Calling on all Alaskans! If you don’t read anything else political between now and the next legislative session in January, please bear through the numbers and read this piece. You will be shocked but you also will be well-equipped to answer the questions above.
“A good man always know his limitations,” Clint Eastwood said in his role as Dirty Harry in the classic cop movie, “Magnum Force.”
Homer has a budget for fiscal year 2018, now that it’s been passed by the City Council after several adjustments.
People in Homer are coming for plastic bags — again.
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.
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.
If you have hopes of a white Christmas, Betsteroids, you might think of a getaway to one of Alaska’s snowier spots. Thompson Pass could work — you know, the place where the national news went gaga because it set a record when 10 inches of snow fell in an hour. That’s more snow than has fallen all winter in Homer.
Registration starts for 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers Conference
As expected, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council has voted to drop the Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod quota by 80 percent, from the 2017 total allowable catch of 64,442 metric tons to a TAC of 13,096 mt.
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Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases.
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.
The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College announce that eight students have completed the Homer-based University of Alaska Anchorage nursing program, earning a Registered Nurse and Associate of Arts in Science nursing degree.
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) and the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network announce the inaugural class of the Young Fishing Fellows Program. Included is Homer fisherman Jamie O’Connor.
An Anchor Point man is in an Anchorage hospital after being shot by an Alaska State Trooper during a confrontation Sunday night.
If this past weekend is any indication, this year’s Homer Mariner Co-Op Hockey team cannot be stopped.
As another Semester by the Bay draws to a close, Debbie Tobin, a biology professor at Kachemak Bay Campus and the 15 students that participated in the class this fall reflect on how the program has impacted their lives and futures.
Compared to the other major school districts in Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a low pupil/teacher ratio (PTR), according to the 2017-2018 school year class size report, but the ratio doesn’t show the whole picture district, officials said.
Local merchants raised about $300 and 300 pounds of food for Share the Spirit and the Homer Community Food Pantry as part of Shop, Share and Win.