Story last updated at 2:06 p.m. Thursday, November 28, 2002

News briefs
Doctor charged by troopers again

A Homer doctor arrested on domestic assault charges earlier this month has been charged with a misdemeanor for violating the conditions of his release by contacting his wife.

Dr. Paul Raymond was arrested Nov. 12 and charged with third-degree domestic violence assault for placing his wife "in fear of physical injury with a firearm."

Raymond was charged and released. Under the conditions of his release, Raymond was not allowed direct or indirect contact with his wife except through an attorney.

But on Nov. 16, Raymond allegedly called her, Alaska State Trooper Jeremy Rupe said in a police report. Rupe also said that Raymond's friend called Nancy Raymond several times beginning the day after the initial incident.

Raymond told the troopers that he had not meant to call his wife, and said that it was an accident.

Tile store to open for holidays

Owner Michelle LaFriniere will open White Earth Tile for the holidays from Friday until Christmas Eve. Located on the Homer Spit at Harborview Boardwalk, next to El Pescador, the shop will feature new designs, new sinks and tile, and gifts and accessories. For more information, call 235-8410.

New AAA towing service opens

Homer Towing Service will now provide AAA emergency roadside assistance. The business, established recently by Homer residents owner Robert Prescott and manager Steve Castens, is the primary AAA-authorized business to assist members whose vehicles break down in Homer and the surrounding area.

Homer Towing said it has committed itself to meeting the high AAA expectations including quick response time, courteous and competent service, well-maintained, quality equipment and special assistance. For more information on Homer Towing Service, or AAA MountainWest, which covers Alaska, Wyoming and Montana, call 800-AAA-HELP.

Doggy Wash opening

The Homer Doggy Wash and Groom will celebrate its grand opening Dec. 7.

Formerly Rags to Wags, the Lake Street pet washing and grooming business is owned and operated by Paul Hannan.

Hannan, who also breeds field trial labrador retrievers and offers pet sitting and boarding services, trained with certified master groomer Leslie Batchelder in preparation for opening his business.

Homer Doggy Wash and Groom will sell Eukanuba and IAMS food products.

Shop hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays by appointment.

For more information, call Hannan at 235-3420.

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa will land at NOMAR Sunday at 1 p.m., and will be the special guest for the daylong Christmas Open House. There will be refreshments, door prizes, gift ideas and demonstrations. Doors open at noon, and remain open until 5 p.m. Santa will visit with those who wish to discuss their Christmas list with him, and children can have their photos taken with him. Photos are free as a gift from NOMAR.

Knowles appoints Anchor Point man to Board

Gov. Tony Knowles last week appointed Anchor Point resident Al Poindexter to the Board of Agriculture and Conservation. Poindexter will hold a seat reserved for a commercial and agricultural production representative.

The owner of Anchor Point Greenhouse, he is a past board member of the Homer Soil and Water Conservation district.

The appointment came as part of a sweeping Knowles move in which seven people were named, or reappointed, to various boards and committees.

Fund-raiser set for Krohn

Friends of Martie Krohn will hold a fund-raiser at Alice's Champagne Palace at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. Homer band Too Fat To Fly will perform, and items donated by local businesses will be auctioned off. Gary Thomas will be the auctioneer, and Thai Cuisine dinner plates will be available for a donation.

Krohn, a longtime Homer resident, has recently faced severe medical problems and mounting medical bills, which she is paying without the help of insurance. She's involved with Smoky Bay Learning Center, Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, Pier One Theatre and other creative and enriching venues. For more information, contact Carolyn at 299-0162, or Vanessa at 235-2279.