Backyard Country BBQ
If sometime in the last year you’ve had Land’s End Resort’s crab and artichoke dip — a memorable mix of crab, artichoke and cream cheese covered with parmesan cheese and served piping hot with slices of freshly baked bread — chances are it was made by Sung Linder.
Backpack-wearing, coat-dragging, loud-voiced youngsters excitedly emptied classrooms on May 2, happy the school day had ended. For 31 kindergarten through sixth-grade students from Paul Banks and West Homer Elementary schools, Fireweed Academy and Connections (the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s homeschool program) hours of learning still remained, but they seemed equally excited.
When it comes to strong women, Homer has a former Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly president, city council members, scientists, business owners and teachers. They fly our planes, captain our boats and keep us physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. They cook our meals and make our morning coffee. They guide our lives and the lives of coming generations.
Below are just a few well wishes from prominent Alaska residents for Wilma Gregory, local Homer resident, on her 100th birthday:
Time is of the essence.
When southern Kenai Peninsula residents heard BlueCrest’s plans for the Cosmopolitan project just north of Anchor Point, it brought two new words into our vocabulary: hydraulic fracturing, or, simply, fracking.
On Dec. 16, Larene “Tepa” Rogers, 86, died with family at her side. The loss of this lifelong Homer resident is lightened by memories of a life fully lived and family traditions her daughters Linda Rowe and Anita Critchett of Homer and Judy Fowler-Morris of Fairbanks are determined to continue.
Ensuring all the ingredients were on hand for favorite Thanksgiving recipes and anticipating a day with loved ones and friends kept many people busy last Wednesday. Not Brant “Boog” Torsen, his wife Doris and their daughter Breeanna. They spent the morning sharing hugs and tearful good-byes with customers. At noon Wednesday, Nov. 22, they closed the doors of Boog’s Automotive.
When Yvonne Bouchard and Russ Morse vacationed in Homer two years ago they knew they’d found the place they wanted to live. In July, Bouchard fell from the deck of the Eagle Aerie home she and Morse are building, breaking her back. Now the couple is redefining what’s needed to live in this piece of paradise.
During her senior year at Homer High School, Sunny Puterbaugh lacked a plan for the future.
In October 2016, parents took notice when the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced cutbacks due to declining dollars from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Specifically, it meant a change in busing schedules beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, resulting in changing start and stop times for 10 southern peninsula schools.
Two words — “Oh, yeah!” — are all it takes for Ruth Babcock to know the importance of what she does.
When Will Files sold Tech Connect to Craig and Gayle Forrest in 1997, it was because things were changing.
Remember when First Lady Nancy Reagan came up with “just say no,” a chant meant to steer children away from the nightmare of a drug-addicted life? Its simplicity and hoped-for-power made it spread like wildfire. Thousands of “Just Say No” clubs sprang up. The Girl Scouts of the United States of America and the Coalition of Parents for a Drug-Free Youth helped broadcast the message. Britain and Australia gave it an international reach.
When Leroy and Rita Jo Shoultz settled on 14 acres near Fritz Creek, the top priority was making an abandoned log cabin habitable for their family and learning to live without running water or electricity.
By McKibben Jackinsky
Lane Community College, in Eugene, Ore., has announced that Bill Steyer has been selected as LCC’s cross country coach. Prior to moving from Homer to Oregon in May, Steyer was the cross country and track coach for Homer High School, was active with Kachemak Bay Running Club and frequently ran in local events. He was named Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015, and 2016 by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and has a USATF Level 1 Certification and USATFCCCA Technical Certification for the sprint, jumping and distance events.
By McKibben Jackinsky
The sports action is red hot for Homer High Mariner teams as the season draws to a close. Homer girls track and field are 1, 2, and 3A state champs following competition in Palmer. The softball team won Northern Lights Conference regions and heads to state championship play in Fairbanks beginning today, June 1. The boys soccer team bowed out of state championships in Eagle River after losing to Juneau’s Crimson Bears, but came home with the academic award. In baseball, the Mariners put up a strong battle in Southern Conference regions, but dropped a final game to Soldotna on Friday kept them from moving on to state.