Magnitude 7.1 earthquake opens up 10-foot fissure in road

Though one lane of Kalifornsky Beach Road was still open to traffic Sunday afternoon, many drivers heading between Kenai and Kasilof stopped to see the gaping cracks in the pavement that occurred when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Southcentral Alaska around 1:30 a.m. that morning.
“Yeah, we had to come out here and check it out,” said James Benson, of Soldotna.

Homer Electric raises rate shortly after rate decrease

On the heels of an announced rate reduction, the Homer Electric Association announced this week that it is instituting an interim rate increase after the Regulatory Commission of Alaska turned down its request to charge Alaska Railbelt utilities for the transfer of power from state-owned Bradley Lake power plant.
The rate increase is 3.25 percent effective Feb. 1 and will result in an increase of $3.15 to the average residential user drawing 550 kilowatt hours.

Murre deaths lead to more questions

For weeks now, the beaches of Homer have been scattered with dead birds, black-and-white carcasses that are impossible to miss, even if larger birds — eagles — aren’t often sitting right over them scavenging.
Though those who pay close attention to birds in Alaska have been reporting larger-than-normal murre die offs since last March, the average beachgoer probably didn’t notice much until around New Years Day. Then, it was obvious that something had gone awry in the world of the Alaska’s common murres.

Focus on Fitness – Why ATR works

Have you ever stood in the middle of a gym and been dumbfounded? I have, and I have a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine. Recently, I visited a giant, first-class facility that offered everything but group circuit training. I stood in the middle of dumbbells, power racks and cardio equipment, and said to myself, “What […]

Community News – Jan. 20

It’s all about that soil The second in a series of classes this spring held at KPC Kachemak Bay Campus, “Understanding Soil Management Practices” will cover why pH alters nutrient uptake, how nutrients enter the plant and why air as important as water for plant growth. The class runs from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the […]

Obituary – Jan. 20

Joseph Theodor Smith, 85, of Ninilchik passed away Jan. 9, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. Joseph was born Dec. 8, 1930 to Floyd and Ellen Smith in Kanakanak, Bristol Bay, Alaska. His family said, “The family came to Bristol Bay in the 1920s, moved to Wasilla in the 1940s where Joe graduated high […]

Public Safety – Jan. 20

FIRE Jan. 11-17 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 10 EMS calls and one fire call. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to six EMS calls. POLICE Jan. 13 Theft: A caller reported theft from a vehicle on Bonanza Avenue. Violation of Camping Rules: An officer attempted to contact seven subjects camping illegally on the Homer Spit. […]

Clinic promotes balanced approach to wellness

A new clinic at South Peninsula Hospital aims to blend traditional Western medical approaches with lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, sleep and stress, to identify areas that influence a patient’s health in potentially negative ways.
The Functional Medicine Clinic located at 203 W. Pioneer Ave., Suite 3 is led by Dr. Rob Downey, who is both a board-certified family practice physician and a functional medicine practitioner; something he said is comforting to patients on either side of the spectrum in terms of beliefs about the best approach to personal health.
“I’ve had patients who wanted surgery and needed herbs, and patients who wanted herbs and needed surgery,” Downey said. “Functional medicine shows that. It’s really unique. It’s a science-based approach to look at physiological areas of balance and imbalance.”

Koester settles into city’s top seat

From her corner office, Homer’s City Manager Katie Koester has a view that stretches all the way to the Homer Spit. It’s familiar territory for her, given that she grew up here. But holding the top position in a city government with a staff of approximately 100 and a $11.7 million budget, all while raising two young children, is not.
Not that you could tell. Relaxed and smiling, Koester describes the experiences that led up to her applying for and accepting the city manager’s position. When the top slot first opened up, she noted, she didn’t apply. But when the first candidate and then a second dropped out, Koester said she had to submit her name for consideration.
“I really wanted a little more experience under my belt, but sometimes you just can’t wait for the right time,” she said. “I think especially as women we tend to doubt ourselves and think, ‘Oh, well, I need a little more time to prepare.’ But you are never going to be prepared for that big next step.”

News Briefs & Announcements – Jan. 13, 2016

KBC to host UAF’s Diane Benson Diane Benson will present a public lecture entitled, “Alaska Native Civil Rights and the Challenge of Violence,” at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College. Benson, UAF assistant professor of literary arts and Native studies, is an award-winning playwright, poet, essayist and advocate. She […]

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