As the first 2014 meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission opened in Seattle last week, Homer resident Donald Lane took his new seat at the table.
Lane, who has been longlining for halibut out of Homer for 32 years, is one of two Alaskans newly appointed to the Commission.
“This appointment is an honor,” Lane said. “The slate of nominees from Alaska were all respected and knowledgeable professionals in the halibut industry. To actually be the one appointed is an honor I have not quite digested.”
Dr. Jim Balsiger of Juneau was appointed at the same time, filling the commissioner seat designated for a United States fisheries management official. Balsiger is the Alaska Regional Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service.
For many, the new year provides an opportunity for new beginnings. For Carmen Field, the new year offers a chance to rekindle a love affair with her former life.
Diagnosed with breast cancer on her 50th birthday last year, Field now feels healthier than ever, and is eager to step back into the life she has always loved.
One of Field’s passions is storytelling.
Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts are mentors in the making. They camp in the winter, clean beaches in the fall, decorate gift tags for Share the Spirit’s Giving Trees, decorate the Elks Club for spaghetti dinner fundraisers and make cookies for the Pratt’s Stocking Stuffer party.
“Girl Scouts is about fun and adventure, but it’s also about learning and respect,” said troop leader Tina Ball. “It is important for young girls to have good role models, and a great way to model respect is to take the girls into the community to volunteer. This gives them an outlet to be creative, thankful and artistic and lets them know they can make a difference in their community and in the world.”
Ball co-leads a local troop with Poppy Benson.
Homer community members are stepping out of their comfort zones and into the spotlight on the Mariner Theatre stage in an evening of artistic exploration with Homer Council on the Arts. And, while many have performed on stage before, others will perform in public for the first time. All of the performers, however, will be stretching beyond the familiar during this year’s production of “Stepping Out.”
“We encouraged artists to step out of their role in the community, their comfort zone and their usual performance and try something new, different and unexpected,” said Gail Edgerly, HCOA director.
Music is what feeds Andrew Vait’s soul.
“When I write a new song, I think, ‘this is what it feels like to be alive’,” he said.
In 2011, the Seattle-based, Homer-born-and-raised singer/songwriter released “Closer To The Setting Sun.” He describes this set of solo recordings as having a “folksy, country vibe.”
From maintaining outhouses, running rivers and chasing vandals from archaeological sites, to managing the visitor center at one of the largest National Wildlife Refuges in the United States, Poppy Benson has dedicated her life to protecting wild lands.
Just 35 miles southwest of Homer, on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, is a community abundant in culture and history. This is Nanwalek, aka English Bay, aka Alexandrovski. So rich is Nanwalek’s history, Hungarian anthropologist Dr. Medeia Csoba-DeHass and her husband moved to the Native village.
Pretty Faces is a film about adventure. It’s a ski movie. It’s a sports documentary geared for girls. But it’s more than that.
“Honestly, we hope to transcend skiing, and really make this a message about following your dreams,” said Lynsey Dyer, the professional skier behind “Pretty Faces;” an all girls and women skiing film.
K Bay Caffe and the Homer Public Library are welcoming the New Year with First Friday receptions on Jan. 3. Both venues will showcase photo exhibits that feature powerful images addressing social issues.
What do Homer athletes have in common with recording artist Cher and tennis player Sloane Stephens — currently ranked 13th in the world?
Certified athletic trainer Mary Jo Cambridge, that’s what.
A certified athletic trainer for nearly 30 years, Cambridge has worked with people from all walks of life. Members of the Homer community gather at Cambridge’s Alaska Training Room on Ocean Drive to take advantage of her expertise and experience. Under her direction, athletes become stronger, faster and more agile, while non-athletes work to meet their personal fitness goals.