Staff report

Nov. 24 fire damages Seldovia school shop

An early morning fire on Nov. 24, in the Susan B. English School shop in Seldovia appears to have been caused by spontaneous combustion due to rags in a garbage can, according to a Nov. 26 press release issued by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. 

There were no injuries; the fire was an accident.

The shop is in a building separate from the school. Classes remained in session.

Film to feature small town animal shelter

Five years since the premiere of “Puffin Bay,” Homer filmmaker Brian Smith is taking on a new feature film, “The Care and Feeding of Jack,” a fictional telling of the life of a small town animal shelter and the changes it experiences.

“I’m excited about doing an animal shelter character story,” said Smith, who has volunteered at the Homer Animal Shelter for the past six years. 

Who Jack is, is a secret Smith is keeping to himself for now. 

“That’s a surprise,” he said. 

Veterans Day parade is Tuesday

Homer Veterans Day ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Homer Elks Emblem Club Veterans Memorial at the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue. 

A parade then proceeds west on Pioneer Avenue to Main Street, south on Main Street to the Sterling Highway, and then east on the highway to the Veterans Memorial at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. 

A ceremony, including a rifle salute and playing of “Taps,” will be held at the memorial. 

Ninth annual Kenai River Marathon draws crowd

Two hundred nineteen athletes from across the Kenai Peninsula, the state and the country took to the pavement Sunday for the Kenai River Marathon, the half marathon, relay and 5k races on Sunday. Peter Svenning of Palm City, Fla., won the marathon in a time of 3 hours, 29 minutes and two seconds. Whitney Bennett of Anchorage was the first women and second overall to finish the 26.2-mile course, crossing the finish line in 3:23.05. Each event began and ended at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center in Kenai.
Southern peninsula athletes included:

District relies on ‘ALICE’ to increase student safety schools safe with ‘ALICE’

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is changing the way schools respond to armed intruders through training in ALICE, Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, the school district announced in a press release issued Monday.

Training and collaboration between law enforcement and school principals is being held this week in Kenai.

Gardeners prepare for weekend of activities; public is welcome

The Homer Garden Club will sponsor its eighth annual Gardeners’ Weekend on Aug. 2-3. The weekend’s activities include:

Aug. 2: Two presentations by Debra Prizing, a Seattle- and Los Angeles-based president of the Garden Writers Association, award-winning author and proponent of an emerging eco-floral design movement. She also is a contributing editor for Better Homes and Gardens and her writing regularly appears in Horticulture, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Country Gardens and Sunset. 

3 charged with taking 32 overlimit of halibut

Alaska Wildlife Troopers earlier this month charged three Wasilla fishermen with taking an overlimit of 32 halibut on a July 3 fishing trip out of Anchor Point. 

Vasilie Martosheff, 32, Iakov Ivanov, 29, and Nekolay Malahoff, 44, all face charges of taking an overlimit of halibut and violating International Pacific Halibut Commission regulations for filleting the fish before reaching port. 

Maggie Goedeke joins staff of Homer Physical Therapy

Homer Physical Therapy introduces its newest staff member — Maggie Goedeke. 

Originally from Kansas, Goedeke is a graduate of Wichita State University’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. She also has a bachelor of fine arts in music theatre from Wichita State University.

She also has done clinical training in Florida and Colorado.

Goedeke has specialty training in spinal manual therapy.

Homer chef to compete in seafood cook-off

Well-known Homer chef Chef Mandy Dixon will  represent Alaska in the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2 in New Orleans.
She is one of 18 chefs from throughout the United States competing for the crown honoring the best seafood chef in the nation.
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are hosting the event.
“It’s a thrill to bring Alaska seafood to Louisiana, the home of this national cook-off, and compete against a group of America’s most talented chefs,” Dixon said.

