McKibben Jackinsky

Angelica’s story touches hearts near, far

A fundraising event benefiting 11-year-old Angelica Haakenson of Anchor Point and including a spaghetti meal and a silent and call-out auction is drawing more attention than organizers and family members anticipated. The event happens at Chapman School gym in Anchor Point at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s kind of mind-boggling when you need a trailer to pick up things from all the people who are thinking about her,” said Emily Haakenson, Angelica’s aunt.   

Homer Hockey Association rallies to keep rink off financial thin ice

How valuable is a facility that attracts an estimated 1,500 people to the city during the slow winter months, with those people spending about $425,000 while they’re here? A facility that attracts hundreds of area residents of all ages for hockey and figure skating lessons and the opportunity to participate in hockey, broomball, curling and other ice-related activities?

Valuable enough to keep, says the Homer Hockey Association. 

Home Run expands to Baycrest

Having opened Home Run Oil in 2000, Jeff and Shelly Erickson are now providing more than fuel for home and vehicle.

The new owners of Home Run Short Stop, formerly Baycrest Fuel and C Store near the top of Baycrest Hill, the Ericksons and their crew offer a wide selection of convenience items, a kitchen serving everything from ready-to-go hot breakfast sandwiches to jaw-stretching double-burgers to an impressive selection of soft-serve ice cream from early morning until the evening hours.

Krishna Venta Conservation Area: Protected for Perpetuity

While Homer talks about being open for business, expanding the harbor, upgrading streets and all the things that allow a city to meet the needs of its residents, 160 acres to the east, along the Fox River Flats, has been safeguarded since 1997 at the request of its former owner, Thomas Boblick. 

The Krishna Venta Conservation Area bears the name of Boblick’s spiritual leader, but protecting the area’s wildlife is what Boblick had in mind. 

Girls draw a bead on welding program

For six weeks before the holiday break, 15 girls from Voznesenka, Kachemak Selo and Razdolna schools set sparks flying. 

From 4-9 p.m., two days a week for a total of 60 hours, they hid their beautiful long dresses beneath unbecoming, but protective ensembles of coveralls, leather jackets, gloves and helmets to learn the art of welding from Homer High School instructor Mickey Todd.

Girl’s recovery continues; fundraising effort grows

More than a week and several surgeries later, Angelica Haakenson, 11, of Anchor Point, continues recovering from life-threatening injuries resulting from a Christmas day wreck on the Sterling Highway. 

“She got moved out of ICU on Saturday,” Emily Haakenson, Angelica’s aunt, told the Homer News. “She’s had four surgeries so far and will probably have another one next week, but being out of ICU is fantastic.”

Widespread support grows for victims of Christmas day wreck

Prayers, cards, videos and an outpouring of financial support from acquaintances and strangers are helping boost the spirits of 11-year-old Angelica Mae Haakenson and her mother, Mathany C. Satterwhite, 29, of Anchor Point. The mother and daughter are in Providence Hospital in Anchorage recovering from injuries sustained in a Christmas day three-vehicle wreck on the Sterling Highway.

‘Chopped’ is no ordinary semester final

Being “chopped” sounds frightening. So does taking a final.

Put the two together, it became an opportunity for Homer High School students in Lauren Childers’ culinary arts class to demonstrate their cooking know-how. For the judges — HHS teacher Paul Story; Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer; and yours truly — it was a mouth-watering, stomach-satisfying experience. For Childers, it proved “things we went over so long ago they still remember. They really stepped up their game for the final. I was so impressed.” 

Students think outside the ‘letters to santa’ box

In Kari Greiner’s second-grade class at Paul Banks Elementary School, the boys and girls broadened their horizons when it came to the tradition of writing letters to Santa. 

They penned correspondence for the holiday, including some thought-provoking questions and a few special requests, to head-reindeer Rudolph and his teammates; Santa’s right-hand helpers, the elves; and to the big guy himself. 

The following letters are reproduced exactly as the youngsters wrote them. 

Enjoy.

Seniors benefit from VA contract

As one of his final accomplishments in office, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has given Homer area veterans a gift. He helped facilitate a five-year contract with Homer Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs that will cover the cost of veterans participating in HSC’s adult day services program, Friendship Center.

Homer DDF team performs well at Eagle River

Eighteen members of the Homer High School debate, drama and forensics team are back from a multi-school meet at Eagle River High School last weekend. Participating schools included East, South, Service, West, Eagle River and Chugiak high schools, as well as Homer. 

“Homer did very well,” said Head Coach Amy Johnson. “I was very impressed with their performance, despite it being near the end of the semester with lots of other stress.”

Public praises Wrede’s work

It was saved until the end of Monday’s regular city council meeting, but the lineup at the microphone, the accolades given, the servings of cake and punch and the emotions expressed —laughter and tears — made it clear City Manager Walt Wrede’s upcoming departure was the focus of the evening.

Resident Larry Slone commented on Wrede’s mixed record, considered by some as having done a fine job and by others as being the devil incarnate.

“Nobody’s perfect, Walt,” said Slone. “From the professional perspective, I’d give you an A minus.”

Nikolaevsk mixed 6 region champs, head to state

It was a clear sweep to victory for the Nikolaevsk Warriors mixed six volleyball team at conference competition in Kodiak last weekend.

After arriving in Kodiak by ferry, the team took on Anderson, the no. 4 seed, and secured a 3-0 win Friday afternoon.

Saturday, the Warriors were back on the court, working their way past Seldovia, the no. 3 seed, and Kodiak EES, no. 2. The Kodiak team includes athletes from Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie.

Correa named ‘sailor of the quarter’

The chiefs and command of the USCGC Hickory have announced their selection of Jose J. Correa, a machinery technician second class, as the ship’s Fall 2014 Sailor of the Quarter.

The honor is bestowed on a crewmember who shows superior performance of duty and service to the cutter and local community, and proves to be an exceptional member of the United States Coast Guard, said Ensign David Parker, the ship’s public affairs officer, in a press release issued Nov. 20.

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