Community News – June 12

It is almost time to strut your mutt
Homer Animal Friends’ 14th-annual Strut Your Mutt will take place from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 29. It will be held at the city park at the corner of Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue, just west of Homer Veterinary Clinic.
Take a walk with your favorite companion — canine or human — watch the parade of shelter-adopted dogs, then enjoy games, contests and demonstrations by Homer Dog Trainers.
Volunteers are needed, even if you can only spare an hour. Money raised will go to support the Homer Animal Friends Spay/Neuter Program. To volunteer,  or for additional information, call 235-7729 or e-mail

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference
The 2013 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference starts Friday at Land’s End Resort, and runs through Tuesday, June 18.
The nationally recognized conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and the business of writing. The conference is sponsored by Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College/UAA.
Download a registration form at

Students score $22,750 in scholarships
The Homer Foundation awarded lower Kenai Peninsula students $22,750 in scholarships this school year. The Foundation appreciates the support of Homer High Counselor Lin Hampson and the many individuals who served on review committees. Each of the review committees had an exceptionally difficult task due to the high caliber of the applicants this year.
2013 Scholarship Recipients
Homer Community Science
• Caroline deCreeft: $1,000 to study health sciences at Northern Arizona State University with the goal of becoming a doctor of chiropractic medicine.
• Hanna LaRue: $500 to study at St. Olaf College working toward a degree in nursing or sports medicine.
• Katie Kirsis: $500 to study biology at Pomona College.
• Mark McGregor: $500 to study education/medicine at Pacific University.
Alain and Daniel Rieser
• Grant Arseneau: $3,000 to support travel abroad during sophomore or junior year of college at Oregon State University.
Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime
• Katherine Pitzman: $1,000 to study business at Lewis and Clark College, Oregon.
• Hanna Mikols: $1,000 to study international relations at Denver University.
• Dylan Faulkner: $1,000 to study engineering at Stanford.
Beluga Tail Writing
• Hope Hudson: $3,000 to study political science at Linfield College or Pacific University.
• Sirena Turner: $3,000 to study English/journalism at Brown University.
Diane Wambach “Shoot for the Stars”
• Caleb Lunsford: $1,000 to study heavy diesel mechanics at AVTEC.
Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic
• Cruz Morey: $2,000 to attend Linfield College.
• Lydia Arndt: $1,000 to study music educ. at UAF.
Health Care Providers
• Eliott Weddle: $2,000 to study orthotics and prosthetic technology at Spokane Falls Community College. Weddle was a 2010 Homer High graduate.
Constance M. Bentston Music Education
• Patrick Latimer: $850 to study saxophone and music composition at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.
Ptarmigan Arts Visual Arts
• Ashley Freeman, Connections: $900 to study digital art at UAA/ Kachemak Bay Branch.
Alice Witte Memorial Volleyball
• Larsen Fellows, $500 for summer volleyball camp.

Volunteering:  HOMER TRIBUNE/Jane M. Pascall - Donna McCubbins and Margaret LaVigueur sell raffle tickets at the Homer Farmer’s Market Saturday. The fundraiser is a major event of the Kachemak Bay Lions.

Volunteering: HOMER TRIBUNE/Jane M. Pascall - Donna McCubbins and Margaret LaVigueur sell raffle tickets at the Homer Farmer’s Market Saturday. The fundraiser is a major event of the Kachemak Bay Lions.

Family and friends of Valerie Sifsof, who disappeared July 7, 2012, are renewing their search.
Troopers are treating this as an active case and the family has started a website,, where they continue to post information about the search.
The $27,000 reward still in effect is for information leading to the safe recovery of Sifsof, and/or the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for her disappearance.
The fund requires a non-anonymous informant, and persons with information should call the troopers at 783-0972.
Anyone interested in contributing to the Valerie Sifsof Reward Fund can do so through Victims for Justice at 278-0977; by mail to Victims for Justice, 1057 Fireweed Lane, Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99503; or by making a deposit to the Victims for Justice/Valerie Sifsof Fund at any branch of First National Bank Alaska.

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