Transport

Outen abandons North Atlantic crossing

The British adventurer who arrived by kayak in Homer in August 2014 as part of an attempt to circumnavigate the world totally by muscle power has had to abandon ship during the last leg of her adventure, a trans-Atlantic Ocean crossing. Sarah Outen, 30, was picked up by a passing ship, the Federal Oshima, according to a report on her website, www.sarahouten.com.

Court Report

Court records show the following actions taken in Homer District Court through Oct. 2:

Judgments

Deidre Ann Bottienau, 61, charge dismissed, driving without a valid operator’s license.

Shane Arno, 31, charge dismissed, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited.

Ralph M Katz, 60, charge dismissed, driving under the influence.

Court Report

Court records show the following actions taken in Homer District Court through Sept. 17: 

Judgments

Nicholas P. Guarnere, 24, charge dismissed, reckless driving.

Michael D. Platt, 66, charge dismissed, violating condition of release.

Chamber open house scheduled for today; raffle tickets on sale

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will have an open house for members and prospective members from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. 

People are invited to stop in and learn more about the chamber’s member benefits and how chamber programs can help promote their business.

Chamber staff will be available to answer questions, renew memberships and register new businesses. 

The deadline to be in the chamber visitor guide is Sept. 30.

Business in Brief

Homer New York Life

agent Trygstad honored

for 33 years of service

In recognition of his 33 years of service, Paul Trygstad of Homer has been named a Senior NYLIC of New York Life.    

Trygstad joined New York Life on Sept. 1, 1982. He began his career and continues to work out of the Alaska general office of New York Life, serving clients in Homer and throughout the Kenai Peninsula. 

Court Report

Court records show the following actions taken in Homer District Court through Sept. 4: 

Judgments

Travis R. Nowling, 36, charge dismissed, driving without a valid operator’s license.

Jodie M. Chavius, 43, charge dismissed, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited.

Curtis W. Waterbury, 39, charge dismissed, fourth-degree assault.

David P. Roderick, 38, charges dismissed, fourth-degree assault, four counts.

A.C. Gribble

A.C. Gribble

March 26, 1930-Aug. 13, 2015

A.C. Gribble, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at the age of 85.

“He was a loving husband and father, Las Vegas Security entrepreneur, Western Airlines executive, Alaskan pioneer and fisherman,” his family said.

Everyone needs to work together to make roads as safe as possible

Mr. Celtic raises important concerns in his opinion piece published on Aug. 13 about the Homer Shares the Road campaign, though there are a few inaccuracies. The goal of “Homer Shares the Road” is to help all citizens interact more safely, and to educate visitors and citizens of Homer about state laws relevant to using roads, paths and sidewalks, whether people are walking, running, biking, or driving. 

First, let us address the “double standards” Mr. Celtic  lists. The Homer Shares the Road campaign and Alaska state law clearly state: 

19 ships blamed for 49 air quality violations

On Tuesday morning, the cruise ship Norwegian Jewel pulled into the port of Juneau, its white hull containing nearly 3,500 passengers eager to debark and enjoy Alaska’s capital city.

From its stacks, only a thin stream of exhaust could be seen floating into the air. That hasn’t always been the case, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation alleges.

Courts

Court records show the following actions taken in Homer District Court through Aug. 7: 

Judgments

Randy S. Woods, 48, charge dismissed, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited.

Allan R. Phelps, 62, charge dismissed, driving in violation of license limitation.

Janet L. Wass, 67, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited.

Samuel R. Cooper, 16, charge dismissed, driving without a valid operator’s license.

There seems to be double standard when it comes to laws for cyclists

There is a new campaign in town. I’ve seen the stickers popping up on cars and trucks, the Homer Police cars have them, and there was even a full page ad in the local paper. And this has me really curious why the double standard. (Like seat belt laws, double standard, but that’s a different  story.)

“Share the road” is the new battle cry in the town of Homer.

So, as I understand this, bicyclists claim to have the same rights to the road as cars and trucks.

Courts

Court records show the following actions taken in Homer District Court through July 7: 

Judgments

Raymond A. Spencer Jr., 30, pleaded guilty at his arraignment to second-degree criminal trespass. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 25 days suspended; ordered to pay $50 to support the Police Training Fund and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and the $330 cost of imprisonment; and was placed on probation for one year.

Troopers

June 17

Alaska State Troopers at received a report that a “pocket pistol” style firearm was stolen from a car in the Anchor Point area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-478-4258 (478-HALT). Investigation continues.

July 2

More affordable project in order

The Homer City Council will consider, at its July 27 meeting, an ordinance to spend more than $600,000 from its general fund savings account to bring the design of the proposed public safety building to the next stage. The complex includes a kitchen and dining space that rival most Homer restaurants and a lobby to include display space for the Willys Jeep Fire Engine 1.  

Woman arrested for heroin, reckless driving

A reckless driver in a Jeep Cherokee on Pioneer Avenue about 8 p.m. June 25 prompted two people to make 911 calls. Police said several people also called on the nonemergency line. When the driver hit a stop sign at Forest Glen Drive off the Sterling Highway, that got the attention of an off-duty Alaska State Trooper driving by. The trooper then followed the woman.

Court Reports

Court records show the following actions taken in Homer District Court through June 15:

Judgments

Harry E. Bjork Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless driving. He was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended and sentenced to 45 days in jail with 42 days suspended; ordered to pay $50 to support the Police Training Fund and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended; ordered to attend an alcohol safety action program; had his driver’s license revoked for 30 days; and was placed on probation for one year.

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