Staff report

Santa plans to visit Ohlson Mountain

Giving his reindeer a break before their busy Christmas night flight around the world, Santa has partnered with Pathfinder Aviation to fly to Todd and Mary Kate Green’s home at 1.5 Mile Ohlson Mountain Road on Dec. 21, and the public is invited.

“Santa will fly in at 1 p.m. and there will be a chance for each kid to sit with Santa for a picture and receive a gift,” said Mary Kate Green. “A photographer is provided, along with two of Santa’s helpers to assist Santa with kids, pictures and handing out the gifts.”

Voznesenka wrestler takes fifth place

In spite of having injured a shoulder while wrestling in the Seward Invitational on Oct. 25-26, Voznesenka’s sole wrestler, Gavril Kalugin, was back in the action at the Anchorage Christian School Invitational in Anchorage Nov. 1-2.

“His shoulder is doing better,” said Head Coach Justin Zank. “It was sore, but he wrestled through it. He placed fifth.”

In round one, Kalugin won by a fall over Zach Hamberger of Cordova in 1:31. Kalugin won the second round over Martin Gardiner of Dillingham by a decision, 8-5.

Experts on aging, disability issues featured at symposium

The Independent Living Center and the Aging and Disability Resource Center offer information and consultation with attorneys specializing in Social Security, disability, military veterans and Medicaid issues. The attorneys visit from 9 a.m. to noon May 29 in the Homer Senior Center dining room annex. They will be available for consultations in the afternoon until 5 p.m. at the Independent Living Center. The symposium and consultations are free and open to the public.

Homer Yacht Club launches racing season

In spite of less than perfect weather — fresh snow, wind and choppy water on Kachemak Bay — four captains, crews and sailboats crossed the start and finish line of the Homer Yacht Club’s first race of the 2013 season, the Cheechako Cup.
“We were all just standing around the dock, moaning and griping for half an hour and then I think Mark Hemstreet said ‘I want to do it’ and everyone else said, ‘OK, let’s do it, man,” said Ron Downing, captain of the Morning Star. “We went out and had a nice time.”
Preliminary results are:
First place: Morning Star, Capt. Ron Downing;

KSC boys team places first in season’s last meet

The Kachemak Swim Club traveled to Kenai last weekend for the last meet of the season. There were 138 athletes participating in the event, with 36 of them from Homer.

The KSC’s boys team placed first with 222 points; the girls team placed fourth with 98 points. Five teams participated in each division.

Clayton Arndt, in the 11-12-year-old division, led the KSC swimmers in points with 28. Arndt had six first-place finishes. Griffin Downey placed second in the same division with 19 points.

HHS drama class offers laughs with May 15 performance

Wrapping up the school year, Homer High School’s 15-student drama class is inviting the public to a performance at 355 W. Pioneer Ave., at 7 p.m. May 15.

To be performed are:

•“Chicago ERR” by Linda R. Karcz;

•“Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” by David Ives;

•“The Road to Ruin” by Richard Dresser;

•“Missed Connections” by Ira Brodsky and Barbara Lhota; and

• “Arabian Nights” by David Ives.

Family loses $1,200 in scam

A Homer man is warning people not to be taken in a phone scam in which he lost $1,200 for a “bond” to claim a $550,000 sweepstakes prize. Although the man suspected the phone call was bogus, he said he took a gamble and last week and wired three $400 payments through Western Union to accounts in Jamaica. The scam artists said they would meet the man at Wells Fargo bank, but never showed up, and he realized he had been taken.

New Homer Middle School principal also announced

Kari Dendurent has been hired as the principal for Homer Middle School, according to an announcement from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Dendurent is currently assistant principal at Houston High School, Houston, Alaska, and was assistant principal at Palmer High School prior to that. She comes to Alaska from Florida, where Dendurent taught and was an assistant principal of instruction in Orlando. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.

Woman arrested for terroristic threats

Alaska State Troopers last week charged a Port Graham woman with making terroristic threats against her 1-year-old son.

After checking to make sure the boy was OK, troopers arrested Elizabeth Kvasnikoff, 27, on one count of second-degree terroristic threatening, a class C felony.

