MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Grace Ridge Last Saturday guided hike offered

Join Alaska State Parks on their monthly Last Saturday guided hike, Saturday, July 29. Taz Tally, photographer and author of “50 Hikes on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula,” will guide a hike along the popular Grace Ridge trail. This 9-mile trail climbs to 3,100 feet with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. Considered moderate to difficult, this will be a great opportunity to learn about the area, while hiking at an easy pace, with a stop for lunch on the top. Open to all ages, there’s a limit of 15 participants, with a discounted water taxi rate available. The boat leaves the harbor at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Hikers must pre-register by contacting Christina Whiting at kbayvolunteer@gmail.com or435-7969.

Couple completes first fat bike journey from Point Hope to Utqiagvik

In the past 10 years since fat bikes have become popular for riding on beaches and snow in Alaska, people have regularly ridden them from Anchor Point to Homer or into the snowy backcountry of the Caribou Hills. On Saturday, Homer couple Kim McNett and Bjørn Olson finished taking their fat bikes where no one has ever ridden before, about 450 miles in a 24-day trip from Point Hope to Utqiagvik, much of it on Arctic beaches.

Correction

Correction: In a July 17, 2017, story, “Ethics complaint could be denied,” the Homer News incorrectly described Anchorage attorney Stacey Stone’s involvement with publicizing the complaint. In emails to the Homer News, Stone wrote that she had no contact with KBBI reporter Aaron Bolton and did not send the complaint to him.

Comments sought for winter ferry schedule

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities proposed Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) schedule for fall, winter and spring 2017-2018 is now available for public review. Scheduled service is similar to last year’s service, and is designed to meet community service needs while staying within available funding and maintaining vessel regulatory and safety standards.

Town Crier

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department reminds campers to extinguish camp fires when done and to thoroughly stir embers with water. Make sure the fire is all the way out and cool to the touch. As Smokey Bear says, “If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.” For more information on camp fire safety, visit smokeybear.com.

Homer golfers play in Anchorage tourney

Five senior golfers from Homer played in the Senior State Amateur Golf Tournament at Anchorage Golf Course last weekend. Super Senior John Glidden placed 11th, Champion flight René Alverez tied for 15th, first flight players Charles Rehder, Charles Ruppenthal and John Gibson placed seventh,11th and 17th respectively. The next tournament is the State Amateur at Moose Run golf course in August. Homer’s Chris Morin is one of the top golfers in the state and hopes to place well.

Murkowski says Senate should work with Dems on ACA reform

In a statement released on Tuesday, July 18, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, reiterated that she would work with Democrats to address failures in the Affordable Care Act. She also said she would not vote to proceed on ACA repeal without a bill addressing the concerns she had about health care access and affordability for Alaskans.

Ethics complaint could be denied because it violated confidentiality

In filing an ethics complaint with the city of Homer, the first rule is you don’t talk about filing an ethics complaint with the city of Homer. Heartbeat of Homer, a conservative political action group, could likely see an ethics complaint it filed on July 3 dismissed because it forwarded its complaint to Alaska media.

Murkowski willing to work with Dems on health care

On her visit to Homer last Friday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, delivered an emphatic “no” — but that was in response to a reporter’s question about if she had any presidential ambitions. One of a batch of moderate Republicans seen as potential swing votes in passage of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, Murkowski wasn’t as forceful in her opposition to what some call Trumpcare, but Alaska’s senior senator still made her position clear. She does not support the current proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act and would be willing to work with Senate Democrats to fix it.

Best Bets

At the Battle of Little Round Top on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa., as Union troops rallied to hold the strategic hill, U.S. Army Col. Strong Vincent, commander of the 3rd Brigade, gave his orders to Col. Joshua Chamberlain, leader of the 20th Maine Regiment: “This is the left of the Union line. You are to hold this ground at all costs!” Chamberlain stood fast, though the legend has it he said to himself, “Hold the line? How the heck do I do that?” At one point he mounted a list-ditch bayonet attack at the 15th and 47th Alabama of the Confederate Army, routing the Rebels. The 20th Maine kept Little Round Top, and the Union won the bloody battle of Gettysburg.

Opinion: Why we’re here

In its 53 years, the Homer News has seen 11 editors. In my 18 years here, I’ve worked with three of them, starting with the guy who hired me, Mark Turner, and then Gary Thomas and Lori Evans. Gary took a chance on me when in 2003 Ben Stuart and I applied for the same job of reporter. We had both been editorial assistants then, so rather than reject one of us, Gary merged our editorial duties into two staff writer positions.

Coast Guard seeks comments on CIRCAC recertification

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks comments on recertification of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council. CIRCAC has applied for recertification in accordance with a provision of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) which requires an annual review to ensure the citizens’ representative is successfully fulfilling its OPA 90 mandates.

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