A Homer charter boat captain who pled guilty to distributing drugs to minors and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to ten years in prison. Thirty-four-year-old Randall Hines will also have to pay $160,000 in restitution.
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The Homer harbor is usually a bustling place, especially in the summer months when huge commercial vessels, sport boats, ferries and cruise ships are all coming and going. For the last five years, the man overseeing it all has been Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins.
Crews working on the natural gas trunk line into Homer should be in the West Hill Road area later this week. According to Enstar Natural Gas, workers also will be moving toward Fairview Avenue as well.
Buccaneer Energy has experienced another setback in its efforts to deploy the Endeavor jack-up rig, which has been docked at the Homer Harbor about four months longer than originally planned. Last week, the company was forced to replace the operator of the rig.
When Kenai Peninsula Borough voters head to the polls October 1st, they will see a ballot question calling for a $22 million-dollar bond issue. The money would be used to build new roofs at several borough schools, as well as a new football field at Homer High School.
Senator Peter Micciche was back on the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend, taking advantage of the halfway point in this year’s legislative session to re-connect with constituents. Micciche held a town hall-style meeting in Homer Friday night.
After this year’s poor fishing season, the call has been made by fishermen and political leaders for more economic data concerning the role of commercial and sportfishing in the local economy. The first small steps toward getting that information were taken this week.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will loan money to the City of Homer for construction on a natural gas trunk line and distribution system. The Borough Assembly approved the measure during its meeting Tuesday night.