Birders seek to identify mysterious Spit bird

The Kachemak Bay Birders are seeking help in identifying this mystery bird photographed by visitor David Hanson on June 6 on a roof near Spit Sisters on the Homer Spit. Homer birders with knowledge of Alaska birds do not think this is a bird native to Alaska and might be an escaped caged bird. The bird has a yellow band on its right leg. Wild birds would have a metal band, said Lani Raymond of the Kachemak Bay Birders. She said birds with yellow bands may be from Peru.

Open fires banned in state, federal parks

In response to current extreme fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, effective immediately and until further notice, all open fires are prohibited in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Peninsula State Parks and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula. This includes any and all camp fires, including the use of enclosed fire grates and rings in State Park and Refuge Campgrounds. Use of charcoal and/or personal charcoal grills is also prohibited. Cooking stoves and gas grills may be used.

All state park and refuge campgrounds on the Kenai Peninsula remain open.

McNeil scientists share their research

Eighty-one students from McNeil Canyon Elementary and Razdolna schools put their curious minds and research abilities on display April 30. The occasion was McNeil’s science fair, with Laura Murphy’s fourth- and fifth-grade class inviting Razdolna to join in the fun.
The fair included a total of 53 science experiments and research projects.
Judges Mark Romano, Kris Holdereid and Jan Rumble awarded prizes to the following students:
Kindergarten through third-great experiment
First place: Bristol Johnson;

Ninilchik father, daughter inducted in ASAA Alaska High School Hall of Fame

Former Ninilchik basketball coach Dan Leman and his daughter and star player, Whitney, were among 11 named to the Alaska High School Hall of Fame, the Alaska School Activities Association announced last week.
The Lemans will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Aug. 3, in Anchorage.
The public is invited.

HMS rocks with district-wide math meet

With almost 100 students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District competing, Willem Strydom of Homer Middle School was the overall top scorer in last Friday’s ninth annual Kenai Peninsula Middle School Math Meet.
The meet was held at Homer Middle School, with participating students from Aurora Borealis Charter, Chapman, Homer Middle, K-Beach Elementary, Kenai Middle, Nikiski Middle, Nikolaevsk, West Homer Elementary and Connections.

Earthquake rocks southern peninsula

A 4.5 earthquake got the attention of late-nighters on the southern Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday. As reported by the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, the 12:43 a.m. shaker was centered 60 miles southwest of Homer and was 52.2 miles beneath the earth’s surface. No tsunami danger was associated with the quake.

 

 

 

Homer boys, girls take tourney championship

The Mariner girls and boys JV basketball teams took first place in the Lumen Christi basketball tournament in Anchorage last week.

“It was absolutely wonderful,” said Mark Casseri, head coach of the boys team. 

Willow Cabe, assistant coach for the girls team, filled in for Head Coach Connie Akers, who was ill, but keeping a close eye on the results.

“(Cabe) wrote that the girls played really well, she was happy with their teamwork and their defense was very intense,” said Akers.

Homer boys, girls take tourney championship

The Mariner girls and boys JV basketball teams took first place in the Lumen Christi basketball tournament in Anchorage last week.

“It was absolutely wonderful,” said Mark Casseri, head coach of the boys team. 

Willow Cabe, assistant coach for the girls team, filled in for Head Coach Connie Akers, who was ill, but keeping a close eye on the results.

“(Cabe) wrote that the girls played really well, she was happy with their teamwork and their defense was very intense,” said Akers.

Santa plans to visit Ohlson Mountain

Giving his reindeer a break before their busy Christmas night flight around the world, Santa has partnered with Pathfinder Aviation to fly to Todd and Mary Kate Green’s home at 1.5 Mile Ohlson Mountain Road on Dec. 21, and the public is invited.

“Santa will fly in at 1 p.m. and there will be a chance for each kid to sit with Santa for a picture and receive a gift,” said Mary Kate Green. “A photographer is provided, along with two of Santa’s helpers to assist Santa with kids, pictures and handing out the gifts.”

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