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Apache meeting in Ninilchik set

Apache Corporation’s seismic contractor is working in the Ninilchik area to clean up stakes and other debris left behind after the company brought operations to a “pause” in September. The community is invited to a meeting to find out more about Apache’s spring cleanup and future plans. It will be held at Ninil-

chik School, 6-7:30 p.m. April 16. For more information, call (907) 792-7302 or visit apachecorp.com.

SPH offers help with menopause

South Peninsula Hospital is holding a fun and informative evening with a focus on menopause at the Best Western Bidarka Inn at 6 p.m. April 17. Dr. Hillary Seger, obstetrics-gynecology board-certified, will present information about what menopause means to a woman and her body, and how to identify and manage symptoms. Ramona Pearce, an instructor at Many Rivers Yoga, will demonstrate poses to help relieve menopause symptoms. A light supper will be provided featuring foods with naturally occurring compounds which potentially offset some unpleasant symptoms of menopause.

Lifelong learning celebration honors Ken Castner, Ethan Kizzia

A sold-out crowd was on hand Saturday at the Homer Public Library’s Celebration of Life Long Learning. Honored were 2013 Life Long Learner Award recipient Ken Castner and the 2013 Youth! Learner Ethan Kizzia. The keynote speaker was Alaska Humanities Forum CEO Nina Kemppel, a four-time Olympian and nine-time Mount Marathon winner.

“In my world, this is the apex. This is the top of the world,” said Castner upon receiving the award. 

Homer man charged in rare DUI marijuana case

Alaska State Troopers last week charged a Homer man for driving under the influence. That in itself isn’t rare, but the nature of the alleged intoxication is: troopers claimed Paul Frary, 24, was under the influence of marijuana and nothing else. Also unusual is the time between when the incident happened, July 11, 2011, and when charges were filed.

Jack-up rig now at lease site

With little fanfare but much anticipation, a small group of residents watched early last Friday morning as the Endeavour-Spirit Independence jack-up rig left the Homer Deep Water Dock en route to its drilling assignments.

Among those watching was Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins, who has come to know the rig well since it first came to his port.

“The view has changed,” said Hawkins of the massive rig and its three, 410-foot legs that had been part of the Kachemak Bay scenery since it arrived in Homer on Aug. 24, 2012.

Task force to present new water, sewer rates

After a year-long review of Homer’s water-sewer rates, the Water and Sewer Rate Task Force will present its final recommendations to the Homer City Council at the council’s 4 p.m. work session Monday at city hall. 

For new rates to take effect, the council must consider and pass by July 1 a resolution adopting a new schedule, meaning the council will consider a resolution sometime in May or June.

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.

Judge lifts some bail restrictions for two charged in sexual assault

With preparations for the upcoming Bristol Bay fishing season beginning, attorneys representing Joseph and Anthony Resetarits argued during a Friday hearing before Judge Margaret Murphy for less stringent bail restrictions that will allow the Homer brothers to pursue their livelihood.

Joseph Resetarits, 18, and Anthony Resetarits, 20, were charged with sexual assault of a drunken boy following a Sept. 8 East End Road party. Each has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault, penetration of an incapacitated person. 

Easter proves to be ‘hopping’ good time

 The Easter bunny made the rounds on Sunday, leaving a trail of colored eggs, candy eggs and prizes on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

In Homer, the bunny arrived by helicopter, visiting with youngsters at the Emblem Club’s egg hunt.

In Anchor Point, the bunny slipped away before eager egg hunters arrived at VFW Post 10221. 

In Ninilchik, there are rumors of bunny sightings at American Legion Post 18.

Vietnam Veterans Day observed March 29

Gov. Sean Parnell put pen to paper last week to officially sign legislation declaring each March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day in Alaska.

The signing ceremony, which took place in the Speaker’s chambers, was crowded with legislators and veterans of the war, some of whom serve in the Legislature.

“This is a welcome home,” said Parnell, his voice cracking. “Welcome.”

Parnell noted the treatment received by Vietnam veterans upon returning to the United States.

Endeavour leaves Homer

It took three tries, but at 8:30 a.m. Friday, the Endeavour-Spirit Independence jack-up rig left the Homer Deep Water Dock. Towed by two Titan tugs, with a third on stand by, within an hour the Endeavour had rounded the Homer Spit and was heading up Kachemak Bay toward the Cosmopolitan oil and gas lease site off Anchor Point.

The Endeavour had scheduled departure times on Tuesday and Thursday, but canceled both because of bad weather. This morning, with sunshine and flat calm waters, conditions were perfect to leave.

Residents ask: Who do we call?

Editor’s note: With natural gas to Homer getting closer every day, questions abound. In  this three-part series, the Homer News looks at some of the challenges in converting to natural gas — including how the conversion hurts some businesses.

As trees come down and survey stakes go up, property and business owners wonder how they will be affected by a project to bring natural gas from Anchor Point to Homer and Kachemak City.

Public testimony on anadromous stream ordinance clear: Repeal it

A political science student could have garnered good field research Monday night at the Anchor Point Senior Center when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Anadromous Fish Habitat Task Force held a town hall meeting. Public testimony spoke to a classic question that has vexed American political theory since the American Revolution: What is the role of government in protecting the common good?

News in Brief

Endeavour still at dock

A planned departure on Tuesday did not happen for the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence. The rig, operated by Buccaneer Alaska, had been given a March 26 deadline by the city of Homer to leave. Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins extended that deadline after Jay-Brant General Contractors and Hopkins Brothers Construction, Seldovia, said work could be delayed. 

“It’s not problematic at the moment, with the assumption those guys are going to be gone in three days,” said Bob Brant of Jay-Brant.

Hearing continued in highway shooting

A court hearing for an Anchor Point woman accused of shooting at an Alaska Wildlife Trooper on the Sterling Highway has been postponed to April 18, with a possible trial set for the week of April 22.

Tonee Walker, 58, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and four counts of third-degree assault. Troopers allege that on July 15, 2012, Walker shot at Trooper Trent Chwialkowski in his patrol car when he tried to stop Walker.

Dock work could begin in fall

There was only one ordinance scheduled for public hearing at the Homer City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday.

Ordinance 13-07, sponsored by City Manager Walt Wrede and Public Works Director Carey Meyer, appropriated up to $42,450 from the Sewer, Water and Fleet Reserve Fund to purchase a steamer truck. There was no public comment, no discussion by the council and no objection to its approval. 

The rest of the meeting went just as smoothly.

Contractor to operate transfer site

Anticipating a quarter-of-a-million savings, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre is following through with plans to have a contractor transfer Homer’s waste to the Central Peninsula Landfill when construction of the Homer site is complete in August. 

“I actually signed approval to move forward with it yesterday, late afternoon,” Navarre told the Homer News on Tuesday.

Let the chips fall

Frank Mullen and Liz Diament face off in the Homer Public Library’s 2013 Scrabble Tournament on Saturday. Mullen placed third in World Game Players Organization category, with Mike Gracz in first and David Ciptal in second. Judy Sanford was first in the Advanced Level Amateur category, with Wendy Wayne in second and Eileen Mullen in third. 

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