The story of Terry Scovell sounds like a bad country-western song. Over the years the 69-year-old Vietnam veteran from Ninilchik has survived a neck tumor wrapped around his spine, a five-way heart bypass, a brain aneurysm and a stroke. To top it off, while recovering in Anchorage from surgery to put a metal plate in his neck, someone stole about $600 gallons of fuel oil and firewood from his home and tried to break in. A cold snap caused pipes to burst, flooding the house and causing about $5,000 in damages.
To help bridge some of the state’s $3 billion budget gap, Gov. Bill Walker has proposed a bill that would triple the motor fuel tax statewide more than two years.
Sea gulls swarm off the end of the Homer Spit by the Pioneer Dock dolphins on Tuesday afternoon. The weather forecast for the weekend calls for sunny skies with lows in the low 20s and highs in the mid 30s.
Planning and zoning issues dominated discussion Monday night at the Homer City Council’s regular meeting. With temperatures falling earlier this month below zero, one proposed zoning change could mean saving lives by providing temporary shelter for homeless people facing bitter cold in winter.
It began in Chicago in 2002 — and last fall, a Homer woman with a heart for families decided to introduce it to her hometown.
Homer Police and Alaska State Troopers last week received multiple reports of mail box thefts on the lower Kenai Peninsula. From Jan. 9 to Jan. 11 alone, police got four calls of packages stolen from unsecured mailboxes on Race Road near East Hill Road, Glenview Drive, Skyline Drive and South Slope Drive. One package went missing before Christmas and another on Jan. 7.
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A Pioneer Avenue landmark got a major remodel, a new name and a new owner late last year. On Dec. 29, the 68-year-old historic Heritage Hotel sold to third-generation Homer resident Abe Alborn.
On a sunny winter day on Jan. 5, Holly and Jordin Keintz and their daughters Katie and Natalie hiked down to Diamond Creek to enjoy the remote beach at the bottom of a steep trail off the Sterling Highway near Diamond Ridge Road. They didn’t expect to add more information to the story of Ice Age Homer.
Wearing a pump-powered backpack sprayer, long yellow gloves and protective goggles, Jen Peura looked more like she was out hunting ghosts than killing flowers.
The seasonal biotech for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge pointed to a thin, leafy sprig near the narrow Egumen Lake trail. The innocuous-looking plant blended in with the grasses around it, bearing only a small knot of a bud at the top.
In hearings last Friday at the Homer Courthouse, Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy granted motions by defense attorneys to dismiss felony charges for two Homer men involved in a shooting on May 19 at Karen Hornaday Park. In separate hearings held telephonically Friday afternoon, June 10, on a motion by his defense attorney, Nathan Lockwood, Murphy dismissed a charge of third-degree assault with a deadly weapon and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, methamphetamines, against Reily Arambul, 20.