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Short search ensues after truck found fallen off Baycrest Hill; driver had crashed days earlier

Homer Police continue investigating an incident in which a Homer man crashed his truck off Baycrest Hill over the weekend, but whose failure to report the crash prompted a search Monday morning after an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities worker found a bent guardrail and the truck down a ravine.

First responders find truck off Baycrest Overlook; driver not hurt

Members of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services spent about three hours searching for a possible victim of a car accident on Monday after responding to the Baycrest Overlook on the Sterling Highway for a truck that had crashed through the guard rail and fallen over the edge. Friends of the driver, Thayr Watson, 38, later came by the scene and reported Watson had crashed his truck a few days earlier and walked away from the crash.

Murkowski says Senate should work with Dems on ACA reform

In a statement released on Tuesday, July 18, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, reiterated that she would work with Democrats to address failures in the Affordable Care Act. She also said she would not vote to proceed on ACA repeal without a bill addressing the concerns she had about health care access and affordability for Alaskans.

Council guts Permanent Fund, stalls on cop shop

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting on the eve of a special election to recall three council members, the council drastically transformed its budget by zeroing out the $2.3 million Homer Permanent Fund. The drama of that action highlighted the council’s indecision on a major city capital project, not yet endorsing the recommendation of the Police Station Task Force to build either a $6 million or $9 million police station on Grubstake Avenue.

CACS gets $204,000 education development grant

Homer’s local environmental education organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, last month received a $204,000 grant to engage Alaska teachers, students and communities in preparing and responding to coastal hazards and climate change. CACS director Beth Trowbridge will manage the grant and work with other nonprofit science and education groups on the project.

Pedestrian crossing signs went up late last month warning drivers to yield to walkers on the Spit. Installed in the median on flexible posts, the signs alert drivers to stop for people crossing crossing the road from about Ramp 3 to Ramp 1. The entire stretch of road there is a pedestrian crossing zone.

Council members challenge recall election

In a March 9 memorandum regarding certification of a petition for recall of Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds, City Attorney Holly Wells warned the council and Mayor Bryan Zak that “issuance of the Recall Petition on the grounds provided by the sponsors exposes the city to constitutional challenges based upon protections afforded speech under the Alaska and United States Constitutions.”

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