Fishing provides sustenance and skills for siblings

The school year is over, and many local youth will head off to camps, on vacations or to summer jobs. For Isabel and Xander Kulhanek, the coming months include the best of all worlds.
Every summer, from the end of May until the beginning of August, the Kulhanek family commercial fishes Cook Inlet, setting their nets near Chisik Island.

Community news – June 1

Sail over to the Boat House Party Grace Ridge Brewing Company on Ocean Drive hosts a “Boat House Party” on Thursday, June 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join in celebrating another community collaborative building. Down on the Spit, the Boat House will be built as a public space at the old Port and Harbor […]

Public Safety – June 1

POLICE 5/27 Traffic: A caller reported trucks speeding on East Hill Road. VID: A 911 caller reported a vehicle went into a ditch on Ben Walter’s Lane and a male needs assistance getting out of vehicle. A tow truck was sent to the scaene. Unfounded Offense: A 911 caller reported vehicle stolen from parking lot on […]

Births – June 1

Harper Jay Massey, weighing 6 pounds, 6.5 ounces was born at 2:54 p.m. on May 28, 2016 to Luke and Courtney Massey of Homer. Her grandparents are Mark and Bonnie McCampbell of Vancouver, Wa. and Bill and Darlene Massey of Ellensburg, Wa. Jaxon Bedwell, weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces was born at 11:15 p.m. on […]

For the Record – June 1

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 June Pauline Parkhurst, 55, DUI Gordon A. Giles, 30, fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance Joshua William Pettersen, 39, fourth-degree assault; criminal mischief Chana M. Rist, 24, immediate notice of […]

Obituary – June 1

Homer resident Alberta June “Abby” Warren died at her home Wednesday, May 18, 2016 with family present. She was 87 years old. Abby was born in Erie, Colo. July 28, 1929. She was the oldest of six children to David Goodard and Ruth Sappington Goodard. She and her brothers and sisters grew up in small […]

Boat owners blast harbor fee plan

Small boat owners who keep their vessels in the Homer Harbor didn’t mince words when expressing their feelings about the proposed revamp to the harbor’s moorage rate structure.
“I’m in favor of fair and equitable, and I expect that out of my government,” said water taxi owner Mako Haggerty. “I don’t like arbitrary and capricious, and that’s what I think resolution 16-055 is.”
Sharon Minsch testified that the proposed rate structure favors large boat owners significantly, despite the fact that the larger boats take up more space and infrastructure than smaller boats — and despite a study that proposed a more equitable distribution of the cost of harbor services.

Youth addiction expert talks drug prevention

The key to approaching drug use and prevention is recognizing that it is a chronic disease, said a visiting expert on the teenage brain and the impact of drugs on brain development.
Dr. Michael Spigarelli, a professor of pediatrics and pharmacology with the University of Utah, offered these and other insights into the issue of teenage drug use and effective prevention and treatment strategies at a recent community worksession with the Homer City Council on Monday.
“As soon as you lose sight of the fact that it is a chronic disease, it gets very easy to blame the person,” Spigarelli said.

Community news – May 25

The long struggle to protect the Bay Cook Inletkeeper will host a Wednesday panel discussion to hear stories about the early struggles to protect Kachemak Bay and bring forward lessons learned from this era. Hear about December 1973, when the State of Alaska leased tracts in Kachemak Bay for oil and gas exploration and development, […]

Steer clear of ‘orphaned’ wildlife babies

Statewide – Alaskans stepping outside to enjoy the wonders of springtime are reminded that May and June mark the season of wildlife giving birth. Newborn moose calves, bear cubs and other wildlife young may be encountered nearly anywhere – including in backyards, city greenbelts, along popular trails – and despite initial appearances, protective mothers are likely nearby.
“We’re already receiving reports of newborn moose calves,” said Anchorage Area Wildlife Biologist Dave Battle.
Moose calving generally peaks around the third week of May, and young can be encountered well into June. Cow moose can be particularly dangerous during calving season and attacks on people and pets by mothers aggressively defending calves are reported each spring.

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