Samantha Draves has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. Draves, a first-year student and graduate of Homer High School, achieved a grade point average of 3.65 or above.
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.
SPH welcomes Whittaker
The Alaska Public Offices Commission has assessed a penalty of $725 against Heartbeat of Homer – Assembly Recall, the political group that registered to advocate for recalling three Homer City Council members. In a July 20 letter, APOC claimed that Heartbeat of Homer filed Independent Expenditure, or IE, reports 29 days late.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting
The filing period for Homer City Council candidates opens Tuesday, Aug. 1, and ends at noon Tuesday, Aug. 15.
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.
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.
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.
20 years ago in the Homer News
Dipnetters: Remember where China Poot reds come from
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or435-7969.
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: 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.
Pet of the Week
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.
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.
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.
Debbie Speakman has accepted the position of Executive Director for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Speakman is already working part time for the chamber and will join the team full time starting Aug. 1.
The Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education offers student loan refinancing at 4.95 percent. Qualifying borrowers can use Alaska Refi to consolidate private, state and federal education loans; release co-signers; or transfer parent loans to the student’s name.