Salmon hot on market, despite Russian influence

It was a rough salmon season at most Alaska regions this summer, with Bristol Bay being the big exception. While sockeye catches exceeded expectations, all other species came up short. But salmon stakeholders can take heart that the fish is moving swimmingly to market.
“The demand is there. The world still recognizes that this is the best place to go for the highest quality salmon, including pinks,” said Tyson Fick, Communications Director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Public Safety – October 11-16

FIRE — Oct. 3-9 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to seven emergency medical service calls and no fire calls. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to four fire calls and six EMS calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to four EMS calls and no fire calls. POLICE On Oct. 16, at 1:58 p.m., Homer Police arrested […]

Council gets first look at budget

City staff presented the council with its first draft of the 2017 budget Monday night, and the picture painted was decidedly more rosy than last year’s budget with its $1 million shortfall.
City manager Katie Koester said the budget was boosted by a 3.8 percent increase in revenue to the general fund. She said sales tax returns from dining, lodging and visitor-related businesses was up significantly in 2016.
“It speaks to how fortunate we are to have as diverse an economy as we do,” Koester said, noting Homer’s fishing and large vessel repair industry as well as its visitor industry as part of that diversity. “We are really in a great position to weather the next three to five years of uncertainty in our state.”

Homer Folk School opens doors to enrich lives

Sprawled across 80 acres of “back country” at the top of Skyline Drive, the Ageya Wilderness Center served as an ideal location for Homer Folk School organizers to get the word out about the many different traditional arts and trades programs they hope to offer.
Saturday’s open house introduced board members, provided tours of the facility and offered children’s activities and a number of hands-on workshops. Attendees were invited to learn about everything from apple-pressing and indigenous kayaks of the Arctic, to sauerkraut-making, seed-saving, crystal stone properties and wild plant food medicine.

Boldly stepping into the world

Lilli Johnson has an innate curiosity about the world.
“I have a deep desire to travel, to experience other cultures and to make a difference,” she said.
Johnson attributes her desire to live and work among other cultures to the diversity that exists within her own family. Her mother is Norwegian and Italian and was raised in the United States. Her father is Filipino and Guinean and his grandparents immigrated to New York City in the 1970’s.

Pondering the infinite on the Yukon Flats

YUKON FLATS — Out here, in a smooth plain stretching over Alaska’s wrinkled face, water and tree and mud dissolve to fuzz at each horizon. No hills or bumps. An ocean of sky. An observer once said Yukon Flats looks like a place where God forgot to put something.
Garrett Jones and I are camped on a giant island not far from the Yukon River map feature labeled “Halfway Whirlpool.” Surrounded by gritty islands of silt and poplars and leafless willows, we are in the center of a river channel more than three miles wide. We feel like ants twitching for a hill to climb.

Emma Jane McCune

Emma Jane McCune went into the presence of the Lord on Oct. 9.
She was born Feb. 23, 1941 in Colorado Springs to Roy and Eva McCune and came to know Christ as a child. She attended Palmer High School, obtained a BA in Education and then went on to earn a Masters of Education in Library Science in 1969.

Guard against identity theft – and protect your finances

In 2015 alone, more than 13 million Americans were victimized by identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. What can you do to guard your identity and protect yourself from potential financial losses?
Here are some ideas to consider:

Have frighteningly fun times at futsal tourney

While autumn’s colorful foliage and crisp temperatures can often evoke a number of cheerful thoughts, soccer is not usually one of them.
Sure, soccer is cheery enough. But look around; unless you’re wearing a helmet or chasing a pennant, nobody’s really paying attention.
That’s about to change.
Enter the 2016 Homer Mariner Boys Soccer 3-on-3 Futsal Tourney.

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Oct. 13

AP Fire/EMS holds board meeting The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Anchor Point Fire Station on Milo Fritz Avenue. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700. The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency […]

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