Community News – Aug. 6

‘A picture is worth 1,000 words’

Photo by Bjorn Olson

Photo by Bjorn Olson

On Saturday, more than 800 Salmonstock revelers joined together to send a clear message of support and solidarity for wild Alaska salmon. Under the direction of aerial art coordinator Mavis Muller, hundreds of people came together at the music festival in Ninilchik to form the intricate ground design. Pilot Tom Beck then brought his plane into position for photographer Bjorn Olsen to capture the moment. 
“Our imagination becomes a powerful force when addressing issues such as clean water and protection of our salmon fisheries,” Muller explained. “This kind of collaborative art opens a space for interaction and dialog, strengthens community and inspires action. The result here is a picture of human connection and solidarity as we set out to protect and defend what we love; wild Alaska.”
This impermanent art installation was sponsored by the Renewable Resources Foundation.

Veterans Family Picnic

VA Volunteer Services of the Kenai Peninsula invite all veterans and their immediate families to the Southern Kenai Peninsula Annual Veterans Free Picnic at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon-4 p.m. The hall is located approximately 2.5 miles down East End Road.
The picnic will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, soda and all the trimmings. Music will be provided by Hillary Arwen and 8-mile Band, along with games for kids and door prizes.
Representatives from the VA Medical Clinic in Kenai and Homer American Legion Service will be present to answer questions.
You do NOT need to belong to a veterans organization to attend this picnic; it is for all veterans and their families. Come out, dance on the grass, sit back and relax. And, even if it rains, we’ve got you covered.
If you have any questions, call the Legion Post at 235-8864 or Darlene at 235-6789.

Promotion makes Hickory senior tender

Brian C. Krautler, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, was promoted to the rank of USCG Commander earlier this month. His July 1 promotion was celebrated in a small ceremony held aboard the cutter.
The promotion places the Hickory into position as the most senior of the Coast Guard sea-going buoy tenders patrolling Alaska’s waterways.
It is a mark of distinction the crew bears with pride as they work to keep the waters of Alaska safe for maritime industry and recreation.

Local artists’ works selected

Homer artists Deland Anderson and Peter Lind both had works of art selected for addition to the Alaska State Council on the Arts’ Contemporary Art Bank. A community reception to see the new artwork and meet some of the artists will be held tomorrow, (Thurs, Aug. 7) from 4-6-p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
The reception will be held at the ASCA office at 161 Klevin Street, Suite 102, in Anchorage.
For questions, email, or call 907-269-6610
Please RSVP at

Know your garden, know your pets

Tomorrow, (Thurs. Aug. 7) head over to SVT Health and Wellness from 6-8 p.m. for this week’s Thriving Thursday class.
This week’s class features Janice Chumley from the Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Extension Service.  Janice will provide information on garden pests, including how to identify and control them, so they don’t harm your flowers and vegetables. As always, all are welcome. Call 226-2228 for more information.

Alaska plants as food and medicine 

Thursday through Saturday the 7-9th: If you can get to Anchorage, there is an awesome line-up for this year’s Symposium at Alaska Pacific University. You will need to register for plant walks, speakers, discussions and demos. Join the fun of sharing cultural and herbal wisdom. For more info., check out the webpage.

Need high tunnel assembly help?

Looking to get experience before putting up his family’s own high tunnels, Obi Jenkins is up for lending a hand (preferably with some compensation) assembling high tunnels. Give him a call at 706-669-4588.

Got land?

Many young people would love to move to Homer, but can’t afford land. They would love to grow veggies, care for a yard, help out in any way in exchange for use of land to grow veggies for sale and for self. I have a list of such requests. 
Sometimes I can match them with the opposite request: got land, but too busy, travel too much, or just plain tired of taking care of it all.  Do you fit into one of these categories?  PLEASE let me know and get specific with how much land you would have/want to share.

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Posted by on Aug 5th, 2014 and filed under More News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Community News – Aug. 6”

  1. kim says:

    Got Land? “PLEASE let me know” – Who is ME?

    In other community news “Judge dismisses sexual assault case against Homer men”

    This looks like a coverup/payoff and it does not look well on our community as evidenced by the comments in the ADN on this article.

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