School Briefs – April 24

Homer students ‘Care for the Kenai’ Of some 500 applicants who worked to develop ideas for improving the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, five Homer High students were in the top 12 finalists of the 2013 Caring for the Kenai program. Maggie Koplin, Tayla Cabana, Hannah Baird, Elsa Simmons and Elise Webber traveled to Kenai […]

FYI News briefs & announcements – April 24

Public invited for HEA’s Nikiski plant tour Homer Electric Association will provide public tours of its new Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion Project from 1-4:30 p.m. on May 1. Tours will be 30 minutes long and provide the public an opportunity to get an up close look at the new power generation facility. The plant is […]

Skeeters shoot for big wins at Wasilla Trap Invitational

Seven members of the Kachemak Skeeters Youth Sport-Shooting Club traveled to compete in the Trap Invitational Shoot at Grassridge Shooting range in Wasilla on March 30. The team, ranging in age from eighth to tenth grade, competed against five other teams from Anchorage and the Valley.
“There were 12 medals on the table before the competition, and our kids brought home five of them,” said Skeeters spokesperson Amy Fetterhoff. “We’ve just got some really good shooters on our team.”

Police Report – April 24

Fire Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to seven emergency medical service and one fire call for the week of April 15 – 22. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to four medical emergency calls during the week of April 15 – 22. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to six medical calls and one fire call the […]

For the Record – April 24

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Indictment Jonathan Lee Gilliam, 33, misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree Felony Niko Emile Mogar, 23, assault in the third degree, tampering with physical evidence Elizabeth A. Kvasnikoff, […]

Obituary – April 24

Anchor Point resident, Howard Orvis Houglum, 64, died Monday, April 15, 2013 at his home with his family by his side. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Mr. Houglum was born May 18, 1948 in Faribault, Minnesota. He graduated from Cook County High School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. He worked for Hedstroms […]

HERC building: lost cause or new hope for Homer

How to continue funding the Boys and Girls Club’s home at the old Homer middle school building, now referred to as the HERC, continues to worry the Homer City Council.
Renovations of the 60-year-old building was deemed cost prohibitive after an engineer’s study last fall. It would cost the same amount to fix the structure as to tear it down and build a new one, a report by Klauder and Company Architects concluded in December. The cost estimate that came back after a building review was $8.5 million. The council’s discussion came on the heels of a rejected Community Block Grant request for $150,000.
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Letters to the Editor

Plastic Bags Yes to Dan Gardner, Justin Arnold and Marlina Hogdon. Yes, yes, yes. Like the rest of you, I am a citizen of the city of Homer, and detest the manner in which this city council dictates the way the citizens of their town are “allowed” to function. Most cities have a city manager […]

Sandhill cranes return for another breeding season

The distinctive clarion call of sandhill cranes will soon echo around the skies of Homer as we welcome their arrival to begin another breeding season. Some cranes begin nesting shortly after arrival, while others may display elaborate pair bonding rituals and dances waiting up to a month to begin nesting.
Kachemak Crane Watch and the International Crane Foundation will be completing the final year of their three-year sandhill crane nesting ecology study.

Shorebird Festival needs your support

The 21st-annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is coming up on us quickly, May 9-12. Always an exciting harbinger of the soon-to-follow summer season, the festival is a homegrown model of private industry, government and non-government agencies, and volunteer efforts working together to create an event in which we can all take pride.
I’m sure it will come as no surprise that recent economic trends have tightened budgets everywhere. A lot of grants the festival used to receive and rely on are no longer available. Staff that used to handle a lot of the details of preparatory and event work are no longer employed – let alone available.

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