hit the rocks while attempting to take off from Halibut Cove on Friday.
Kenai Peninsula voters will get to decide again if they want to raise the cap on taxable sales in the borough this fall.
20 years ago in the Homer News
A Homer man faces charges including burglary, assault and reckless endangerment after breaking into a home with a gun last month.
Members of the Homer City Council will host a work session before their next meeting to discuss their options when it comes to the long-debated Homer Police station.
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.
Margaret S. Anderson was so unassuming about her many accomplishments that many of today’s Homer residents are unlikely to realize the key role she played in shaping the community where they live.
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.
20 years ago in the Homer News
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.
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.
A fight on the Homer Spit about 1 p.m. Wednesday sent a man to South Peninsula Hospital with injuries from a stabbing. According to a press release from the Homer Police Department, the man had non-life threatening injuries.
Salmonfest isn’t about the fish.
Multiple education partners in Homer co-host the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) Conference in Homer next week, Aug. 7-11, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Participating organizations include the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the Pratt Museum, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve (KBRR), Kachemak Bay Environmental Educators Alliance (KBEEA), Alaska SeaGrant, UAF Cooperative Extension, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and the Alaska Natural Resource &Outdoor Education (ANROE). Presentations and meetings will be held at the Islands &Ocean Visitor Center and the Kachemak Bay Campus.
A recent field to vase dinner and tour at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer helped to highlight the state of the area’s peony industry today.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission has assessed a penalty of $725 against Heartbeat of Homer – Assembly Recall, the political group that registered to advocate for recalling three Homer City Council members. In a July 20 letter, APOC claimed that Heartbeat of Homer filed Independent Expenditure, or IE, reports 29 days late.
The filing period for Homer City Council candidates opens Tuesday, Aug. 1, and ends at noon Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Homer’s loan for the construction of its library will officially be paid off in full, now that members of the Homer City Council have voted to liquidate the city permanent fund that was created after the city received a windfall from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill settlement.