Homer Police

July 18

A caller at 1:05 p.m. reported a shoplifter at a Pioneer Avenue business. Police issued a summons for fourth-degree theft to a 31-year-old man.

A caller at 1:33 p.m. reported a civil disagreement over a dog at a Rochelle Road address. Police responded.

A woman at 3:50 p.m. reported a civil issue.

A caller at 4:04 p.m. reported a man threatened and almost hit her on the Spit. Police responded.

A man at 4:30 p.m. reported a scam.

A woman at 6:50 p.m. reported a man followed her children.

Linnea Grace Whitworth

Linnea Grace Whitworth was born at 6:17 a.m. July 20, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Dara and Kevin Whitworth. She weighed 8 pounds, 9.7 ounces. Her grandparents are Debra and Charles Rehder of Homer and Carl and Marcia Whitworth of Soldotna. Her big brother is Rohn.

Announcements

Hunger Free America has launched a national hotline phone outreach campaign to make it easier for hungry Americans to get food and for people to volunteer to help end hunger. During the summer, the hotline provides information about meal sites where children 18 years old and under can get free, nutritious meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Harlon M.Engebretsen IV

Births

Harlon M. Engebretsen IV was born at 10:10 a.m. July 14, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Julie and Harlon Engebretsen of Anchor Point. He weighed 8 pounds, 12.5 ounces. His grandparents are Sue Engebretsen of Anchor Point and Jack and Connie Hutchison of Kirkland, Wash. His big sister is Allison.

Russian music stars in KPO's gala concerts

The final piece that the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra plays at its gala concerts this August will be the result of two years of passion and planning.

When Simon Nissen, the choir and world music instructor at Kenai Central High School and founding director of the Kenai Peninsula Singers, moved to the Kenai Peninsula about two years ago, he half-jokingly suggested to KPO Artistic Director Tammy Vollom-Matturo that they perform “Alexander Nevsky.”

A year later, KPO purchased the scores for the piece.

Wild Shore visits Homer

Wild Shore New Music, based in Alaska and New York City, join forces with the National Park Service for its Centennial to present a series of concerts in Alaska, New York City and Washington, D.C. Wild Shore performs two free concerts at noon Aug. 9, Land’s End Resort, and noon Aug. 11 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival. In collaboration with other musicians, they perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Down East Saloon.

Anglers miss derby position without tickets

Two anglers in the last week found themselves pulling giant halibut out of the ocean without a derby ticket to their names.

David Pudlosky of Mountain Top, PA, caught a 246-pound halibut on July 25 while fishing with Captain Heath Harrington from Inlet Charters on the Dutch Treat. Pudlosky, 68, said the fish is the biggest one he has caught in his entire life.

“It was hard getting it on the boat after we got it. I had to harpoon it and then shoot it with a .410 shotgun,” Pudlosky said.

Mariner softball pitcher, shortstop McKi Needham signs with junior college

After being named as a player on the All Conference Team for Northern Lights Softball and recognized by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association for her academic achievements, Mariner softball player McKi Needham is going to college to play ball.

The 2016 Homer High School graduate signed a scholarship offer to play on the McCook College softball team in McCook, Neb., for the next two years. The scholarship covers all tuition fees, except room and board, Needham said. She heads down to Nebraska with her family to settle into school in mid-August.

Council talks animal control, water assessments, budget

In its first meeting after a short summer break, the Homer City Council on Monday moved forward on issues basic to city government— water, animal control and the budget. It took these actions:

• Held a public hearing and approved a substitute on Ordinance 16-38, an overhaul of the city’s animal control laws;

• Discussed and postponed Resolution 16-78, an act that would establish how property owners in the Shellfish Avenue-South Slope Drive water main project could pay to hook up to the new line; and

Hearing continued in sexual abuse case

Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy on July 21 continued a preliminary hearing for Stephen R. Boyle, 43, a Homer man charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Boyle is the deputy fire chief for Kachemak Emergency Services. Boyle was released on bail last month and remains on administrative leave with his Kenai Peninsula Borough job. Because he has not yet been indicted by a grand jury, a preliminary hearing was required.

Small clusters of silvers showing up at Fishing Hole

Things have been a bit gloomy and wet as of late but that’s just fine because no one wants some brain stem mishandling a slash burn or campfire that would give a new meaning to a front yard barbecue.

There have been a few uneasy weeks where temps were set on roast while the flora was dry enough to flare by just the thought of striking a match.

Fortunately, things have cooled off for a while.

Unfortunately, just the opposite has occurred to some of the salmon fishing depending upon whether you are beach flinging or floating.

Want to be a happy gardener? Think small

Just when I think the entire world is going to hell I make an excellent discovery: a neighbor with a vegetable garden that is exactly four feet square. Think about that for a moment, go ahead, take two.

Here is a semi-retired couple who have never gardened and buy the book on square foot gardening and actually do it. They are growing exactly what they want to eat. All will be consumed fresh. They have given this thought and are having excellent results.

Lower Cook Inlet oil leases advance

Residents of Anchor Point, Homer and Seldovia could see drilling rigs off their coasts in the future if the federal Department of the Interior gives it the green light.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf, has issued a draft environmental impact statement for oil and gas exploratory leases in Lower Cook Inlet. The proposed leasing area stretches from approximately Ninilchik to just north of Augustine Island, not including Kachemak Bay.

Pumpkins already getting ripe on the vine

This season is moving fast. Summer always does, but never like this. There are already beans and peas and, yes, pumpkins down at the Homer Farmers Market.

Our early season caught Bob Durr by surprise. He planted hundreds of pumpkins this year figuring that they would be ready for decorating for Halloween, but they are already getting ripe on the vine. Between the pumpkins and butternut squash he planted in three greenhouses, he has more than 1,000 plants producing like they are growing in California.

The Dragon's Den: Sanctuary for gamers

In a small town like Homer, it’s important to have niche businesses, which both fill a need in the community and contribute to its economy. One of these niche businesses, which opened this month, is The Dragon’s Den, the go-to store in Homer for any and all involved in gaming.

Abe Alborn, owner of The Dragon’s Den and also of the local construction business Excalibur, says Homer has been without a gaming store for 14 years, and that it is something the community has needed.

EPA fines BP, Hilcorp for North Slope spills

EPA fines BP, Hilcorp
for North Slope spills

JUNEAU (AP) — BP Exploration Alaska and Hilcorp Alaska have agreed to pay fines imposed by the federal government for spilling oil and waste on the state’s North Slope.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement with the companies Monday. Hilcorp will pay $100,000 in federal penalties, while BP Exploration Alaska has been fined $30,000 for federal penalties and $100,000 for state violations, KTOO-FM reported.

Pollution reduction settlement reached

Pollution reduction settlement reached

By PHUONG LE

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West.

The agreement with Tesoro Corp. and Par Hawaii Refining resolves alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act and requires installment of new equipment to control emissions.

Walker creates new Cabinet position for oil-gas advisor

Walker creates new Cabinet position for oil-gas advisor

By Elwood Brehmer

Morris News Service - Alaska

Gov. Bill Walker’s Cabinet is changing again, this time by way of addition.

Walker announced Monday longtime oil industry professional John Hendrix has been appointed as his chief oil and gas advisor, which is a newly created Cabinet level position. He introduced Hendrix during a luncheon held by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

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