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Officials to Test Tsunami Warning System in Alaska

 NOAA’s National Weather Service, the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Alaska Broadcasters Association plan to conduct a test of the tsunami warning communications system on Wednesday, March 29, at approximately 10:15 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time in coastal areas of southern Alaska. This test will be conducted for portions of coastal communities in Southeast Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, the Aleutians and Pribilofs. People in Anchorage may see or hear that a tsunami warning has been issued for the Kenai Peninsula.

Ice postpones winter king tournament

Continued cold weather with excessive ice in the Homer Harbor has caused the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center to postpone for one weekend the 24th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, the chamber announced in a press release on Tuesday. The tournament has been postponed to Saturday, March 25.

Assembly member files complaint against borough

A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member from Homer has challenged a clause prohibiting him from speaking or writing about the assembly’s controversial invocation policy. In a civil suit, assembly member Willy Dunne, District 9, said a legal nonprofit’s contract to defend the borough in an ongoing lawsuit over the invocation policy violates his constitutional right to free speech.

Fundraiser to help Vietnam vet

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.

A flurry of feathers

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.

Council takes step to help homeless

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.

Police, troopers receive reports of thefts from mail boxes

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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