AWIB seeks nominations for Stone award

The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) is soliciting nominations in three categories for the David G. Stone Award, the board said in a press release. The award was established to recognize outstanding partners in workforce development and was named in recognition of Stone’s dedication to workforce development and Alaska hire.

Best Bets

The Betster wishes to provides a public service announcement to remind you that while Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is still between us and Christmas so put away that holiday music.

Permanent fund should be protected

Missing in the town hall presentations by the director from governor’s office and our local legislator was equal time for alternative ways to match programs with revenues. Many economic experts oppose the idea of taking PFDs as bad for the economy. The first dividend was $1,000. This year that has the purchasing power which $400 did in 1982. This month, the Permanent Fund Board has told Alaskans that the Fund will be reduced by half in 20 years because the legislature has stopped inflation proofing. The investment officials also said that the proposed POMV (percent of market value) would take too much and also cause the Fund to lose.

Bristol Bay red king crab fishery off to slow start, but not unexpected

The Bristol Bay Times is reporting that the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery is off to a slow start compared to last year, according to Miranda Westphal, shellfish biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. The season opened Oct. 15 and as of Monday, just over a week into the fishery, only 1.5 million pounds had been landed. In the same time period last year, the boats hauled in 6 million pounds.

Mathieu Levi Padilla

Mathieu Levi Padilla was born at home in water to Carlos Padilla and Rachel Barnard with the help of Rite of Passage Midwifery. He was born at 5:19 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2017. He is welcomed into the world by his maternal grandmas Kate Barnard and Andrea Mitchell, and aunt Marissa Barnard.

Town Crier

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club’s (HYSOC) upcoming concert will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Homer Public Library. This is a wonderful group of young musicians who meet weekly to play music together which they then share in a free community concert.


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