For many anglers in Alaska, there is just something about Homer’s Winter King Derby that signifies the beginning of fishing season. Homer Chamber of Commerce director, Monte Davis calls it a “rite of spring.”
Now, “spring” just has to make an actual appearance.
With 19 years under its belt, the Chamber has seen several derbies come and go. Some have obviously been more successful than others. And, in the world of winter king salmon derbies, 2012 was one of those tough years.
Spring is in the air — or, at the very least, it’s on the calendar this week. And if you’re like many people, you may be looking forward to doing some spring cleaning around your house and yard. But this year, why not go beyond your physical environment and do some “sprucing up” of your financial situation?
Here are a few possibilities to consider:
The Homer Landfill may soon be operated by a private contractor under plans by the Kenai Peninsula Borough, a move that causes concerns about the profit motive verses public service obligations.
At Homer City Council’s Monday night meeting, Borough Assemblyman Mako Haggerty briefed the council, then later came back to speak on his own behalf that he foresees problems ahead.
“I think it’s a bad idea to privatize the dump. I did what I could to prevent it from happening,” Haggerty said. “I’m not happy with contracting that out to private contractors.”
Shorebird festival May 8-12 Registration is now open for the annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 8-12. This year’s featured speaker is Jeffrey Gordon, President of the American Birding Association. The title of his talk is “Birding Together: How Birding Can Save Your Life and Maybe, Just Maybe, Save the World.” Phil Hoose, author of […]
Ranon Leon Cheatwood, was born at home on Feb. 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. to Tyler and Brittiny Cheatwood. He weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces. His grandparents are Cecil and Corrine Cheatwood, and Danny and Debra Williams of Homer.
The State House on Monday passed a gun measure telling the U.S. President and Congress to keep their hands off Alaska’s gun rights.
The measure proposed by House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, passed 31-5 on Monday after a lengthy and impassioned debate. It exempts guns and ammunition owned by Alaskans from federal gun laws and says the state should arrest any federal agent who tries to enforce certain, future federal gun laws.
Those who opposed the measure say it subjects Alaskans to criminal prosecution if they ignore federal gun laws. Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, said the measure was unconstitutional, unenforceable, and distracting the Legislature from other important measures, including a rewrite of state oil tax law.
Leo Andrew Velsko, a baby boy weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces, was born Jan. 6, 2013 to Erik and Lacey Velsko. Leo is welcomed by sisters, Britta and Estelle. Grandparents are Barb Scalzi and John and Teddi Velsko. Rox Marie, a baby girl weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces, was born Jan. 18, 2013 to Jeanette […]
Jan. 21 this year is a holiday of triple significance: Martin Luther King’s Birthday, President Obama and Vice President Biden’s Inauguration Day celebration and a Day of Service to volunteer, as proclaimed by the President when he first took office in 2009.
Banks, federal offices and schools will be closed Monday. Homer City offices will be open. A civil rights lecture by Historian Steven Haycox is on at the campus, while Alice’s hosts an inauguration party.
If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities around town, the Homer Food Pantry could use your helping hands
This is the voice of history – and we must answer its call.
As I look around this chamber, I see many fresh faces – lawmakers who, I have no doubt, will rejuvenate our debate. Join me in welcoming our newest members and their families.
As I look around, I also remember lawmakers who once served. This past year, we said farewell to Representative Carl Gatto and former lawmakers Al Adams, Cheryll Heinze, Bruce Kendall, Michael Beirne, and Henry Pratt.
We also remember nine military service members who deployed from Alaska and perished before returning home. They gave their lives for our freedom, and now, we live forever in their debt.
New Year’s Baby 2013! Titan Kasius Swenning Norman, a baby boy weighing 7 pounds, 13.7 ounces, was born on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:13 AM to Barbara Swenning and Nikalai Norman. Grandparents are Emilie and Pail Swenning of Nanwalek, Gordon and Becky Norman of Port Graham. Adah Cynthia Hoffman, a baby girl weighing 7 pounds, […]