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.
Public radio station KBBI recently has filled two key staff positions.
Rose Grech has been hired as KBBI’s development director.
Ariel Van Cleave has been hired as the new reporter and host of “Morning Edition” for KBBI and KDLL.
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.
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;
Buccaneer Energy on Tuesday announced that work on its jack-up rig in the Homer Harbor is nearing completion and that the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence will soon be ready for operations at the company’s Cosmopolitan site off Anchor Point.
In a press release, Buccaneer updated what’s been done and what remains to be done, including:
Homer Electric Association is offering its members an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in energy-saving appliances, home improvements and alternative energy.
HEA will host its fourth annual Energy and Conservation Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at West Homer Elementary School. A similar event was held Nov. 3 in Kenai.
The Kachemak Ski Club will show the latest Warren Miller film, “Flow State,” beginning at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theater. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.
This is Miller’s 63rd feature film; it “brings audiences to a place only recently identified by scientists; a place they now understand skiers and snowboarders achieve where, the faster they go physically, the slower things appear to them mentally,” according to information about the film.
The Kachemak Bay Water Trail Steering Committee will hold open house meetings Nov. 13-16. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for organizations, agencies and the general public to look at maps and suggest locations around Kachemak Bay suitable as “Water Trail Sites.”
Participants also will be asked to identify sensitive areas that should not be considered for a water trail site for wildlife, bird, plant or cultural concerns. Recommendations for seasonal closures especially related to wildlife are being sought.
All it takes is a little snow and skiers’ minds turn toward skiing, of course. The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club is all set for winter with a full calendar of events recently updated on the club’s website.
“The thing I would stress would be the annual meeting,” said club secretary Mike Byerly.
The annual meeting, a dinner and auction will be held at the Homer Elks Lodge on Nov. 9-10.
As a result of recent floods, Gov. San Parnell declared a state disaster for the Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula boroughs. The declaration has activated the state’s public and individual assistance programs.
Representatives from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, road service area and state of Alaska will discuss recent flood events, response and recovery plans at a southern Kenai Peninsula community meeting to be held at Chapman School in Anchor Point from 7-8 p.m. Friday.