Community News – Nov. 28

MAPP conducts second annual survey
MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula – the local collaborative for community health improvement – is conducting its second Community Health Needs Assessment from November 2012 – March 2013. 
The first part of the assessment includes a “community perceptions” survey that gives community members the opportunity to highlight the community’s strengths and needs. This survey is included in this week’s Homer Tribune and will be open until Dec. 14.
The results from this survey will help determine what is most important to the community and will help prioritize where to focus collaborative efforts for the next few years. You can submit your completed survey at Homer City Hall, the Homer Public Library or Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware on Lake Street. The survey can also be filled out online at For more information, contact MAPP coordinator Megan Murphy at 235-0570.

Polar explorer to give lecture
A talk and booksigning by Polar Explorer Lonnie Dupre will take place from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Dupre experienced the adventure of polar travel and saw firsthand how climate change is affecting the globe. He will talk about his expeditions around Greenland, to the North Pole across 600 miles of shifting sea ice and a solo winter climb of Denali.
Dupre recently moved to Homer from Grand Marais, Minn. He has more than 15,000 miles of Arctic expedition travel by dogsled, skis, on foot and by kayak. Using non-motorized means of travel, he has led several Arctic expeditions, including treks across the Russian Far East, the first west to east winter crossing of Canada’s Northwest Passage and the only circumnavigation of Greenland’s 6,500-mile coastline by kayak and dog team.

Kachemak Bay Craft Fair
The Kachemak Bay Campus will hold a student craft fair from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the campus. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to find special Christmas gifts made by artists and other students.

Birders gear up for Christmas count
The Kachemak Bay Birders will take trip on the Homer Spit Saturday afternoon. Meet in the parking lot between Land’s End and the ferry dock at 1:30 p.m. or to car pool, meet at 1:15 p.m. at the parking lot on Kachemak Drive at the base of the Homer Spit.
Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. Dress warmly and possibly expect some ice. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge. Michael Craig will act as trip leader. For more information, give him a call at 235-0631.

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1 Response for “Community News – Nov. 28”

  1. taking too long says:

    The community has already stated that a place for teenagers would help prevent Teen Drinking and serve the community best right now. Why do we need more surveys?

    It’s difficult for the current parents of high schoolers to get motivated to help on a community center for teenagers when it is going to take several years, by then there will be no funding and our kids will be in college.

    It would better serve the public to work on it now, get something tangible happening now, with the money from the Homer Prevention Project. Is it costing another $65,000 for this survey. C’mon now, Have you no shame? Do you all care about the kids at all?

    The building that is rented for the Homer Prevention Project would be perfect for a place for teens, if we fire the person making $190,000, give that building space to the teenagers and use the $190,000 to fund the center for the next two years instead of one salary.

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