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Friends celebrate Garrity’s life

The musician who helped bring New Orleans and Louisiana Cajun music to Homer, Ray Garrity, got a proper second-line send-off Monday afternoon. In the New Orleans tradition of a jazz funeral without a body, wearing black and waving white handkerchiefs, the Bossy Panties dance group and the Bossy Pants band, friends and family of Garrity marched from Homer High School down Pioneer Avenue to Café Cups.

Halibut changes on table

A revised version of the controversial halibut catch sharing plan is once again back up for federal review. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service on June 28 published the proposed plan in the Federal Register and seeks public comment. Comments are due by Aug. 12.

In letters sent this week to NOAA Acting Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, both Alaska's U.S. Senators urged NOAA to extend the comment period another 45 days. 

Spit Run attracts more than 300 participants

Under sunny skies, more than 300 runners, walkers and strollers covered the distance between the Homer High School parking lot and the tip of the Homer Spit in the 10K Run for the Bay Spit Run today.

For the second year in a row, Jake Moe of Anchorage took first place for the men, finishing in 32:40. That was a faster time than his 2012 finish of 37:29.

Memorial is 5 p.m. Monday at Down East for Garrity

A memorial potluck for Ray Garrity, a Homer musician killed Wednesday in a 4-wheeler accident, is at 5 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Down East Saloon on East End Road. The evening will include music and sharing of memories.

Garrity, 53, was found dead about 10:30 p.m. June 26 on a trail near Mile 18 East End Road. According to the Alaska State Troopers, Garrity was found on the trail by someone who had gone looking for him after he had not arrived at his destination at the expected time. Troopers said Garrity had been riding a 4-wheeler on the trail when it flipped.

Council deletes Pier One from request for proposal

The Homer City Council on Monday amended a request for proposals to limit inquiries of its use to only the southeast two-thirds of an 11-acre lot zoned marine-industrial on the Homer Spit. That lot also contains Pier One Theatre, which leases the lot and an old warehouse building, and a city campground. Earlier, the council had proposed soliciting ideas for use of the lot so as to gauge commercial industry for activities such as a barge haul-out facility.

Relative of Homer’s namesake visits city

Craig Pennock, great-grandson of Homer’s namesake, Homer Pennock, and a resident of West Palm Beach, Fla., made his first visit to Homer this week. Traveling with him were his fiancee, Marti Kauffman, and Kauffman’s daughter and her fiancé, Michelle Kauffman and Matt Staber. Kauffman said when she suggested they visit Alaska, Pennock mentioned his family’s connection to Homer. 

Firefighters stop Hesketh Island wildland fire

A fire threatening inhabitants on Hesketh Island in Kachemak Bay was contained by Sunday after a response by Alaska Division of Forestry wildland fire and resource technicians and volunteer firefighters from Seldovia and the surrounding communities. 

According to the neighbors, Nancy Klein’s sauna caught on fire last Thursdauy and a gust of wind spread it quickly to nearby brush. No residents were injured in the fire on the island. Everyone evacuated safely. Firefighters also had no injuries. 

Homer man arrested in shooting SERT uses armored truck to respond

Alaska State Troopers used an armored tactical response vehicle last Wednesday to persuade a Homer man to surrender after troopers said he fired a .44-caliber revolver when troopers announced themselves outside his house on Char Court. 

Timothy A. Magee, 39, was arraigned last Thursday on two counts of third-degree assault, a felony, for allegedly causing fear of injury to Wildlife Trooper Trent Chwialkowski and Trooper David Chaffin. He also was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons for allegedly being drunk while shooting a weapon.

Strut supports Animal Friends

Homer Animal Friends holds its 14th annual Strut Your Mutt at the city park on the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue, west of Homer Veterinary Clinic, on Saturday. The public is invited to take a walk with their favorite companions, either canine or human, watch the parade of shelter adopted dogs and enjoy some games, contests and demonstrations by Homer Dog Trainers. 

Registration is at 10 a.m.; the walk begins at 10:45 a.m. Games and contests will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. 

Troopers: Nothing suspicious in moose shooting in Ninilchik

Alaska Wildlife Troopers do not suspect any criminal activity in a June 12 moose shooting in Ninilchik.

“So far as I know, there’s nothing that looks illegal or could cause criminal charges to be filed in this case,” Sgt. Paul McConnell said.

The wildlife troopers believe the shooting was a legitimate defense of life and property killing, or DLP, he said. The person has a right to privacy because he acted within the law and was defending himself, McConnell said.

Water-sewer rate changes fail — back for reconsideration

To an observer at Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, it might have looked like a tennis match between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams as action on  proposed changes to the water-sewer rates bounced back and forth. When the dust had settled, the council struck down the proposed rate changes — for now — but along the way made these decisions:

Evacuation procedures focus of hospital drill

At 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, handheld radios buzzed to life at South Peninsula Hospital as Bob Letson, the hospital’s chief executive officer, announced the beginning of a drill to test the facility’s evacuation procedures.

Under the watchful eye of Bob Becker, a certified healthcare emergency professional with Incident Management Solutions of New York, hospital departments listened for Letson’s orders, gave updates on the condition and location of patients being role-played by community volunteers, and dealt with unexpected challenges.

Teacher, students honored

Ruth Sensenig, a teacher at Susan B. English Elementary-High School in Seldovia, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Va. A total of 56 fellowships were awarded this year in support of further study of American history by college graduates aspiring to become teachers of American history, government and social studies, as well as experienced secondary school teachers of the same subjects. It will fund up to $24,000 of Sensenig’s course of study toward a master’s degree.

Homer man arrested in shooting incident

Alaska State Troopers used an armored tactical response vehicle Wednesday night to persuade a Homer man to surrender after troopers said he fired a .44-caliber handgun when troopers announced themselves outside his house on Char Court.

Timothy A. Magee, 39, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of third-degree assault, a felony, for causing fear of injury to Wildlife Trooper Trent Chwialkowski and Trooper David Chaffin. He also was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons for allegedly being drunk while shooting a weapon.

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