Mariner wrestlers take team title at Luke Spruill tourney

It’s not often that Homer sports teams can compete with teams from much larger schools — like Soldotna and Kenai. But the defending Class 1-2-3A state champion Mariner wrestling team is changing all that.
The talent-packed Homer team opened its 2016-17 season over the weekend with a big victory at the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament on Saturday at Kenai Central High School. The M’s edged the Soldotna Stars by 12 points, finishing with a total of 158.5 team points. Kenai was third with 88.5 points, Nikiski scored 33 points for fourth place and the Voznesenka Cougars finished fifth with 22.

James Patrick Nestor

James Patrick Nestor, 56, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, at his home in Homer.  No services will be held at this time. Mr. Nestor was born March 4, 1960 in Evergreen Park, Illinois.  He graduated from Oaklawn High School in 1978.  He received an Associate’s Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 1987.  In 1985 he […]

Community news – Oct. 20

The Art of Inuit Tattoo Maya Sailuk Jacobsen is a Greenlandic Inuit, and one of the few Inuit women who knows how to tattoo through traditional methods. She will discuss her research and methods at the Bunnell Street Art Gallery tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 21. The event is free to members, and a $5 donation is […]

Fish and Game sends out harvest surveys

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game began mailing annual sport fishing harvest surveys this week to some 47,000 randomly selected Alaska resident and nonresident households having a person who purchased a sport fishing license or who holds a permanent form of license in 2016. Conducted every year since 1977, the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey […]

Murkowski pitches to Homer voters during visit

Framed by sunshine, blue waters and sports fishermen looking for salmon, Sen. Lisa Murkowski took the podium at Land’s End Resort last week to talk about state and national issues, and why she should be returned to Washington, D.C. for another term.
Murkowski told the standing-room-only crowd that she was optimistic about Alaska’s future, despite the challenges facing the state and the nation in coming years, such as the state budget, the ballooning cost of health care and the lurking national debt.

Charlie Sylvester Clark

Charlie Sylvester Clark, a baby boy weighing 10 pounds, was born Oct. 14, 2016 at 11:26 p.m. at South Peninsula Hospital to Alex and Chris Clark of Homer.

Homer Huskies go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, many schools on the Kenai Peninsula are raising money to help with the many costs associated with the disease. Last week, Homer Middle School students rose to the challenge and raised more than $800 in five days.
Staff members Rand Seaton and Brian Carper offered up their beards as additional incentive. Urged on by principal Kari Dendurent, both men agreed to dye their beards pink if enough money was raised. Seaton was even brave enough to allow the student council to “shape” his beard.
Who’s got spirit? We’ve got spirit! What are you doing for Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

‘Elder in training’ teaches attentive crowd how to butcher a seal

FAIRBANKS — She didn’t have her big ulu or her special slanted board but Marjorie “Kunaq” Tahbone smoothly sliced blubber and meat from a ringed seal before an audience Monday during a hands-on lesson.
Not many conventions offer food workshops like this one at the First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference.
The topic was “Food Sovereignty: Working on Seal” and the lead instructor in caring for the animal was Tahbone, a skilled 27-year-old who calls herself “an elder in training.”

New rules restrict who can give invocations at Assembly meetings

Atheists who want to read an invocation before a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are out of luck.
The assembly voted 6-3 in favor of a resolution at its Tuesday meeting that says the person delivering an invocation must be a representative of an Assembly-approved religious association that fits specific parameters.
The borough clerk will create and maintain a database of qualified religious associations and chaplains that send in written requests to deliver the prayers.
The resolution comes after several months of conversation and controversy over whether the assembly should continue with invocations at all, who should be allowed to deliver them, or if a moment of silence should be adopted as a replacement.

Walrus congregation apparently short-lived

A congregation of walruses spotted on a Northwest Alaska beach Friday numbered about 6,000, but the animals had departed within days and were probably heading out on their fall migration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Tuesday.
The walruses are likely swimming south to coastal haulout areas in Chukotka, Russia, Joel Garlich-Miller, a Fish and Wildlife walrus biologist said in a statement issued by the agency.
The walruses were gone from the barrier island on the eastern Chukchi Sea coast as of Monday, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

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