Sloth Boats celebrates opening of marine hardware store

From crew to captain, employee to owner, Eric Sloth has done a little bit of everything for Sloth Boats over the years. Starting with building and repairing boats, he moved on to opening a retail store to provide quality materials to the general public.

Derby breaks previous records

A record-breaking number of anglers — 1,508, to be exact — signed up for the 23rd-annual Homer Chamber of Commerce Winter King Salmon Tournament on Saturday. Anglers in 448 boats hit the water at 9 a.m. under clear skies and amid cold temperatures; the water was described as “a little lumpy.”
And when the final fish was weighed in and all the numbers crunched, Homer angler Eric Holland sat at the top of the list with his 26.4-pound king. Holland said he fished the bluff aboard his boat, the F/V Deadaye; a Christmas gift he recently received from his wife Lynn.

Borough considers compost-pile project

For the past three years, thousands of pounds of garbage have been loaded onto trucks and driven 75 miles to the Soldotna landfill. But local lawmakers and community members hope to divert some of that waste and use it to make the very stuff of life — compost.
Dale Banks of Loopy Lupine Distribution has been hoping for large-scale composting on the Kenai Peninsula ever since he started his business of recycled and compostable products, such as custom printed coffee cups. But discussion and a study of the feasibility of a public composting operation at the Homer Transfer Facility fell flat several years ago when borough planners identified a $3 million price tag to buy all the equipment. Now, those discussions have been galvanized anew in part because a local entrepreneur is working to set up a commercial composting operation. Banks says the borough is currently discussing the idea and hopes to begin a pilot project this summer to test out the feasibility of diverting local compostables out of mainstream trash.

‘Peace, love, rock and bowl’ fundraiser to benefit BBBS

Regardless of whether you come from a large family or were an only child, you are always welcome to be a big brother or sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Homer.
The program has been in Alaska more than 40 years, and in Homer since 2003. The need for Bigs — especially big brothers in Homer — continues, with eight local kids currently waiting for their very own Big.
An annual fundraiser for Homer BBBS, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 2 at Kachemak Bowl. Everyone is invited to get in on the fun, with all funds raised staying in the Homer community.

Homer tow-truck driver delivers service — and a smile

“I can’t dance, so I had to find something I was good at,” said a laughing Kenny Bryant, a local tow truck driver. “It turns out, this was it.”
On a typical day, Bryant will wake up at 6 a.m. and be on the road by 7, responding to six to eight service calls each day within his service area of Ninilchik to Voznesenska. He gets calls from individuals, insurance companies, state troopers and the fire department, is the local AAA service provider and tows for all the automotive shops in town.
Bryant is on call 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, with a team of guys available to assist him if needed. He does everything from unlocking and jump-starting cars, towing wrecks, broken-down and abandoned vehicles and changing flat tires.

Snowbulance to the rescue

A Wednesday afternoon ski for Marianne Markelz turned into an unforeseen ride on Kachemak Emergency Services’ new snowbulance after falling and breaking her leg.
Markelz said her afternoon started off as any other.
“I got off work and was going for a ski, but hadn’t told my husband,” she recalled from home over the weekend. “Luckily, I had called a friend on my way out, and I took my phone for some reason. I don’t usually take a phone.”

Homer council nixes pot vote

The Homer City Council has heard plenty about the pros and cons of allowing commercial marijuana grow operations and sales in Homer in recent weeks, as dozens testified at meetings that stretched late into the evening.

Proposed public safety building may use part of HERC structure

Facing a much-diminished budget, those planning the proposed public safety building floated a new idea at this week’s Homer City Council meeting; using part of the mothballed HERC building for nonessential purposes.
Ken Castner reported to the council that the Public Safety Building Review Committee is now considering using part of the former school to accommodate some of the functions of the safety building, which the city is hoping to bring to voters for bond this fall.

Beluga Slough undergoes relocation of outlet

Weekend beach-goers seeking some much-needed sunshine were greeted by heavy equipment at Bishop’s Beach as work to relocate the Beluga slough outlet was underway last week.
Steve Delehanty, Refuge Manager at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, said private landowners in the area report the work being done routinely since the 1964 earthquake.

Copters on Sadie Peak?

A permit request by an Anchorage-based helicopter company to land in nearly a dozen different locations in Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park, including popular mountaintop trails like Grace Ridge and Sadie Peak, has drawn some ire and concern among those who say the activity would be disruptive to wildlife and human users alike.

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