Sometimes old habits die hard, but local law enforcement and first responder agencies are working to change theirs when it comes to addressing highly dangerous situations.
In another milestone for the commercial cannabis industry, the Homer City Council at its meeting Monday, Jan. 22, reviews the application of what could be the first licensed cultivation facility in city limits.
In September 2014, the National Weather System sent out a false tsunami alarm, triggering tsunami warning sirens in Homer. As happened last Saturday in Hawaii when a technician clicked the wrong box on a program and sent out text alerts of an impending missile attack, the 2014 glitch also happened when a live code got sent out inadvertently. With increased tension over a possible nuclear missile attack from North Korea, those events raise the question: Could a false alert of a missile attack be sent out in Alaska, and if so, how fast would it be corrected? Chances are slim that local authorities would send out a false message like the one that sent Hawaii residents into a panic, Dan Nelson, program manager at Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, said.
Brooke Addison Buzga has the distinction of being the first baby born in South Peninsula Hospital in the New Year.
Fact or fiction? Periodically rumors run around town that some people believe to be true. But are they? This week, the Homer News starts a feature, Fact or Fiction?, that susses out if stories are true, false or somewhere in between. Sometimes called urban legends, these stories circulate like a bad stomach flu through town. Is there something you want us to check out? Write the editor, Michael Armstrong, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 907-235-7767.
“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.” Norman Cousins.
A man who twice evaded Homer Police after they responded to reports of criminal mischief and assault on Sunday eventually got caught dripping wet after a swim in Beluga Slough. Homer Police arrested Jason Christman, 40, in the yard of an Ocean Drive Loop home after catching up with him when he ran down Bishop’s Beach, jumped in the icy water and swam across the mouth of the slough between the beach and the Munson Point neighborhood.
Going into its 12th year, the Anchor Point Food Pantry continues its mission of outreach and support for members of the community, working to spread awareness and make a difference in residents’ lives. Serving the lower Kenai Peninsula from Anchor Point to Nikolaevsk to Happy Valley, the volunteer organization sees a steady and growing demand for the most basic of human needs — food.
In several incidents last summer where Heartbeat of Homer – Assembly Recall failed to file independent expenditure reports on time, the Alaska Public Offices Commission issued final orders against the pro-recall group $25 for filing a report two days late and $362.50 for filing a report 29 days late. APOC made its order on Sept. 13, and on the same date Holmes Weddle &Barcroft, the law firm representing Heartbeat of Homer – Assembly Recall, paid APOC the fines for both penalties.
After 17 years at the helm of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and 26 years in Homer, Chief Bob Painter is stepping down this month. He plans to return to his home state of Oklahoma.
Ever since the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s controversial policy regarding invocations before meetings was updated and finalized in 2016, people across the peninsula have been voicing their support or frustration, some more vigorously than others.
From Washington, D.C., to Homer, 2017 stood out as a year of transformation. Some saw radical change with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who promised to “drain the swamp” and “make America great again.” Others saw a step backward into past days of racism and sexism and a shredding of the social contract.
Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC) recently received a $10,000 Community Grant from the Pride Foundation to provide support services for LGBTQ youth, adults, and families through clinic, school, and community-based programs on the lower Kenai Peninsula, KBFPC announced in a press release.
In an order and decision released on Dec. 22 regarding a city of Homer civil court decision, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston made a ruling like King Solomon when he split in half the legally allowable attorney fees that the prevailing party could receive. In the Aderhold et al. v. City of Homer recall election case, the political action group Heartbeat of Homer — admitted as an intervenor on the side of the city — had asked for 75 percent of the $11,506 it paid in attorney fees.
Scientists have identified the source of a glut of pink salmon that showed up in streams across Lower Cook Inlet this year. Suspicions that some pinks came from hatcheries proved out, but they weren’t all local stocks. In some streams, up to 70 percent were born in Prince William Sound hatcheries.
On Dec. 16, Larene “Tepa” Rogers, 86, died with family at her side. The loss of this lifelong Homer resident is lightened by memories of a life fully lived and family traditions her daughters Linda Rowe and Anita Critchett of Homer and Judy Fowler-Morris of Fairbanks are determined to continue.
By Megan Pacer
With Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor and Homer City Council elections behind them, and elections for the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate ahead, several progressive and moderate groups seek to organize and pool resources for future political involvement.
Homer has a budget for fiscal year 2018, now that it’s been passed by the City Council after several adjustments.
People in Homer are coming for plastic bags — again.