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 […]

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.

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