MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

U.S. Navy ship scheduled to visit Homer for Exercise Northern Edge 2017

An Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Hopper (DDG 70) visits Homer from April 28-30 as part of Exercise Northern Edge in the Gulf of Alaska. Hundreds of sailors will get shore leave and participate in community service projects, excursions, sporting events and explore local culture and sites, the Alaskan Pacific Command said in a press release.

 

Compassion event may lead to more connections

An interfaith event last month inspired by the visit of a Tibetan Buddhist teacher may lead to more community collaborations on an idea common to most spiritual beliefs: compassion. Held on St. Patrick’s Day at Homer United Methodist Church, “Practicing Compassion in Challenging Times” brought together believers of numerous faiths and spiritualities, all talking about how compassion drives their beliefs and how it transcends differences.

Town Crier

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.

Best Bets

We live in a time of great transition, Betsteroids. Chaos has descended upon the world. What once seemed black and white has become a muddled, confusing gray. Great things will happen this month as forces more powerful than any of us get unleashed.

Despite dreary spring, art pops up

Though Homer might be going through a late winter with mud and dust at a time when in earlier years the first crocuses might have popped up, at art galleries around town spring has come. Youth art tops the list with Jubilee! art shows at Homer Council on the Arts and the Pratt Museum. Don’t miss the Paul Banks Elementary School annual Arts Extravaganza, featuring art from the next generation of talents. The event also features music by Preludes violin students and the Homer Youth String Orchestra.

Rhythm Future Quartet visits for concert, student outreach

Nationally performing arts group Rhythm Future Quarter, or RFQ, visits Homer in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. Sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts, RFQ also does an outreach event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the R.E.C. Room. With the Homer Youth String Orchestra and Youth on Record, RFQ will talk about Gypsy jazz and record and mix a piece of music. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the group includes Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass.

Recall vote set for June 13

Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson on Wednesday certified a recall petiton against Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds. Johnson set a special election for June 13. Recall organizers on March 31 turned in signature petitions.

Kase Compton Robl

Kase Compton Robl was born at 3:37 a.m. March 21, 2017, to Alyssa Prince Robl and Dave Robl. He weighed 9 pounds. His grandparents are Mark and Teri Robl of Homer and Leah Prince of Sequim, Wash. His uncles are Robert Robl and Brian Prince.

Town Crier

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.

Residential community colleges offer low-cost alternative

With private and even public college tuition rising to above $60,000 a year, some area high school students have begun considering a low-cost alternative: residential community colleges. At one-third the price, these colleges often have smaller campuses and student bodies, a lower student-teacher ratio and all the amenities of a modern university, including dorms and cafeterias.

Johnson wins Winter King with 25.65-pound beauty

After being postponed a week, ice melted in the Homer Harbor and sun shone on Kachemak Bay, allowing 1,007 anglers in 299 boats and 12 kayaks to cast lines in search of monster winter king salmon in the 24th Annual Homer Winter King Tournament. Homer fisherman Ron Johnson on the Olyjohn took home the biggest fish of 25.65 pounds, winning $21,147 and $32,381.25 in side bets, for a total of $53,528.25 — but he wasn’t the only winner on the Olyjohn.

Best Bets

Last Thursday at his talk about William Seward and Tsar Alexander II, writer Michael Dunham tossed off a “what-if” that got the Betster thinking. In the Crimean War of 1853-56, the British war fleet attacked Petropavlosk and could have taken Russian Sitka, but didn’t. What if they had? Dunham asked.

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