Some Kachemak State Park trails open, many still need clearing

Overall Conditions: Snow is at 1,300 ft. and above. Trail locations obscured in alpine areas. Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park is accessible by boat or water tax. Trails are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to add 1/3 to your average hiking time. Grewingk […]

Obituary – May 25

Homer, Alaska resident Kendall Gordon Branch departed this life for his next big adventure on Dec. 10, 2015. Kendall was born in Cordova, Alaska in 1932 to Gordon Thomas and Eva Davis Branch of Chitina. Kendall’s grandparents were Harry Kendall (H.K.) and Mamie Davis, also of Alaska.   In Kendall’s early years, the family moved […]

Increase in sales tax cap proposed

An ordinance proposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration would ask voters for the approval of raising the sales tax cap from $500 to $1,000 per individual transaction.
Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said Monday the move was part of a comprehensive review of both the sales tax and property tax code boroughwide, but was also action in response to the impact of the state’s reduced spending and the borough’s need to increase revenues as a result.
“We are looking at our budget projections and the changes that have come and expect to come from the state,” Navarre said.

Kayaker rescued off end of Spit

Beautiful weather brought many people to Homer beaches this weekend; the water called to many, be it birders or boaters. For one woman, however, a Friday evening kayak ride ended a little wetter than expected.
Around 7 p.m., a 911 call to the Homer Police reported an overturned kayaker in the water off the Spit. Luckily, the M/V Mulligan, driven by Lance Haggerty of Mako’s Water Taxi, was able to pick up the 38-year-old woman and deliver her to shore.
A keen eye for the “out-of-the-ordinary” got Haggerty’s attention on his last trip of the day Friday. He was headed across Kachemak Bay with a boatload of people, when a color that looked out-of-order caught his eye. He went over to double check what he thought was a kayak paddle sticking straight out of the water.
Instead, he came across two kayakers; one was soaking wet, her kayak full of water. Both were trying to bail it out with a boot.

Voznesenka school reaches lease settlement

Months of uncertainty for students and parents in Voznesenka ended earlier this month as the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District reached an 11th hour agreement for the rental of several community buildings used as a school for some 100 students.
Negotiations were stuck for months on a new lease agreement between the Voznesenka Community Council, Inc., and the district for the rental of several buildings used by the district, and a new space currently being built to use as a multipurpose space.
While the two sides were able to come together on the per-square-foot cost of renting the school space last winter, the community council’s request that the district pay $750 a month for water treated by the Voznesenka Water Treatment System stalled negotiations.

Curiosity leads to learning

Curiosity is not just welcomed — it is invited and encouraged at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The CACS motto is to “Explore. Connect. Care,” and that’s exactly what a Montessori school group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Soldotna did on their three-day, two-night stay at the CACS Peterson Bay Field Station.
“It was one of my favorites things when I was a kid,” said Mary See, parent chaperon on the trip. As a student she came over herself in the 1980s as a student, now she was there with her son’s class.

Friendly face at theater is ‘jill of all trades’

Walk into the Homer Theatre, and you are instantly greeted by more than just the smell of popcorn and the sound of movie trailers playing. The friendly faces of employees like LeAndra Macauly are also there to welcome you with a smile.
“I feel like the Homer Theatre, as a whole, goes the extra mile in serving the customers and making sure we have quality product, image and sound,” Macauly said of her employers.
Macauly, who goes by Andy, started working at the theater when she was 16 years old. She began in the box office — selling tickets, working concessions, stocking inventory, splicing 35mm film, making deposits and providing relief janitorial work.

For the Record – May 18

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanors Christopher Talan Watson, 29, third-degree theft Trevor Kevin Latimer, 48, failure to register as a sex offender Robert B. Jule, 53, DUI Jeanette Renee Karasti, 35, fourth-degree assault Thomas William […]

Births – May 18

Alyona River Kerrone, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces, was born at 6:44 p.m. May 12, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital to Mariah and Jason Kerrone of Anchor Point. Grandparents are Al and Shelly Schlott of Anchor Point, and Tom and Cindi Irwin of Soldotna.

Obituary – May 18

Van Cleave Price Sept. 12, 1931 — May 13, 2016 Van was born the youngest of 11 children, in Barton N.M., to Mack and June Price. He grew up on the family farm, plowing with both horse and tractor. He attended Albuquerque High School, and in 1951, he joined the Navy and spent three years […]

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