Story last updated at 3:32 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002

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Special athletes earn honors

Athletes from Homer brought home a host of medals and ribbons from last weekend's Special Olympics Alaska state bowling competition in Anchorage. Erik Behnke, Jolene Clark, William Long, Amber Loop, Jackie Lush, Tonya McGee and Ivan Meganack all earned first-place gold medals, while solid runner-up support was provided by the rest of the Homer delegation.

Representing Homer at the competition were:

Behnke, who in addition to his gold, earned a third-place bronze medal and a sixth-place ribbon; Howard "Larry" Bonfiglio, bronze medal and ribbons for fourth and sixth place; Aaron Bunch, bronze medal and ribbons for fourth and seventh place;

Clark, gold medal, second-place silver medal, ribbon for fourth place; Jeremy Day, silver and two bronze medals; Donna Glover, bronze, ribbons for fourth and seventh place; Shaunti Johnson, bronze, two fourth-place ribbons; Johnnie Jones, two silvers and a bronze; Nicholas Kvasnikoff, two silvers and a fourth-place ribbon; Long, gold, bronze, fourth-place ribbon; Loop, gold, two silvers; Lush, gold, silver, bronze; Tonya McGee, gold, silver, bronze; Meganack, gold, two ribbons for fourth and seventh place; Byron Morris, silver, bronze, fourth-place ribbon; Robby Reeves, two silvers and a bronze.

Student essays recognized

Two West Homer Elementary School sixth-graders were chosen as finalists in the Alaska Municipal League's statewide essay contest.

Kate Linner, a student of Ann Heimbuch, and John Kim, a student of Sue Ingels, were awarded $25 prizes for their essays on the topic "If I Were Mayor, I Would ..." The two were selected from the more than 550 essays submitted from 22 communities.

The 250-word essays were judged by a panel of mayors on creativity, clarity, subject relevancy, sincerity of thought and grammar. The contest was designed to give students an opportunity to use their knowledge and experience to creatively voice an opinion on what their generation perceives as the needs of the municipalities they live in. "We are very proud of these students," said West Homer Elementary School Principal Charlie Walsworth.

Homer man injured in crash

The Ohlson Mountain man known as "Walking John" Powell was injured Tuesday in a fatal Seward Highway crash that left five others dead. Powell, sentenced to 15 years in prison in August for an April 2001 incident in which he repeatedly fired a 12-gauge shotgun into a backcountry cabin, was being transported to Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward along with six other prisoners, when the van they were in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer truck.

The crash, about 18 miles north of Seward, killed the van driver and four inmates. A second correctional officer and two other inmates were injured.

Seldovia feedback requested

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department is sending out informational flyers to property owners in Seldovia requesting comments on solid waste management planning for the community. Additional copies of the flyers are available at the city office or can be requested by calling the Solid Waste Department. Flyers must be returned no later than Dec. 2. Call 262-9667 with any questions or to request an additional flyer.