Community Community – April 20

Meeker recognized for Legion legacy Longtime Homer resident George Meeker was honored last week for his 70 years of continuous membership in the American Legion. American Legion Post 16 members Mike Morawitz, Warren Huff and Bill Sheldon presented Meeker with a certificate from the American Legion National Headquarters. Meeker served as a U.S. Navy Radar […]

Greedy Alaska ‘fat cats’ painted target on Permanent Fund

The day Alaska’s fat cats started spending, they painted a target on the Permanent Fund.
I was asked, when I wrote my last commentary recommending a tax regime for Alaska, if I intended to leave the oil industry out. No — I would include everything from face soap to oil wells.

‘Alone’ a battle of mind over pain, hunger and predators

The TV show is called “Alone,” but that is something local Homer participant Mary Kate Guilfoyle Green rarely is.
Mother of two young girls and fitness trainer at the Alaska Training Room, Green gathered with friends and family last week at the Alibi to watch the launch of Alone’s “Meet the Participants” episode.

Sports Briefs – April 20

ASAA Hall of Fame to induct Pitzman Former Homer High School athlete Ian Pitzman will become the fifth Homer athlete to be inducted into the ASAA Hall of Fame in May. Nominated by the HHS Booster Club, Pitzman dominated his weight class in 1985 and 1986, with two state titles and a nearly unblemished record. […]

South Peninsula on high fire alert

Whether this year’s fire season comes in like a lion or a lamb, the Alaska Division of Forestry is concerned about the southern Kenai Peninsula, according to Fire Chief Bob Painter.
Last year’s Card Street fire southwest of Sterling burned approximately 8,000 acres and destroyed 11 structures north of Soldotna.

Community News – April 13

Mariner musicians qualify for State Ensemble Homer High School’s jazz ensemble (featuring Jordan Anderson, Ethan Benedetti, Landon Bunting, Miles Catlin, Erin Farrell, Eryn Gillam, Lee Lowe, Robert Martin, Carly McLean, Christina Mitchell, Ellie Syth and Zane Wilkinson) qualified for State Ensemble in May. Qualifying soloists in Miles Catlin on French horn, Carly McLean on clarinet, […]

Rescue team closes in

Former Redoubt Reporter owner, editor and writer Jenny Neyman is one of two hikers stranded since Friday on Bear Glacier in the Harding Ice Field. Neyman, 36, was hiking with 45-year-old Christopher Hanna from Soldotna. The two were dropped off by airplane Friday for a day trip of skiing and hiking. Bad weather that night […]

Three Homer cannabis businesses on the horizon

Three Homer-area cannabis businesses are currently tackling the application process of the state’s young cannabis industry. Two limited-marijuana cultivation facilities and one retail marijuana store have submitted applications in the Homer area so far, according to the Director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, Cynthia Franklin.

Community News – April 6

Birder Aaron Lang offers shorebird class The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next meeting will be Thursday, April 7, 4:30 p.m. at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium. (Please note this is a change in regular meeting day/date.) After the meeting, Aaron Lang will present “Shorebird Identification.” The class covers identification of all shorebirds that migrate […]

HYSOC ready to rock — the strings

The Friday night crowd at Paul Banks Elementary School were certainly feeling the music.
Children not yet old enough to walk were scooting closer to the music as the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club played for a crowd of art appreciators. The “Art Extravaganza” was one of the last chances to hear the orchestra under the direction of long-time artistic director and conductor, Lisa Schallock.

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