Homer’s Winter King Derby has grown continuously since it was first started twenty-two years ago. The trend continued Saturday when the Homer Chamber of Commerce and tournament participants saw every derby record set broken again.The winning fish weighed in at 30.4 pounds, second place was 28.6 pounds, and third place hit 28.5 pounds.
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South Peninsula Hospital held a three day emergency drill last week to prepare Homer for a real life large scale disaster. The exercise made use of emergency personnel from both local and state agencies as well as dozens of volunteers. According to South Peninsula Hospital emergency personnel simulated the care and management of over one hundred casualties and seventeen fatalities.
Kenai police say they are fairly confident the human remains found by a motorist on a local trail are those of a family missing since last May.
Lieutenant David Ross held a media update midday Monday.
“Based on the consistency, we are very confident. The clothes are consistent, the size, the location. We are very confident that it is them. Obviously we will be looking for the medical examiner’s confirmation through DNA testing.”
He says there were four sets of human remains found and one dog.
Human remains were found Saturday on a Kenai trail. Kenai police are looking into a possible connection to a local family that went missing almost a year ago.
Homer scientists who have sustained a program tracking and cataloging humpback whales in Prince William Sound for the past 35 years are attempting to publish the results of their research. They say their data shows humpback whales have strong social bonds that will endure through long years of life.
The Seldovia Sea Otters boys basketball team made a name for themselves as first-time state champions Wednesday against the Scammon Bay Eagles.
The Kenai Peninsula CASA program is looking for volunteers to work with children in need going through the legal system. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. CASA is a nationwide program with a local partnership between the Office of Public Advocacy and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe.
The City of Homer is taking its first step towards a long planned expansion of the city’s deep water dock. On Monday night the Homer City Council chose to award R&M Consultants of Anchorage the contract for a study to evaluate the project’s merits. The way forward is not clear but there seem to be clear benefits tied to a dock expansion.