School start times to change next year

Students on the southern Kenai Peninsula will either head to school earlier or later than they do now next year as part of a school district cost-saving plan to stagger school start times and use fewer buses.
At a meeting Monday night introducing the idea, parents and educators had more questions than answers as Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators told them few details were available yet as to how the new staggered start times would play out for specific areas and schools.

Documentary fest features top films

If you own a movie theater, you simply must have a movie festival, said Jamie Sutton, who started the Mariner Theater Documentary Film Festival 13 years ago in part because of his love of the movie genre.
Sutton said each year, he asks for the best documentaries the industry has to offer, and they deliver plenty to him.
“Then we watch a lot of documentaries,” he said. “We’ve honed it down to these.”

Public Safety – Sept. 12-19

FIRE Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to six emergency medical service calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to two smoke investigation calls. POLICE Sept. 15 10:56 a.m. A caller on Bartlett Street requested a subject be removed from the premises. 12:24 p.m. A caller on East End Road reported loose asphalt in the roadway, causing a […]

Council hears updates on KPB, city bond props

Bonds propositions for a new public safety building in Homer as well as improvements to the Homer Medical Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital were all discussed Monday night as the weeks dwindle before the October vote.
A skeleton council — minus council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds — were on hand to hear several presentations pertaining to the ballot, including a run-down of issues by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre.
Navarre reported on two ballot propositions that were being proposed on the borough ballot to mitigate the impacts of its shrinking revenues, which were expected to continue as the state wrestled with its budget crisis.

For second year, vandals strike Burning Basket

When builders of the Burning Basket project woke Saturday morning from their guardposts around the basket, they were shocked to find that for the second time in as many years, vandals had managed to damage the community art project.
But what may seem a tragedy on the outset was turned into a victory yet again as the basket was rebuilt and the community once again rallied around the project on a rain-and-wind-whipped night to “expand.”
This is the Burning Basket’s 13th year, said Mavis Muller, who heads up the effort each year, as well as similar projects throughout the state and beyond. The basket, typically a 6-foot-by-6-foot basket woven out of natural materials like grasses and alder, is a gift to the community, incorporating school groups, volunteers from far and near, and a spirit of togetherness after a summer of work.

SPARC building to break ground this month

Organizers plan to hold fundraiser to ‘Fan the SPARC’ By Carey Restino Homer Tribune By the end of this month, Homer should be able to see the beginnings of what will eventually be a 12,000-square-foot multiuse facility that will house everything from soccer games to toddler playgroups. The South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center, or […]

Week of events aim to show benefits of mindfulness

Take a breath. Notice the feeling of your breath. Take another. According to medical researchers, you have just done something profoundly positive for your physical and mental health.
Over the next week, everyone from parents to health care providers will have a chance to learn more about the potential benefits of mindfulness thanks to a series of workshops and presentations organized by South Peninsula Hospital. The series will feature both local presenters knowledgeable about mindfulness as well as Dr. Jerry Braza, a leading voice in the field of health education and mindfulness and author of two books on the topic.

Seahawks’ 22 third-quarter points too much for M’s

Woo strong on defense with 15 solo tackles By Sean Pearson Homer Tribune Perhaps nothing speaks louder than the picture of the Homer Mariner football team kicking off against Seward on Saturday, while injured starting quarterback Teddy Croft leans on crutches on the sidelines, in the background. The M’s fell 14-22 at home. With Croft […]

Homer man dies in crash

A Homer man is dead following a car crash on East End Road late Friday night after a physical disturbance with a woman he met at a Homer Spit bar earlier in the evening, Alaska State Troopers report.
Jonathan Osteen, 32, was reportedly parked at a location near Mile 10 of East End Road around 11:30 p.m. Friday night with a woman when they had a disturbance and she called troopers. According to the female caller, Osteen sped away from the scene. Troopers responded to the woman’s location, and escorted her back to Osteen’s residence, where her vehicle was parked. She was released to her friend, who was sober and drove them into Homer to stay for the night, troopers reported.

Community News – Sept. 15

Dance for connection with Kara Clemens Research has shown that dancing makes you smarter, healthier, happier and reduces the onset of dementia. Trained in Brain Compatible Dance Education, Kara Clemens will move students through warm ups, sequences and cool-downs designed to rewire your brain and body. It’s a way to strengthen neural pathways — and […]

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