Just where does your boat sewage go?

Did you know that the Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of raw sewage from a vessel within three nautical miles of the U.S. coast?
As the summer boating season approaches and more boats are utilizing coastal harbors, it will be important to keep your sewage management strategy in mind. Where do you dump your sewage if your boat has a marine head? Do the harbors you visit offer pumpout facilities?

Erin’s Law: An overdue ounce of prevention

We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids, we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive. Had we known the reasoning behind their reactions, we would have been better equipped.

Letters – May 20

Thanks to Artists in Schools, representatives Students and staff at Homer Flex School would like to give great thanks for allowing us to participate in the Artist in the Schools Program. Ann Margret Wimmerstedt taught an encaustic painting workshop for two weeks at Homer Flex, and 24 students learned and practiced many of the methods […]

E-waste: improving in local communities

Despite difficult logistics, rural communities across Kachemak Bay participated in last month’s Electronics Recycling Day – Over 5,000 pounds of E-waste collected and recycled!
Since 2006, Homer has benefitted from electronics recycling opportunities each April, providing local residents a cost-effective and convenient way to ensure that their potentially hazardous materials would not be placed in the ground, or trucked to another landfill to be dumped with regular household trash. Cook Inletkeeper, a local non-profit environmental organization based in Homer, has taken the lead in organizing the annual electronic waste (e-waste) collection events since 2011, and recently hosted the 10th annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event on April 25.

The Homer Prevention Project: A Look Back

“Seventy-eight percent of Homer area adults have two or fewer drinks on days they do drink alcohol.” For many community members the appearance of this statistic on their daily cup of coffee was their first introduction to the Homer Prevention Project. Now entering the last few months under its current grant funding, the coalition looks back on its journey.

Letters – May 13

Be careful where you hide your stash Recently, we went through an ordeal where we nearly lost our golden retriever Izzy, and I would like to share it with others so that they might not have to go through the same thing we did, or to be able to recognize symptoms and get their pet […]

Some wildlife managers should consider Native ways

In a recent Alaska Dispatch News article (May 7) on a newly formed co-management organization, the Kuskokwim River Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission, Lisa Demer reported that some tribal members expressed discontent with state and federal management “which didn’t always understand village life and village people.”
Co-management of wild resources is based on a “meaningful role” for indigenous Alaskans as defined in Section 801 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). In the Y-K Delta, co-management has operated for years in organizations like the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Advisory Council and The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group among others. So the Yupik Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission respondents know whereof they speak when they express concerns that village people have been misunderstood or outright marginalized by state or federal managers.

Letters – May 6

Sharing is caring We all know there is a great amount of concern about the deep education cutbacks the State is going to have to endure. The oil companies are still making billions in profits from Alaska oil, not as many billions as they use to, but still making good money. Do the oil companies […]

Kachemak Crane Watch launches new website

The sandhill cranes are back, and viewing action of cranes, shorebirds and songbirds is going full tilt. The most accessible place to watch sandhill cranes is on the boardwalk below the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The Beluga Slough has hosted three nesting pairs in the wetlands by the boardwalk for the past couple of years. Feeding, dancing and other behaviors are often close enough to the boardwalk to get good photographs.
Kachemak Crane Watch is pleased to announce the launching of its new, updated website. We still have a couple of buttons to activate, but other than that, the new version is up and running. You will find lots of crane photos in our photo gallery and a link to our Youtube playlist of sandhill crane videos. Please share with your friends and families. Who knows you just might turn someone into a craniac!

Finn the ‘Westie’ found after 19 days – safe

Our old dog Finn (he’s 14 and a half, kind of blind and kind of deaf), doddered off on the night of April 6 – it was a dark and stormy night, raining cats and dogs — and didn’t come home. I traipsed through the Clover Lane neighborhood in the rain for a couple hours with flashlight and clicker, calling and clicking for him. Then I called the police department and reported him missing, just in case someone had picked him up.
The next morning, I put a “critter line” on KBBI, contacted the animal shelter and the vet, and then went driving around —checking yards and ditches — to see if I could spot him. My husband said he probably went off to die, because old dogs sometimes do that. Well, that was a bummer.

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