McKibben Jackinsky

Wilderness Explorers helps kids make connections

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.

Local woman turns the big 100

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:

Homer mechanic puts away his toolbox; Redline Automotive to take over space

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.

What to do after school? Homer comes up with answers

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.

Saying ‘no’ doesn’t work with oil-gas industry

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.

Bill Steyer to coach community college cross country team

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.

Mariner girls take first in track and field; Homer softball team heads to state games

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.


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