Youth addiction expert talks drug prevention

The key to approaching drug use and prevention is recognizing that it is a chronic disease, said a visiting expert on the teenage brain and the impact of drugs on brain development.
Dr. Michael Spigarelli, a professor of pediatrics and pharmacology with the University of Utah, offered these and other insights into the issue of teenage drug use and effective prevention and treatment strategies at a recent community worksession with the Homer City Council on Monday.
“As soon as you lose sight of the fact that it is a chronic disease, it gets very easy to blame the person,” Spigarelli said.

Sports Briefs – May 25

M’s face Moose in conference baseball The Homer Mariner baseball team hammered the Kenai Kardinals 8-1 in Southcentral Conference action on Thursday. Kenai jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, but Homer answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning — and took control from there. Sophomore Joe Ravin led the […]

Community news – May 25

The long struggle to protect the Bay Cook Inletkeeper will host a Wednesday panel discussion to hear stories about the early struggles to protect Kachemak Bay and bring forward lessons learned from this era. Hear about December 1973, when the State of Alaska leased tracts in Kachemak Bay for oil and gas exploration and development, […]

Steer clear of ‘orphaned’ wildlife babies

Statewide – Alaskans stepping outside to enjoy the wonders of springtime are reminded that May and June mark the season of wildlife giving birth. Newborn moose calves, bear cubs and other wildlife young may be encountered nearly anywhere – including in backyards, city greenbelts, along popular trails – and despite initial appearances, protective mothers are likely nearby.
“We’re already receiving reports of newborn moose calves,” said Anchorage Area Wildlife Biologist Dave Battle.
Moose calving generally peaks around the third week of May, and young can be encountered well into June. Cow moose can be particularly dangerous during calving season and attacks on people and pets by mothers aggressively defending calves are reported each spring.

Realtor ‘passionate’ about helping people settle in Homer

For the past 33 years, realtor Angie Newby has been selling Homer lifestyles.
“Homer offers a variety of lifestyles – in the middle of town, vacant lots, condos, custom homes, yurts, Bay views, tucked into the woods, off-the-grid,” she said. “It’s not just about how many bedrooms and bathrooms; it’s about how people want to feel in their home.”
Newby enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of helping people achieve their dreams.

Anchor River opens for king salmon fishing

Everyone is excited to hit the waters once fishing season gets underway, but it’s always a good idea to consult the sport fishing regulation booklet before casting your line. The booklet can be found at fishing equipment retail outlets or at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office on 3298 Douglas Place in Homer. […]

Births – May 25

Raela Jayne Gray, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, was born at 2:15 p.m. on May 18, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital to Sarah Rae Pedrick and Therin Lloyd Crauthers. Grandparents are Frederick Gailey of Seward, Earla Gray of Homer, Brian Hudson of Homer, and Rama and Amos Crauthers of Homer. Zoreya Eunice Ukatish-Evans, weighing 7 […]

Talk to your adult children about smart financial moves

If you have children who are finishing college or embarking on their first full-time job, you obviously want them to get off to a good start in their adult and working lives. And by virtue of your years of experience, you probably have some good advice to offer – especially when it comes to making smart financial moves.
Of course, you can find a broad array of financial topics to discuss. But if you want to concentrate on just a few, you might consider these for starters:

Homer tracksters punch ticket to State meet

Despite winning three of four relays and taking 22 top-five places, the Lady Mariners fell just nine points short of first place in the Region III/3A Track and Field Championships at Colony High School on Friday and Saturday.
Anchorage Christian School took the regional title with 144 points; the lion’s share of the points coming from standout senior sprinter Tanner Ealum.
Homer runners took the next three places, with freshman Kaylee Veldstra sprinting to second place in 13.23 seconds. Alia Bales and Angie Cardoza finished third and fourth, respectively.
Lady Mariner junior Lauren Evarts won the 100 hurdles in 16.43; she was third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.52. Teammate Lauren Jones was fourth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles.

Public Safety – May 25

FIRE May 16-22 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 10 EMS calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to one EMS and no fire calls. Anchor Point Fire/EMS responded to four medical and two fire calls. POLICE May 18 Assault: A 911 caller on East Fairview reported an intoxicated female assaulting him. Responding officers arrested a female […]

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