MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

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.

Annabelle Lynn Botkin

Annabelle Lynn Botkin was born at 4:17 a.m. July 5, 2017, at South Peninsula Hospital to Mari and Nickolas Botkin. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Her grandparents are Ralph and Jacque Botkin of Homer and Masafumi and Tomoko Shimoda of Tensui, Japan. Her big sister is Amilia Frost Botkin.

Time to tidepool

What happens rarely, features lots of red-and-green things and brings gifts? Nope — it’s not Christmas, but the big summer low tides. Since late April, a string of minus 4 foot tides have sucked the sea out, exposing rocks and tidepools and revealing sea stars, nudibranches, chitons, anemones and marine invertebrates. Naturalists put on their rubber boots, get out their identification charts and slosh out to sea.

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.

Council to rethink eliminating Permanent Fund

In her report to the Homer City Council at its Monday night meeting, City Manager Katie Koester made a big “mea culpa” and admitted providing the council with wrong information on the performance of the Homer Permanent Fund. Based on that information, on a recommendation from council member Shelly Erickson to rescind an earlier decision gutting the fund, the issue will come back to the council at its July 24 meeting.

Best Bets

Once again we get the great gift of a day off in the middle of the week, thanks to the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday. If you’re a foreign visitor who happens to be in town next week, welcome to the quintessential American holiday. Like Bastille Day in France or May 17 in Norway, it’s a day we celebrate our roots as a nation.

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