Mariner baseball boys look to ‘crank it up’ this season

While just about anyone can appreciate the stunning vistas surrounding Mariner baseball practice on the Homer Spit, any player — or coach — on the team will tell you they would much rather be practicing on real dirt and real grass, regardless of the view.
Having no snow on the field would also be a boon.
The Homer team was scheduled to kick off their 2013 season on the road against Kenai on Thursday, but the game was cancelled and re-scheduled for May 8. That means the M’s will open their season at home on May 3 against Kodiak.
Homer High School Athletic Director Pam Newton said she hopes the Homer field will be in playable condition by then. As of last week, it was still covered with snow.

Sports Briefs – April 24

Run with the torch This year, the Special Olympics Torch Run will be held on May 18 at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Homer Police Department, the torch run acts as a fundraiser for Special Olympics athletes who participate in games around the state every year. Registration for the run will open at 9:30 a.m. […]

Homer tracksters run away with Snowball Scramble

If the Mariner track team’s performance at Saturday’s Snowball Scramble was any indication of how effectively they’ve been practicing – in the school’s hallways, in the parking lot, along Pioneer Avenue – perhaps they should forgo their brand new million-dollar track, and just stick with a more old-school, street-smart regimen. (Picture Rocky Balboa pummeling a side of beef.)
It appears to be working.
Homer track and fielders scrambled to 11 first-place finishes in the Seward meet. They competed against the Seahawks, as well as the Colony Knights, and showed their versatility in both running and field events.

ADF&G imposes early king salmon restrictions on Lower Cook Inlet waters

Last Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sportfish announced early restrictions for the 2013 king salmon season. A press release from Assistant Area Management Biologist Carol Kerkvliet indicated that sport-fishing in Lower Cook Inlet stream and marine waters would be, “managed conservatively during the 2013 season.” The release noted that the […]

Sterling celebrates new community center opening

While Kenai and Soldotna community members have a variety of places to recreate indoors, people in outlying communities often have to drive into town to hold or take part in late-afternoon, evening or weekend events. Sterling residents decided they wanted a place to call their own, and after much ado, a nearly 14,000-square-foot Sterling Community Center is set to open as early as next month.
“It’s not done yet, but we’re hoping it’ll be done by next month, and we’re planning a big open house in June,” said Grace Merkes, a trustee for the Sterling Community Club Board, which will be overseeing the center, located on the corner of the Sterling Highway and Swanson River Road.

Business Briefs – April 24

Senators co-sponsor bill aimed at stopping campaign abuses WASHINGTON – Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the first attempt at bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation in a decade: The Follow the Money Act of 2013.  The bill seeks to address the influx of anonymous federal election spending and bring transparency and consistency […]

Nourish the “roots” of your investment strategy

On Arbor Day, which we celebrate this week, people across the country plant trees. Of course, trees provide us with many benefits, including beauty, fruit and oxygen, as well as protection against land erosion. But the act of planting and nurturing trees can also guide our behavior in other areas of life — such as investing.
First of all, consider the vision and patience exhibited by tree growers when they plant their saplings. As an investor, you, too, need this type of perseverance and long-term outlook. When you invest, you should be focused on the long term yet be prepared for the inevitable short-term market downturns. How long is “long term”? Many investors hold quality investments for decades. It’s a long process, but the potential growth you seek will need this time.

Community News – April 24

Sweet Alaska On Thursday, Sierra Hargett completed a project on major land forms. A Homer Flex student, she opted to make a cake of Alaska that showed many of its mapping features. Hargett spent nine hours baking and creating the cake, going above and beyond in her vision. Annual Sandhill Cranes migration complete The Sandhill […]

District looks for principals

Four area schools are in the process of searching for new principals and the public is invited to weigh in on the process in candidate interviews ahead.
This afternoon at Homer Middle School, candidate interviews will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Parents and members of the public can sit in on the interview and provide written feedback afterwards. Another chance comes Monday at Homer High School during Kenai Peninsula School District interviews from 4 to 6 p.m. At the Susan B English School in Seldovia and in the Port Graham School, interviews take place on April 30 at 3:30 p.m.

Art Briefs – April 24

Cosmic agents sponsor an Old Town art event Viva el Arte is an arts “happening” conceived by Homer’s Cosmic Agents, an art corps convened by Bunnell Street Arts Center, celebrating youthful energy, experiment, ideas and community. Viva el Arte is an evening event open to everyone. It follows the First Friday art opening at Bunnell […]

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