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Lodge pleads no contest to helicopter landings

In a July 31 incident involving helicopter landings in Kachemak Bay State Park, a Halibut Cove lodge has pleaded no contest to one count of landing a helicopter without a permit in the park. At a hearing held Oct. 9 with Judge Margaret Murphy at the Homer Courthouse, Stillpoint Lodge owner James Thurston, acting as the representative of the lodge, entered a plea of no contest. Murphy fined the lodge $5,000 with $5,000 suspended and put the lodge on probation for one year, requiring the lodge to comply with all state, federal and local laws. Murphy dismissed nine other counts of making unpermitted landings.

Burglars hit Anchor Point businesses, cabins

Burglars have robbed several lower Kenai Peninsula businesses and cabins since early September, stealing firearms, a vehicle, chainsaws, high-end fishing gear and even a childhood ceramic dish made by one cabin owner’s daughter. Alaska State Troopers have arrested one couple alleged to have broken into an Alta Loop home, but the others remain unsolved and still under investigation. The break-ins are part of a steady property-crime wave that has hit Homer and Anchor Point.

Town Meeting: talking taxes

In advance of a special session of the Alaska Legislature starting Oct. 23, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, held town hall meetings in Ninilchik and Homer last Thursday. Gov. Bill Walker has called the Legislature into session to consider a flat-rate payroll tax and Senate Bill 54, changes to Alaska’s criminal statutes. About 60 people in Homer at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center heard Pat Pitney, Director of the Alaska Office of Management and Budget, discuss Walker’s tax proposal, a 1.5-percent tax on wages and self-employment income and what some have called a head tax.

Ethics complaint dismissed against council members; Heartbeat of Homer violated confidentiality

Affirming what had been suspected happened when a Heartbeat of Homer spokesperson broke confidentiality, an ethics complaint against three Homer City Council members filed on July 5 was dismissed by an administrative law judge and hearing officer in August, a public records request has revealed.

Hello, Gorgeous

The sun shines on a birch forest and lights up a rainbow near East End Road on Sunday — evidence of why US News and World Report recently named Homer one of “50 Small Towns with Gorgeous Fall Foliage.” The weekend forecast calls for sunshine, with temperatures in the mid-40s and mid-50s. (Photo by Jennifer Tarnacki, Homer News)

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