Kenai Peninsula Sen. Peter Micciche has pre-filed Senate Bill 135 that aims to create a new administrative area and reduce Upper Cook Inlet east side salmon setnet permits in that area by as much as 40 percent of 2017 levels through a buyback program.
The Homer Elks Lodge #2127 on Dec. 14, 2017, held its second annual U.S. Coast Guard Holiday Appreciation Dinner for personnel and families of the U.S.C.G. vessels Naushon and Hickory. Adults enjoyed a prime rib dinner and music by Burnt Down House while a pizza party with games and movies was held for children. Attendign were 80 audlts and 35 children. . The event played host to 80 adults and 35 children. “Special thanks to Fat Olives and Homer Emblem Club #350 for their respective roles in making this event a success,” said Elks Lodge #2127 Exalted Leader Tom Stroozas.
A full house of members attended the annual meeting of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center held Tuesday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Chamber director Debbie Speakman introduced new and returning board members and announced the winners of the chamber’s photo contest. Board President Kari Ann Baker also unveiled the cover of the 2018 tourism and recreation guide, with an image of a soaring eagle by photographer Collin Walker.
“For a brief moment Sunday, the southernmost tip of Alaska was warmer than the southernmost tip of Florida.”
The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is returning to Homer once again, for the 16th time, to share tales of adventure and activity.
Pet of the Week
Edgar P. Bailey
In September 2014, the National Weather System sent out a false tsunami alarm, triggering tsunami warning sirens in Homer. As happened last Saturday in Hawaii when a technician clicked the wrong box on a program and sent out text alerts of an impending missile attack, the 2014 glitch also happened when a live code got sent out inadvertently. With increased tension over a possible nuclear missile attack from North Korea, those events raise the question: Could a false alert of a missile attack be sent out in Alaska, and if so, how fast would it be corrected? Chances are slim that local authorities would send out a false message like the one that sent Hawaii residents into a panic, Dan Nelson, program manager at Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, said.
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.