McKibben Jackinsky

End of swim, dive season

Three Mariner swimmers — Remi Nagle, Lauren Kuhns and Greg Smith — and two divers — Ian Hall and Annali Metz — competed at State championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage last week. 

Nagle swam two events, the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Kuhns swam the 500 freestyle and Smith the 100 backstroke. 

Homer’s Hutt named MVP at all-state game

For the 38th year, Al Aska Shriners sponsored the annual North-South Classic, an opportunity for senior football athletes from around the state to join forces in one last football game of the season. Representing the Mariners were Sheldon Hutt, Patrick Rainwater, Collin MacCampbell, Connor Seay and Ben Knisely, with Ian Lowe assisting Mariner Head Coach Josh Fraley with coaching duties.

Hutt was named MVP of the Nov. 1 game, “so that’s pretty awesome,” said Fraley. “He played really, really well.”

Heliport, helipad ordinance causes some confusion

Sometimes more isn’t better, it’s more confusing. Case in point, city of Homer Ordinance 14-49, with 136 words in the title. While it was clear it had to do with helipads and heliports, small wonder it caused confusion.

“I have received comments from people that did not understand the ordinance,” City Manager Walt Wrede told the city council at its Oct. 27 meeting.

Helping the helpers

Snow or no snow, it’s becoming that time of year when resources get stretched a bit thin. Summertime employment comes to an end, hours of darkness outweigh hours of daylight, temperatures drop and the holiday season arrives. 

For some, it takes a helping hand to make it through the months ahead.

All that makes the latest activities benefiting the Homer Community Food Pantry perfectly timed.

Ballot counts change numbers, but not results

Veterans Day may have been a holiday for some, but not for state Elections workers, who continued to count early and absentee ballots cast in the Nov. 4 general election.

By day’s end, the independent team of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott still lead Gov. Sean Parnell and his running mate, Dan Sullivan, 117,130 or 47.94 percent of the vote to 113,126 or 46.30 percent. In the U.S. Senate race, Republican candidate Dan Sullivan remained the front-runner, leading Sen. Mark Begich 119,579 or 48.58 percent of the vote to 111,668 or 45.37 percent.

Homer: city on the move

Editor's Note: 

Last week, the Homer News looked at erosion affecting residents of Judy Rebecca Court in the Baycrest Subdivision. This week, the causes of erosion throughout Homer and its possible impacts are explored.


Homeowners seek solution to erosion

Since May, Gee Denton and her neighbors, Scott and Carolyn VanZant, have battled to save their Baycrest Subdivision homes from the ravages of erosion. The sensitivity of these hillside properties, located on the Kachemak Bay side of the Sterling Highway as it climbs to the top of Baycrest Hill, is well known.

Why then, Denton and the VanZants wonder, did the city’s natural gas distribution project allow for disturbing an area recognized for its fragile nature?

Kachemak Group brings together century of real estate experience

With remodeling going on around him, Terry Yager, owner-broker of Kachemak Group Real Estate, formerly Re/Max of Homer, is settling into his new office space at 320 W. Pioneer Ave. 

Active in the local real estate scene since 1995, Yager operated the Re/Max franchise from 512 E. Pioneer Ave. However, he has sold that building to Malone Insurance, dropped the Re/Max connection and launched Kachemak Group Real Estate with a total of eight agents, including himself that offer “well over 100 years of experience,” he said.

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;


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