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GOP sanctions Seaton, others

The Alaska Republican Party Central Committee last Saturday sanctioned three Republican Party representatives — including District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton — for their role in forming a Democratic, Republican and independent majority coalition in the Alaska House. Also sanctioned were District 15 Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, Anchorage, and District 32 Rep. Louise Stutes, Kodiak.

ACLU sues borough over invocation policy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is suing the Kenai Peninsula Borough over the borough assembly’s invocation policy, which it claims is discriminatory.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, comes on the heels of the assembly recently reviving its controversial invocation guideline policy, initially passed in October, that outlines who can offer the invocation before the assembly’s regular meetings.

Hearing continued in Boyle case

A change of plea hearing for Stephen Boyle set for Dec. 13 has been continued to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2017, at the Homer Courthouse. Boyle had been scheduled to enter a plea, but his lawyer, Andy Pevehouse, said he has not been able to discuss a possible plea agreement with Kenai assistant district attorney Kelly Lawson, the prosecutor handling the case. Lawson is prosecuting a felony trial this week and has not been available, Pevehouse said.

HEA plans outages in Anchor Point

Homer Electric Association crews will be working on a maintenance project in the Anchor Point area starting Dec. 19 and with an anticipated completion date of Jan. 1, 2017. The crews will be installing new fuses along the power line which will improve the reliability of electric service.

Woman found dead at Kachemak Drive home

A Homer man found a friend dead in her bed at their Kachemak Drive home, Homer Police said in a press release on Dec. 13. About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday a 44-year-old man made a 911 call reporting he found his friend, Lisa Tinnin, not breathing and unresponsive. Homer Police and Homer Volunteer Fire Department medics responded to the home, a trailer on east Kachemak Drive near the Northern Enterprises Boatyard. Medics found Tinnin, 37, dead in her bed. No signs of foul play were observed. Tinnin’s next of kin has been notified.

Defense working through evidence in murder case

Public defenders are working through discovery in the case of a Homer man accused of murder in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer.

Lee John Henry, 55, was indicted by a grand jury Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of first-degree robbery. Homer police arrested him for first-degree murder Oct. 19 after the department got a tip from an area resident.

Assembly resurrects invocation guidelines

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revived its invocation policy during a reconsideration vote at its Tuesday meeting.

The assembly passed an amendment Nov. 22 deleting the entire policy it had passed in October. That policy set guidelines for who would be allowed to provide the prayer before the regular assembly meetings. However, at the end of the meeting, assembly member Blaine Gilman of Kenai filed for reconsideration, which brought the topic up again for discussion at the Tuesday meeting.

Council nixes library cuts

In a meeting that ran to 10:30 Monday night, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting defeated several contentious last-minute budget amendments. About 60 people filled the Cowles Council Chambers to voice fierce opposition to several proposals, including:

• A proposal by council member Tom Stroozas to cut $65,443 or 10 percent from the Homer Public Library personnel budget. The proposal was defeated by six no votes, including one from Stroozas.

New Pratt Museum director grew up on Kenai Peninsula

The Pratt Museum has hired a Kenai Peninsula-raised woman as its new executive director. Laurie Morrow, 45, comes to Homer from Seward after nine years working as education director at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Born in Colorado, Morrow moved to Alaska at age 1, living with her family in North Pole and Anchorage before moving to Soldotna at age 10. A 1989 graduate of Soldotna High School, she graduated with a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and with a master of arts in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Pratt Museum events

Pratt Holiday Recital, Quilt Raffle Drawing and Executive Director Welcome

1-4 p.m. Sunday
Pratt Museum

Performers include the Homer High School Swing Choir, the Homer Youth String Orchestra, the Harbor School of Music and the Seaside Swingers.

Man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse of minor charges

KENAI — An Anchorage man is accused with sexually abusing a minor in the Homer area.

Jacob Kemnitz, 30, was indicted on Nov. 23 with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for six events alleged to have happened from late 2011 through 2013, according to the indictment. The charges against Kemnitz reference one alleged victim, a boy under the age of 12 over the course of the alleged abuse.

Kemnitz entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court.

New health needs assessment to be released at Friday meet

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, or MAPP, of the Southern Kenai Peninsula will release the 2016 community health needs assessment at its quarterly meeting on Friday at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus.

MAPP conducts a community health needs assessment of the southern Kenai Peninsula every three years, the results of which are used to inform and direct community coalition and agency work.

'Missing' Port Graham man arrested and charged with disorderly conduct

Alaska State Troopers last Friday filed charges of disorderly conduct, creating hazardous conditions, against a Port Graham man reported missing at sea the afternoon of Nov. 30 near Passage Island south of Homer.

Troopers found the man, Ryan Meganack, 34, in a makeshift camp outside Port Graham after receiving a tip that Meganack faked his drowning. Troopers also charged Meganack for violating conditions of release for not being with his third-party custodian and arrested him on that charge last Friday.

Corrections

In a Dec. 1 story, “Council tackles budget Monday,” the description of how the city of Homer pays for employee health insurance was incorrect. The city had formerly been self insured, but since 2014 the city has been insured through Premera Blue Cross for employee health care.

The Homer News regrets the error.

In an ad in the Dec. 8 paper, the gift card giveaway for North Wind Home Collection was incorrectly listed at $250. The correct amount for the gift card giveaway is $200. The Homer News regrets the error.

Brief power outage planned for part of East End Road

Homer Electric Association is notifying members living in the East End Road, Homer, area from Kachemak Drive to the end of the road that there will be a brief power outage tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The outage is anticipated to be less than 5 minutes in duration. HEA will be making improvements to the Fritz Creek Substation. Please take steps to protect sensitive electronic equipment in your home.

Brief power outage planned for part of East End Road

Homer Electric Association is notifying members living in the East End Road, Homer, area from Kachemak Drive to the end of the road that there will be a brief power outage tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The outage is anticipated to be less than 5 minutes in duration. HEA will be making improvements to the Fritz Creek Substation. Please take steps to protect sensitive electronic equipment in your home.

Troopers arrest man reported missing

Alaska State Troopers on Friday arrested a Port Graham man reported missing at sea on Wednesday afternoon near Passage Island south of Homer. Troopers found the missing man, Ryan Meganack, 34, in a tent outside Port Graham after receiving a tip that Meganack was not missing. Troopers arrested Meganack for violating conditions of release for not being with his third-party custodian.

“It’s more than just a search and rescue being involved with the man found safe,” said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters.

Troopers arrest man reported missing

Alaska State Troopers on Friday arrested a Port Graham man reported missing at sea on Wednesday afternoon near Passage Island south of Homer. Troopers found the missing man, Ryan Meganack, 34, in a tent outside Port Graham after receiving a tip that Meganack was not missing. Troopers arrested Meganack for violating conditions of release for not being with his third-party custodian.

“It’s more than just a search and rescue being involved with the man found safe,” said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters.

4.4 quake rattles Homer

4.4 quake hits near Homer Wednesday

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled the lower Kenai Peninsula about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 33 miles northwest of Anchor Point and hit 61 miles deep.

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