MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Hearing officer spikes ethics complaint

Saying an ethics complaint filed by a Homer recall supporter “borders on the frivolous,” an Anchorage administrative law judge last Friday dismissed a complaint filed by Larry Zuccaro against former Homer City Council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds and current council member Donna Aderhold. Zuccaro was one of the sponsors of a petition to recall Aderhold, Lewis and Reynolds that ultimately failed at the ballot box.

The Force is strong with them

A line of about 25 people waited to buy tickets for the Homer premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” about noon Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the Homer Theatre. Tickets went on sale for a gala opening night on Dec. 14 as well as shows that weekend. The opening night includes a special souvenir popcorn tub as well as door prizes. At the last Star Wars film opening, some fans attended in costumes.

Skate away

Clear weather and sub-freezing cold the past few weeks froze Beluga Lake and other Homer area ponds thick enough to support ice skaters. The wide open spaces of the lake have attracted skaters and walkers the past week, with sometimes dozens of skaters at a time, particularly around mid-afternoon near sunset.

Homer embraces Halloween from the Hickory and beyond

Like pretty much everything it does, Homer puts its own stamp on traditions — including Halloween, the day when kids dress up as creepy monsters and beg for candy and people embrace their inner fears. While the Views — Homer’s downtown streets like Mountainview, Bayview and Fairview that end with “view” — fill with trick-or-treaters, to be truly frightened, head to the end of the road for the classic fright fest.

Wyne pumps new energy into Wearable Arts

Artist residencies at Bunnell Street Arts Center tend to go in two directions. Sometimes an artist works solo, setting up a studio in a gallery where people can come and watch the artist at work or learn about techniques. Other workshops create collaborations between the artist and the community, making public art that becomes part of an installation.

Lodge pleads no contest to helicopter landings

In a July 31 incident involving helicopter landings in Kachemak Bay State Park, a Halibut Cove lodge has pleaded no contest to one count of landing a helicopter without a permit in the park. At a hearing held Oct. 9 with Judge Margaret Murphy at the Homer Courthouse, Stillpoint Lodge owner James Thurston, acting as the representative of the lodge, entered a plea of no contest. Murphy fined the lodge $5,000 with $5,000 suspended and put the lodge on probation for one year, requiring the lodge to comply with all state, federal and local laws. Murphy dismissed nine other counts of making unpermitted landings.

Burglars hit Anchor Point businesses, cabins

Burglars have robbed several lower Kenai Peninsula businesses and cabins since early September, stealing firearms, a vehicle, chainsaws, high-end fishing gear and even a childhood ceramic dish made by one cabin owner’s daughter. Alaska State Troopers have arrested one couple alleged to have broken into an Alta Loop home, but the others remain unsolved and still under investigation. The break-ins are part of a steady property-crime wave that has hit Homer and Anchor Point.

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