MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

La belle époque comes alive for Ritz

To students of art and culture, la belle époque — the beautiful era — in late 19th century Paris represented the height of French culture during the Industrial Revolution and before World War I. Grand architectural marvels like the Eiffel Tower and the infamous nightclub, the Moulin Rouge, were symbols of a period of cultural exuberance.

La belle époque comes alive for Ritz

To students of art and culture, la belle époque — the beautiful era — in late 19th century Paris represented the height of French culture during the Industrial Revolution and before World War I. Grand architectural marvels like the Eiffel Tower and the infamous nightclub, the Moulin Rouge, were symbols of a period of cultural exuberance.

FAA, NTSB investigate cause of Era crash

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the cause of an Oct. 23 Era Alaska crash at the Homer Airport. All 13 passengers and two crew members on an Era flight from Anchorage to Homer walked to safety after the plane’s landing gear apparently collapsed as it was arriving about 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23. 

The Beechcraft 1900C airplane skidded from the east end of the main runway to near the terminal building before stopping. 

More arrests expected

Social media and a tip from an alert cell-phone store employee led to police this week charging five people in connection with the Oct. 21 burglary of Tech Connect, including the man suspected to have broken into the Pioneer Avenue electronics store. 

Trooper crashes on black ice

An Alaska State Trooper escaped injury last Thursday night when he rolled his patrol vehicle while responding to a report of a disturbance at a Knob Hill home near Nikolaevsk. At about 11:50 p.m. Oct. 24, Trooper Richard Chambers hit a patch of black ice on the Sterling Highway near the North Fork Road, spun in the road and left the west side of the highway before rolling. The car landed upside down at the bottom of an embankment and in a swampy area. Water began filling up the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

‘String Calendar’ connects artist to community

In Melissa Daubert’s art installation in progress, “String Calendar,” a cord circling the room around her small sculptures started out as the rope that bound bales of coir, coconut straw mats she uses to make her whimsical figures of birds, fish, rabbits and trucks.

That cord also has another purpose: The rope connects art inspired by Daubert’s experiences during her residency at Bunnell Street Arts center since Sept. 15. It also symbolically connects Daubert to the people she has met during her visit.

Police charge woman with dealing heroin

A contact with a woman reported to appear suspiciously parked on empty lots on Spruceview Avenue last Tuesday has led to the woman, Jodi Ann Bellows, 41, being charged with second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance for intent to sell heroin. Bellows also is charged with two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, methamphetamines and Vicodin, fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, alprazolam, sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, marijuana, and driving while license suspended.

Collaboration between residents, nonprofits, businesses and government boosts Old Town

Editor’s note: In the last of this two-part series, the Homer News
looks at the changes planned for Old Town and its challenges.

 

In the 1930s when the Homer Women’s Club wanted a community hall in what’s now called Old Town, women held socials to raise money for supplies and persuaded their husbands to build it. Thus the Homer Women’s Club building got constructed, and pioneer residents got a hall to hold dances and town meetings.

Police say burglaries drug related

A rash of Homer burglaries that started with a break-in at the Salvation Army on Sept. 11 have continued with a burglary Oct. 9 at a Skyline Drive lodge and burglaries last week of two downtown Homer businesses. Police have charged two suspects in the lodge burglary, Hannah Hill and Harold Sargeant, both 20, charging them each with three counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and tampering with physical evidence.

Quixotic

Five years ago when the Homer News checked in with Mica Thomas, the Homer-grown theater artist, he spoke of the work he’s been doing with Quixotic, a Kansas City, Mo., performance troupe. Thomas, the group’s associate artistic director, said Quixotic had been trying to build up its foundation so it could easily go on tour, maybe even to Alaska.

“I’d love to,” he said in 2009 of the prospect of touring in his home state. “I think it would be really fun to bring it up here.”

Buccaneer temporarily moves jack-up rig to Port Graham

Although Homer city officials said they hoped the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence would moor at the Deep Water Dock this winter, the rig has moved to English Bay near Port Graham, Dean Gallegos, executive chairman of Buccaneer Energy Limited, said in a press release on Tuesday. The Endeavour joins Furie Alaska’s jack-up rig, the Blake 151, at Port Graham. 

Man arrested for trying to get into woman’s van

A Homer woman had a brief scare late last month when Homer Police said a drunk man tried to get into her van parked at a Pioneer Avenue church. Police arrested David Craig, 21, for fourth-degree assault and attempted second-degree criminal trespass. Police said Craig had a preliminary breath-test result of .189, more than twice the legal limit of .08 for driving under the influence.

Officials still investigating fatal Nikolaevsk house fire

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of a fire last Thursday that killed a 46-year-old man at a Nikolaevsk home. After putting out the fire, firefighters found the remains of the man in the single-story ranch home. 

Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as Andres “Andy” Afonasiev of Nikolaevsk. Next of kin has been notified.

Afonasiev was the only person in the home, said Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers.

Zak pulls ahead to win re-election

In a squeaker of an election, incumbent Homer City Council member Bryan Zak made up a four-vote deficit in unofficial election day results to win re-election to a third term. 

After the city elections canvass board tallied absentee and other votes last Friday, and after a recount on Tuesday, Zak won with 546 votes over Corbin Arno’s 536 votes — a 10-vote lead.

Man killed in Nikolaevsk fire

An early morning fire on Thursday killed a 46-year-old man at a Nikolaevsk home. After putting out the fire, firefighters found the remains of the man in the single-story ranch home. On Friday, Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as Andres "Andy" Afonasiev of Nikolaevsk. Next of kin has been notified.

Afonasiev was the only person in the home, said Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers.

Gaye Wolfe featured in two shows this Friday

Almost a year after she died, local galleries honor Gaye Wolfe, the woman who put the “art” in ARTrageous. An artist in Florida and Alaska, Wolfe died Oct. 14, 2012, after a short illness. For First Friday, Bunnell Street Arts Center holds a retrospective show of her work, including collages, book art and paintings. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Bunnell also holds “ARTrageous Gaye-La,” a celebration and auction of work donated to Bunnell by her estate.

Buccaneer still exploring winter moorage plans

Buccaneer Alaska has not decided on where to moor the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence after the end of operations this fall. The city and port of Homer have been encouraging Buccaneer to dock the rig at the Deep Water Dock, as happened last winter, and have written letters of support for Alaska Department of Fish and Game permit applications that might be needed to moor the rig.

“No plans have yet been finalized on what to do with the rig for the winter,” said Jay Morakis of JMR Worldwide, a spokesperson for Buccaneer.

R/V TiˆGlaˆX: across the USA four times

Some mariners might think they’ve put a few miles on their engines this summer, but bragging rights in the harbor go to the workhorse of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the R/V Tiˆglaˆx. Just back last Friday from her five-month season, the research and transport ship that patrols the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge pegged 16,425 miles on her odometer.

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