CoastWalk cleans up beaches and monitors ecology

Students from McNeil Canyon Elementary School walking the Homer Spit beaches last Friday have become the latest generation of citizen scientists participating in CoastWalk, the annual fall cleanup and beach monitoring project of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. While some kids delight in picking up gross trash, CoastWalk also inspires students to monitor beaches for things like erosion, bird and wildlife sightings, human use and other environmental information.

Japanese naval ships visit Homer

Two Japanese Self Defense Force ships stopped briefly in Homer on their way to a goodwill visit in Anchorage. On Monday morning, Sept. 25, the Japanese Military Self Defense Force vessels Kashima, DD-3508, and Harusame, DD-102, anchored off the Homer Spit. They stayed in Homer until Tuesday evening when they left for Anchorage. Harusame is a training ship and Kashima an escort vessel. The ships left Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan in May and have been visiting ports in the west and east coasts of the United States, Cuba, and Canada as part of training for newly commissioned naval officers. The ships have 600 total crew, including 200 newly commissioned officers.

Town Crier

Tsunami Potential of Grewingk Glacier Lake - A First Look. This presentation will take place at 7 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Local geologist Ed Berg and colleagues have just completed the first water-depth (bathymetric) survey of the lake and are starting to evaluate the geologic risk of a future collapse and tsunami. This information can be used to design a monitoring program of the unstable mountainside that could provide a warning of incipient collapse and a tsunami in this popular hiking area. This is a free event and for all ages.

Mueller: Time for Homer to heal and realize full potential

While attending the September 11, 2017 Homer City Council Meeting, it became blatantly obvious that the wounds sustained by the citizens of Homer as a result of the build up to the “inclusivity” resolution and the resulting recall election are a long way from healing. Many among us are still hurting badly. Additionally, there are segments of our population on both sides that “just don’t want to let this go.”

KPB Mayoral candidates debate

In a Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate forum sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Dale Bagley, Linda Farnsworth Hutchings and Charlie Pierce all distinguished themselves as capable candidates for the borough’s top administrative position.

Seaton holds budget town hall meetings

Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, sponsors Town Hall meetings on Oct. 5 to discuss the state budget. Joining Seaton is Officer of Budget and Management Director Pat Pitney. Seaton also will take questions and comments on the budget, District 31 issues and the upcoming special session. For more information, contact Seaton’s office at 235-2921. The meetings are:

Firefighters knock down small wildfire

A small wildland fire in the hills above Shirley Court appears to have been started by some sort of accelerant, Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Painter said on Wednesday. HVFD firefighters responded and put out a wildland fire behind Homer High School that started about 11:30 a.m. Monday morning, Sept. 18. The fire was near the cross-country running trails but did not threaten the high school.

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