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Alaska Supreme Court rules setnet ban initiative unconstitutional

The Alaska Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling on Thursday, declaring a ballot initiative to ban setnets in certain areas of the state unconstitutional.

Calling the initiative a “give-away program” that was designed to appeal to the self-interests of non-commercial fishermen, the court issued an opinion on Thursday that put an end to a lengthy legal process that began in late 2013.

Storm knocks out power, floods Anchor, delays Tusty

A storm with winds up to 100 mph roared through the Kenai Peninsula, knocking out power for Homer Electric Association customers from Seldovia to Soldotna, causing flooding on the Anchor River, tearing off a trailer roof and delaying the M/V Tustumena run to Kodiak. The National Weather Service issued an alert on Tuesday evening warning of east to southeast winds 50 to 60 mph, with gusts up to 75 mph, with the worst winds after midnight Wednesday. 

Nonprofit Needs

Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward.

Cook Inletkeeper would like to get several large, framed pictures or paintings on loan or donated to hang throughout our office space.

Contact:  Bob Shavelson at 235-4068 ext. 22 or

2015: Weirdest year ever?

As people sit back today and reflect on the past year, 2015 turns out to have been one strange trip. Even the legalization of marijuana in February couldn’t explain some happenings. At times it seemed as if Kachemak Bay had slipped into an alternate universe. Among the events:

• For the second year in a row, hardly any snow fell on Homer, causing skiers to resort to roller skiing on the Spit Trail;

Suspect sought in armed robbery

Homer Police continue to investigate an armed robbery Monday morning of the Fat Olive’s Espresso. Police also seek any information potential witnesses might have on the crime.

According to a press release, about 10:05 a.m. Dec. 28, a white man entered the espresso shop in the same building as Fat Olive’s Restaurant on Ohlson Lane, brandished a handgun and told the sole employee, a woman, to go into the bathroom and shut the door. The man then stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Man gets 40 years in 2012 shooting

Finding a need for community condemnation and to isolate him from society, Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran on Monday sentenced Demarqus Green to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder. 

Last May, a Homer jury found Green, 23, of Anchorage, guilty in the shooting death of Demian Sagerser, then 40, on July 7, 2012. The jury also convicted him of tampering with physical evidence. 

Green gets 40 years in Sagerser death

Finding a need for community condemnation and to isolate him from society, Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran on Monday sentenced Demarqus Green to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder. Last May, a Homer jury found Green, 23, of Anchorage, guilty in the shooting death of Demian Sagerser, then 40, on July 7, 2012. The jury also convicted him of tampering with physical evidence.

Moran also suspended 15 years of Green’s sentence, giving him 25 years of actual prison time. With time off with good behavior, Green could serve as little as 17 years.

Police seek suspect in espresso café robbery

Homer Police seek information on a suspect who robbed the Fat Olive’s Espresso on Monday morning. According to a press release, about 10:05 a.m. Dec. 28, a white man entered the espresso shop next to Fat Olive’s Restaurant on Ohlson Lane, brandished a handgun and forced the sole employee, a woman, into the bathroom. The man then stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Don’t get cocky, kid

Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt, left, and Ryjil Christianson get into the Star Wars spirit as Han Solo and Princess Leia for the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Homer Theatre on Dec. 17. All 205 seats were sold out for the first showing on the lower Kenai Peninsula of the seventh film in the Star Wars series.

theArts InBrief

Nominations  now open
for 2016 HCOA awards

Nominations are open for the Homer Council on the Arts 2016 Annual Arts Awards. Awards are presented in the categories of Arts Leadership, Arts Education, Youth Artist of the year, Artist of the Year, Arts Lifetime Achievement, Business Arts Patron and Volunteer of the Year. 

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 11.

For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.

 

Nikolaevsk man arrested in domestic violence assault; woman revived after losing consciousness

Alaska State Troopers have arrested and charged a Nikolaevsk man with third-degree assault after a woman injured her head so severely she “flat lined” — had no pulse — at the South Peninsula Hospital Emergency Room. 

Domnin Martushev, 43, was arrested on Saturday on one count of second-degree assault, domestic violence, a class B felony.

Building basher charged

The man Homer Police allege crashed his Volvo into the Sustainable Wares building on Dec. 7 has apparently skipped town — even after being hospitalized for a neck injury. Homer Police last Friday charged Daniel A. Grosser, 36, of Anchorage, with reckless driving, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and not having liability insurance.

Star of Homer’s Christmas Bird Count: rare red-breasted sapsucker

A red-breasted sapsucker was found up Spencer Street on Saturday’s Christmas Bird Count. A rare bird for Homer — only having been seen once or twice here previously — this was a significant find by Aaron Lang and his team covering the north side of East End Road. A spectacular, red Christmas-y bird. 

Other notable birds included an Anna’s hummingbird, ancient murrelet and white-throated sparrow.

Holiday Recipes: Directions for a perfect holiday prime rib dinner

Our family became dear friends with a butcher many years ago and we have enjoyed dining upon roasted prime ribs of beef for our Christmas Eve dinner many years now. 

I am finally getting a handle on how best to cook a rib roast. When I go to the big kitchen in the sky, I would like “She finally mastered cooking a prime rib to perfection” on my gravestone.

HEA rates to drop

Homer Electric Association members will see rates drop about a penny with the quarterly Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, HEA announced on Wednesday. The COPA falls from 7.9 cents to 6.6 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s about a $6.88 a month savings for the average HEA customer using 550 kilowatt hours a month. The new rate goes into effect Jan. 1.

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska also put on hold a proposed. 3.25-percent base rate and customer charge increased proposed by HEA.

Exchange students learn new holiday traditions

Tonight, Nouredine Mama will celebrate Christmas for the first time. 

The 16-year-old exchange student from Cameroon is Muslim, and though at home in the capital city of Douala he got a vacation from school in December, his religious holidays fell in the summer and fall. So the lighted tree in his host family’s house is exciting.

“I’m here to share and learn,” he says.

Election year may derail fiscal plan, says Stevens

It’s going to be a long five months.

Before Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, starts packing for the trip to Juneau after the New Year, he stopped by Homer last week to meet with Senate District P constituents. Last Thursday Stevens visited the Homer Courthouse and the Homer Senior Center, spoke at the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club noon luncheon, and held an open house at the Homer Legislative Information Office.

Boy gets Christmas wish: a forever home in Alaska

Like any 9-year-old boy, Isaiah wants all sorts of cool toys for Christmas — an Xbox, a go-cart, a motorcycle and a Nintendo. On Monday, the winter solstice, he got something a lot of kids take for granted: A home.

“I was so excited, I wanted to cry,” Isaiah said of arriving in Homer for the holidays. “That was one of my wishes.”

New treats add sugar and spice to holiday traditions

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 can’t type the word “home” without an “r” on the end of it. Our family has made Homer our home for more than 30 years and I am sure that is why. 

We are fortunate to have both our sons home for the holidays again this year. Since the Other Fisherman and I married 38 years ago and left Wisconsin, we have only been back to our childhood town for Christmas once, so this Alaska mom and dad consider themselves pretty darn lucky.

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