Community news – May 25

The long struggle to protect the Bay Cook Inletkeeper will host a Wednesday panel discussion to hear stories about the early struggles to protect Kachemak Bay and bring forward lessons learned from this era. Hear about December 1973, when the State of Alaska leased tracts in Kachemak Bay for oil and gas exploration and development, […]

Steer clear of ‘orphaned’ wildlife babies

Statewide – Alaskans stepping outside to enjoy the wonders of springtime are reminded that May and June mark the season of wildlife giving birth. Newborn moose calves, bear cubs and other wildlife young may be encountered nearly anywhere – including in backyards, city greenbelts, along popular trails – and despite initial appearances, protective mothers are likely nearby.
“We’re already receiving reports of newborn moose calves,” said Anchorage Area Wildlife Biologist Dave Battle.
Moose calving generally peaks around the third week of May, and young can be encountered well into June. Cow moose can be particularly dangerous during calving season and attacks on people and pets by mothers aggressively defending calves are reported each spring.

Anchor River opens for king salmon fishing

Everyone is excited to hit the waters once fishing season gets underway, but it’s always a good idea to consult the sport fishing regulation booklet before casting your line. The booklet can be found at fishing equipment retail outlets or at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office on 3298 Douglas Place in Homer. […]

Some Kachemak State Park trails open, many still need clearing

Overall Conditions: Snow is at 1,300 ft. and above. Trail locations obscured in alpine areas. Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park is accessible by boat or water tax. Trails are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to add 1/3 to your average hiking time. Grewingk […]

Curiosity leads to learning

Curiosity is not just welcomed — it is invited and encouraged at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The CACS motto is to “Explore. Connect. Care,” and that’s exactly what a Montessori school group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Soldotna did on their three-day, two-night stay at the CACS Peterson Bay Field Station.
“It was one of my favorites things when I was a kid,” said Mary See, parent chaperon on the trip. As a student she came over herself in the 1980s as a student, now she was there with her son’s class.

Community News – May 18

Deserving people recognized Anchor Point Fire Chief Al Terry handed out “years-of-service” awards to Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services members at their annual training and awards banquet last week. Years of Service Awards: 1-5 years: Ethan Veldstra, Chelsea Marsh, Tammy Taylor, Clancy McClaren, Jake Kemnitz, Richard Ginter, Samantha Cunningham, Doug Loshbaugh, Jim Dycus, […]

Community news – May 11

Tillion gets scholarship for maritime studies Homer High School senior Hunter Tillion was awarded the CIRCAC/Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship for Maritime Studies. For the second year, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council is awarding memorial scholarships to deserving Cook Inlet students who seek to advance our mission of promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and […]

Ride in style over Shorebird weekend

Back in 2011, Alex Knudtson, a 14-year-old business entrepreneur brought life back to the Homer Trolley, as he began offering tours around town on the shiny red and green streetcar.
Originally inspired on a trip to England with his mother, he started operating the Homer Trolley with the idea of including Homer education and entertainment for tourists visiting the “Cosmic Hamlet.”

Community news – May 4

KBC commencement held tonight The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, will hold its 2016 Commencement today, May 4, at 7 p.m. at Homer High School’s Mariner Theater. The evening’s keynote speaker will be KBC retiring professor of English, Dr. Elizabeth Graber, and the 2016 commencement student speaker will be […]

Wagner hired as new Soil and Water manager

For years now, Kyra Wagner’s name has been associated with a myriad of efforts encouraging agriculture in Homer, from support for local high tunnel growers to efforts to grow the local farmers market.
But it’s all been volunteer work up till now. Her friends joke she is the busiest unemployed person they know.
That’s all changing this month, however, as Wagner takes over as the district manager for the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District.

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