The only cruise ship visiting Homer in 2013 will be in port 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 19. The 610-ft Silver Shadow with 382 guests arrives Sunday. Silversea Cruises, Ltd. is known for luxury, high-end cruises. “These elite and intimate ships are specifically designed for fewer guests, featuring more space and the highest levels of personalized service,” according to its website. The Silver Shadow is third in the Silversea fleet.
Sen. Peter Micciche will be speaking at two events this week to provide an opportunity to ask questions or discuss concerns: Wednesday, May 15 at 12 noon, Homer Elks Club. Call Debbie Speakman of the Homer Chamber of Commerce at 235-7740 to RSVP. Also, Friday, May 17 at noon at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. Call Jane Conway of the Alaska Alliance at 229-7920 to RSVP.
Both events are open to the public, but require reservations. Call ahead to reserve space. Call with any questions and feel free to ask detailed questions in advance if additional research may be necessary.
Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby starts today. The 2012 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby big fish winner was James Peeples of Chico, Calif. His 323.2 lb Halibut earned him $10,000.
Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Ina Jones and reappointed Cheryl Thompson to the Natural Resources Conservation and Development board. The five-member board, composed of land users, receives and reviews reports regarding the use of soil resources and holds public hearings and meetings to determine if land is being used in a manner consistent with sound soil and water conservation practices. Additionally, the board recommends action to provide for the effective and orderly development of agricultural, forest, and grazing land.
Jones, of Fritz Creek, has owned and operated a family farm and ranch for the past 40 years, raising beef cattle, horses, hay and peonies. She and her husband previously owned a local gravel company and guide business. Jones is a commercial member of the Alaska Peony Growers Association and serves on the board of directors for the Pratt Museum. She is a former member of the Fox River Cattleman’s Association and past president of Alaska High School Rodeo Association. Jones is appointed to a seat reserved for a resident of Southwest Alaska or the Kenai Peninsula.
Thompson, of Nome, has owned a gardening business in Nome for 20 years.
Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Dr. James Hagee to the Board of Veterinary Examiners. The board regulates and controls applications, licenses, and permits of veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
Hagee, of Chugiak, has worked more than 30 years as a self-employed veterinarian, both in rural and urban Alaska. He also has previous experience working in non-profit veterinary care. Hagee is a current member of Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue and the Animal Control Appeals Board for the Municipality of Anchorage. He is a prior member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Hagee formerly served on the board of directors for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. He holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. Hagee is appointed to a veterinarian seat.
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