A downed pole and power line on Heath Street caused a power outage at about 2:50 p.m. today, June 21. Bruce Shelley, director of member relations, said the outage caused about 430 members to lose power. Homer Police and HEA crews blocked off Heath Street from Pioneer Avenue to Bonanza Avenue. The outage affected homes and businesses in downtown Homer and parts of Old Town. Power was restored at about 3:50 p.m.
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped a statistically insignificant 0.1 percent between April and May, according to preliminary figures from the Alaska Department of Labor, and job losses are continuing as a statewide recession enters its third year.
Since 2002, the nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has aimed at bringing together people of similar talents in order to teach them, challenge them, and provide a venue for creativity, ingenuity and camaraderie to flow amongst them. For 17 years, this writers’ conference, organized by Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz and facilitated by a roster of annually-rotating faculty, has achieved and exceeded that goal.
Homer Electric Association power bills will rise July 1, driven by the cost of the Cook Inlet natural gas that fuels about 90 percent of the utility cooperative’s electrical generation.
A group of Alaska authors visits communities in Southcentral Alaska this summer to meet with readers, discuss the wide range of topics on which they’re written and share the writing experience. Touring are authors Mike Chihuly of Ninilchik, McKibben Jackinsky of Homer, George Harbeson of Homer, Kelly Marre of Kasilof and Wasilla, Mary Perry of Anchor Point, Bill Richardson of Anchor Point, Marianne Schlegelmilch of Homer and Care Tuk of Wasilla.
This week is the peak of summer light, the solstice. I’ve been hearing people groan at the thought of the summer entering into its downhill slide. The peak of light does not mean, however, that it is the peak of summer.
Sutton James Miller was born at 2:56 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital to Rachel Virginia Miller and Vernan Scott Miller of Homer. He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. His grandparents are Inez and Robert Hubbard of Symsonia, Kentucky, Julie and Andrew Curvin of Mayfield, Kentucky, and John Miller of Fairbanks.
Sloan Marie Bishop was born at 4:48 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital to Samantha and Huckleberry Bishop of Homer. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Her grandparents are Susan and Tim Smith of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Pat and Rick Flaherty of LaOtto, Indiana. She joins a big brother, Basil Bishop.
A Kachemak Bay Birders’ road trip up to the Captain Cook Recreation Area (north of Nikiski) will be Saturday, June 23. Meet at the Stormy Lake boat ramp parking area up there at 10 a.m. or at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center parking lot to car pool at 7 a.m.
The inaugural End of the Road Pickleball Tournament and Clinics will be held this coming Monday through Saturday at Homer High School.
Have you ever peered into the sky as a helicopter went by, trying to discern whether it was from the Alaska Division of Forestry, LifeMed, or just a group of tourists on their way to see some bears? Ever wondered what exactly goes on in those winged machines? The students of Chapman School in Anchor Point can now tell you the details of a LifeMed helicopter, after getting a tour of one last month.
In this little garden herbaceous plants are the stars of the show. These are the soft-stemmed perennials that die back every fall, hang out underground all winter, then, come June, come trumpeting to glory.
The following is the trails report from Kachemak Bay State Park:
It’s been a few years since I’ve had to sit down, fire up some mellow instrumental jazz and admit that the king run at The Nick Dudiak Fishing Hole remains pretty much a textbook place to practice despondency casting or take a significant nap.
My daughter called from a rest stop an hour south of Philadelphia last week. She’s just finished her first year as a teacher, and is now moving with her girlfriend to Atlanta where she’ll teach fourth grade in the fall. I’m excited for her. I’m proud, too.
Vote ‘no’ on Prop. 1
Two trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are open again after heightened black bear activity forced staff to temporarily close them last week.
Experts on strategic and human rights issues in the Korean Peninsula will speak from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Homer United Methodist Church.
Two weeks after a controversial Mayoral Recognition that caused three Homer City Council members to skip the June 11 council meeting, Homer’s first Pride March will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at WKFL Park.
Forget Stonehenge, Homer is the place to be for the summer Solstice, my friends! Well, maybe not Homer per se, but Alaska has some of the best Solstice celebrations around, if you ask the Betster.