Letters – May 23

Weigh in on halibut bycatch waste

Please take the time to write or sign on to a letter about reducing halibut bycatch for the trawl fleet. Halibut bycatch is the fish the trawl fleet in the Gulf of Alaska throws over the side while targeting other species of fish.  Right now they take two metric tons (5 million pounds) of little halibut (15 -23 inches).  This cap has been in place since 1989. For every one pound of halibut bycatch that is left in the water, between two and five pounds of spawning fish would be left to make the future halibut stocks.  There is a meeting on June 7 in Kodiak to vote for either a 5 percent, 10 percent or 15 percent reduction of bycatch.  We are all advocating for a 15 percent reduction.  All other halibut fisheries have taken large cuts due to the declining fish size.  Please take a minute to go to this website and write even a sentence or two to the North Pacific Halibut Council or just sign on to the letter provided by May 29.  The website for the sign on letter is http://www.akmarine.org/donate-to-amcc/our-work/conserve-fisheries-marine-life/reduce-halibut-bycatch-in-the-gulf-of-alaska or you can send a letter to: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 West 4th Ave, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501-2252 or fax: (907) 271-2817.

Thank you for being part of the future of the halibut fishery.  
Chris Donich
Daniel’s Personalized Guide Service

Big Spit Challenge a success

The Kachemak Bay Birders, Homer’s local birding group, sponsored a “Big Spit Challenge” during the Kachemak Shorebird Festival. The “Big Spit” is a variation of the “Big Year” challenging teams to see as many different birds along the Spit within a 5-hour period. Four teams, two adult and two youth teams, took up the challenge and walked away with some incredible prizes. The youngest participant was 22 months old. His team – the “Not Read for Prime Time Birders” saw 36 species, while the top team – Bike-all Teals, travelled the Spit on bikes and saw a total of 64 species. Thank you for participating. We hope you had fun.
Of course, the event could not have happened without the unfailing dedication of Lani Raymond. She kept us all on task and always with a smile.
A huge thank you to the following local organizations for their generosity in donating prizes for the event: Bay Excursions, Captain’s Coffee, Cosmic Kitchen, Coal Point Trading Company, Fat Olives, Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, Kachemak Crane Watch, Starvin Marvins, and Two Sisters. You add the icing to the cake. Join in on the fun next year and see how many different birds you can find on and from the Spit.
Michelle Michaud
Kachemak Bay Birders

Teenagers can cook?

Of course they can. Now is the chance for teens to show their skills or to learn more culinary skills at the F.O.R.K Club is going to happen this summer, thanks to the Youth Advisory Committee. The R.E.C. Room and Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic would like to truly thank the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee with funding support from YAC’s generous donors and the Ashley J. Logan and Sheldon Youth to Youth Funds for providing funding which will allow the popular F.O.R.K. Club to continue. Through the Fresh and Organic Club, even more local youth will get the chance to learn about how to make decisions to eat inexpensively and nutritionally from local chefs. This cooking class is hosted at the R.E.C. Room which currently serves as a one-stop resource shop for teens and will now be able to continue to provide youth with the skills to be self-sufficient and healthy through the joy of cooking. If you love to cook and would like to work with teens in the community, please contact the R.E.C. Room. Our thanks goes out to YAC for making this happen for Homer’s most valuable assets, our youth.
Anna Meredith
R.E.C. Room

Bicycles proclaimed ‘legal vehicle’

The Homer Cycling Club celebrated its 2-year anniversary at the conclusion of Homer’s 7th annual Bike to Work Week. HCC would like to thank all of you who participated in any of the events throughout the week. I was especially pleased to attend the Homer City Council meeting, where Mayor Hornaday proclaimed cycling as not only a viable mode of transportation, but a “legal vehicle.” So please cyclists, behave yourselves. Stop at stop signs, use hand signals, and if you absolutely must ride on a sidewalk, walk it across intersections.  With mutual respect I think we will find that our roads are plenty big enough for us all to share.
A special thanks goes out to Two Sisters Bakery for their support of Bike to Work Week. Even with lines out the doors, they supplied the energizer booths with trays of baked goods. HCC totaled nearly 50 paid members this year. Our first big event, the Big Fat Bike Festival, brought riders and family from all over the state, and endorsements from the biggest names in the game. All this would not have been possible with a less dedicated crew.  However, one member stands out and is deserving of public praise, as many before have awarded her. I can say with no doubt, that HCC would not be where it is today without Catriona Lowe. Thank you. I am proud to work with and learn from the experience you bring to everything you do. You are greatly appreciated, and so are the rest of you HCC’ers, past, present, and future. 
Chase Warren
Homer Cycling Club V.P.

