Anna Frost

School board considers changes to southern peninsula bus routes

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board will decide in June whether the bus route scheduling for southern peninsula schools, including Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik, will change, said KPBSD Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones at a Tuesday meeting at Homer High School. 

Any changes to bus routes will go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year. The upcoming 2016-2017 school year’s transportation schedule will not change, Jones said.

Girls place third at Homer Invite

The Homer girls track and field team took third place out of 15 teams at the Homer Invite on April 29 and 30. Soldotna High and Anchorage Christian came in first and second place. 

Kaylee Veldstra took third place in the preliminary girls 100-meter dash, followed by teammate Angie Cardoza in sixth. Veldstra placed second in the 100-meter final event, while Cardoza placed fourth. Veldstra’s finals time was 13.04 seconds, while Cardoza’s time was 13.34 seconds.

Leaving it all behind

Seattle artist Julia Harrison aims to leave Homer a little more beautiful than how she found it. Bunnell Street Arts Center’s current artist-in-residence came to town with simple hand tools that she uses for carving and jewelry making and plans to leave without any artwork she creates during her two-week stay. 

Instead, Harrison wants to leave it in and with the community.

Chapman hosts potluck for two retiring teachers

Chapman School is honoring retiring teachers Donna Austin and Linda Brady with a community potluck retirement party at 6 p.m. Friday.

Community members, including current and former students and their parents, are invited to share a dish and a story at the Chapman School Gym, according to Chapman School secretary Debbie Poindexter. Both Austin and Brady leave a unique legacy at the school.

Donna Austin

Retiring KPC professors looking ahead

Three long-time Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College professors said their goodbyes as they left their offices and retired from their full-time positions.

Professor of English and communications Beth Graber, associate professor of history and political science Michael Hawfield and assistant professor of anthropology Catherine Knott are leaving their posts in pursuit of travel, volunteer work and other passions. For Hawfield and Graber, retiring also means teaching part-time as adjuncts at KPC's Kachemak Bay campus. 

Food hub launches in Homer

Kenai Peninsula Food Hub members in the Homer area picked up their first orders on Wednesday from the Kachemak Community Center. 

Different from a farmers market, which can be a social outing as well as a shopping trip, the food hub allows consumers to place an order online a few days prior and pick up their items on a Tuesday or Wednesday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. 

Annual kids’ fair offers information, lots of fun

If you like prizes and fun, the annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair at Homer High is the place to be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The free event aims to promote healthy living to kids and teens, as well as other family members. The event will feature more than 30 booths and stations with hands-on activities and demonstrations, according to a press release from South Peninsula Hospital. 

Teens use art to promote community support

Homer’s teens want the community to stop making assumptions about them, and they’re using art to get everyone’s attention.

The group of teens involved in Homer’s Lead On group is hosting an event to kick off a media campaign focusing on the negative effects of stereotyping from 6-8 p.m. Friday at K-Bay Caffe. 

The idea is to start a conversation, said Homer High senior Lilli Johnson. 

15 teams of track-field athletes to participate in Homer Invite

Homer High’s girls track and field team placed second out of 14 schools at the Kenai Invitational, held April 22 and 23. The boys team placed 11 out of 12 teams, according to the scores posted on athletic.net. 

Track and field will host the Homer Invite on the Homer High School turf at 1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. 

Girls come in second at Kenai Invite

Voznesenka girls soccer kicks off with first varsity team

Razdolna and Kachemak Selo schools joined forces with Voznesenka School to form a full-fledged girls varsity team, ready to compete with schools from across the state. Last year, the team played at club level. Vozeneska played their first home game against Nikiski on Monday, April 25 on the Homer High turf.

 

The Nikiski Bulldogs beat the Voznesenka Cougars in the rain-filled game, finishing with a final score of 10-1. Faena Basargin scored the Cougar’s only goal on a penalty kick in the second half.

 

Former Mariner athlete honored

Thirty years after winning his second state title as a Mariner wrestler, the Alaska School Activities Association is inducting Homer High School alumnus Ian Pitzman into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame. Pitzman, owner of Fortune Sea LLC and a leader in the Homer fishing community, will be the sixth Homer High athlete honored in the hall of fame. 

Syringe exchange program receives funding for summer pilot program

South Peninsula Syringe Exchange received a $1,000 grant from The Awesome Foundation, providing funding for a pilot program over the summer. Catriona Reynolds announced the grant at the city council meeting on Monday, April 25.

 

“It came together and worked out that there are enough people in the room to give it momentum,” Reynolds said.

 

Adding up addiction’s costs

Megan Wiard returned to Homer in March to apologize. The last time she was in her hometown, about six years ago, Megan was an addict.

I made amends to the people I stole money from. I made amends to the police station and causing harm in their town, selling drugs in their town. I made peace with the town,” Megan said. “I thought it was going to be a lot more difficult. My boyfriend came with me to support me and my family supported me. I’m grateful I got to do it.”

Mariner soccer teams defeat Nikiski, but fall to Soldotna

Homer High School’s varsity soccer teams played home games against Nikiski and Soldotna High School, with the boys and girls each earning a win and a loss. 

Both teams rose up against Nikiski on April 14 and kicked off the weekend with victories. Girls won 4-0, while boys won 4-1. However, the April 19 games against Soldotna ended with a 3-0 loss for Homer girls and a 2-1 loss for Homer boys.

Homer woman goes ‘Alone’ into the wilderness

With the airing of the second season of the History Channel’s survival show “Alone” on April 21, Mary Kate Green joins the cast of Homerites representing their town on television.

Unlike the Kilcher’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier” or the Time Bandit crew of  “Deadliest Catch” fame, which portrays people in their element, “Alone” takes Green to an empty area of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, with only 10 items for survival. No camera crew or other contestants were nearby for assistance or comradery. 

Teen talent show helps art program

Colors of Homer has provided a safe space for teens to express their creativity for the last four years, and this year it also aimed to give back to the Homer High School art program. The bi-annual event acts as a variety-show-meets-open-mic-night for students to sing, recite poetry, show artwork, or show-off other talents.

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