Time running out for Voznesenka school

For the parents who drove two hours to Soldotna and waited until 9:30 p.m. to testify at the recent Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board meeting, it was undoubtedly a long day. But that didn’t diminish the passion in their voices as they asked the board to save their school in Voznesenka.

HVFD’s Grabowski to retire after 32 years of emergency services

It’s only fitting that, while interviewing Homer Fire Department Services Coordinator Elaine Grabowski, duty called — more than once.
First, an emergency medical services call required her response as an EMT1 on the crew. Grabowski said the call would take about an hour — and she was less than 15 minutes off on her estimation.
That’s what being on the job for over 30 years does for you, you know your work backwards and forwards, and you know how much time everything will take.

Local bartender part of Homer’s ‘cool family vibe’

Locals and visitors alike have followed bartender Xander Eutsler to his various bartending jobs around town. They often seek him out specifically for his specialty drinks — like his Manhattan.
But Eutsler said his dream customer is someone who requests an “amazing cocktail,” thus providing him the opportunity to surpass their expectations.

Caucus draws crowd of Sanders supporters

When organizers arrived at the Homer High School for the Democratic Party caucus Saturday morning, they got a taste of what was to come. An hour before the event, 100 people had already showed up at the Homer High School commons area.
Liz Diament, chair for District 31’s democrats, said she had attended caucuses before in 2008 and again in 2012. She was expecting slightly more people than that — maybe 300 people — to caucus that morning. But it was immediately obvious that this year was going to be different.

Remaining Deep Water expansion funds spur new projects

While you could say, “easy come, easy go” when it comes to the remnants of the wood chip facility on the east side of the Homer Harbor, that was not the case when discussing the devastating loss of Homer-area trees to the Spruce Bark Beetle infestation in the ‘90s.

KBBI’s Anderson steps down as GM

While April 15 generally isn’t much cause for celebration for many people, the day has a bit of a silver lining for KBBI General Manager Dave Anderson.
And it has nothing to do with taxes.
April 8 will officially be Anderson’s last day as general manager of KBBI, so Anderson plans to celebrate his time with the station with an April 15 party. It’s the start of a new chapter in his life, after working at KBBI since the 1980s.

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.

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