Filmmakers give thanks

Bjorn Olson and I would like to extend our appreciation to the local community members who have recently shown their support for our ‘Where the Heck is Donlin?’ film project. Through collaboration with local non-profit Ground Truth Trekking, Bjorn and I completed a 1,000-mile expedition while gaining the footage for a documentary about open-pit gold mining.
Now at the production stage, we’ve raised nearly 90 percent of the funds necessary to meet our basic requirements, thanks largely to the pledges made by Homer locals. Our Kickstarter campaign ends on May 29. If we haven’t reached our goal by that time, we receive none of the pledged funds. Check us out at kickstarter.com under project name ‘Where the Heck is Donlin?’, and happy trails.
Kim McNett

Sixth graders go to Mars

I had an amazing time on my sixth-grade field trip. One of the best times was being at the Challenger Learning Center. The mission to Mars was an amazing experience that I probably wouldn’t have had a chance to do if it wasn’t for the West Homer Elementary school trip. I learned that math, science and other skills we learned are used in life a lot.
This experience couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the help from our community and the donations they made. People gave us money, and donated food and other items for our auction. Darrell Oliver donated his time and talent by being our auctioneer at our fundraiser. Thank you.
Joel Carroll
West Homer Elementary

Field Trip Fun

Our sixth grade class from West Homer just returned from our amazing field trip that included floating the Kenai River. I would like to thank the community for donating money, desserts for the auction, and food for our trip. If you hadn’t done this we would never have this experience. Floating down the Kenai River was my favorite part. It was a relaxing three hours but there were a couple parts where there were big waves, the biggest wave we went on was probably three feet tall.
My friends and I couldn’t have done this without your support. I would especially like to thank Darrell Oliver the emcee at our talent show who auctioned off all the items donated for the auction.
Blake Hill
West Homer Elementary

ILC loved the music

We at the Independent Living Center would like to thank the following for their assistance with the 2nd Annual Smokey Bay Music Festival held at Alice’s Champagne Palace on May 12th: Homer Bookstore, Chamber of Commerce, Manana Print, Photo Depot, Print Works, Burnt Down House, Super Saturated Sugar Strings, and, of course, Alice’s. A special thank you goes out to Dylan from Burnt Down House for going that extra mile as an awesome soundman for the Sugar Strings.
Much appreciation to all of the good people who joined us at the Music Festival. Your generosity goes a long way to help support our varied ILC and T.R.A.I.L.S. programming.
Thank you, and we’ll see you at the third-annual Smokey Bay Music Festival.
Joyanna Geisler and
Independent Living Center Staff

Sixth-graders go on amazing adventure

We just returned from our amazing trip to Kenai. One of the highlights of the trip was learning about robotics.
I learned that robots help in everyday life, like at the car wash. At the Challenger Learning Center, we learned how to build robots that had to move, with an arm to pick things up.
Our class could not have had this experience without your donations of money and items for our auction. The Homer community made this possible, and we are grateful. A special thank you to Darrell Oliver for being the auctioneer — we could have not gone on this trip without you.
Mychaela Pitta
West Homer Elementary

‘Eagle tree’ crashed in storm

It has come to our attention that there is a disturbing misconception going around town, that the City of Homer cut down the tree that held the Eagle’s nest in town near the stoplight. This is not accurate. Those of you that were here this winter will remember how intense a winter we had, with more than one blizzard and very strong winds. It was during one of those blizzards that the tree was blown over. We want to clear up this rumor and let everyone know that it was in fact the weather, not the City, which is to blame for the tree not standing anymore. The eagles have made another nest on a tree near their old nest, across from the Post Office. Next time you’re at the post office look for our pair of our resident eagles!
Monty Davis, executive director
Homer Chamber of Commerce
& Visitor Center

Contact the writer
Posted by on May 23rd, 2012 and filed under Letters to the Editor. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

Like us on Facebook