Staff report

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.”

Voznesenka wrestler takes fifth place

In spite of having injured a shoulder while wrestling in the Seward Invitational on Oct. 25-26, Voznesenka’s sole wrestler, Gavril Kalugin, was back in the action at the Anchorage Christian School Invitational in Anchorage Nov. 1-2.

“His shoulder is doing better,” said Head Coach Justin Zank. “It was sore, but he wrestled through it. He placed fifth.”

In round one, Kalugin won by a fall over Zach Hamberger of Cordova in 1:31. Kalugin won the second round over Martin Gardiner of Dillingham by a decision, 8-5.

Experts on aging, disability issues featured at symposium

The Independent Living Center and the Aging and Disability Resource Center offer information and consultation with attorneys specializing in Social Security, disability, military veterans and Medicaid issues. The attorneys visit from 9 a.m. to noon May 29 in the Homer Senior Center dining room annex. They will be available for consultations in the afternoon until 5 p.m. at the Independent Living Center. The symposium and consultations are free and open to the public.

Homer Yacht Club launches racing season

In spite of less than perfect weather — fresh snow, wind and choppy water on Kachemak Bay — four captains, crews and sailboats crossed the start and finish line of the Homer Yacht Club’s first race of the 2013 season, the Cheechako Cup.
“We were all just standing around the dock, moaning and griping for half an hour and then I think Mark Hemstreet said ‘I want to do it’ and everyone else said, ‘OK, let’s do it, man,” said Ron Downing, captain of the Morning Star. “We went out and had a nice time.”
Preliminary results are:
First place: Morning Star, Capt. Ron Downing;

KSC boys team places first in season’s last meet

The Kachemak Swim Club traveled to Kenai last weekend for the last meet of the season. There were 138 athletes participating in the event, with 36 of them from Homer.

The KSC’s boys team placed first with 222 points; the girls team placed fourth with 98 points. Five teams participated in each division.

Clayton Arndt, in the 11-12-year-old division, led the KSC swimmers in points with 28. Arndt had six first-place finishes. Griffin Downey placed second in the same division with 19 points.

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