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Homer holds nose at spring scent

If the print edition of today’s Homer News had scratch ’n’ sniff ink, an eau de Homer this spring would have a recipe like this:

• Start with a generous dose of wet dog;

• Add a sprinkle of sewage sludge;

• Toss in a dead sea otter;

• Throw in that yucky black stuff at the bottom of an unturned compost heap;

• Marinade in fresh horse manure, and

• Let stand in a sealed 5-gallon bucket.

Huge flock of geese feeding at Beluga Slough

A huge flock of greater white-fronted geese flew in this weekend over Kachemak Bay, drawing a steady stream of bird watchers on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning. At Beluga Slough, hundreds of geese fed in the slough, some within yards of the Lake Street path. Along with the greater white-fronted geese could be seen smaller flocks of cackling geese, a species similar to Canada geese but not as large, and snow geese. Shorebirds also can be seen in the slough, including greater yellowlegs.

Homer’s winning entries dominate ‘Caring for the Kenai’ competition

Ask a Homer High School student what he or she can do, invent or create to better care for the environment of the Kenai Peninsula or to improve the area's preparedness for a natural disaster, and you'll get an answer. A winning answer, as was proven in the 23rd annual Caring For the Kenai competition.

Council: Where’s money for HERC building, bike path?

Show me the money.

While Mayor Beth Wythe and some council members didn't say it in exactly those words, that was the sentiment at Monday night's Homer City Council meeting and council work sessions earlier that night and the previous Monday.

Several items prompted Wythe and others to express an austerity philosophy driven by discussions with Alaska legislators on a recent trip to Juneau and what Wythe sees as overuse of city staff resources. Among them:

Chamber seeks local buy-in to make shorebird fest financially sustainable

With this year's Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival quickly approaching, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is asking the community's help in ensuring the festival is a financially sustainable event.

"This year everybody who has registered for an event gets a keychain figure they have to show when they come into events," said Monte Davis, the chamber's executive director. "Anyone who doesn't have that is given the opportunity to pay the $15 registration."

Council postpones action on Kachemak Drive path

In a work session on April 15 and at the Homer City Council meeting Monday night, the council got in a bit of a tussle with the Parks and Recreation Commission over a misunderstanding on the Kachemak Drive nonmotorized path. Last December, the council appropriated $20,000 in a resolution "to determine the cost of the initial one-half mile of the proposed Kachemak Drive Non-motorized Pathway."

Council moves forward on Spit rezoning

At the top of a list of items on the Homer City Council's consent agenda were two items that, if passed, would change the Homer Spit zoning code and allow accessory uses like lodging in the Marine Commercial zoning district. Monday night, those two ordinances, 13-11 and 13-12, were only being introduced, with a public hearing and action scheduled for the May 13 council meeting.

Relay sponsor deadline nears

With 16 teams and an organizing committee hard at work, the 2013 Relay for Life of Homer, benefiting the American Cancer Society, is lining up to be a success. Anyone wanting to help sponsor the June 7-8 event has until April 28 to sign up, with payment due in May.
For more information on being a Relay for Life sponsor, contact Kelly Cooper, 299-1519. To know more about Relay for Life of Homer, contact Tammy Ackerman, 299-1994, or Marilyn Parrett, 299-3256, or email relayforlifeofhomer@gmail.com.

Woman arrested for terroristic threats

Alaska State Troopers last week charged a Port Graham woman with making terroristic threats against her 1-year-old son.

After checking to make sure the boy was OK, troopers arrested Elizabeth Kvasnikoff, 27, on one count of second-degree terroristic threatening, a class C felony.

Kvasnikoff was charged for knowingly making a false report that a danger to human life existed or was about to exist and which placed a person in fear of injury to any person.

Kvasnikoff is at Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai.

Recycling event Saturday

The eighth annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Spenard Builders Supply on Lake Street.

Accepted items include computers, electronics and batteries. Smoke detectors, vacuums, PCBs, audio tapes and video tapes will not be accepted.

Keep running, Boston

Local and visiting walkers and runners young and old turned out Saturday to honor victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. Homer's 26.2-minute event, one for each mile of the marathon, was held on the new Homer High School track. Asked by organizer Mike Illg to wear shirts, hats or jackets commemorating running and walking events, many of Saturday's participants were previous previous Boston Marathon competitors and brought apparel they passed around to be worn by others.

 

Climbing competition a ‘HoWLing’ good time

Rock climbing junkies roughed-up their calluses on Saturday for the fourth annual HoWL Climbing Competition at the Bay Club. This year’s turnout brought climbers from as far as Anchorage and Yosemite with professional routes set by Anchorage’s Alaska Rock Gym route setters.

The 17 climbers competed in various divisions such as beginner, intermediate, open, lead and speed. Each division has participants climb three judged routes. Judges base their scoring on difficulty of route, the number of holds the competitors successfully reach, and cleanliness of climb.

Climbing competition a ‘HoWLing’ good time

Rock climbing junkies roughed-up their calluses on Saturday for the fourth annual HoWL Climbing Competition at the Bay Club. This year’s turnout brought climbers from as far as Anchorage and Yosemite with professional routes set by Anchorage’s Alaska Rock Gym route setters.

The 17 climbers competed in various divisions such as beginner, intermediate, open, lead and speed. Each division has participants climb three judged routes. Judges base their scoring on difficulty of route, the number of holds the competitors successfully reach, and cleanliness of climb.

Group seeks to let voters decide on pot

ANCHORAGE — Efforts are under way to make Alaska the third state in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults.

The Anchorage Daily News says steps have been taken to put a measure on the August 2014 primary ballot. Three sponsors of the measure filed an application for an initiative petition along with signatures with the state lieutenant governor’s office on Tuesday.

Daugherty gets time served

Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet sentenced William Daugherty, 47, to time served for a fourth-degree assault conviction. A Homer jury had found Daugherty not guilty on three felony counts of kidnapping, third-degree assault and third-degree weapons misconduct in a trial held last month, but found him guilty of two counts of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence.

Woman charged with Medicaid fraud

State prosecutors have charged a Homer woman with two counts of medical assistance fraud. Heather Platter, 31, was charged late last month, the Alaska Department of Law, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, announced in a press release.

In the first count, a class C felony, Platter is alleged to have knowingly submitted a claim with reckless disregard that she was not entitled to services or a benefit. In the second count, a class A misdemeanor, she is alleged to have knowingly made a false entry on a medical assistance record.

Accomplice in July killing pleads guilty to drug, weapon charges

An accomplice in the murder of Damian Sagerser last summer pleaded guilty last week to federal drug and weapons charges. 

Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason April 11 in Anchorage, Nancie Modeste, 27, admitted being guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and felon in possession of firearms.

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