Kvasnikoff was charged for knowingly making a false report that a danger to human life existed or was about to exist and which placed a person in fear of injury to any person.

Kvasnikoff is at Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai.

Four-pointers recognized

The following Homer High School students have been named to the Mariner Gold honor roll for the third quarter for having a 4.0 grade point average:

• Ninth grade: Isabel Beach, Mikylla Blauvelt, Nolan Bunting, Kyle Carroll, Ren Carroll, Wyatt Frank, Hunter Harris, Barae Hirsch, August Kilcher, Megan Kirsis, Marley McGuire, Molly Mitchell, McKinzie Needham, Jordan Raymond, Kennan Reveil, Dawson Roberts, Lindsay Schneider, Aziza Shemet Pitcher, Olivia Turner, Louise Tymrak, Alyssa Vanliere, Aurora Waclawski, Elise Webber, Daniel Wiest, Patricia Kelly Woo.

Tours of HEA’s Nikiski generation plant offered

Homer Electric Association will provide  public tours of its new Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion Project from 1-4:30 p.m. May 1.
 The tours will be approximately 30-minutes long and provide the public with an opportunity to get an up-close look at the new power generation facility. The plant is the cornerstone of HEA’s Independent Light program and will provide up to 80 megawatts of power when it comes on line later this year.

Work on natural gas trunk line progresses

As of Monday, a trunk line to bring natural gas from Anchor Point to Homer is progressing with a crew from Chumley boring and laying pipe along the Sterling Highway from Baycrest to Homer.
A second crew will start working later this week, progressing toward Anchor Point along the Old Sterling Highway, beginning near the intersection with the Sterling Highway.
A third crew is scheduled to begin work near the end of May on the Fairview Avenue section of the trunk line route.

Homer Seniors Citizens present annual talent show Saturday

Homer Senior Citizens will present their annual talent show from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School’s Mariner Theater. It is a benefit for the senior center.

Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per family and are available from Homer Senior Citizens and at the door.

The show promises to be hilarious, say the organizers.

Steve Mueller is the event’s emcee.

Popeye Wrestlers place fourth in 18-team tourney

The Popeye Wrestling Club traveled to Nikiski last weekend to compete in the Nikiski Wrestling Club Freestyle Tournament. Homer’s wrestlers took fourth place as a team and also had four individual first place finishes. Saoirse Cook (35-38 pounds), Teddy Croft (100-109 pounds), Jaime Rios (105-111pounds) and Mark McGregor (156-171 pounds) dominated their opponents as the only Popeye grapplers to go undefeated. 

Pre-Bantam-35-38
Saoirse Cook’s place is 1st.

Whitehorse team wins broomball tourney

The End of the Road Broomball tournament was a huge success March 29-30. The Bethel Fighting Pikes, Bethel Beavers and Whitehorse Capital Towing were uncannily matched with Homer Broomballers, Beluga Lake Bombers and Alice’s Scoundrels. There was an unprecedented number of tied games decided in overtime or shootouts. 

Hickory returns to Homer

After 10 weeks of dockside maintenance in Long Beach, Calif., the USCGC Hickory and crew returned to Homer last week.

While in Long Beach, contractors performed 26 maintenance projects, including replacing the exterior deck non-skid, renewing the generator mounts, cleaning the engine plant exhaust systems, and refurbishing the cutter’s crane, extension boom and winch motors.

The crew completed more than 30 critical maintenance projects on shipboard systems including the potable water tanks and the reverse osmosis system.

Nanwalek teens earn ‘Spirit of Youth’ award

The Nanwalek Summer Youth Group has been chosen 2013 Spirit of Youth award winners in the Cultural Activities category based on contributions to their community. 

The youth group was selected by the Spirit of Youth’s teen advisory council after reviewing more than 130 nominations.  
The teen members of the Nanwalek Summer Youth Group serve village elders by chopping wood, cleaning houses, delivering traditional foods and putting away fish for the winter.

Painter honored for 30 years of service as an EMT

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Painter has been recognized for 30 years of service as an EMT by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. 

To maintain his status as a nationally registered EMT, Painter had to complete biennially a comprehensive recertification program to refresh his skills and attend a minimum of two hours a month of continuing education.

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