Suicide prevention training provides tools

A common tenor can be heard in stories of individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. They remain victims of the burden of an endless series of “what-if’s,” and always thinking, “if only I had known.”
Suicide, an ever-pressing issue in the state of Alaska, is in stark contrast to the rest of the country at 21.8 suicides per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 11.8 per 100,000 people. Even more significant, Alaska Native people have a rate of 35.1 per 100,000.
The startling issue merited the statewide call to action that it gained this year, when Anchorage Rotary President Karen King proposed a campaign to train willing rotary clubs on the keys to suicide prevention.

Sandbox science teaches creative lessons about earth

If you have ever longed for a day to return to the sandbox, cutting-edge topography projection could be the perfect excuse.
This week, during a Discovery Lab co-offered by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and several research organizations, the public was given an opportunity to learn more about land and water by means of a 200-pound sandbox brought to the Peninsula for a public outreach effort.
The learning tool, referred to as an augmented reality sandbox, uses projection software that interacts with a user playing in the sand. As the landscape is changed in the box, image-mapping shifts to display corresponding topography and changes made by the user.

Community News – April 15

Refuge welcomes new visitor center manager Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge welcomes Kara Zwickey as the new visitor center manager at their Islands and Ocean headquarters. Zwickey replaces Marianne Aplin, who was promoted to visitor services supervisor for the refuge. Zwickey will coordinate day-to-day operations of the visitor center and work with partners to continue […]

Symposium aims to open trails discussion

Presented by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, the purpose of this symposium is to connect community members, user groups and organizations (such as biking club, running club, moms with strollers, etc.) for an afternoon dedicated to networking, sharing, promoting, planning and advocating for safe and accessible trails, sidewalks and roadways.   Homer is very […]

Community news – April 8

Home Grown Food Summit An online version of Mother Earth News offers a Home Grown Food Summit all week, featuring homegrown movement speakers and presenters like John Jeavons, Joel Salitin, Sally Fallon and Toby Hemenway. Each day’s videos are viewable for free for 24 hours. Checkout the schedule and register at homegrownfoodsummit.com/Schedule/ Discovery lab today […]

Peninsula mayors weigh in on climate change

Even after a full-day conference on the local effects of climate change, participants weren’t ready to let the topic drop.
Throughout the day, speakers at the Kenai Change conference March 28, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Kenai Peninsula College, presented data and observation of the various ways the continuing warming, drying trend is impacting the Kenai Peninsula — increased risk of wildfires, raising stream temperatures, accelerated erosion from increased storm events, reduced winter snowpack and lower summer water volumes, to name just a few.

Community News – April 1

Local treatment for addiction now available Sarah Spencer, DO is now accepting patient referrals for the treatment of addiction to prescription pain pills or heroin. Spencer, a member of South Peninsula Hospital’s active medical staff, is currently the only provider in the Homer area offering this addiction treatment. She offers medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction, […]

MAPP: collective impact is key

What do climate adaptation, domestic violence prevention, and watershed restoration have in common with one another?
Among many others, each is a relevant issue in the community and presents a challenge that the people of Homer have risen to meet.
A facilitator of the conversation, Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership offered a community meeting on March 27, to weave a tapestry of “collective impact,” initiatives changing the health landscape in Homer.
“I was watching Finding Nemo with my daughter,” began MAPP Coordinator, Megan Murphy. “And I don’t know if you remember the scene where all of the fish are trapped in the net at the very end… and they keep saying ‘swim together, swim together.’”

Town hall meeting whets the appetite on local eats

If Homer were to be measured by abundance of seafood, local interest and participation in personal subsistence gardening, and a vibrant farmers market, the “food system” at the end of the road would score well.
But as a community looking toward the future, there is always a little room for growth.
Gathering for a town hall meeting about the food that we eat, the Alaska Food Policy Council and the Alaska Marine Conservation Council hosted farmers, gardeners, mariners and eaters to talk about local food, areas of improvement, and why it matters.

Community News – March 25

Help support WHE’s library The Scholastic Book Fair at West Homer Elementary Library is open to the public through Friday, March 27, during the school day. With books, science kits, art kits, notebooks, posters and more, there’s something for everyone. Birder’s meeting Kachemak Bay Birders’ next meeting will be Monday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. […]

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