Teen effort sparks discussion about teen homelessness

On any given day, dozens of teens in Homer wake up on a friend’s couch, in a tent, or in a car. Like the rest of those homeless in Homer, teens have no place to go when their home life is disrupted. But unlike adults, teens face an arguably greater challenge because many do not know about the resources that are available to them in the community.
While efforts have surged at times over the years to help homeless teens, in recent months, a new push to develop a better network to support these youth has come from an unusual source — teens themselves.

Shell ships draw protestors, revenue to Homer

The 816-foot Minerva Antarctica provided a dramatic backdrop to a Friday night protest on the Homer Spit, dwarfing 30 or so protesters a few flag-flying kayakers and a very large drum as Homer residents saw first hand the evidence of Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in Arctic waters this summer in search of oil.
“What’s the connection between climate change and that ship out there?” Dave Aplin, one of the protest organizers, asked those gathered. “That ship is about to join 24 other ships that are about to put at least four holes in the Chukchi Sea. They are about to extract more hydrocarbons to fuel our vehicles. We should leave that hydrocarbon in the ground and shift to sustainable fuel sources.”

Land Trust celebrates Anchor River

For the past decade, the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust has been working to protect salmon on the Anchor River. Now, it’s time to celebrate salmon, the river, and its efforts, organizers say, with a communitywide party.
The Anchor River Celebration — Take Me to the River will be held 6 p.m., July 9 at the Alaska State Park’s Coho Campground in Anchor Point and is free and open to all. It will feature a barbecue, kid-friendly activities with Carmen Field, music by the Howlin’ Whales and presentations by special guests, including Anchor Point resident and storyteller Lynn Whitmore.

Work toward your own financial independence day

It’s almost the Fourth of July — time for fireworks, picnics and a reflection on all the liberties we possess in this country. But if you’re going to enjoy the freedom to do the things you want, especially during your retirement years, you’ll want to take the steps necessary to achieve your own “Financial Independence Day.”
Here are a few suggestions for helping you reach that goal:

Community News – July 1

Celebrate local research The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve invites the community to join in celebrating their successful transition to UAA’s Alaska Center for Conservation Science. Head over to the deck at Kachemak Oyster Growers Co-op (on the west side of the Homer Spit) from 5-7 p.m. today. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and oysters […]

Births – July 1

Josiah Wade Overdorf, weighing 10 pounds, 13. 3 ounces, was born at 8:59 p.m. on June 27, 2015 at South Peninsula Hospital to Casandra and Joe Overdorf of Homer. Grandparents are Kirk and Diane Marvin of Ninilchik, and Wade and Rhonda Overdorf of Cisero, Indiana.

Public Safety – July 1

FIRE June 22-28 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 15 EMS calls and two fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to four EMS calls. Anchor Point Fire and EMS responded to six EMS and one fire call. POLICE June 22 Theft from Vehicle: A caller reported theft of fuel from parked vehicles on Kachemak Drive, […]

Resident dies in car crash

Longtime Homer resident Bradley Dickey died from as-yet unknown causes after his car veered off the Sterling Highway June 17. Just before 4 p.m., that day, Alaska State Troopers in Anchor Point were notified by other motorists of irregularities in the driving of a 1998 GMC Sierra truck. While troopers were responding, the vehicle involved […]

Kenai schools set for a fully-funded year ahead

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District should fare better than many school districts across the state in the coming year due to how it is funded.
“This year they will be fine,” said Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, who oversaw a budget this year that involved funding the district to the tax cap through borough taxes. That meant $48 million or $4 million more than the borough funded last year, he said. “That might not be the case next year however. We might not be able to fund education to the cap.”

Community News – June 24

Plant edibles, beach to forest The Homer Native Plant Society offers a field trip to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ facilities in Peterson Bay on Aug. 15. An overnight stay at nearby yurts is optional. The day trip leaves Homer by 7:30 a.m., and leaves Peterson Bay at 3:30 p.m. The water taxi is $55 […]

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