I find it difficult to accept the whining from setnetters about their perceived fiscal peril this year. Last year, about 400 halibut charter captains had their livelihoods ruined when NOAA/NMFS eliminated about a third of the charter fleet. That makes for more than just a bad year — more like a change in career paths.
I haven’t heard of any charter businesses calling for disaster relief or bailouts from the government. I do, however, support the setnetters discontent with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s decision to shut down their season based on its Chinook return “estimates” of a dismal year.
As of July 25, Fish and Game guestimates that 9,082 Chinook passed their counters, compared to 13,241 in 2010 and 16,616 in 2011. That puts 2012 at 61 percent of the average return for the past two years; not really that dismal.
According to the Department, the Chinook numbers have dropped significantly after 2009. Note that in 2010, Fish and Game started using their newfangled DIDSON Sonar system and hark, we now have a guestimated drastic decline in the Chinook numbers.
Maybe what we’re experiencing is not declining numbers in the Chinook return, but the result of ADF&G buying into an expensive and possibly bogus new sonar system.
Thank you, Homer, for visiting the Homer Council on the Arts Street Faire last weekend despite the rain. The crowds came between the drops and enjoyed music, food and a variety of vendors.
Thank you to the neighbors for welcoming the busy street activity, and Safeway for sharing your electricity and ice. This year, we amplified the musicians and, thanks to the donation of a tent from Wells Fargo Bank, the performers and sound equipment were protected from the weather.
Thank you Sasquatch Adventure Company for your sponsorship enabling HCOA to hire the extra help needed to organize the Faire. And thank you to all the vendors, performers and volunteers who spent many hours, days and weeks preparing for the Faire and working together to make the Faire logistics flow seamlessly.
We hope to see you all next summer rain or shine!
Once again, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is presenting our Summer Music Festival, with two weeks of music in Homer, Kenai and Soldotna.
The orchestra has been around since the summer of 1983, and the festival has been happening since 1999. Can you believe it? I find it totally amazing. When I compare the orchestra of 1983 with the one that performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 last summer, I am even more amazed and tremendously proud. I hope that everyone in the Kenai Peninsula community is proud as well. If you aren’t, you should be.
The talent and dedication of the musicians on this Peninsula is incredible. Just to get everyone and their instruments in one place to rehearse is a major feat. I want to thank the Ninilchik Fairgrounds for allowing us to “meet in the middle.” Now, if only they had a full set of percussion instruments stashed there …
While I am thanking people, I want to mention a few organizations that have been supporting us for years; particularly the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Homer Council on the Arts, ConocoPhillips and Chevron. When we perform a combined orchestra and choir number as we did last year, the Homer Foundation, using support from the Jessica Stevens Memorial Fund, a Field of Interest Fund to support youth in the performing and visual arts, and the Jack and Mary Lentfer Fund, a Donor Advised Fund, helps us purchase vocal scores so high school students can participate, and so that we can have an ever-increasing community choral library that will enable us to revisit the masterpieces we have performed in the last 20 years. Without the ongoing support of these organizations we would be unable to present the caliber of music that we have performed in recent years. We are all very grateful for their help.
Whether you are a regular supporter of the KPO, or are just now discovering we have an orchestra on the Peninsula, I hope you are enjoying this year’s Summer Music Festival. Be sure to catch our performance of the 1812 Overture and the New World Symphony (two of my personal favorites) on Aug. 10 in Homer and Aug. 11 in Kenai. See you at the concerts.
Outgoing manager KPO
We would like to thank MC Lars, Tedxyouth@Homer, and Homer Council on the Arts for the opportunity to participate in the free hip-hop writing workshop. Together, from ages 12 to 62, we wrote a creative rap about Kachemak Bay. The oldsters loved working with the creative rap generation, the youngsters. Dexter, a 6th grader, is a bright developing lyrist, and was amazing to work with alongside of his peers Charlie and Mykala and the others – all of whom created a positive rap promoting the protection of our Area. MC Lars was inspiring in the creation of poetry in the hip-hop form. He also provided a better understanding of the history of hip-hop and the positive aspects of rap. The collaborative work was stimulating to develop and experience intergenerational writing. Thanks to our awe-inspiring community.
Brenda Dolma and Sharon Baur
Great music, happy dancers, hula hoops and bubbles set the stage for a weekend of fun at KBBI’s 33rd annual Concert on the Lawn. The concert is a fun way for KBBI to connect with our community and showcase musical talent and is an important fundraiser for the station, supporting local program costs.
The music this year was truly stellar, with ukulele, folk, blues, dubstep, and hard driving rock of several flavors well represented. KBBI thanks the many local musicians and those from Fairbanks, Seward, Kenai/Soldotna, Anchorage and elsewhere who shared their time and talent with our friends at the concert. The musicians perform for free but are treated like royalty in the hospitality yurt provided by Nomad Shelter. Sustenance for the performers was provided by AJ’s, The Alibi, Boss Hoggz, Café Cups, Cosmic Kitchen, Fat Olives, The Grog Shop, Homer Brewing Company, Homestead Restaurant, Two Sisters, and The Vagabond Café. Your generosity was very much appreciated by the musicians.
Vendors also came from near and far to provide a wonderful variety of food, merchandise and information to the concert audience. Thank you all for adding taste, color and thoughtfulness to the weekend.
As always, special thanks goes out to the City of Homer and the Parks and Recreation Department for making Karen Hornaday Park available to us. And also Kenai Peninsula Orchestra for use of their big tent, which provided shade on Saturday and a dry haven Sunday evening. And thank you Stewart Schmutzler, and your crew, for completing a major overhaul of the stage and sound booth this year that will serve the concert well into the future.
I’d like to mention KBBI’s Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board, and our staff who contribute so much to keep local public radio alive and well.
And then there were all of you, coming to spend a day with us at Karen Hornaday Park, dancing, visiting, laughing and enjoying watching the young children playing with bubbles, the hula hoopers hula hooping and the CDs sparkling in the sun. And you leave such a clean space when you leave we know you respect and care for this wonderful place we call home. You help make this the terrific gathering it is, year after year. Thank you.
David S. Anderson
General Manager KBBI/KDLL
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