Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Oct. 25-27 – Swim and Dive Regions, in the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center Saturday, Oct. 27 – Futsol Tourney Mariner Boys Soccer… Continue reading

Pictured left to right: Natalie Cooper, Cassidy Wylde, Daniel Veldstra, Audnia Carlson, Samantha Martin and Sierra Clark received academic awards from Homer Flex School for the last rotation. Not Pictured: Elvis Wood and Oriana Mahoney, who also got awards. (Photo provided)

Homer flex students awarded for academic achievement

Homer Flex students ended a successful first rotation on Oct. 5. Six students were awarded Certificates of Excellence for their hard work and academic pursuits.… Continue reading

Pictured left to right: Natalie Cooper, Cassidy Wylde, Daniel Veldstra, Audnia Carlson, Samantha Martin and Sierra Clark received academic awards from Homer Flex School for the last rotation. Not Pictured: Elvis Wood and Oriana Mahoney, who also got awards. (Photo provided)
Jessica Entsminger’s dog, Leah, stands guard in front of the tent where they live on East Hill Road. (Photo courtesy Jessica Entsminger)

Short-term rental boom exacerbating the summer labor shortage

Jessica Entsminger is back to living in a tent. She had a brief stay in a small dry cabin out East End Road where she… Continue reading

Jessica Entsminger’s dog, Leah, stands guard in front of the tent where they live on East Hill Road. (Photo courtesy Jessica Entsminger)
Daisy Lee Anderson Bitter accepts the 2018 Land at Heart Award from the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 during the Open Spaces and Wild Places Gala at Wasabi’s Bistro in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Conservation advocate Daisy Lee Andersen Bitter wins Land at Heart Award

Editor’s note: The story has been updated to correct the spelling in the headline of Daisy Lee Andersen Bitter’s maiden name and to also note… Continue reading

Daisy Lee Anderson Bitter accepts the 2018 Land at Heart Award from the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 during the Open Spaces and Wild Places Gala at Wasabi’s Bistro in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Kachemak Bay Campus Semester by the Bay students Sam Roth, left, and Sophia Peterson, right, help Dr. Debbie Boege Tobin, back left, and Lee Post, back right, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska, flense a subadult beluga whale found on the Deep Creek beach on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, near Ninilchik, Alaska. The students were removing tissue from the whale in preparation for cleaning it as part of Post’s bone articulation class. Roth visits from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and Peterson from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The whale was collected under permits from the National Marine Fisheries and Alaska SeaLife Center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

KBC students help in dead Beluga whale stranding response

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to note that the whale was collected under permits from the National Marine Fisheries and Alaska SeaLife Center.… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Campus Semester by the Bay students Sam Roth, left, and Sophia Peterson, right, help Dr. Debbie Boege Tobin, back left, and Lee Post, back right, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska, flense a subadult beluga whale found on the Deep Creek beach on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, near Ninilchik, Alaska. The students were removing tissue from the whale in preparation for cleaning it as part of Post’s bone articulation class. Roth visits from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and Peterson from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The whale was collected under permits from the National Marine Fisheries and Alaska SeaLife Center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Women veterans visiting from Fairbanks joined their hosts, Homer Emblem Club 350, for breakfast at Duncan House. From left: Kathy VanSandt-Barger, Homer; Jessica McCargish, Fairbanks; Sierra Nelson, Fairbanks; Kaley Maben, Fairbanks; Cynthia Nelson, Fairbanks; Deidra Neeley, Fairbanks; Sherry Parish, Homer; Monserrat Guzman, Fairbanks; Peggy Parsons, Homer; Fran VanSandt, Homer; Shari Daugherty, Homer. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Homer welcomes visiting women vets

Editor’s note: The article has been updated to make it clear that Sierra Nelson is a Purple Heart recipient. She also hooked a salmon shark.… Continue reading

Women veterans visiting from Fairbanks joined their hosts, Homer Emblem Club 350, for breakfast at Duncan House. From left: Kathy VanSandt-Barger, Homer; Jessica McCargish, Fairbanks; Sierra Nelson, Fairbanks; Kaley Maben, Fairbanks; Cynthia Nelson, Fairbanks; Deidra Neeley, Fairbanks; Sherry Parish, Homer; Monserrat Guzman, Fairbanks; Peggy Parsons, Homer; Fran VanSandt, Homer; Shari Daugherty, Homer. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Paul Seaton, nonpartisan candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, District 31 Representative. (Homer News file photo)

Q&A with Paul Seaton

Ahead of the November general election, the Homer News conducted interviews with incumbent Alaska House of Representatives District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton and newcomer Sarah… Continue reading

Paul Seaton, nonpartisan candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, District 31 Representative. (Homer News file photo)
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigned form office Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigns

It’s unknown what the ‘inappropriate comments’ were that sparked his resignation.

