State budget indecision puts salmon season at risk

Alaska’s salmon industry is ready to get corked by the inability of state lawmakers to pass a budget.
More than 20,000 state workers are bracing for 30-day layoff notices, meaning they’ll be off the job when the new fiscal year starts on July 1. The timing couldn’t be worse for Alaska’s salmon managers, who are nearing the peak of a season that could set new records.
“There is some budget, about 27 percent of our normal amount for us to work in the field, and do our management responsibilities. But how we proceed from July 1 is what we’re working on,” said Jeff Regnart, director of Commercial Fisheries at the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

For the Record – June 3

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Felony Blake Lincoln Smith, 29, failure to stop at the direction of an officer, two counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree Forest Walker Bond, 28, first-degree […]

Community News – May 27

Maya Rohr graduates from Marlboro College Homer student Maya Rohr graduated from Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vt, on Sunday, May 17. Maya completed a plan of concentration in ceramics and literature, with a focus on American literature through a meditation on home, memory and loss conducted through ceramic art and literary analysis. Salvation Army holds […]

Trails Day marks 18th year at Kachemak Bay State Park

Lending yet another helping hand, the Friends of the Kachemak Bay State Park will hold the annual Parks Day on June 6. Needing only $20 and a little enthusiasm, folks who would like to spend a day devoted to projects improving the park can meet at the Seafarers Memorial on June 6 at 7:30 a.m. to catch a taxi across the Bay.

Community News – May 20

See what’s growing this season You know summer is right around the corner when the Homer Farmers Market “opens its doors” for business. The first market of the season runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday — May 23 — on Ocean Drive. Beginning July 1, the market will also be open from […]

Community News – May 13

The circus is coming The Family Fun Circus comes to the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik on June 10. See clowns, daredevils, motorcycle madness, the “Globe of Death,” and circus animals. And don’t miss the “Human Cannonball!” Two Wednesday performances are at 4:30 and 7 p.m., and each will last 90 minutes. Doors open one hour […]

AmeriCorps volunteers help in Homer

For the two years that AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Tara Schmidt has been in Homer, it has been a jam packed agenda at Haven House; implementing new programs, partnering with local organizations, and creating tools for smoother internal processes.
“I’ve got my toes in a lot of little pools,” laughed Schmidt.
Hailing from Nome, Alaska, Schmidt said she found the opportunity at the local community women’s shelter while glancing at VISTA opportunities in the state.
“It was kind of random,” said Schmidt. “I knew I was interested in national service, but I had never really heard of Homer before.”

Man found dead in Kachemak Bay

A search for a missing man ended on April 27, when the body of 68-year old Robert Purpura was found floating one mile North of the McDonald Spit in Jakolof Bay, according to Alaska State Troopers. The Seldovia boater was “overdue” by several hours when a friend notified AST that he had began searching Kachemak Bay by air for Purpura. Trooper reports state that the pilot spotted a white skiff belonging to the missing man floating near the McDonald Spit with the motor running, however, there was no sign of Purpura.

Community News – May 6

Pier One seeks youth for summer theatre Pier One Youth/Teen Theatre is offering several options for young thespians in Summer 2015. Theatre Play, with Kathleen Gustafson, runs from May 26-June 5. This fun introduction to theater and performance is for ages 5-8. The next step after Theatre Play is advancing skills, developing storytelling, stage movement […]

Community News – April 29

Mariners on the Move Each Homer High School faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Fourth-quarter winners (pictured below, left to right): Molly Mitchell, Camai Bass, Michael Romanko, Johanna Allen, Kaitlyn Baxter, Dawson Felde and Ralph Mitchell. Anchor Point Library hosts grand opening The director and volunteer board of the Anchor Point […]

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