Community News – June 18

Troopers respond to Halibut Cove for medical assist

HOMER TRIBUNE/Hannah Heimbuch

HOMER TRIBUNE/Hannah Heimbuch

Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance and request for medical assistance in Halibut Cove Monday, transporting a man to Homer for treatment after he suffered a drug-induced psychotic breakdown, according to a Trooper dispatch.
“The Soldotna Communications Center received a report at around (1 p.m. Monday) from Halibut Cove that a 32-year-old man was out of control due to a bad reaction to some controlled substances he ingested,” said Trooper Spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. “People in Halibut Cove had to restrain the man with ropes until three troopers could respond in an AWT skiff.”
Troopers report that the man admitted to injesting methamphetamines and possibly bath salts. He reportedly entered the water at one point, staying there for at least 30 minutes. Bystanders eventually restrained the man by binding his hands and feet, then tried to warm him with blankets.
An ambulance was waiting to meet the skiff when it returned to Homer Harbor around 3:20 p.m. Troopers escorted the hypothermic man, who was having some difficulty walking, from the skiff to the ambulance. He was taken to South Peninsula Hospital for medical assistance.

Selbig leaves KBBI, Oliver promoted

KBBI Public Radio’s news director Aaron Selbig will leave KBBI at the end of June. He has been with the station for four years. Selbig recently accepted a job as a reporter for Interlochen Public radio, on the campus of Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
After nearly 20 years in Alaska, Selbig said he and his wife decided it was “time for a new adventure.”
Station manager David Anderson said assistant news reporter Shady Grove Oliver will take over as KBBI’s news director. Anderson said he is now looking for a replacement for Oliver in the morning edition host and reporter position. He said several people had inquired about the position, but others interested in applying can call the station at 235-7721.

Islands and Ocean offers summer fun

The Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is scheduling walks, talks, films and special events for the summer. 
Included is Tenderfoot Tidepooling; a stroll on the exposed ocean floor with a refuge guide. With more than 20 feet of water pulled back during minus tides, strollers discover creatures under the sea that fuel life across the refuge and the ocean.
All trips meet at Bishop’s Beach. Look for a guide in an orange vest.
Participants are encouraged to wear rubber boots and leave pets at home. Daily events start June 19, and are slated for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The center’s summer hours are Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Go to for more info.

Mud and mosquitoes can’t stop birders

Kachemak Bay Birders will host a birding trip at the Wynn Nature Center (1.5 East Skyline Rd.) on Saturday, June 21. Meet in the Wynn parking lot at 8 a.m., and expect lots of mud and mosquitoes.
All trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and everyone is welcome. The trips are free, but any donation to the Wynn would be appreciated. For more information, contact trip leader Michael Craig at 235-0631. 

Smircich graduates from Columbus State University

Andrew Smircich from Homer, AK graduated from Columbus State University with a MS in Comp Science – Applied Computing following the spring 2014 semester.
Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State enrolls more than 8,300 students in nationally distinctive programs in the arts, education, business, nursing and more. CSU offers a wide variety of degree programs, from online degrees, which are ranked among the best nationwide, to a doctorate in education.

Pitzman named to UFA executive committee

Homer’s Ian Pitzman of United Cook Inlet Drift Association was named the At-Large Executive Committee member for the United Fishermen of Alaska. UFA is the largest statewide commercial fishing industry trade association representing 36 member organizations. Cordova District Fisherman Jerry McCune was re-elected as president.

Youth steal show at Saturday Farmers Market

Head down to the Homer Farmers Market this Saturday for Kids Vending Day. Youngsters will sell their crafts, veggies and more in the west wing area of the market, beside the kids zone and garden. Set-up begins at 10:30 a.m.
Please bring your own table and chairs, and adults will need to stay with their children. All market rules apply. Kids Vending Days are held on the first and third Saturday of every month. For more information, contact market manager Robbi Mixon at 299-7540, or at

Meadowmere Farm hosts hay days

Tours of Homer’s most unique ecological farmstead will be offered on June 21 and 28 at 1 p.m. Everything from innovative solar and wood heating systems to the functional art (or “barns”) that house their milk goats, wool goats, pigs, rabbits, donkeys, cows and chickens.
 To top all that off, there are plenty of healthy gardens to check out. Admission fees are $12 for adults, $6 for 12 and under. Call to RSVP at 235-4243 or email

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