Staff report

Four-pointers recognized

The following Homer High School students have been named to the Mariner Gold honor roll for the third quarter for having a 4.0 grade point average:

• Ninth grade: Isabel Beach, Mikylla Blauvelt, Nolan Bunting, Kyle Carroll, Ren Carroll, Wyatt Frank, Hunter Harris, Barae Hirsch, August Kilcher, Megan Kirsis, Marley McGuire, Molly Mitchell, McKinzie Needham, Jordan Raymond, Kennan Reveil, Dawson Roberts, Lindsay Schneider, Aziza Shemet Pitcher, Olivia Turner, Louise Tymrak, Alyssa Vanliere, Aurora Waclawski, Elise Webber, Daniel Wiest, Patricia Kelly Woo.

Tours of HEA’s Nikiski generation plant offered

Homer Electric Association will provide  public tours of its new Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion Project from 1-4:30 p.m. May 1.
 The tours will be approximately 30-minutes long and provide the public with an opportunity to get an up-close look at the new power generation facility. The plant is the cornerstone of HEA’s Independent Light program and will provide up to 80 megawatts of power when it comes on line later this year.

Work on natural gas trunk line progresses

As of Monday, a trunk line to bring natural gas from Anchor Point to Homer is progressing with a crew from Chumley boring and laying pipe along the Sterling Highway from Baycrest to Homer.
A second crew will start working later this week, progressing toward Anchor Point along the Old Sterling Highway, beginning near the intersection with the Sterling Highway.
A third crew is scheduled to begin work near the end of May on the Fairview Avenue section of the trunk line route.

Homer Seniors Citizens present annual talent show Saturday

Homer Senior Citizens will present their annual talent show from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School’s Mariner Theater. It is a benefit for the senior center.

Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per family and are available from Homer Senior Citizens and at the door.

The show promises to be hilarious, say the organizers.

Steve Mueller is the event’s emcee.

Popeye Wrestlers place fourth in 18-team tourney

The Popeye Wrestling Club traveled to Nikiski last weekend to compete in the Nikiski Wrestling Club Freestyle Tournament. Homer’s wrestlers took fourth place as a team and also had four individual first place finishes. Saoirse Cook (35-38 pounds), Teddy Croft (100-109 pounds), Jaime Rios (105-111pounds) and Mark McGregor (156-171 pounds) dominated their opponents as the only Popeye grapplers to go undefeated. 

Pre-Bantam-35-38
Saoirse Cook’s place is 1st.

Whitehorse team wins broomball tourney

The End of the Road Broomball tournament was a huge success March 29-30. The Bethel Fighting Pikes, Bethel Beavers and Whitehorse Capital Towing were uncannily matched with Homer Broomballers, Beluga Lake Bombers and Alice’s Scoundrels. There was an unprecedented number of tied games decided in overtime or shootouts. 

Hickory returns to Homer

After 10 weeks of dockside maintenance in Long Beach, Calif., the USCGC Hickory and crew returned to Homer last week.

While in Long Beach, contractors performed 26 maintenance projects, including replacing the exterior deck non-skid, renewing the generator mounts, cleaning the engine plant exhaust systems, and refurbishing the cutter’s crane, extension boom and winch motors.

The crew completed more than 30 critical maintenance projects on shipboard systems including the potable water tanks and the reverse osmosis system.

Nanwalek teens earn ‘Spirit of Youth’ award

The Nanwalek Summer Youth Group has been chosen 2013 Spirit of Youth award winners in the Cultural Activities category based on contributions to their community. 

The youth group was selected by the Spirit of Youth’s teen advisory council after reviewing more than 130 nominations.  
The teen members of the Nanwalek Summer Youth Group serve village elders by chopping wood, cleaning houses, delivering traditional foods and putting away fish for the winter.

Painter honored for 30 years of service as an EMT

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Painter has been recognized for 30 years of service as an EMT by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. 

To maintain his status as a nationally registered EMT, Painter had to complete biennially a comprehensive recertification program to refresh his skills and attend a minimum of two hours a month of continuing education.

N.Y. teen nominates Homer as ‘Ultimate Fishing Town’

A high school junior who lives on the outskirts of Rochester, N.Y., has nominated Homer as the Ultimate Fishing Town, after reading a story in the Democrat and Chronicle, her hometown newspaper.

