McKibben Jackinsky

HEA annual energy fair moving to larger venue

The popularity of an event is evident when it needs to move to a larger venue. Homer Electric Association’s Energy and Conservation Fair is the perfect case in point.

“For the last several years we’ve used West Homer Elementary School, which was fantastic and the staff there was wonderful, but it’s become a little crowded, so we looked at Homer High School and thought it might be a better venue,” said Joe Gallagher, HEA’s director of member relations.

The fair is in the HHS commons from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Mariner swimmers, divers qualify for state

There was fierce competition at the Region II swimming and diving championship meet in Soldotna last weekend. The Kodiak Bears swept the meet in both the boys and girls team competition. The Homer High Mariner girls placed seventh of nine teams and the boys tied with Valdez for fourth.

Rising to the top, swimmers Lauren Kuhns, Remi Nagel and Greg Smith and divers Annali Metz and Ian Hall had scores high enough to qualify them for state.

Homer girls place at national wrestling meet

Wrestling with other members of the hometown Popeye Wrestling Club is one thing. Going to a national meet was intimidating, but also inspiring for five Homer wrestlers.

“We had a slow start. Our first three matches were losses. I think the girls were shell-shocked when we first got there and I was questioning if we even belonged in the same gym as these other girls. They were brutal,” said Coach Todd Cook of first reactions after arriving at the Pre-Season National War of the Roses, an all-girl wrestling tournament in Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 24-25.

Seaton, Stevens races not too close to call

With Election Day nearing an end, and less than 15 percent of the precincts yet to report, some races are still too close to comfortably call. An exception is the race for House District 31, with Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, running uncontested.

“It’s looking pretty good for me,” said Seaton, who was at the Egan Center in Anchorage on Tuesday night, awaiting election results with a crowd of others. “Everybody is kind of just waiting. Things are pretty tight on the governor’s race. It’s kind of hard to tell.”

Election draws early voters

With early voting having begun Oct. 20, Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson said is appears voters are eager to have their say in the upcoming general election.

“It’s been a brisk turnout, pretty much steady throughout the day,” said Johnson. “We’ve had at least 50 voters a day. It’s been very good.”

Gail Fenumiai, director of the state Division of Corrections, said that as of Oct. 24, 6,500 Alaska voters had taken advantage of early voting.

Coast Guard selling firewood to support Share the Spirit

Feel that chill in the air? The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Homer has just the solution for warming the body and the spirit: firewood split, delivered and sold by the truckload to benefit Share the Spirit’s holiday effort to provide food and gifts to families in need of help.

“We have collected between eight to 10 cords of wood and have split a good chunk of it,” said David Simonds, marine science technician first class, of work done by a team that also includes personnel from the USCG cutters Roanoke and Hickory.

It’s official: Council chooses HERC site for public safety

They said it before, sort of, but Monday night the Homer City Council made it clear with passage of Resolution 14-110: The city-owned property at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and the Sterling Highway, known as the HERC site for the Homer Education and Recreation Complex that exists on it, is the site-of-choice for a new public safety building.

Man injured in house fire

A Wednesday morning house fire injured one individual and destroyed a residence near the intersection of Diamond Ridge Road and Stratus Road.

Kachemak Emergency Services responded, with mutual aid provided by Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area.

The injured man was in the house when the fire broke out. He was helped out of the burning building by neighbors and taken by ambulance to South Peninsula Hospital.

Mixing it up in volleyball

A four-school mixed-six volleyball tournament kept the Nikolaevsk Warriors gym ringing last Friday and Saturday as the Tanalian Lynx, Kodiak ESS Ravens and Seldovia Sea Otters traveled into Warrior territory.

The Ravens — a co-op team representing Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie — earned the tournament’s first-place crown, with second-place going to the Warriors. The all-tournament team included:

Rainy Bircher, Kodiak;

Josh Blom, Tanalian;

Mixing it up in volleyball

A four-school mixed-six volleyball tournament kept the Nikolaevsk Warriors gym ringing last Friday and Saturday as the Tanalian Lynx, Kodiak ESS Ravens and Seldovia Sea Otters traveled into Warrior territory.

The Ravens — a co-op team representing Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie — earned the tournament’s first-place crown, with second-place going to the Warriors. The all-tournament team included:

Rainy Bircher, Kodiak;

Josh Blom, Tanalian;

Homer High School: A place to be yourself

A tiny front-page entry in the Sept. 23, 1983, Homer News, announced bids for construction of a new Homer High School had been received. Two years later, a much larger front-page story announced the newly finished school’s main doors welcomed 400 students for the 1985-1986 school year.

In 2014, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Homer High 1,826th of 19,400 public high schools in the nation and ninth in the state, based on college readiness index, math and reading proficiency and student-teacher ratio.

Stevens back on ballot for Homer area

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, was in Homer last week to meet with voters of the recently formed Senate District P, a product of redistricting. While the district’s boundaries may be new — they encompass House Districts 31 and 32, including the southern Kenai Peninsula and stretching southwest to Kodiak and southeast to Prince William Sound — Stevens is a familiar face. He represented the southern peninsula until 2012.

Henrichs also running to represent District P

With less that two weeks left until the Nov. 4 general election, Cordova-born Robert “Moose” Henrichs is busy spreading the word that he is running as a candidate for Senate District P. Also running is Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak.

“Things are going well,” Henrichs, who describes himself as a “conservative Democrat,” told the Homer News by phone Sunday.

He just finished a visit to Stevens’ home turf in Kodiak to attend a U.S. Coast Guard appreciation dinner.

Kachemak City gets new mayor

After more than two decades, Kachemak City, Homer’s neighbor to the east, has a new mayor. Bill Overway was chosen by his colleagues on the Kachemak City Council to take the place of Phil Morris, who chose not to run for re-election.

“I’ve got some big boots to fill,” said Overway. “(Morris) is a heck of a guy and really had the city at heart. The big thing is, he’ll be around for help and advice. That’s the one thing I’ve got going in my favor.”

Homer Funeral Home opens new location

Having begun serving the Homer area in 1976, Peninsula Funeral Chapels opened Homer Funeral Home on Diamond Ridge Road in 1986. 

“Just because someone lives in Homer doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get the same services we provide in Kenai,” said owner Tim Wisniewski of making available to the southern Kenai Peninsula the same traditional funeral services, funeral pre-arrangements, cremation and monuments as the Kenai location. “We didn’t live here, but we wanted to offer people the same thing as if they were in Kenai.”

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