Last fall, an 8-week-old, motherless sea otter spotted wandering alongside Kachemak Drive was rescued in a stranded marine mammal rescue effort. Now, that otter is about to get a name at its new home in Vancouver.
Kachemak Bay Campus Assistant Biology Professor Deborah Boege-Tobin coordinated the effort when the call of the stranded otter came in, no mom in sight. The malnourished pup was sent to I.Sea.U division of the Alaska SeaLife Center.
“A rotating team of Aquarium specialists spent more than 2,000 hours to help rehabilitate and care for this young otter,” according to the center’s last update. “For 17 weeks, the team rotated shifts; flying to and from Alaska to help share their expertise and care for the pup.”
Armed with a stockpile of “fluffy towels” and “special high-calorie formula,” the crew rehabilitated and groomed the pup for months.
The otter still doesn’t have a name. The Aquarium called on the public to take to Twitter and pick between Sustina, Katmai, and Glacier. The winning name was to be announced this week.
The Ptarmigan Arts Center announced its Visual Arts Scholarship Applications are now available at the gallery, 471 Pioneer Ave., and on the gallery’s website (www.ptarmiganarts.com) as well as on the Homer Foundation’s website. The deadline to apply is May 3.
First place will be awarded $900, and the contest is open to any Homer, Seldovia or Nanwalek high school student in grade 11 and 12. It includes correspondence, Flex School, home school and others. The scholarship may be used for summer school, workshops, apprenticeships, college, supplies or studios. Applicants are limited to the visual arts of painting, film, graphics, fiber, pottery and sculpture.
Ptarmigan Arts’ and Homer Foundation family members are not eligible. However, there is a family scholarship available for children of current Ptarmigan artists.
Homer High graduate Kirsten “Molly” Warburton was added to the Dean’s List for recognition of her academic achievement during the Fall 2012 semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while enrolled in a minimum of 12 graded credits.
Oregon State University at Corvalis, Ore., announced Rebecca M. Temple was named to the Dean’s List for maintaining a high Grade Point Average. The Homer High School graduate earned a straight A average and is a senior majoring in Mathematics.
Farmers, food producers and Homer high-tunnel growers are invited to a potluck and discussion about growing our local food network at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kachemak Community Center. The discussion will focus on Homer’s local food network. For more info., call Sara at 399-9303.
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