The public is invited to hear from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who will be presenting a Legislative Update at a luncheon hosted by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Lunch costs $14 for Chamber members, $16 for non-members. You must RSVP to 235-7740 or email@example.com
At 4:30 p.m. on March 22, Alaska State Troopers in Ninilchik contacted Richard G. Baker, 21, of Kenai, during an investigation of a vehicle stuck in the ditch at Mile 142. Investigation revealed Baker was in possession of multiple baggies of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, according to police reports. There were 13 one-inch-by-one inch Ziplock baggies containing white powdery and hard crystal substance identified as meth.
Baker was arrested for third-degree misconduct for possessing the methamphetamine with the intent to sell, and remanded to Homer jail. Baker was on parole and probation for second-degree theft and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.
A Homer Coordinated Transportation Meeting will be 4 p.m. April 4 at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center, 230 Pioneer Ave. This is a chance to hear updated information on Homer’s quest to gain a public transportation system and to give your input. Enter the building from the back, and for more information, call Kim at 235-7911.
The 20th Anniversary Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is set for May 10-13. The schedule of events and pre-registration opened at noon Monday at www.homeralaska.org. Details of the Festival can be viewed online or via the printed program.
Volunteers are needed for all areas of the festival, leading up to and during the weekend. Birding skills are not required and volunteering is a fantastic way to experience the Festival behind the scenes and to meet new and interesting people. Contact Christina for more information on this, at 235-7740.
The Ring of Fire Meadery in Homer won four medals, three of them gold, at the 2012 Mazer Cup International, held March 2-3 in Boulder, Colo. The winning medals are: Gold for Kulani’s Big Island Mead, gold for the Tart Cherry Reserve, and gold for the Local Raspberry Melomel, and silver for the Red Currant Reserve. The dry Raspberry Melomel is produced with hand picked local Kachemak Bay raspberries and raw honey and is the only mead in MCI history to win the gold in its category for three years in a row. At the MCI 2011 over 500 meads were judged from all over the US and world.
Although the snowpack is reaching record depths this winter, the Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that open burning permits are required by Alaska Statute beginning April 1. Permits for small burn piles are available from the Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Site inspections are needed for larger burning operations; on the Kenai Peninsula, call Forestry at (907) 260-4200 to set up an appointment.
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