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Legendary writer, scientist Rearden dies

Writer, photographer, editor, professor, biologist, outdoorsman, scholar, veteran, Alaskan and family man: in the history of Alaska’s post-World War II generation that came into the country and settled the state, Jim Douglas Rearden exemplified the breed. Wicked smart, funny, personable and handsome right down to his neatly clipped brush mustache, he stood as an example in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Council creates Police Station Task Force

In a relatively short meeting that ended at 7:30 p.m. Monday, the Homer City Council brought back to the table the continuing need for a new Homer Police Station. After voters turned down an up-to-a-$12 million bond and a seasonal sales tax of .65 percent, newly elected Mayor Bryan Zak said he would keep pushing for a solution that would replace the crowded, 1980s cop shop and jail on Heath Street.

Carnival Homer-Style

Sunshine, fresh snow and single-digit temperatures made last Saturday’s Homer Winter Carnival festive but chilly. Several parade entries responded to the theme “Jazz Up Winter,” including dancers with Pier One Theatre promoting its next big musical, “Chicago.”

Winter Carnival is a grand old Homer tradition

Like any northern town trapped in the grip of deep snows and bitter cold, Homer has a long tradition of a February carnival to relieve winter stress. While it’s unknown if town namesake Homer Pennock and his gold mining crew whooped it up in the winter of 1897, the Homer Homestead newspaper in 1947 said everyone had a good time at the one-day carnival put on by the Homer Women’s Club.

Marchers seek justice - and more

From Kachemak Bay to the Potomac River, Kenai Peninsula residents last Saturday marched in Seldovia, Homer, Kenai, Seward and Washington, D.C., as part of international Women’s Marches. Demonstrating under the theme “women’s rights are human rights,” an ad-hoc movement in reaction to President Donald Trump’s election swelled from a Hawaiian woman’s social media post to marches that drew millions around the world, with estimates of 500,000 in Washington, 175,000 in Boston and 750,000 in Los Angeles.

Citizens Climate Lobby visits Homer

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby visits Homer with two events as part of its Alaska Big Dividend Tour. A grassroots, nonpartisan, nonpolitical advocacy organization with more than 360 chapters, CCL promotes market-based solutions to manage climate, ocean acidification and energy risk, and preserve Alaska’s economy and way of life. It advocates for a carbon fee that returns all revenue to households (like the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend) without growing government. It also supports using the power of markets to find the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions.

Video, social media lead to arrest in SPARC theft

Live security video and social media last week led to the arrest of a man suspected to have stolen from the South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center, the 12,000-square-foot indoor multi-use sports facility under construction near Homer Middle School.

On Jan. 6, Homer Police charged Johnney Boy Newman, 25, with one count of second-degree burglary for entering the SPARC unlawfully with intent to commit a crime. The case remains under investigation, said Homer Police Chief Mark Robl.


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