A traveling band of geocachers from around SouthCentral met in Homer over the weekend to cleanup Karen Hornaday Park along with some locals. The City of Homer provided trash bags while GeocasheAlaska a non-profit organization dedicated to promotion and education of geocaching in Alaska provided snacks, and prizes.
Homer Elks Lodge No. 2127 and Homer Emblem Club No. 350 are sponsoring a Memorial Day Extravaganza on Monday at the Homer Elks Lodge.
A barbecue picnic will kick off the fun at 5 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. auction, and music provided by Headwater at 8 p.m. A “chocoholic” dessert auction starts at 9 p.m.
This event is open to the public, with admission running $20 per person, $50 per family of four, $10 for kids 16 and under. Kids five and under are free.
Funds raised go toward support of community projects, including scholarships, youth activities, Wounded Veterans of Alaska and more.
Officials of the Enstar Natural Gas Company held an open house at the Bidarka Inn Saturday, with officials on hand to explain the projects the company has underway to expand their service and sign up new users.
Division Manager Charlie Pierce came down from the Kenai Peninsula division office to speak and Patrick Lawrence, key accounts manager in Homer, was also available for questions and to explain the company’s progress.
Pierce said the trunk line to bring natural gas is one-third complete, and workers are now starting to install the distribution system in Homer and Kachemak City. Information for getting service is available at 435-0635 or 435-0637.
Rebecca M. Temple, daughter of Tommy and Lynn Temple, will be one of more than 5,000 students to graduate from Oregon State University this spring. Temple will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Magna Cum Laude, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude.
Homerites are organizing a march against Monsanto on May 25, in an effort to spread awareness about the harmful effects of genetically modified foods. The march will begin at 11 a.m. at the Yurt Village, near the corner of the Homer Bypass and Pioneer avenue. It is scheduled to ends at the Homer Farmer’s Market.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fisheries Division, will conduct a status review to determine if the harbor seals in Iliamna Lake are a distinct population segment of the Pacific harbor seal, and if they are, whether these seals should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Last November, NOAA Fisheries received a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to list harbor seals in Iliamna Lake as an endangered or threatened species, and to designate critical habitat for the seals. The Center estimates there are about 250 to 350 adult harbor seals in Iliamna Lake, and that threats from climate change, ocean acidification and the Pebble Mine project qualify the animal to be listed as an endangered or threatened species.
NOAA Fisheries has concluded that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information that the actions called for by the petition may be warranted. NOAA Fisheries expects to complete the status review by the end of November 2013.
To ensure this status review is comprehensive, the agency is soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding seals in Iliamna Lake through a 60-day public comment period. Information and comments must be received by July 17, 2013.
Address comments to Jon Kurland, Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian, and identified by FDMS Docket Number NOAA-NMFS-2012-0236. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
Electronic Submission: via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov; Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau AK 99802-1668; Fax: 907-586-7557.
A copy of the petition is available online at www.alaskafisheris.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seals/harbor.htm.
Homer resident Flex High School staff member Jeff Szarzi has been selected to participate in summer 2013 global graduate studies. Beginning in mid-July, Szarzi will study Neotropical ecology in the Central American country of Costa Rica. More information about his course is located at http://earthexpeditions.muohio.edu/costa_rica.
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