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Veterans Day activities scheduled for Sunday

Beginning with a musical “Tribute to Veterans” performed last Saturday and continuing with the ceremonies and parade planned for this weekend, area residents are calling to mind the contributions of the nation’s veterans.

The Anchorage Concert Chorus, University of Alaska Anchorage Wind Ensemble and University Singers performed before a Mariner Theatre audience Saturday afternoon, under the direction of UAA Professor of Music Mark Wolbers and Assistant Professor Grant Cochran.

Seaton re-elected to sixth term in House

BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
STAFF WRITER
Coming off a tough Republican Party primary challenge in August, Rep. Paul Seaton easily won election to a sixth term, beating Democratic Party opponent Liz Diament 71 percent to 28 percent in unofficial results. Unlike the primary race against Homer businessman Jon Faulkner, where Faulkner won some precincts, in the general election Seaton won every District 30 precinct. It was the first test in a general election of Seaton’s popularity in a redrawn district that included new voters in precincts that had not been in the former District 35.

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Wind kicks up old volcano ash

 

JUNEAU (AP) — A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska’s Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption — 100 years ago.

The National Weather Service says strong winds and a lack of snow Tuesday helped stir up ash from the 1912 eruption of Novarupta, the largest volcanic blast of the 20th century.

This week, ash from the volcano drifted to about 4,000 feet. It traveled over the Shelikof Strait and across Kodiak Island, prompting an aviation alert. 

The news was first reported by KMXT radio.

Hearing continued until Nov. 21


An Oct. 25 preliminary hearing for Anthony Resetarits, 20, and Joseph Resetarits, 18, each charged with sexual assault following a Sept. 8 East End Road teen drinking party, has been continued until Nov. 21, to allow the Alaska State Troopers time to complete reports in the case.
The brothers also were in court Tuesday.
An additional third-party custodian was approved for Anthony Resetarits to ensure 24-hour custody while a previously court-approved third-party custodian travels out of town for work.

Bear sign spotted near Roger’s Loop trailhead

It may feel like winter, but bears in the area are still active, according to area trails advocate Dave Brann who keeps a close watch on local trail conditions.
Tracks for a brown bear and a black bear have been spotted from the Roger’s Loop trailhead, throughout the lower Baycrest area, from the waste transfer site to Diamond Ridge and east.
“I think it’s one fairly large brown bear — probably the female that’s been there for three or four years; in the past she’s had a yearling with her, but I haven’t seen one this year— and a black bear,” said Brann.  

Q & A with candidates for House District 30 incumbent Paul Seaton, challenger Liz Diament

Editor’s Note: When Alaskans go to the polls Tuesday, not only will they be voting for president of the United States and Alaska’s representative in Congress, but they also will be filling several Alaska House and Senate seats, including the one for House District 30, which includes Homer. In that race, Democrat Liz Diament is challenging Republican incumbent Paul Seaton. The Peninsula Clarion and Homer News asked the two candidates the following questions as Election Day approaches.

1.   What will be your top legislative priorities during the upcoming session?

Group challenges Buccaneer; public comments sought

Conservation and Native groups joined together Monday to submit a Request for Adjudicatory Hearing relating to the state’s approval of Buccaneer Energy’s Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan, known at the C-Plan, for the company’s oil and gas exploration activities in Northern Cook Inlet. A revised version of that C-Plan also has been submitted by Buccaneer for its Cosmopolitan Project off Stariski.

Buccaneer reaches out to community

Everything from angry reminders of past disasters to pleas for responsible development were expressed by area residents at two community outreach meetings held by Buccaneer Energy last week.
Buccaneer held the Oct. 24 meeting at Best Western Bidarka Inn and the Oct. 25 meeting in McNeil Canyon Elementary School gym to discuss:
■ Cosmopolitan, an offshore drilling project near Stariski that will use the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up drilling rig currently undergoing repairs at Homer’s Deepwater Dock; and

What will gas cost?

On Monday, more than 60 local residents attended the last of three neighborhood meetings the city of Homer held to discuss plans for distributing natural gas to the area. City Manager Walt Wrede described details of the proposed project and associated costs. 

Also answering questions were John Sims, manager of Enstar Natural Gas’ corporate communications and customer service, and Charlie Pierce, Enstar’s southern region manager.

Nikiski family escape home fire


NIKISKI  — Alaska State Troopers say a Nikiski family escaped a fire at their home after being awakened by smoke alarms early Sunday morning. The blaze was soon reported under control. According to the trooper report, smoke alarms woke the residents. The parents, who were downstairs, saw heavy smoke and found the fire in the living room upstairs then got all four children.

 

Police respond to 3 unrelated deaths

The Homer Police Department responded to three unrelated deaths this week.

On Sunday, a Homer man checking on his friend, from whom he had not heard in awhile, entered the friend’s home and found him laying facedown. Ryan Brown, 40, of Homer was dead of unknown causes. 

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said there were no signs of foul play. Brown’s body has been transported to the Alaska Medical Examiner in Anchorage for an autopsy.

New council member sworn in

Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson, left, swears in new Homer City Council member James Dolma during a special meeting of the council on Monday. Dolma was picked by the council to fill the seat left vacant by Beth Wythe after she was elected mayor. Dolma ran for a seat in the recent municipal election, coming in third behind Francie Roberts and Beau Burgess.


Rockfish: One of longest living fish

Eating out tonight? The special on the dinner menu may have been born before Alaska became a state. Rockfish are commonly found along the North Pacific, from Alaska to California, as well as the South Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Known for its delicious taste, as demonstrated by its popularity on menus throughout the United States, it also serves as one of the longest living fish, with some individuals living in excess of 200 years. 

Candidates meet in chamber-sponsored debate

With the general election quickly approaching, the two candidates for House District 30 met Tuesday in a debate sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

Before an audience of about 30 people, incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and opponent Liz Diament, Democrat, addressed eight questions prepared by HCOC Executive Director Monte Davis, HCOC members and the evening’s moderator, Aaron Selbig, KBBI news director. The candidates were supplied copies of the questions on Friday.

Parnell joins community discussion


Gov. Sean Parnell offered his support and community members young and old came up with an action plan at the “Voices Over Violence” meeting sponsored by South Peninsula Haven House on Oct. 17. It was the second meeting organized by Haven House following the Sept. 8 teen drinking party that resulted in three being charged with second-degree sexual assault of a 17-year-old boy.

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