An outbreak of mumps that swept through Anchorage in late 2017 has so far not made its way down the Kenai Peninsula.
The practicalities of running a state-legal business based on a federally-illegal product have became more complicated in some respects but unchanged in others, after U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced changes last week that may enable federal marijuana prosecution in states such as Alaska that have legalized the drug.
The deadline for a ballot initiative to revise Alaska’s salmon habitat permitting laws is approaching, with deep divides remaining even among fishermen.
In the Homer art scene, artist Julianne Tomich defies categorization. Comfortable in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art, she’s as hard working as she is versatile — and witty.
I gently set my new skin-on-frame sea kayak into the Mariner Slough, and then shoehorned myself into the tight cockpit. As I readied myself, the outgoing current tried to pull me loose from the shore. I set my paddle to lock me into place while I secured my neoprene spray skirt around the opening and pulled on gloves. At the mouth of the slough and all along the shore, 4 to 6-foot waves crashed, the water being most dynamic where the current met the waves. I set my eyes on this zone, studied it for a minute, took a breath and shoved off. How the new-to-me kayak would handle big waves was a mystery and one I was anxious to solve.
Brooke Addison Buzga was born at 8:29 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer to Jaimee and David Buzga of Anchor Point. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Her grandparents are Barb and John Baker of Auburn, Washington, and Dianna and Guy Buzga of Troy, Idaho. Brooke was the first baby born at South Peninsula Hospital in 2018.
Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 11. The meeting will be held at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Rd.). The public is welcome to attend. Call 235-9811 for more information.
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Editor’s note: Homer High School Lady Mariner Rylyn Todd will be writing this season from a student athlete’s perspective. This week, she speaks about the first challenge of athletes: forging the bonds of a team.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our Congressional Delegation Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young. They delivered the ultimate Christmas gift to Alaska, the ability to open the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for safe and environmentally responsible oil exploration.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC) wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 15,000 individuals in the United States get cervical cancer.
Don’t shoot into the air
The Homer Volunteer Fire Department may be losing a chief in Bob Painter before the month is out, but it’s gaining several qualified emergency medical technicians and firefighters.
The fate of the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, the HERC, is once again on the lips of elected officials and concerned citizens.
Brooke Addison Buzga has the distinction of being the first baby born in South Peninsula Hospital in the New Year.
Fact or fiction? Periodically rumors run around town that some people believe to be true. But are they? This week, the Homer News starts a feature, Fact or Fiction?, that susses out if stories are true, false or somewhere in between. Sometimes called urban legends, these stories circulate like a bad stomach flu through town. Is there something you want us to check out? Write the editor, Michael Armstrong, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 907-235-7767.
“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.” Norman Cousins.
Alaska’s congressional delegation has secured another short-lived extension to exempt smaller Alaska fishing vessels, under 79 feet, from Environmental Protection Agency incidental discharge regulations, which expired on Dec. 18, 2017. The temporary extension, which is effective only until Jan. 19, will provide fishing and small commercial vessels relief as Congress pursues a permanent exemption to a patchwork of burdensome federal and state regulations for vessel ballast water and incidental discharges.
What are we supposed to do now?