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Crash sends four to hospital; alcohol believed to be involved

A single-car crash on Tuesday night sent all four people in the car to South Peninsula Hospital. One victim, a 29-year-old man, had major pelvis injuries and was Medevaced to an Anchorage hospital. The crash of a Subaru happened about 8:40 p.m. June 6 just west of Kachemak Drive near the Bagel Shop. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said the crash ejected one person from the car. Also involved were a 25-year-old man, a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. Homer Volunteer Fire Department medics and firefighters with mutual aid from Kachemak Emergency Services responded.

Seaton meeting leads to spirited debate on budget

A community meeting of about 50 people last Thursday with Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, at the Legislative Information Office illustrated the current impasse in the 30th Alaska Legislature. How does Alaska continue funding state government? Some favored the House proposal of a progressive income tax. Others said the state should cut the budget or take more out of the Permanent Fund earnings.

Substance abuse and addiction forum is 6 p.m. Wednesday

A Substance Abuse and Addiction Forum is at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Homer High School Commons. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Alaska Governor Bill Walker declared a public health crisis earlier this year in order to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. Substance misuse and addiction are negatively affecting individuals, families and businesses on the Southern Kenai Peninsula, and prescription and non-prescription drugs are a growing concern in the community. Substance abuse was the factor ranked number one as most negatively affecting the community in all three of the last community health needs assessments for the southern peninsula.

Correction

In the May 18 Arts story “Two new memoirs raise the bar for Alaska writing,” the name of Ralph Galeano’s boat and the title of his book got mixed up. His book is “Alaska Challenge” and his former boat is “American Eagle.” The website for his book also was omitted. It is www.horsemanspress.com.

Mysterious flier hits mail boxes

“Homer residents, you’ve been served!” reads a flier that appeared in Homer mailboxes this week. “We the People will not be silenced.” The flier references a lawsuit filed by Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds seeking to halt the June 13 recall election targeting the three council members.

National Poppy Day is May 26

As part of Memorial Day weekend events, May 26 has been designated National Poppy Day. The American Legion encourages all patriotic Americans to wear or display a poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope. The American Legion Post 16 family, led by the American Legion Auxiliary, distributes poppies by placing donation cans at local businesses. Members also will be distributing poppies from 10 a.m.-6 p.m May 26 and 27 at Safeway.

DNR, ADF&G hold net pen meeting

Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten hold a public listening session Monday on net pen aquaculture development in Tutka Bay. The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. May 15 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The meeting also includes an update on the planning process underway for the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park. For additional details, contact Mary Kay Ryckman at marykay.ryckman@alaska.gov or 907-269-8426.

New judge assigned in recall suit

Despite an expedited court schedule in a lawsuit by three Homer City Council members seeking to stop a June 13 recall election, public notice of the election will proceed. The city has to issue a notice 30 days in advance, or by May 18. It also has to print election ballots soon. The deadline to register to vote in that election is May 14.

5.2 quake hits Kenai Peninsula

A 5.4 earthquake that first seemed like a sudden gust of wind struck the Kenai Peninsula at 8:25 p.m. Saturday night. The quake quickly accelerated, rattling wood frame houses and causing some objects to fall off shelves. The quake hit at a depth of 40 miles in Cook Inlet about 10 miles north of Ninilchik and 39 miles north of Homer. According to “did you feel it?” reports to the U.S. Geological Survey, people described the earthquake as having light shaking with no damage.

Shorebirds visit right on time

As if turning a switch, thousands of shorebirds arrived May 3, pushed north and west by a storm with winds up to 35 mph. Predictions that the peak of the migration would hit right during the 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 4-7 proved spot on, justifying a decision to move the festival up a week this year.

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