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.

Kachemak Center remains locally owned

The landmark Kachemak Center on Pioneer Avenue has new owners. And they’re locals. Over the last six weeks, Chris and Angie Newby signed all the papers for the purchase of the 55,528-square-foot building on two acres of prime Pioneer Street property.
The couple plans to give the building, “a complete face-lift,” said Angie.
She leaves the project in her husband’s hands while she continues her Homer Real Estate business here in town.
The large project is just in its infancy, according to Chris Newby.

FYI – News briefs & announcements – April 27

Wildfire danger high on Peninsula The Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments have responded to 16 wildfires or illegal burns on the Kenai Peninsula since April 1. Lack of snow cover and standing dead grass has greatly enhanced fire danger, particularly in areas along main highway corridors. Exposed grass ignites easily and moves […]

Community news – April 27

Make Saturday ‘Safe and Healthy’ The annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair is set for Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Homer High School. This is a free, fun event for children of all ages to focus on safety, health and wellness. It offers more than 30 booths and stations, with […]

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