In Brief

Lawmaster to leave Haven House

South Peninsula Haven House executive director Jessica Lawmaster will leave her job effective Feb. 19, she said in a letter to the Haven House board of directors. Lawmaster will move to the Seattle area to be closer to her family.

Lawmaster started at Haven House in October 2008 as the Kenai Peninsula Child Advocacy Center coordinator, managing Child Advocacy Centers in Homer, Kenai and Seward. She was named executive director in 2012, succeeding Peg Coleman.

In another change at Haven House, Homer Child Advocacy Coordinator Carolyn Norton has been promoted to Lawmaster’s former position as coordinator of the three Kenai Peninsula Child Advocacy Centers. Norton’s new job is effective Jan. 1.

In a press release, Haven House Board of Directors President Terry Thompson said the board accepted Lawmaster’s resignation with regrets.

“Jessica has been an amazing leader for Haven House over the last several years, and her leadership will be deeply missed,” he said. “She has been a tireless advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and continually showed her deep commitment to the mission of Haven House.”

Lawmaster said it has been a great honor and life-changing experience working at Haven House.

“I have witnessed remarkable bravery on the part of the many survivors we serve and have worked alongside incredible staff who inspire me with their fierce advocacy and unending compassion,” she said. “I am incredibly grateful for this remarkable team of employees, a stellar board of directors who is deeply committed to ensuring the success of Haven House and to the very caring community of Homer, whose support is the very heart of what we do.”

The board will start an immediate state-wide search for a new executive director. A job announcement was posted today on Haven House’s website at


Timberwolves on top

in city hoops league

At the end of an intense eighth week of play in the Homer City Basketball League, the Ninilchik Timberwolves are in first place, with a 7-1 record, followed closely by the Best Western Riptide and the Titans, each boasting 6 wins to 2 losses.

1.) Ninilchik Timberwolves7-12.) Best Western Riptide6-2

3.) Titans6-2

4.) Gregoire Smooth Ops 5-3

5.) Alaska Bible Institute (ABI)3-5

6.) Pathfinder Aviation Splash Bros3-5

7.) K-122-68.) Homer News Slammin’ Salmon0-8

Game 1: 

Riptide 71, K-12, 34

High scorer: Riptides’ Dean DeVaney
(21 pts)

Game 2:

Splash Bros, 67, ABI, 51

High scorers: Splash Bros Dyllan Day
(29 pts), Devon Kenelty (18 pts)

Game 3: 

Smooth Ops, 69, Titans, 60

High scorer:: Operator Casey Siekaniec (17 pts)

Game 4: 

T-Wolves, 95, Salmon, 43

High scorer: Wolves Nick Finley (31 pts), Jesse Leman (26 pts)