Lady M’s take top spot at Nikiski Class Races

Mariner sophomore Charlie Menke won his first cross-country competition of the season at Monday’s High School Class Races in Nikiski. And it wasn’t just Menke’s first win — it was his first time actually competing in the sport at the high school level.
Menke, a standout player for the Mariners in both hockey and soccer, decided to come out for this year’s cross-country running team in an effort to get in shop for hockey season later this fall.
After putting a decent gap between himself and the rest of his freshman and sophomore competitors early on, Menke had to outsprint Soldotna’s Koby Vinson at the finish. He won the freshman/sophomore competition by two seconds with his time of 18 minutes, 50 seconds.

Sports Briefs – Aug. 19

Mariner football stumbles on the road Homer football kicked off its 2015 varsity season on the road last Friday, and brought home a 14-22 loss to the Houston Hawks. This year, both the Mariners and Hawks are transitioning from the medium school’s Northern Lights Football Conference to Alaska’s small schools division. Homer is now in […]

A heaping helping of halibut

The Alaska Dispatch News reported last week that anglers with the Deep Creek Fishing Club had reportedly landed five fish weighing more than 200 pounds recently. San Diego, Calif. fisherman Curt Wells pulled up his 403-pounder while fishing with Captain James Wheeler last Tuesday. Wells’ fish was measured at 97 inches — possibly the largest […]

‘Rounds for the Rink’ raises $3,900 for Kevin Bell Arena

As if a constant drizzle of rain and glassy wet grass weren’t enough of a handicap for golfers at Saturday’s “Rounds for the Rink” annual fundraiser, tourney organizers decided that adding a few more challenges here and there would certainly keep things lively.
And it did.
“Once we figured out this tourney wasn’t gonna be of PGA qualifying caliber, we decided to have as much fun as possible,” said organizer Chris Russ.
That translated into a variety of “handicaps” on some of the tourney’s 18 holes of play. On one hole, golfers were required to tee off with the opposite hand; another called for putting on the green with a hockey stick.

Season of ups and downs leaves salmon short of forecasted 221 million

Alaska’s salmon season so far has been characterized by ups and downs, and it will be a stretch for the total catch to make the forecasted 221 million fish.
“It just depends on how these late-returning pink salmon at Prince William Sound perform, and whether or not pinks pick up at Southeast. It’s possible, but we would still have to harvest around 30 million more salmon,” mused Forrest Bowers, Deputy Director of the state’s Commercial Fisheries Division.
One of the biggest fish stories of the season, of course, was the surprising double runs of sockeye salmon (reds) to Bristol Bay. As soon as a slow-going first run petered out and the fishery was declared a bust, a surge of late reds caught everyone by surprise and pushed the catch to nearly 36 million fish.

Births – Aug. 19

Fisher Len Johnson, weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces, was born at 7:48 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital to Brittany and Ryan Johnson of Anchor Point. He is welcomed by older brother Bridger and older sister Cedar Johnson, who are so excited to have a baby brother. Grandparents are Scott Johnson and […]

Public Safety – Aug. 19

Fire Aug. 10-16 Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three emergency medical calls and one fire call. Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 18 EMS calls and four fire calls. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to five medical calls and three fire calls Police Aug. 10 Found Property: A juvenile brought a bicycle to the […]

Obituary – Aug. 19

Stanley Ralph Harrington On Aug. 10, 2015, Stan Harrington passed peacefully at his home in Anchor Point with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at his side. Stan — one of seven children — was born on May 18, 1945 in Montrose, Colo. to Vern and Lena Harrington. In his teens, the family moved […]

Berry-picking season

Thirty-four people combed the forest floor Monday afternoon, eyes peeled, attention piqued, senses alert. Their quarry was stationary and abundant but the hunt still held challenges. Not so much in the finding, but in telling one specimen from the wide variety of others.
“What’s this?” “Here’s some red ones!” “Are these any good?”
Variations of those comments formed a background of chatter for the hour-and-a-half walk on Tsalteshi Trails, ebbing and flowing like waves on a shoreline, quieting as the hunters became engrossed in their task and crescendoing when someone found something new, exciting and hopefully delicious — or at least safely edible.

Bed tax preferred for filling Homer’s revenue gap

Feedback from about 600 Homer residents lent the City of Homer advice on moving toward generating new taxes by getting rid of the seasonal sales tax holiday, introducing a bed tax or installing a new .5 percent sales tax increase.
The public advice came in two forums: A July 20 town hall meeting attended by about 100 people who were broken into work groups, and an online survey with 500 respondents.
Results of each public outreach effort were tabulated this week in City Manager Katie Koester’s report to the Homer City Council.
According to work groups at the town hall gathering:

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