Staff report

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."

Rain on top of snow doesn’t deter skiers

Mother Nature blanketed the Kenai Peninsula with a perfect 29 inches of snow just in time for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Fourth Anual Ski Your Age event Dec. 26 at the Lookout Mountain Trails.

Rain quickly turned the perfect powder to slush, however. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, the event brought 50 smiling faces of all ages and skill levels to Ohlson Mountain.

The event was split into four categories: the Century Challenge, Ski-Meister Challenge, Family Challenge, and Individual.

HEA works to restore power


Winter weather has caused multiple power outages.

“The outages were the result of heavy snow load that brought lines down and also caused trees to come into contact with the power lines,” said Joe Gallagher, public relations coordinator for Homer Electric Association.

Middle, high students invited to register for science bowl

Middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) are invited to participate in the first annual Alaska Regional Science Bowl to be held in Anchorage in March. The registration deadline has been extended to Dec. 15.
Each team is composed of four students, one alternate, and a coach-adviser who is usually a science or math teacher. Teachers wanting to serve as coaches-advisers may register their teams by visiting the websites below, and using the registration link the first time and then logging back into their account at the Coach Login link after that.

K-Bay Caffe now open on Pioneer

K-Bay Caffe & Roasting, the coffee roasting and drive-through espresso company, opened a new downtown café on Nov. 16 at 397 Pioneer Ave. next to the Refuge Chapel and the Grog Shop.

A grand opening party is at 7 p.m. Friday with live music by Uplift! and complimentary samples of coffee available. 

A reception starts at 6 p.m. 

Owner Michael McGuire said he plans for the downtown K-Bay Caffe to be an entertainment and social alternative that isn’t a bar or a restaurant, especially for teenagers and young adults.

Tutka Bay Lodge recognized in ‘Trip of Lifetime’ category


Tutka Bay Lodge has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards winner in the Trip of a Lifetime category. 

Representing a “complete escape,” Tutka Bay Lodge is located at the southern end of Kachemak Bay. It was chosen from 4,000 nominations based on high style, excellent service and a one-of-a-kind stay for guests, according to a press release.

Mariners bring home awards

The Homer High DDF —Drama, Debate and Forensics — Team took 25 participants to the Bartlett High Tournament this past weekend and came home loaded with awards:


First place, Humorous Interpretation (receiving all firsts for the entire tournament): Johnny Hamilton;

First place, Novice Solo Acting: Carly McLean;

First place, Lincoln Douglas Speaker Points: Adi Davis;

Second place, Lincoln Douglas Debate: Adi Davis;

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