Homer photographer is finalist in Red Bull contest

Homer photographer Scott Dickerson has been selected one of 50 finalists in the third Red Bull Ilume international sports photography contest. Dickerson’s photograph of three people surfing the bore tide on Turnagain Arm made the final cut in the “Playground” category. 

The top 50 photographs were exhibited at an awards ceremony in Hong Kong and will be in an exhibit opening Nov. 14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The photos will be shown in light boxes along the Scottsdale waterfront.

Homer Senior Citizens: Forty-years old and going strong

Considering how spread out are the facilities of Homer Senior Citizens Inc., when you talk about something being in our backyard, that means many backyards. The main campus between Herndon Drive and Svedlund Street includes independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, the main center and cafeteria. Further afield are two more apartment complexes off Bartlett Street, Bartlett Terrace and Swatzell Terrace. 

Troopers end armed assault without injury

An Alaska State Troopers encounter last week with two armed men in Anchor Point ended peacefully when both suspects surrendered their weapons. Troopers David Chaffin and Luke Kumfer both carried AR-15 semiautomatic military-style assault rifles during the incident. Chaffin held his fire when troopers said one suspect, Richard Strassburg, 46, pulled a black handgun from behind his back and moved it in front of his body. Chaffin pointed his gun at Strassburg, said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. Fortunately, Strassburg dropped the gun.

Emerging Artist exhibit offers opportunities

If you need an example of how the Homer Council on the Arts’ Emerging Artists show helps new artists, consider Jesse Smith. Smith, who also uses the name Moonkloud, came to the First Friday opening and saw on one of his paintings, “The Fire Within,” the little red dot that brings joy to artists’ hearts — the sign someone bought his art.

“His piece was the first one that was sold,” said HCOA director Gail Edgerly. “There was competition for it. It was so cool.”

Downtown water main breaks, is fixed

A break in a cast-iron water main line disrupted city water service in the Homer downtown area on Monday and Tuesday. City crews have repaired the line, and service should be back to normal, said Public Works Director Carey Meyer.

“By the end of today we should have mains flushed and pressure restored to its normal pressures,” he said on Tuesday.

Citizens meet to talk about crime Nov. 16 in Anchor Point

In response to the Tech Connect burglary and other recent crimes involving drugs, a citizen crime prevention organization, Kenai Peninsula Crime Group, has formed. It holds a meeting to discuss how people can work to address crime from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road, said orrganizer Phillip Boyle.

Another suspect charged in Tech Connect burglary

Homer Police last Wednesday charged another person in relation to the Oct. 21 Tech Connect burglary. Elizabeth DeArmoun, 49, faces charges of third-degree theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said DeArmoun received a set of stolen Dr. Dre wireless headphones worth $280, allowed a relative, a child under the age of 13, to have the headphones and gave the headphones to an adult man to get rid of them.

Alaska Ferry Adventures closes

Signs have been taken down, furniture moved out and the doors shut on Alaska Ferry Adventures and Tours. As of Oct. 31, the 27-year-old business has closed for good. 

General manager Pat Merrill, 60, said she’s retired, but of the other seven employees, “They all went to the unemployment line, unfortunately.” 

The company rented office and parking space from the city of Homer on the Homer Spit across from the ferry terminal. That will mean a loss of $14,000 in rent, said Homer City Manager Walt Wrede.

KES, nordic ski club work together on popular Diamond Ridge trail

Ski trail or fire station? 

Going into a meeting earlier this month with the Kachemak Emergency Services Area Board, Diamond Ridge residents and skiers who use the popular Sunset Loop Trail said they worried future construction of the Diamond Ridge Fire Station would cut off part of the trail where it crosses borough land at the fire hall site. 

Training focuses on heart of the matter

While the theme of Saturday’s Rotary Health Fair is “It’s Your Life — Take a Day to Be Well,” it also could be “Take a Minute to Save a Life.” 

At a new booth this year, Dr. Carl Seger, a board certified emergency physician, and South Peninsula Hospital will be offering emergency training in using automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, the machines sometimes seen in public places like schools and restaurants. AEDs analyze a cardiac-arrest victim’s heart rhythm and, if needed, give a shock, or defibrillation, that resets the heart’s natural rhythm.

Fair celebrates 30 years of good health

“Take a day to be well” has been the ongoing theme of the Rotary Health Fair. Now in its 30th year, the annual day of booths and presentations gives people the knowledge they need to be healthy.

“We’ve got a model with this Health Fair that works so well,” said Sharon Minsch, coordinator of the fair for the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary. “The overall goal is to bring as much information as we can to the public.”

Group shows featured for November First Friday

For November’s First Friday exhibits, a wide variety of artists creating in diverse media dominate exhibits from East End Road to Black Water Bend. Except for Melissa Daubert’s “String Calendar” installation at Bunnell Street Arts Center, all shows this month feature groups of artists. Two shows highlight student and emerging artists. At Ben Firth Studio at Mile 161 Sterling Highway near Black Water Bend, three students of Aurora Firth show their work.

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.