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigned form office Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
Members of the public give testimony at the Marijuana Control Board, who met in Kenai, Alaska for the first time on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Residents air concerns ar Marijuana Control Board in Kenai

The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office met in Kenai for the first time, with members of public from across the state convening at the Kenai… Continue reading

Members of the public give testimony at the Marijuana Control Board, who met in Kenai, Alaska for the first time on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Chum salmon are loaded into a tote at Alaska Glacier Seafoods in this Juneau Empire file photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Lawmakers speak against salmon prop

Alaska’s congressional delegation spoke up about state politics on Saturday, urging Alaskans to vote against a controversial salmon habitat protection measure up for a vote… Continue reading

Chum salmon are loaded into a tote at Alaska Glacier Seafoods in this Juneau Empire file photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
In this file photo from 2015, a protester stands next to rubber boots on the steps of the Alaska State Capitol during a rally to bring attention to the long-term protection of transboundary waters, principally the Taku, Stikine and Unuk watersheds. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska’s congressional delegation pens another transboundary letter

It urges the State Department to protect Alaska’s watersheds.

In this file photo from 2015, a protester stands next to rubber boots on the steps of the Alaska State Capitol during a rally to bring attention to the long-term protection of transboundary waters, principally the Taku, Stikine and Unuk watersheds. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A BUMPS bus waits for passengers in the Walmart parking lot Monday in Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community gathers to increase public transportation opportunities

The Kenai Peninsula is nearly the size of West Virginia with small towns and unincorporated communities sprinkled throughout. Without a car or other means of… Continue reading

A BUMPS bus waits for passengers in the Walmart parking lot Monday in Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alyse Galvin, independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, and Don Young, Republican incumbent candidate for U.S. House, are seen in a composite image using photographs submitted by their campaigns. (Composite image)

Galvin is beating Rep. Young in fundraising

If Galvin were to defeat Young, it would be a colossal upset.

Alyse Galvin, independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, and Don Young, Republican incumbent candidate for U.S. House, are seen in a composite image using photographs submitted by their campaigns. (Composite image)

Seawatch: NPFMC changes sablefish pot regs

Beginning as early as next season, fishermen targeting sablefish with pots in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands will be able to retain legal-sized halibut,… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Friday– End of First Quarter and Teacher In-Service (no school), all day. Also, Wrestling Rumble Duals, in the Alice Witte Gymnasium at… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board focuses on student safety

The number of students being assessed as suicide risks is seeing an uptick in Kenai Peninsula schools. During Monday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Homer Flex School student Colten Morris is shown here with his Homer Flex Phoenix Award, which is given out monthly to students who represent the school’s values.

Students share Homer Flex Phoenix Award

Seniors Colten Morris and Nikola Reutov are the recipients of the October Flex Phoenix Award. This award is given monthly to the student who represents… Continue reading

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                                Homer Flex School student Colten Morris is shown here with his Homer Flex Phoenix Award, which is given out monthly to students who represent the school’s values.
Sarah Vance. (Photo by Hannah Vance)

Q & A with Sarah Vance

This week, the Homer News starts its coverage of the District 31 House of Representatives election between incumbent and nonpartisan Rep. Paul Seaton and Republican… Continue reading

Sarah Vance. (Photo by Hannah Vance)
Storm tides have almost totally buried a Ford F-150 pickup truck on the beach south of Diamond Creek in this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. The truck was abandoned on the beach in October 2011 and had then been on its tires. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ford F-150: good beach truck, needs work, you haul

Storms, pounding surf and high tides over the past seven years have flattened and buried a red Ford F-150 truck on the beach about 2… Continue reading

Storm tides have almost totally buried a Ford F-150 pickup truck on the beach south of Diamond Creek in this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. The truck was abandoned on the beach in October 2011 and had then been on its tires. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Anchorage woman found dead in RV after trooper standoff in Ninilchik

Troopers found an Anchorage woman dead on her property in Ninilchik after an hours-long standoff Saturday. The woman, 58-year-old Kathy Vancleve, was found in her… Continue reading