Fishing rate scuffle dominates council meeting

How much boats in the Homer Harbor pay to tie up to the dock was again the subject of heated testimony this week at the Homer City Council chambers as small and large boat owners weighed in on the recommendations made by the Port and Harbor Advisory Commission to increase fees.
While most who testified expressed gratitude for the harbor facilities and a readiness to pay for those services, speakers were largely split on the issue of who should pay what. Small boat owners mainly testified that larger commercial boats take up significantly more space per linear foot, making the flat per-foot rate that has been in place for decades unfair to them. The commercial operators, however, claimed they received less services for their money, and that recommendations to implement a graduated rate structure that would charge large boats more would have pushed slip fees for some as high as $10,000 a year.

Bears spotted on the ridge top

We live in bear country. No one forgets that — especially this time of year. But it’s not every day when you see one in your backyard, in front of your car on the road, or ready to walk right in your front door.
“Wednesday morning around 4 a.m., the dog started barking,” said Dana Guidi, who lives on Diamond Ridge near West Hill. “We saw a moose — and then a bear.”
“The mama moose came into the yard, and the brown bear took the baby down in the ravine,” Guidi said. “It sounded horrible.”
She said the carcass was still in the ravine days later, where she saw a dog eating it.

Spruce aphid damage seen throughout area

Once again, we witness the reddening of spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula. This time, however, the voracious spruce bark beetle isn’t to blame. A new invasive insect is taking to the trees; the spruce aphid.
For two years, the aphid has been spotted over parts of the peninsula; but this spring the evidence of their work is evident. The red/orange needles that appear burnt is all that’s left after the spruce aphid sucks all the fluid out of the tree’s needles.

Birth – June 8

Josslyn Jean Mann, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, was born at 11:04 p.m. May 31 at South Peninsula Hospital to Bryan and Heather Mann of Homer. Raelyn Aijah Hill, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, was born at 8:30 a.m. June 2 to Jessica K. Hill and Gregory S. Kalmakoff of Homer. Grandparents are Glenda Hazelwood […]

Local youth creates career from welding art

Throughout high school, Hayden Chase excelled in technical programs: auto, shop, construction and welding.
“When I started out in welding class my freshman year, it was awesome,” Chase said. “My teacher, Mickey Todd, pushed me to be the best I could be.”
During a meeting with his school counselor that same year, Chase announced that he was going to be a welder and work on the North Slope. When the counselor asked what his “plan B” was, Chase told him that he didn’t need one. If he wanted to be a welder bad enough, he would be.
Taking advantage of the Homer High School jumpstart program that allows students to take local college classes at a discounted rate, Chase enrolled in the college’s night welding class at the end of his sophomore year.

It’s all about the fish …

Kenai open to catch-and-release kings Sport fishing for king salmon in the Kenai River from its mouth, to an ADF&G regulatory marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake, will remain open for catch and release through June 30. Anglers cannot retain king salmon of any size, and can fish for king salmon using only one, […]

Sports Briefs – June 8

Tracksters keep on running Homer High School sophomore Kaylee Vedstra placed fifth in both the 100 and 200-meter races at last Saturday’s Brian Young Invitational in Kodiak. Veldstra ran the 100m in 13.31 second, and the 200 in 27.75. Teammate and 2016 graduate Aurora Waclawski was seventh in the 400m with a time of 1:04.16, […]

Obituary – June 8

Carmen Field April 14, 1963 -May 31, 2016 On May 31, 2016, Carmen Field died peacefully at home with family and friends nearby. A memorial celebration will be held in September. A full obituary will follow in the future. Longtime Homer resident Tsuyako “Suzy” Peterson, 81, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at South Peninsula […]

Acorn Enterprises: vacuum and mops ‘part of the family’

Candy Edwards refers to her vacuum as “Nigel,” her mop as “Cinderella” and her feather duster as “Rex.”
For the past 27 years, Edwards has provided janitorial services to Homer residences and businesses; she considers it a privilege that people entrust her with their homes, their families and their businesses.

Public Safety – June 8

FIRE May 30-June 5 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 17 EMS calls and two fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to seven EMS calls. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to six EMS calls. POLICE June 1 Trespass: A caller reported a subject trying to enter vehicles in a parking area. The responding officer […]

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