Fish and Game sends out harvest surveys

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game began mailing annual sport fishing harvest surveys this week to some 47,000 randomly selected Alaska resident and nonresident households having a person who purchased a sport fishing license or who holds a permanent form of license in 2016. Conducted every year since 1977, the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey […]

Murkowski pitches to Homer voters during visit

Framed by sunshine, blue waters and sports fishermen looking for salmon, Sen. Lisa Murkowski took the podium at Land’s End Resort last week to talk about state and national issues, and why she should be returned to Washington, D.C. for another term.
Murkowski told the standing-room-only crowd that she was optimistic about Alaska’s future, despite the challenges facing the state and the nation in coming years, such as the state budget, the ballooning cost of health care and the lurking national debt.

Charlie Sylvester Clark

Charlie Sylvester Clark, a baby boy weighing 10 pounds, was born Oct. 14, 2016 at 11:26 p.m. at South Peninsula Hospital to Alex and Chris Clark of Homer.

Homer Huskies go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, many schools on the Kenai Peninsula are raising money to help with the many costs associated with the disease. Last week, Homer Middle School students rose to the challenge and raised more than $800 in five days.
Staff members Rand Seaton and Brian Carper offered up their beards as additional incentive. Urged on by principal Kari Dendurent, both men agreed to dye their beards pink if enough money was raised. Seaton was even brave enough to allow the student council to “shape” his beard.
Who’s got spirit? We’ve got spirit! What are you doing for Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

‘Elder in training’ teaches attentive crowd how to butcher a seal

FAIRBANKS — She didn’t have her big ulu or her special slanted board but Marjorie “Kunaq” Tahbone smoothly sliced blubber and meat from a ringed seal before an audience Monday during a hands-on lesson.
Not many conventions offer food workshops like this one at the First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference.
The topic was “Food Sovereignty: Working on Seal” and the lead instructor in caring for the animal was Tahbone, a skilled 27-year-old who calls herself “an elder in training.”

New rules restrict who can give invocations at Assembly meetings

Atheists who want to read an invocation before a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are out of luck.
The assembly voted 6-3 in favor of a resolution at its Tuesday meeting that says the person delivering an invocation must be a representative of an Assembly-approved religious association that fits specific parameters.
The borough clerk will create and maintain a database of qualified religious associations and chaplains that send in written requests to deliver the prayers.
The resolution comes after several months of conversation and controversy over whether the assembly should continue with invocations at all, who should be allowed to deliver them, or if a moment of silence should be adopted as a replacement.

Paul Reis Mackie

Longtime Homer resident and Cook Inlet fisherman Paul Mackie died earlier this month in his home overlooking Kachemak Bay. His wife and brother were at his side. Paul was 60 years old. Born in Baltimore, Paul was the second of five children. After graduating high school and hitchhiking across the country, Paul returned to Maryland […]

Walrus congregation apparently short-lived

A congregation of walruses spotted on a Northwest Alaska beach Friday numbered about 6,000, but the animals had departed within days and were probably heading out on their fall migration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Tuesday.
The walruses are likely swimming south to coastal haulout areas in Chukotka, Russia, Joel Garlich-Miller, a Fish and Wildlife walrus biologist said in a statement issued by the agency.
The walruses were gone from the barrier island on the eastern Chukchi Sea coast as of Monday, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Public Safety – October 11-16

FIRE — Oct. 3-9 Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to seven emergency medical service calls and no fire calls. Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to four fire calls and six EMS calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to four EMS calls and no fire calls. POLICE On Oct. 16, at 1:58 p.m., Homer Police arrested […]

Council gets first look at budget

City staff presented the council with its first draft of the 2017 budget Monday night, and the picture painted was decidedly more rosy than last year’s budget with its $1 million shortfall.
City manager Katie Koester said the budget was boosted by a 3.8 percent increase in revenue to the general fund. She said sales tax returns from dining, lodging and visitor-related businesses was up significantly in 2016.
“It speaks to how fortunate we are to have as diverse an economy as we do,” Koester said, noting Homer’s fishing and large vessel repair industry as well as its visitor industry as part of that diversity. “We are really in a great position to weather the next three to five years of uncertainty in our state.”

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