Spruce aphid damage seen throughout area

Once again, we witness the reddening of spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula. This time, however, the voracious spruce bark beetle isn’t to blame. A new invasive insect is taking to the trees; the spruce aphid.
For two years, the aphid has been spotted over parts of the peninsula; but this spring the evidence of their work is evident. The red/orange needles that appear burnt is all that’s left after the spruce aphid sucks all the fluid out of the tree’s needles.

Birth – June 8

Josslyn Jean Mann, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, was born at 11:04 p.m. May 31 at South Peninsula Hospital to Bryan and Heather Mann of Homer. Raelyn Aijah Hill, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, was born at 8:30 a.m. June 2 to Jessica K. Hill and Gregory S. Kalmakoff of Homer. Grandparents are Glenda Hazelwood […]

Local youth creates career from welding art

Throughout high school, Hayden Chase excelled in technical programs: auto, shop, construction and welding.
“When I started out in welding class my freshman year, it was awesome,” Chase said. “My teacher, Mickey Todd, pushed me to be the best I could be.”
During a meeting with his school counselor that same year, Chase announced that he was going to be a welder and work on the North Slope. When the counselor asked what his “plan B” was, Chase told him that he didn’t need one. If he wanted to be a welder bad enough, he would be.
Taking advantage of the Homer High School jumpstart program that allows students to take local college classes at a discounted rate, Chase enrolled in the college’s night welding class at the end of his sophomore year.

Obituary – June 8

Carmen Field April 14, 1963 -May 31, 2016 On May 31, 2016, Carmen Field died peacefully at home with family and friends nearby. A memorial celebration will be held in September. A full obituary will follow in the future. Longtime Homer resident Tsuyako “Suzy” Peterson, 81, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at South Peninsula […]

Acorn Enterprises: vacuum and mops ‘part of the family’

Candy Edwards refers to her vacuum as “Nigel,” her mop as “Cinderella” and her feather duster as “Rex.”
For the past 27 years, Edwards has provided janitorial services to Homer residences and businesses; she considers it a privilege that people entrust her with their homes, their families and their businesses.

Public Safety – June 8

FIRE May 30-June 5 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to 17 EMS calls and two fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to seven EMS calls. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to six EMS calls. POLICE June 1 Trespass: A caller reported a subject trying to enter vehicles in a parking area. The responding officer […]

For the Record – June 8

The following records are cases and records filed in court. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and copies of the records are publicly available. Misdemeanor Brad Stephen Kirby, 43, DUI- Alcohol Or Contr Subst; Refuse To Submit To Chemical Test. Cobrey A. Lewis, 24, DUI- Alcohol Or Contr Subst. Elizabeth Rose Hillman, 53, Theft 3-Under […]

Panel looks back at lease sale fight

In recent years, jack-up rigs have floated in and out of Kachemak Bay, drawing many a disgruntled comment from those who value the scenic view and have concerns for the environmental impacts of drilling in the Cook Inlet.
For those who have been in Homer for 40 years or more, however, the sight of a jack-up rig in the bay brings up particularly poignant memories, memories of a David and Goliath fight to save the Bay from oil and gas exploration.

Waterline to improve service

For more than 10 years, the City of Homer has worked to implement the 2005 Water and Sewer Master Plan recommendations. The task obviously hasn’t been an easy one. With many governmental agencies on board there is always another round of paperwork to be completed.
But now construction of a water main extension and pressure-reducing vault station on Shellfish Avenue is set to begin soon — all in an effort to provide better service to properties beneath the bluff.
“It’s more than just a water line,” said Public Works Director Carey Meyer.

‘Stalking the Bogeyman’ benefits Children’s Advocacy Center

The West Coast premiere of “Stalking the Bogeyman” will play in Homer 7:30 p.m. June 3 at the The Mariner Theatre. Pier One Theatre is pairing with the Haven House Children’s Advocacy Center to bring the UAA production to town. The production will serve, in part, as a benefit for the Children’s Advocacy Center.
“Theatre is an amazing place to explore taboos,” said Carolyn Norton, director of the Haven House Children’s Advocacy Center. The play’s topic, child sexual abuse, is prevalent in Alaska. According to the Child Welfare League of America, Alaska consistently has one of top five rates of child abuse in the United States.

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