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An 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23.The steady roller shook the lower Kenai Peninsula for at least a minute, causing walls to creak and objects to fall off shelves, but causing no reported major damage.
If you plugged in “Gordon Tentrees” to an online music radio program, it might start out with something from his last album, “Less is More.” But, as computer algorithms go, the station might throw in songs that evoke the Whitehorse, Yukon Territory singer-songwriter: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and John Prine, all singers Tentree has been compared to. But then you might get some blues acts like Muddy Waters or BB King, straying firmly into Whiskey Tango Foxtrot territory.
In another milestone for the commercial cannabis industry, the Homer City Council at its meeting Monday, Jan. 22, reviews the application of what could be the first licensed cultivation facility in city limits.
A four-hour standoff in Anchor Point on Tuesday night that involved Alaska State Troopers and a Special Emergency Response Team ended without incident when troopers arrested a man wanted for vehicle theft.
An exercise facility that caters to athletes of all ages and backgrounds will move to a new location on Ocean Drive this month.
In September 2014, the National Weather System sent out a false tsunami alarm, triggering tsunami warning sirens in Homer. As happened last Saturday in Hawaii when a technician clicked the wrong box on a program and sent out text alerts of an impending missile attack, the 2014 glitch also happened when a live code got sent out inadvertently. With increased tension over a possible nuclear missile attack from North Korea, those events raise the question: Could a false alert of a missile attack be sent out in Alaska, and if so, how fast would it be corrected? Chances are slim that local authorities would send out a false message like the one that sent Hawaii residents into a panic, Dan Nelson, program manager at Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, said.
In the Homer art scene, artist Julianne Tomich defies categorization. Comfortable in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art, she’s as hard working as she is versatile — and witty.
Fact or fiction? Periodically rumors run around town that some people believe to be true. But are they? This week, the Homer News starts a feature, Fact or Fiction?, that susses out if stories are true, false or somewhere in between. Sometimes called urban legends, these stories circulate like a bad stomach flu through town. Is there something you want us to check out? Write the editor, Michael Armstrong, at email@example.com, or call 907-235-7767.
For the second year in a row, Eve and Eivin Kilcher’s “Homestead Kitchen” topped the Homer Bookstore’s annual best seller list. The cookbook and memoir about the couple on the reality TV show “Alaska: The Last Frontier” made the No. 1 slot when it was first published in 2016, breaking the previous all-time best seller record set by Homer writer Tom Kizzia’s “Pilgrim’s Wilderness.” Kizzia’s book about the Pilgrim family also made this year’s list at No. 15.
A man who twice evaded Homer Police after they responded to reports of criminal mischief and assault on Sunday eventually got caught dripping wet after a swim in Beluga Slough. Homer Police arrested Jason Christman, 40, in the yard of an Ocean Drive Loop home after catching up with him when he ran down Bishop’s Beach, jumped in the icy water and swam across the mouth of the slough between the beach and the Munson Point neighborhood.
In several incidents last summer where Heartbeat of Homer – Assembly Recall failed to file independent expenditure reports on time, the Alaska Public Offices Commission issued final orders against the pro-recall group $25 for filing a report two days late and $362.50 for filing a report 29 days late. APOC made its order on Sept. 13, and on the same date Holmes Weddle &Barcroft, the law firm representing Heartbeat of Homer – Assembly Recall, paid APOC the fines for both penalties.
‘Bears’ show opens at Grace Ridge Brewery
From Washington, D.C., to Homer, 2017 stood out as a year of transformation. Some saw radical change with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who promised to “drain the swamp” and “make America great again.” Others saw a step backward into past days of racism and sexism and a shredding of the social contract.
For New Year’s Eve in Homer, bars celebrate in two time zones: New York style at 8 p.m., with a live television broadcast of the ball dropping at Times Square, or at local time at midnight.
In an order and decision released on Dec. 22 regarding a city of Homer civil court decision, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston made a ruling like King Solomon when he split in half the legally allowable attorney fees that the prevailing party could receive. In the Aderhold et al. v. City of Homer recall election case, the political action group Heartbeat of Homer — admitted as an intervenor on the side of the city — had asked for 75 percent of the $11,506 it paid in attorney fees.
In an order and decision released on Dec. 22, Judge Erin Marston ruled that Heartbeat of Homer may receive $1,150.60 in attorney’s fees for its role as an intervenor in Aderhold et al. v. City of Homer in which three then Homer City Council members challenged a recall election against them on constitutional grounds.
A former pawn shop on Pioneer Avenue that has been vacant for several years got a new owner and will see a business back in it next spring. Last Friday, Derek and Catriona Reynolds, owners of Cycle Logical, got title to the old Homer Trading Post building between the Homer Bookstore and Salvation Army. Cycle Logical held a “before” party to celebrate the purchase on Dec. 15.
As the year closes on the first year that commercial cannabis operations on the lower Kenai Peninsula received licenses, only three Homer area licenses have been issued.