Pet of the Week
Batten down the hatches, Betsteroids. Get out the barbecue grills. Go find the garden tools. If you haven’t noticed, we’re coming up on the last Monday of May — Memorial Day, the traditional start of the tourist season, the weekend when the rest of Alaska seems to invade Homer, the day when finally all the tourist shops open up —
Yet another judge, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston, has been appointed in a lawsuit by three Homer City Council members seeking to stop a June 13 recall election against them.
“Homer residents, you’ve been served!” reads a flier that appeared in Homer mailboxes this week. “We the People will not be silenced.” The flier references a lawsuit filed by Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds seeking to halt the June 13 recall election targeting the three council members.
Local fire departments remind everyone that a permit is required to burn anything more than a small campfire, and to remember to always attend your fires until they are out cold to the touch. Burn Permits are available at the Homer Volunteer Fire Station from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday for burn permits inside city of Homer limits. If you are outside city limits, burn permits are available at the McNeil Fire Station-Kachemak Emergency Services, the Fritz Creek Store, from the local Alaska Division of Forestry office on Kachemak Drive and online at forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Follow the directions on the permit and check in daily for burn conditions. For more information, call HVFD at 235-3155, KESA at 235-9811 and Division of Forestry at 235-7734.
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Good Alaska memoirs distinguish themselves in several ways: they capture a time and place in our state’s culture, they tell the truth of that culture as experienced by the author, and the prose sings with good description, vivid dialogue and a strong narrative voice.
Despite an expedited court schedule in a lawsuit by three Homer City Council members seeking to stop a June 13 recall election, public notice of the election will proceed. The city has to issue a notice 30 days in advance, or by May 18. It also has to print election ballots soon. The deadline to register to vote in that election is May 14.
Pet of the Week
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department Central Peninsula Landfill and Transfer Facilities and Sites summer operating hours have started. All facilities are now open seven days a week. Hours of operation are: Anchor Point, 24 hours daily; Homer Transfer Site, 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday; McNeil Canyon Transfer Site, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; Ninilchik Transfer Site, 24 hours daily.
As if turning a switch, thousands of shorebirds arrived May 3, pushed north and west by a storm with winds up to 35 mph. Predictions that the peak of the migration would hit right during the 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 4-7 proved spot on, justifying a decision to move the festival up a week this year.
Continuing a tradition of featuring women musicians to close out the final night, Salmonfest this year brings back to the lower Kenai Peninsula one of Homer’s most successful performers, singer-songwriter Jewel. The daughter of Atz Kilcher and Nedra Carroll, Jewel grew up in Homer as part of the musically talented extended Kilcher family.
Who loves you, Betsteroids? That’s right — your mama. Don’t forget the annual celebration of mothers this Sunday, May 14. That’s the second Sunday in May. Sunday, kids. Sunday.
Homer Middle School
Homer High Daily Bulletin
The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival weekend brings not only shorebirds to Homer, but art about birds. For First Friday, several galleries feature exhibits of bird art. At the Art Shop Gallery, it’s “All About Birds,” the title of a show with works by Byron Birdsal, Shirley Timmreck, Taz Tally, Laural Sabin and Nancy Wise. At Fireweed Gallery, watercolor artist MaryBee Kaufmann considers the threats to seabirds, especially the common murre, with her show, “Beacons of Circumstance.” Fireweed also features the annual Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society’s show, including its popular collaborative work, where individual artists paint a section of a larger painting. This year’s piece is “Off-loading.”
The 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival celebrates its silver anniversary with a look backward to one of the first birders to document the annual arrival of shorebirds to Homer. George West, who died in 2016, is the festival’s featured artist. His painting of five shorebirds serves as the festival’s logo this year.
Fifty flags on the Homer Spit beach and perhaps 500 people greeted USS Hopper, the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, based U.S. Navy destroyer, as it rounded Coal Point at the end of the Spit on Saturday. Homer Downtown Rotary provided U.S. Flags, and rows of them lined the beach in front of Land’s End Resort. As Hopper pulled past the Spit, rows of sailors lined the decks. One family, Ralph Crane, his daughter Joy Overson and his granddaughter Faith Overson, waved a large American flag and an Alaska flag.
At a Homer City Council special meeting on Tuesday, Anchorage attorney Eric Sanders told the council the city plans to proceed in defending its decision to hold the June 13 recall election.
The Homer Legislative Information Office at 270 W. Pioneer Ave. is open from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4:30 pm. Monday-Friday, with special hours to accommodate Legislative hearings and teleconferences outside of normal hours. For more information, call 235-7878. The LIO’s last day is this Friday, May 5.