An alert citizen last week turned over to Homer Police a pistol he said he saw another man bury under a tree near the Homer Public Library. The gun was not stolen and not connected to a crime, said Homer Police Sgt. Lary Kuhns.
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.
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.
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.
With the help of many concerned citizens in Homer, a young sea
otter was rescued Wednesday afternoon. Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Debbie Tobin, Assistant Professor of Biology at the Kachemak Bay Campus, started getting calls from people who had spotted a small sea otter pup in the middle of Kachemak Drive, close to Mud Bay.
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.
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.
What kind of information do city residents need before voting on formation of Homer’s Natural Gas Distribution System Special Assessment District? What kind do they want? Where can they find it?
Southern Kenai Peninsula television viewers will see some familiar faces on the multi-segment “Buying Alaskan,” scheduled to show on the Discovery Channel at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday and at the same times on Oct. 28.
Philip Alderfer, broker-owner of the Alderfer Group; Scott Connelly, associate broker with Bay Realty; and Jenny Chissus, broker-owner of Seldovia Property are among those featured.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is seeking comments and information on a proposal to repair bluff erosion along mile 153.35 of the Sterling Highway, approximately 3.75 miles north of Anchor Point. An open house public meeting on the project will be held at City Hall from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday.
The project aims to preserve safety and sustainability of the highway and would:
• Excavate saturated sand from the base of the eroded site;
• Backfill the excavation with riprap;
In a poignant ceremony with three generations of his family watching, Homer Mayor Emeritus James Hornaday pounded the gavel one final time and stepped down Monday night at his last meeting presiding over the Homer City Council.
“It hasn’t been boring,” Hornaday said of his eight years as mayor. “I’ve really enjoyed the differences of opinion. … I think I’ve done pretty well keeping a civil touch to the discussion. The town’s been good to me and my family. In closing, I hope you’re all in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you’re there.”
BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
A third person has been charged in the Sept. 8 incident in which a 17-year-old boy was sexually assaulted with an object at a large teenage party on East End Road. Alaska State Troopers at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday arrested a 16-year-old Homer boy and charged him with second-degree sexual assault. The teen was taken to the Kenai Youth Facility.
Because the defendant is a minor, the case was referred to the Division of Juvenile Justice. His name was not released.
As property owners ponder whether to support the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District, the city held its first two neighborhood meetings to help inform people about the district that, if passed, would build a 73-mile, $12.7 million natural gas distribution line throughout the city of Homer from Baycrest Hill to the Homer Spit.
“Our job is to get as much information as we can out to the public,” said Homer City Manager Walt Wrede at a meeting Tuesday night. “It affects everybody. It’s really big.”
In Homer artist Gaye Wolfe’s last show, “ARTrageous Homer: A Human Tapestry,” she painted 14 portraits of artists, musicians and arts leaders from around Kachemak Bay. A face is missing from the show, one of Homer’s strongest supporters of the arts and most significant artists.
After 11 years living in the 2,000-square-foot, post-and-beam house Gary Stevenson built for himself and his wife, Grace, Stevenson woke up on a recent September morning anticipating the view he has enjoyed since they moved in: an unobstructed look at Cook Inlet, the distant string of mountains and, best of all, an eagle nest at the top of a cottonwood tree.
The tree’s position on the tree- and alder-covered slope stretching between the couple’s Anchor Point house and the beach below placed the nest even with the Stevensons’ 70-feet of inlet-facing windows.
The Homer Theatre will show the last two debates between presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Both debates will be shown live starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.
“Admission is free for all to experience the debates in an open, respectful, non-partisan environment,” the theater said in a press release. “This is an opportunity for community members to enjoy the debates on the big screen and hear what the two nominees for our nation’s leadership have to say, such that we can all make the most educated, informed decision when it is time to vote on Nov. 6.”
The city of Homer and Kenai Peninsula Borough canvass boards have tallied results in the Oct. 2 municipal election.
The city of Homer ballot included three candidates for the two-year term of mayor and three candidates for two openings on the Homer City Council, each one a three-year term. The election results were certified by the council at its regular meeting on Monday:
• Mayor: Mary E. (Beth) Wythe, 530 votes; Bryan Zak, 354 votes.
As a result of recent floods, Gov. San Parnell declared a state disaster for the Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula boroughs. The declaration has activated the state’s public and individual assistance programs.
Representatives from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, road service area and state of Alaska will discuss recent flood events, response and recovery plans at a southern Kenai Peninsula community meeting to be held at Chapman School in Anchor Point from 7-8 p.m. Friday.
Furniture movers to office helpers. Garden keepers to providing a compassionate presence in someone’s life. Hospice of Homer volunteers do all of that and more.
Beginning Saturday, training will be offered for those interested in providing direct, person-to-person care. The 33-hours of training are free.
“We do ask people who complete the training and feel they want to be a hospice volunteer, to commit to volunteering two to four hours a week for a year,” said Darlene Hildebrand, executive director of Hospice of Homer.
At the Homer City Council on Monday, the council put on its agenda the most important item of the year: setting the fiscal year 2013 budget.
Homer City Manager Walt Wrede submitted the budget this week and the first public hearing was held. The council will make adjustments over the next three months, including proposed deletions and additions. By law, the council has to pass a balanced budget by Dec. 21.
The draft budget of $25.3 million dollars includes $11 million in general funds, primarily for personnel, operations and maintenance.