Inspired by a “Pirates — Seek Treasure in a Good Book” theme, pre-K through second-grade students at Paul Banks Elementary School set a record with their 2014 readathon: 160,650 minutes read since Jan. 12, said teacher Wendy Todd, an organizer of the event.
Maybe it was the theme. Maybe it was the promise by Redbeard the Pirate, aka Principal Eric Pederson, to walk the plank if the students read 120,000 minutes.
Once again, Homer High School was named “most employable school” in Kenai Peninsula Borough School District CTSO, Career Technical Student Organization, competition.
“I think Homer is going on year five as most employable school,” said Dan Bohrnsen, coordinator of this year’s competition at Kenai Central High School, held Jan. 29. “Homer has done very well. This year they tied with SoHi and, instead of a flip of the coin, we gave them both first-place plaques.”
For years, at the annual Cabin Fever Variety Show songs have been sung, guitars and ukuleles strummed, pianos played, jokes told and stories recited. Local cooks have offered up cakes and cookies, pies and breads. Raffle tickets have been sold and prizes won.
All of that has been done with one goal: raising enough funds to get the Anchor Point Public Library a home of its own. It is currently located in 1,600-square-feet of space at one end of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10221 building.
After an action-packed season, the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team — with skaters from Homer Flex, Homer High, Kachemak Selo and Voznesenka — begins single-elimination play at Regions competition at the Brett Ice Arena in Wasilla today.
Up until last weekend, it was unclear if their first match-up would be against Soldotna or Kenai.
“We have and can beat both teams,” Mariner Head Coach John Carlin had told the Homer News.
Zumba music drowned out the sounds of Super Bowl in Alice’s Champagne Palace loft Sunday afternoon, as Liz Villareal led a Zumba warm-up for the 12th annual Ski For Women.
The energy level and enthusiasm were high for the South Peninsula Haven House fundraiser, with everyone — including the mother-daughter duo of Beka and Brightly Thoning dressed as the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, accompanied by Lucas Thoning wearing his Mr. Homer regalia — ready to get outside and enjoy the sun.
The Nikolaevsk Warriors boys and girls basketball teams have barely left the court in the past week. In at-home games, the boys played Nanwalek Jan. 28 and both the boys and girls teams played Cook Inlet Academy Jan. 30 and Kalskag Feb. 2. On the road Tuesday, they played Lumen Christi in Anchorage.
That should get them more than warmed up for the three-day Nenana Invitational Tournament, with participating teams from Fort Yukon, Tri-Valley, Su-Valley, Huslia, Effie Kokrine, Minto, Seldovia and Nenana.
Apples displayed on desks, apples given to them by students. West Homer Elementary School librarian also has an apple for her desk. A golden one, awarded to her by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board at its regular meeting on Monday.
In presenting her with the apple, board member Liz Downing, who represents Homer on the school board, read from comments made by WHES teacher Lyn Maslow.
After years of planning, the sound of saws and smell of wood fill one of three modular classrooms at Chapman School.
Fat bikes. Fat-tire bikes. Snow bikes. Omni-terrain vehicles. Ask Chase Warren and they’re all the same. They also are the centerpiece of the Big Fat Bike Festival 2015.
Warren and other members of the Homer Cycling Club have created a festival agenda that begins Friday and continues through Sunday. It includes food, bonfires and lots of fun activities, all of it centered around fat bikes and the places those bikes can take you.
Thurmond’s celebrated a grand opening in Anchor Point on Monday, the event signaling two big changes. First, the business is now owned by Dale and Elaine Griner. Second, its new name is Thurmond’s Far West Auto, a nod to Anchor Point’s claim as the most westerly highway point in North America.
Following on the heels of a disappointing 3-2 loss to the SoHi Stars played before hometown fans Jan. 20, the Homer Mariner Co-Op hockey team powered onto the Soldotna Sports Center ice two days later and claimed a 7-1 victory over the Kenai Kardinals. Senior forward Kiril Sanarov made four of the seven goals.
In the annual, three-day Warrior Rumble at Nikolaevsk School, the Fort Yukon Eagles boys team and the Newhalen Malamutes girls team took first place in basketball action. The Nikolaevsk Warriors boys and girls teams took second and the Newhalen Malamutes boys and Fort Yukon Eagles girls were third. The boys and girls teams from the fourth school to participate in the tournament, the Tri-Valley Viking Warriors, were presented with sportsmanship awards.
The public might recognize Nolan Bunting from his recent role as Fred Flintstone in the Homer Council on the Arts recent production of the “60s Show.” Or maybe from seeing him perform with the Homer High School choir and band. Or through his involvement with the school’s drama, debate and forensics club. Perhaps through his volunteer work at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Or helping reassemble a whale skeleton. Or through birding. Or citizen science activities.
With 60 percent of the nation’s seafood harvested and processed right here in Alaska and with more than 47,000 miles of coastline, it makes sense that the marine sector would offer thousands of jobs.
Make that 70,000, according to the state’s “Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan.”
The Mariners last at-home hockey game of the season was a bitter battle against the SoHi Stars Tuesday night.
The Soldotna varsity team was the first onto the board, scoring two points in the first period, followed by one more in the second period. Even a penalty shot attempt by Mariner forward Garrett Butcher with less than two minutes left in the second period and the hometown fans cheering loudly wasn’t enough to get the puck past the Stars’ goaltender.
Following a meet at Service High School in Anchorage, the Homer High School Drama, Debate and Forensics Team, DDF for short, is preparing for two hometown events and encouraging the public to come watch, applaud and participate.
This weekend, Jan. 23-24, is a DDF tournament and on Tuesday, Jan. 27, is Random Acts of DDF, an avenue for the team to show what DDF is all about in a family-friendly environment.
It began as a mid-winter event for men to swap hunting and fishing stories. Six years later — or maybe seven; organizer Rick Paulsrud isn’t quite sure — it’s still an opportunity for storytelling and a potluck with items featuring fish and game.
The “men only” part didn’t stick, however.
“It started out just for men, but the ladies wanted to be involved, too,” said Rick Paulsrud. “It’s turned into everybody and it’s fun. We’re glad it is what it is now.”
With the Homer City Council’s blessing to proceed until the project is completed, the Public Safety Building Review Committee met Monday and authorized consultants to proceed with a site survey and test bores of the selected location at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue, the current location of the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, or HERC,
Hold a spaghetti feed and auction benefit and you just never know what will happen.
In the case of Sunday’s event benefitting Angelica Haakenson, 11, of Anchor Point, and her family, organizer Kayla Tennison said it was more successful than anticipated. The event, plus donation cans around town, raised a grand total of more than $30,000.
“It was definitely a success,” she said. “We were trying to have people sign in at the front door and we counted 515, but I know there were more than that.”
Temperatures have been above freezing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hockey season. Just ask the 100 women from around the state participating in the Homer Winter Jamboree.
“The Homer Hockey Association and the Homer Divas Women’s Hockey are thrilled to announce the Fifth annual Winter Jamboree hockey tournament scheduled to take place January 16-18 at the Kevin Bell Arena,” said a Jan. 12 press release.