As a singer-songwriter, Nikos Kilcher said he always wants his songs to hit the streets in tuxedos, not rags.
Homer’s loan for the construction of its library will officially be paid off in full, now that members of the Homer City Council have voted to liquidate the city permanent fund that was created after the city received a windfall from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill settlement.
Homer Police continue investigating an incident in which a Homer man crashed his truck off Baycrest Hill over the weekend, but whose failure to report the crash prompted a search Monday morning after an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities worker found a bent guardrail and the truck down a ravine.
Several youngsters got a special treat Friday when Oscar the ferret, and his brother Cosmo, crashed a class at the Girassol Learning Center in Homer.
A Port Graham man and his girlfriend face federal charges after the two conspired to fake his death so that he could avoid pleading guilty in a sexual assault case in Anchorage, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“Whoever came up with this idea is a genius!” a young girl proclaimed as she slipped and splashed her way through a pit full of mud Saturday off East End Road in Homer.
One woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Pioneer Avenue and Main Street on Tuesday.
Members of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services spent about three hours searching for a possible victim of a car accident on Monday after responding to the Baycrest Overlook on the Sterling Highway for a truck that had crashed through the guard rail and fallen over the edge. Friends of the driver, Thayr Watson, 38, later came by the scene and reported Watson had crashed his truck a few days earlier and walked away from the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released new details on a July 2016 plane crash in Halibut Cove, citing a condition called glassy water.
In the past 10 years since fat bikes have become popular for riding on beaches and snow in Alaska, people have regularly ridden them from Anchor Point to Homer or into the snowy backcountry of the Caribou Hills. On Saturday, Homer couple Kim McNett and Bjørn Olson finished taking their fat bikes where no one has ever ridden before, about 450 miles in a 24-day trip from Point Hope to Utqiagvik, much of it on Arctic beaches.
An Eagle River woman must pay restitution after damaging the McNeil Canyon Elementary School soccer field and nabbing two Smokey the Bear signs from the Kachemak Emergency Services station.
Getting a job after incarceration and transitioning back to life outside is looking a little easier for inmates at the Wildwood Correctional Complex thanks to a new vocational program.
Ninilchik resident Mike Chihuly has lived enough lives to write several books since moving to Alaska more than 60 years ago. Instead, he packed them all into one.
Chihuly’s book, “Alaska Fish and Fire,” was published in August and released in October. It catalogs Chihuly’s life experiences from growing up in Alaska and working on the state Board of Fisheries to his time spent on the Agulowak River and working as the chief of Ninilchik Emergency Services.
“I probably should have written two or three books,” he said of the broad range of topics covered in the memoir.
Public defenders are working through discovery in the case of a Homer man accused of murder in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer.
Lee John Henry, 55, was indicted by a grand jury Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of first-degree robbery. Homer police arrested him for first-degree murder Oct. 19 after the department got a tip from an area resident.
KENAI — An Anchorage man is accused with sexually abusing a minor in the Homer area.
Jacob Kemnitz, 30, was indicted on Nov. 23 with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for six events alleged to have happened from late 2011 through 2013, according to the indictment. The charges against Kemnitz reference one alleged victim, a boy under the age of 12 over the course of the alleged abuse.
Kemnitz entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court.
KENAI — A Homer man accused of the city’s only previously unsolved murder appeared in Kenai Superior Court on Monday.
Lee John Henry, 55, is charged in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer.
He was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of first-degree robbery. Homer police arrested him for first-degree murder on Oct. 19 after the department got a tip from an area resident, the Homer News reported.
Short-lived outage on Oct. 28 hits
thousands of HEA customers
A widespread outage cut power to more than 9,000 consumers of Homer Electric Association, Inc. on the Kenai Peninsula last Friday afternoon.
HEA’s Bruce Shelley said staff became aware of the outage around 12:45 p.m. Oct. 28 and that it affected 9,577 consumers. The outage spread from the Soldotna Sterling Highway bridge to within about 8 miles of Homer, Shelley said.
Luckily for those people, the outage didn’t last long. Power was returned to all the customers shortly after 2 p.m., Shelley said.
Soldotna residents will soon have the chance to weigh in on whether the city brings back its year-round grocery tax.
The Soldotna City Council introduced an ordinance at its Oct. 12 meeting that would amend city code to restore the year-round tax on nonprepared food items, also known as the grocery tax.
This year the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Title VI Indian Education Advisory Committee is working for strong community partnerships and even representation throughout the district under a new structure.
A Homer man accused of sexual abuse of a minor led police on a foot chase before being arrested last week.
Cim Joel Blair, 34, was arrested Friday in Homer and has been charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, according to court documents and an online Alaska State Troopers dispatch. The minor is the daughter of a Homer woman Blair had been dating and was under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged abuse, according to an affidavit written by Trooper Peter Frederick.