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Judge grants partial attorney’s fees to recall election intervenor Heartbeat of Homer gets $1,218,53

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.

Ocean Drive area loses power on Sunday morning

An outage at about 6:58 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the Ocean Drive area knocked out power to about 465 Homer Electric Association members, HEA wrote in a press release. HEA crews restored power by 9:10 a.m. to all but 39 members and restored full power by 4:21 p.m. An underground cable fault caused the outage. HEA also had a scheduled outage that affected 180 members along Kachemak Drive. Power was out for four hours while crews removed a power line over the road and installed it underground.

Troopers recover chainsaw from Hutler Road burglary

Alaska State Troopers have charged a Homer man for possession of a chainsaw taken in an October burglary of a Hutler Road cabin near McNeil Canyon. Roy Burke, 39, pleaded guilty in late October for third-degree theft by receiving and was sentenced to five days in jail. The chainsaw was found with other possible stolen chainsaws and may provide clues for a series of burglaries that have hit the lower Kenai Peninsula this fall.

DEC responds to truck crash on Anchor River

The driver of a truck that rolled over on the Nikolaevsk Road last Monday failed to report the crash and a possible fuel spill to Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. According to DEC, a citizen reported the crash to DEC about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Troopers also reported a spill to DEC about the same time. Troopers received no reports of injuries, said Tim Despain, a trooper spokesperson. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, Despain wrote in an email.

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