Voznesenka school reaches lease settlement

Months of uncertainty for students and parents in Voznesenka ended earlier this month as the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District reached an 11th hour agreement for the rental of several community buildings used as a school for some 100 students.
Negotiations were stuck for months on a new lease agreement between the Voznesenka Community Council, Inc., and the district for the rental of several buildings used by the district, and a new space currently being built to use as a multipurpose space.
While the two sides were able to come together on the per-square-foot cost of renting the school space last winter, the community council’s request that the district pay $750 a month for water treated by the Voznesenka Water Treatment System stalled negotiations.

Ochoa flies past competition in 2016 Migration Run

On a sunny, warm race day, runners were quick to doff outer layers of clothing, despite a slight breeze wafting off the water.
Homer distance runner and former Mariner cross-country standout Pedro Ochoa flew past the competition at this year’s 5k Migration Run on Sunday.
Often seen running up Baycrest Hill or along the Spit, Ochoa took the top spot among 101 runners, finishing in 16 minutes, 13 seconds. The next runner, Sean Ulman, crossed the finish line at 18:43.24; two-and-a-half minutes behind Ochoa.
Homer High runner Bill Rich finished third in the men’s division with a time of 19:24.60.

M’s take Borough wins into Regional meet this weekend

Homer junior Lauren Evarts led the way for the Lady Mariner track team at the Borough Championships over the weekend with first-place finishes in both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. Evarts ran the 100 hurdles in 16.38 seconds, and teammate Lauren Jones was fourth in 19.13.
The Lady Mariners finished third in the team standings, thanks also to strong sprints from Kaylee Veldstra. The freshman continues to fire up the burners, this time finishing second in the 100m in 13.13. Race winner Daisy Nelson of Soldotna won with a time of 13.04.

Curiosity leads to learning

Curiosity is not just welcomed — it is invited and encouraged at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The CACS motto is to “Explore. Connect. Care,” and that’s exactly what a Montessori school group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Soldotna did on their three-day, two-night stay at the CACS Peterson Bay Field Station.
“It was one of my favorites things when I was a kid,” said Mary See, parent chaperon on the trip. As a student she came over herself in the 1980s as a student, now she was there with her son’s class.

Friendly face at theater is ‘jill of all trades’

Walk into the Homer Theatre, and you are instantly greeted by more than just the smell of popcorn and the sound of movie trailers playing. The friendly faces of employees like LeAndra Macauly are also there to welcome you with a smile.
“I feel like the Homer Theatre, as a whole, goes the extra mile in serving the customers and making sure we have quality product, image and sound,” Macauly said of her employers.
Macauly, who goes by Andy, started working at the theater when she was 16 years old. She began in the box office — selling tickets, working concessions, stocking inventory, splicing 35mm film, making deposits and providing relief janitorial work.

A 529 plan can help with those college bills

We’re at the end of another school year. If you have younger kids, you might be thinking about summer camps and other activities. But in the not-too-distant future, your children will be facing a bigger transition as they head off to college. Will you be financially prepared for that day?
A college education is a good investment – college graduates earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetimes than high school graduates, according to a study by Georgetown University – but a bachelor’s degree doesn’t come cheap. For the 2015–2016 school year, the average expense – tuition, fees, room and board – was $19,548 at a public four-year school and $43,921 at a four-year private school, according to the College Board. And by the time your children are ready for college, these costs may be considerably higher, because inflation is alive and well in the higher education arena.

For the Record – May 18

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanors Christopher Talan Watson, 29, third-degree theft Trevor Kevin Latimer, 48, failure to register as a sex offender Robert B. Jule, 53, DUI Jeanette Renee Karasti, 35, fourth-degree assault Thomas William […]

M’s hope to warm up baseball bats for postseason play

Following a 0-7 Northern Lights Conference shutout loss to the visiting Wasilla Warriors on Friday, Homer’s baseball boys rebounded, but still fell a bit short in a 9-10 barn-burner against the Colony Knights on Saturday.
Colony opened the game with hot bats, scoring six runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Homer answered with a run in the bottom of the second, and the two teams each picked up a run in the third.

Homer teams face Colony in opening round at Regions

Mariner sophomore Simon Dye continued to add to his collection of goals with two against the Seward Seahawks in Saturday’s 6-1 Homer win.
After getting off to a slow start and giving up a Seward goal just 12 minutes into the game, the Mariners answered seven minutes later with an Oliver Beck unassisted goal.
Facing a 1-1 halftime tie on “Senior Night” and the last home game of the season, the M’s kicked up their intensity a bit with five second-half goals.

Births – May 18

Alyona River Kerrone, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces, was born at 6:44 p.m. May 12, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital to Mariah and Jason Kerrone of Anchor Point. Grandparents are Al and Shelly Schlott of Anchor Point, and Tom and Cindi Irwin of Soldotna.

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