MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Marine Education conference is Aug. 7-11

Multiple education partners in Homer co-host the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) Conference in Homer next week, Aug. 7-11, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Participating organizations include the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the Pratt Museum, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve (KBRR), Kachemak Bay Environmental Educators Alliance (KBEEA), Alaska SeaGrant, UAF Cooperative Extension, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and the Alaska Natural Resource &Outdoor Education (ANROE). Presentations and meetings will be held at the Islands &Ocean Visitor Center and the Kachemak Bay Campus.

 

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The other day the Betster dared to attempt a left turn on Ocean Drive at mid-day. Holy Gridlock! What happened to our sleepy little town where if you have to wait 10 seconds to turn onto the Sterling Highway from West Hill Road, impatient bush rats start pounding their steering wheels?

Salmonfest: Rusted Root defies genre

Since 1990, Pittsburgh, Pa., band Rusted Root has been shaking up the music scene like a magnitude-9 earthquake in a rickety log cabin. Though they’ve performed concerts in Anchorage and elsewhere in Alaska, for the first time ever Rusted Root performs at Salmonfest, the three-day festival of fish, fun and music held Friday-Sunday at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik.

PSP alert issued for bay

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has issued a parylitic shellfish poisoning alert for Kachemak Bay. Potentially toxic algae has been found in increased numbers in the bay, and health officials suspect at least one person has become ill. Clams, mussels, cockles and other shellfish harvested in Kachemak Bay may not be safe to eat. Commercially grown oysters are tested weekly and if are available for sale have tested safe for consumption.

Learning from the tourists: halibut fishing is a heck of a lot of fun

Every summer we jaded Homerites sometimes scoff at the sport halibut fishermen who head out almost daily (except Wednesdays) on charter boats. “Pukers,” we might call them, because of course none of us get seasick. Alaskans will drive 80 miles or motor across Kachemak Bay and try our luck dipnetting should-to-shoulder for salmon, but go out on an all-day charter boat halibut fishing trip? That’s so touristy.

Short search ensues after truck found fallen off Baycrest Hill; driver had crashed days earlier

Homer Police continue investigating an incident in which a Homer man crashed his truck off Baycrest Hill over the weekend, but whose failure to report the crash prompted a search Monday morning after an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities worker found a bent guardrail and the truck down a ravine.

First responders find truck off Baycrest Overlook; driver not hurt

Members of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services spent about three hours searching for a possible victim of a car accident on Monday after responding to the Baycrest Overlook on the Sterling Highway for a truck that had crashed through the guard rail and fallen over the edge. Friends of the driver, Thayr Watson, 38, later came by the scene and reported Watson had crashed his truck a few days earlier and walked away from the crash.

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