As the lower Kenai Peninsula set records for warm January temperatures this weekend, Junior Nordic skiiers braved the beautiful but wet ski conditions at Homer’s Lookout Mountain Trails ski area.
Located off Ohlson Mountain road, the trails are losing ski-able snow quickly, with grass and other brush sneaking through the rapidly disappearing white.
Temperatures in the 40s and 50s are expected to continue through the week.
The next Kachemak Bay Birders’ trip will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, and will be a “leader’s choice,” which might be going to the Anchor River or out on the Spit depending on weather and other conditions at the time. Meet at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center parking lot at 1 p.m. to carpool.
All trips are cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Michael Craig is available at 235-0631. There is no charge to attend, and everyone is welcome. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one.
Starting Feb. 1, and continuing on the first and third Saturday of each month, the Friends of the Homer Public Library will hold classes for basic amateur radio operation. Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training and emergency communication.
Classes run from 10 a.m. to noon, and participants will be eligible to test for amateur radio licenses at the end of the class. The first information session runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 1, in the library conference room.
The Ham Radio Licensing Class is free and open to the general public. For more informations, contact Erin Hollowell at (907) 435-3195 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Creative nonfiction writer and university professor Sherry Simpson will read from her work and hold a craft talk as part of KBC’s annual Visiting Writers’ Series on Friday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Simpson’s recently published book, “Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska,” has received national acclaim. Her essays, articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Sierra, Superstition Review, AQR, Bellingham Review and in numerous anthologies.
Her previous books include “The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska” and “The Way Winter Comes.”
Previously, Simpsom worked at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Juneau Empire. She has written columns and features for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Magazine and the Anchorage Press.
A book-signing will follow the evening’s reading, hosted by the Homer Bookstore.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a community parade as part of the 2014 Homer Winter Carnival. Float winners will be chosen in four categories: best nonprofit, $400 (Homer Bucks); best individual or family float, $200 (Homer Bucks); best for-profit business float, $125 (Homer Bucks); judge’s choice, $125 (Homer Bucks.)
South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center are thrilled to welcome home Becky Plymire as a physician assistant.
Known to some as Becky Curry, Becky graduated from Homer High School and worked for more than 10 years at the hospital and HMC, in credentialing and risk, billing, transcription and phlebotomy.
For several years, she owned and operated “Emergency Response Educators,” teaching firefighters, EMTs and college-level courses. Becky’s love of healthcare led her away from Homer to get her PA degree at the University of Utah Medical School.
Becky has a strong commitment to wellness for patients of all ages and has extended experience in urgent care. She moved to Homer this summer with her husband, Jim Plymire.
Becky also practices in northern remote communities, and will alternate her schedule between remote work and Homer. While in Homer, she will see patients at HMC on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Saturdays until 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
The addition of Becky to HMC will greatly increase the capacity for walk-in patients, and help fill the need for urgent care services for the community. For more information contact Homer Medical Center at 235-8586.
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