In an email to the Homer News, Mallory Mintz wrote: “I’m very excited to nominate Homer for this fishing town contest ... I really think you guys have a chance at winning.”

Young racers provide plenty of action on Beluga Lake ice

In the fifth ice race of the season, the youngest drivers provided plenty of exciting action Sunday on Beluga Lake.

While Teddy Handley in car 88 and Brenden Fuson in car 23 jousted for first place lap after lap, Solstice Kraszeki in car 52 and Rhythm Beckett-Cook in car 5 had their own race going.

“The girls have been best friends for as long as they can remember so they had a fantastic time racing each other,” writes Becky Ravin, scorekeeper for the Homer Ice Racing association. “Rhythm was driving a stick shift for the first time and caught on really fast.”

Fifth ice race of the season starts at noon Sunday

The Homer Ice Racing Association is gearing up for its fifth race of the season on Sunday. Races start at noon on Beluga Lake and spectators are welcome. There is no charge.

One of the highlights of the season has been the addition of kids' racing.

"This last Sunday we had five kids racing," writes Becky Ravin, scorekeeper for the association. "They have such a good time and it's a great experience for them. Sometimes one or more doesn't finish the race because they get the car stuck on the berm but they are always smiling when they get out of the car."

Upcoming events offered by South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital has the following events scheduled:

 Homer Medical Center Community Open House: 

5-7 p.m. April 4, a free event open to the public. Bring the whole family to meet the new providers, learn about the center’s comprehensive care for all ages and tour the newly remodeled clinic. Refreshments and door prizes are included. 

 Menopause Information Night: 

Bridge building: a weighty matter

 

Putting their physics know-how to use, Homer Middle School eighth-grade students took on the challenge presented by their science teacher, Jennifer Booz: Construct a bridge that will hold the most weight and have a high efficiency rating, load compared to bridge weight.

Rather than steel or concrete, the bridge-building material of choice was toothpicks.

Women of Distinction to be honored March 22

South Peninsula Haven House has announced the three winners for this year's Women of Distinction Awards, plus the "Hero of the Heart" award. The awards dinner, with music by Hallie Hudson, will be at Land's End Resort at 5:30 p.m. March 22. Tickets are $35 each or $265 for a table of eight. They are available at the Homer Bookstore.

Amy Bollenbach:Woman of Wisdom

Peninsula legislators invite public to town hall meetings

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, has invited his District O constituents to two town hall meetings to be held in Homer and Soldotna this week. The senator will discuss key issues and provide an update on the 28th Legislature.
The senator’s staff also will be present to help with constituent issues and provide information about contacting the senator in Juneau and participating in teleconferences. Ask questions, voice concerns and enjoy pizza and refreshments.
• March 8: Homer City Council chambers, 5-7 p.m.;

Glacier Kings Peewee team wins tourney

The Homer Glacier Kings Peewee Tier 3 team beat Fairbanks 4-2 Sunday for its third Presidents Day Invitational Hockey Tournament championship in four years.

In round robin play, Homer beat the Eagle River Mustangs, the Palmer Pioneers, and the U14 girls team from the Anchorage Hockey Association.

The Homer team's only loss in the tournament came to Fairbanks, 0-1 on Saturday, when Fairbanks scored with 3 minutes remaining to break a 0-0 tie late in the third period.

DDF team earns awards at state tournament

The Drama, Debate and Forensics Team of Homer High School competed in the state tournament on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus Feb. 14-16. UAA debate coach Steve Johnson was the tournament director.
"It was one of the most competitive teams we've ever had, while being one of the most fun as well," said Coach Amy Christianson. "The students were dedicated and an honor to work with."
Homer received the following awards:
1A-2A-3A Academic Award;
1A-2AA-3A Sportsmanship Award;
Lincoln-Douglas debate, fourth place: Adi Davis;

Grant Aviation halts Homer operations

Less than three years after expanding operations to include Homer, Grant Aviation has dropped the southern Kenai Peninsula from its schedule. The last day of flights in and out of the Homer Airport was Feb. 9 and the first day with no service into Homer was Feb. 10, Grant Aviation station manager Phaedra Bennett told the Homer News.
Requests for reasons about the company's change of plans were referred to Grant Aviation's Anchorage offices. No response had been received by noon Wednesday.
However, Bennett said the changes were being made "indefinitely."

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