Anchor Point

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers arrested the driver of a truck that was involved in a serious rollover accident in Anchor Point on Thursday. Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Cotney of Anchorage was allegedly speeding excessively around a curve near mile 155 of Sterling Highway with two passengers in the vehicle, according to a trooper dispatch. 

Courtesy of the city of Homer

Crime has been a large concern on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Anchor Point has held several recent meetings on how to lessen it.  But residents working to prevent crime may soon be able to receive a little help from the state.  

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission

Applications for two proposed gravel pits in and around the Anchor Point area were appealed over the last couple of weeks.

Emmitt Trimble, the manager of Beachcomber LLC appealed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission’s decision to deny his permit request to excavate roughly 30 acres near the mouth of the Anchor River. The panel denied the permit in a 6-3 vote in July.

The planning commission denied the application after hearing hours of testimony about the potential visual and noise impacts, among other concerns.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Department

It’s rare for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission to deny a permit request for a gravel pit, but it denied an application to excavate nearly 30 acres near the mouth of the Anchor River. The commission denied the request due to concerns about noise and how it might change the scenic recreation area. 

Emmitt Trimble, who manages Beachcomber LLC, wants to dig a roughly 20-foot deep gravel pit off Danver Street and Anchor Point Road, roughly 500 feet from the Anchor River.

Image Courtesy of the Department of Public Safety / Alaska State Troopers

Many Anchor Point residents are fed up with crime in the community. Residents say they are angry with not only what seems to be a high level of thefts and break-ins, but also by what they see as an inadequate response from Alaska State Troopers. 

Kristin Craver has hit a breaking point with crime in the community.  She said there have been thefts in her neighborhood, and she regularly hears about break-ins, stolen vehicles and other crimes.

Terry Rensel, KBBI General Manager

Three trees that were home to bald eagle nests near Anchor Point were recently chopped down, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency announced Friday that it is searching for the responsible party.

The wildlife service says the trees were initially discovered in aerial surveys. After investigating, the agency believes the trees were cut down this spring. All three trees are located within a half- mile radius and appear to be the only trees cut down.

Stolen vehicle used to rob Anchor Point pawnshop

Sep 29, 2017
Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Early Thursday morning, a Dodge Nitro SUV parked outside Sarge’s Auto Repair Shop in Anchor Point was stolen and used to rob the Useful Things Pawnshop.

The assailants used the SUV to drive to the shop, break in, and the vehicle was later abandoned.

Mike Slaughter owns the pawnshop and he estimates $20,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the store. 

“We had five handguns taken, some rings, miscellaneous jewelry, some old bills, some high-end knives,” Slaughter listed.

Courtesy of Chase McKinney

As Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean and onwards to the Southeastern U.S., the relief effort is still underway in Texas after hurricane Harvey devastated Houston. A former Anchor Point resident, who now lives on the southwest corner of the city, spent three days responding to the disaster. Now that the waters have receded, he doesn’t want Alaskans and the rest of the country to forget about the mountain of work left to do.

Homer Man Leads Troopers on High Speed Chase

Oct 7, 2016
Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

On Thursday afternoon, a Homer resident led local law enforcement on a high speed chase from Anchor Point to Homer.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Anchor Point Troopers received a report just after 3 p.m. Thursday of a reckless driver on Sterling Highway near mile 171. Troopers located the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Lumina, and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, 30-year-old Paul Suter of Homer, led police on a brief car chase before crashing into a ditch. Suter then fled into the woods on foot at mile 158, near Sabea Circle.

BlueCrest Noise Frustrates Area Residents

Sep 19, 2016
Photo by Jenny Neyman

Residents of a tiny Kenai Peninsula subdivision near Anchor Point thought they had a little slice of peace and quiet. But a tract of homestead land to the south held an oil test well. And now it’s home to 38 acres of an active oil well, processing train, natural gas flare, workers’ camp, truck filling station and a five-story rig that is about to start drilling 30 more wells.