MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Students explore careers at KBC Job and Career Fair

Local businesses, agencies, nonprofit groups and trade associations offered advice — and even some new jobs — at the annual Kachemak Bay Campus College, Career and Job Fair held at the college last Friday. About 400 students from 11 area schools as well as community members visited the annual event, said Kim Frost, KBC student and enrollment services coordinator.

First Friday events

As Homer art lovers know, April always brings a special treat: student art shows from kindergarten to high school at Paul Banks Elementary School and Homer Flex School. Paul Banks holds it annual Arts Extravaganza, with not only displays of student art, but a hands-on art table and performances by the Homer Youth String Orchestra and Preludes, the Paul Banks string instrument ensemble. Homer Flex demonstrates that art continues as students mature and prepare to embark on adult life. For its show, the school features photography done in an Artist in the Schools residency by Taz Tally.

Shein visits Homer on campaign tour

Pitching himself as “standing for honest progressive values,” Democratic Party candidate Dimitri Shein visited Homer on Monday as part of his campaign to defeat Congressman Don Young. Shein faces fellow Anchorage candidates Gregory Jones and Alyse Galvin to win the Democratic Party nomination, although Galvin is running as undeclared or independent. Under Democratic Party rules allowing independents to run for the party nomination, Galvin could win the nomination.

Bagley proposes SPH service area change

An ordinance proposed by Kenai Borough Assembly Member and Vice-President Dale Bagley would dramatically change the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area by moving the current boundary south of Ninilchik. The new east-west boundary would run roughly along Oil Well Road. The ordinance comes up for introduction at the April 3 meeting in Soldotna and a public hearing at the May 1 meeting.

Homer embraces solar energy

Talking about solar energy on the cusp of spring might seem optimistic. While daylight gets longer and the temperature warms, the weather flips between gloomy clouds and brisk winds. Last Thursday, March 22, at a presentation, “Solar Energy in Alaska,” at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, speakers gushed with enthusiasm.

Wildlife photographers close life chapter

Just like a hobbit can take a second breakfast, some people get a second retirement — a closing of a career after previous work. After moving from the Lower 48 and settling in Homer, artists Mary Frische and Tom Collopy this month ended their environmental photography business, Wild North Photography, with a final gallery show at Fireweed Gallery.

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