Time to get your green thumb on

Master gardener classes open The Central Kenai Peninsula Master Gardener Program Sign-up period is now open, with an invitation to Homer gardeners who want to achieve new levels using their green thumbs. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers provide leadership and educational services to the community in home horticulture. Anyone with […]

Community meeting airs concerns, offers answers

A packed community meeting Thursday at Homer High School focused on healing and understanding in the wake of a disturbing series of events in an out-of-control party on Sept. 8. The 500-person capacity auditorium was nearly full.
Principal Allan Gee followed an agenda for the meeting, starting off with the High School Choir singing ‘Stand By Me,’ followed by a listing of facts showing Homer High students tend to perform well.
“Homer High School kids are good kids, and they need to be commended,” he said. A lot of false rumors circulated during the investigation into the Sept. 8 incident that hurt the teenagers.

Halibut CSP due on Friday

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is scheduled to take final action on the halibut catch sharing plan between the commercial and charter sectors in the Gulf of Alaska, 3A, and Southeast, 2C this week after Anchorage hearings at the Hilton Hotel. 

 On Monday a scientific and statistical committee reviewed the issue and Tuesday […]

Man indicted on seven felony counts

Man indicted on seven felony counts An indictment was handed down Friday in the August case of a local kidnapping at gunpoint, but the man charged with seven felony counts still has not been apprehended by police. Troopers allege Bret Herrick, 51, arrived uninvited at a home on Aug. 3 where three people were present. […]

Buccaneer assures council of safety

Buccaneer Alaska’s drilling plans on East End and Cook Inlet proved a hot draw at Homer City Hall Monday night as people crowded in to hear the presentation from two officials.
Steve Lombard of Cardno Entrix and Mark Landt an official at Buccaneer Alaska, outlined the permits obtained, spill prevention equipment and drilling schedules.
The oil and gas concern has leases in the U.S., Canada and South America. They are headquartered in Houston, Texas. Buccaneer’s parent company, Cardno Entrix, is located in Australia.
“We probably have one of the best records in Alaska for turning a drilling operation around,” Landt said. Buccaneer drilled its first well on the Kenai Peninsula earlier this year, and sold the gas to ENSTAR in a short window of time. This is called the “Walmart Well” because it’s located north of the mega store on the Kenai Loop.
Now the plan is to develop Cosmopolitan Unit 1 and 2 this fall, using the jack up rig Endeavor, which is an entirely separate process from onshore drilling. The vertical offshore wells will allow for penetration of shallow gas formations. One unit is off Nikiski and the other is closer to Anchor Point.

Shopping derby prepares for $5,000 giveaway

The Homer Shopping Derby has done modestly well in sales of more than 800 tickets in its first season.
It continues one more week before time to wrap it up, said Homer Chamber of Commerce Director Monte Davis. Labor Day weekend will be the last chance for locals and visitors to use their punch cards as credit for shopping local.
The idea behind the derby was to act as a local stimulus for the economy and bring people into Homer businesses. At the end, a cash prize of $5,000 will go to the winner.
“It didn’t take off like I wanted, but this was the first year we tried it, and so that’s OK. We are going to tweak it for next year,” Davis said.

Top nine reasons to shop at Farmers Market

By Bronwynn Kelly VISTA Volunteer The Homer Farmers Market is a vibrant community, a wonder place to meet folks, hear some great music, and meet your food needs for the week. Here are a few more reasons that shopping at the market is a great idea. 1. Freshness. Produce is brought to market the same […]

Young BP Oil Company recruits learn about environment

For many young oil company recruits, it was the first time riding a boat out on the water or spying the life forms inhabiting a tide pool.

Business Briefs

Produce-fest Saturday Save U More has been working on expanding their produce section. “Check out and shop our expanded produce section. We obtained new eco-friendly produce coolers and also widened our aisles to make shopping easier,” says Produce Manager Pam Munro. “We brought in, and continue to bring in, more fruit, vegetables, nuts and other […]

Save the day, save the earth

Time to gather up broken television sets, spent computers, inoperable printers and other no-longer-useful gadgets for the Annual E-Recycling Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 28 at Spenard Builders Supply.
Sponsored by Cook Inletkeeper, the event is meant to help residents and businesses safely dispose of items that contain both toxic and reusable parts.
Electronic waste is the fastest growing part of America’s waste stream. Electronics may be safe to use, but when discarded they can leak toxic chemicals like lead, mercury, and cadmium, said Dorothy Melambianakis, coordinator of the event.

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