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.
Meet Homer’s newest assistant chief at the Homer Volunteer Fire Department: Terry Kadel.
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.
Eight research and technical professionals gathered at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Friday to publicly discuss a statistical imbalance in their own population — the under-representation of women in the scientific, engineering, and medical fields they were all part of.
This was a cool summer — gardens grew slower than normal, many gardeners have expressed frustration. But somehow, there is a ton of food down at the Homer Farmers Market.
One did it using a handcycle after breaking his back seven years ago. Others competed after coaching at — or even running in — the Region III meet just outside of Palmer the day before.
A lucky Idaho resident is walking away with this year’s Jackpot Halibut Derby top prize.
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.
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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.”
The Head of the Bay Cougars have five seasons and just about as many wins under their belt.
The first rule in filing an ethics complaint with the city of Homer is that you don’t talk about filing an ethics complaint. The second rule, however, is if the respondents choose to waive confidentiality, anyone can talk about it.
Disabled veterans and those they leave behind may soon be added to the list of people in Homer who can get greater property tax exemptions.
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.
Those who know Saundra Hudson well would say that a mile race is nothing for the active member of the Homer running community. But after an accident last winter landed her in a Lower 48 medical facility, Hudson’s first run in six months last Thursday was anything but trivial.
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:
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.