Public Safety – Sept. 5-11

FIRE Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to six medical calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to one fire call and two EMS calls. Alaska State Troopers On Sept. 7, at 8:44 a.m., Alaska State Troopers were notified of a firearm theft from a residence near mile 14 of East End Road in Fritz Creek. The […]

Beach policy laws, signage irk some

For more than 40 years, Willie Suter has been driving on Mariner Beach at the base of the Homer Spit to collect wood, seaweed, sand and coal.
But on June 13, his drive was a little more eventful than usual. Suter said he was met by police officers from both the Bishop’s Beach and Mariner Park sides telling him he had to leave the beach. The laws had changed, the officers informed him, and driving on the beach was no longer allowed during the summer months. Then they gave him a citation for driving on the beach illegally. He could have paid a $25 fine, but Suter contested the citation.
He said he knows you aren’t allowed to collect wood or drive above the high tide line or in the storm berm. He wasn’t doing that. And unlike Bishop’s Beach, the signs at Mariner Park say nothing about any new driving restrictions.

HEA asks members to approve deregulation

This summer, the Homer Electric Association board of directors voted unanimously to hold a member vote on detaching from the state regulatory commission. The move is being championed by some as a way to save money in lean times, but others are concerned about an unregulated association operating a monopoly on the southern Kenai Peninsula.
The Homer Electric Association is currently overseen by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which reviews and approves rates, fees, and actions as per state statute. But in 1980, the state enacted legislation that allowed cooperatives to seek exemption from that oversight. It requires a majority vote in favor by at least 15 percent of the membership, and can be rescinded with a similar vote. But some are concerned about the implications for the direction HEA will take in the future.

Wooden boat, halibut festivals join forces

As the Homer fishing fleet makes its way back to port this month from Prince William Sound, Kodiak and other locales, a celebration planned this weekend on the Homer Spit is ready to celebrate the many ways our community is connected with the sea that surrounds it.
The Wooden Boat Festival has been running for decades in Homer, but this year, organizers have joined forces in earnest with the Halibut Festival for a weekend of events ranging from a fish fry to the classic boat-painting event under the big white tent.

Terry James Greenwald

Terry James Greenwald, 63, of Homer passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at South Peninsula Hospital. Greenwald was born Saturday, Jan. 17, 1953 in Fairfield, Calif. to Harold Jacob and Wanda (DuBois) Greenwald. His family stated that, “Terry fell in love with Homer, Alaska, and spent 14 happy years living his dream. He often said […]

Public Safety – Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

FIRE Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to six medical calls and three fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to three fire calls and three EMS calls. Alaska State Troopers On Aug. 31, at 2:13 a.m., Anchor Point Troopers contacted a disabled Ford sedan near Mile 171 of the Sterling Hwy. The driver was identified […]

community news

4.4 earthquake gives Southcentral Alaska a morning jolt Alaska Dispatch News An earthquake early Thursday near Mount Spurr was widely felt in Southcentral Alaska, according to state seismologists. The Alaska Earthquake Center said the 4.4 magnitude temblor, which occurred at 4:27 a.m., struck roughly 38 miles northwest of Tyonek at a depth of 81 miles. […]

A year after Obama’s visit, Exit Glacier retreats

A year ago, President Obama stood at the toe of retreating Exit Glacier and proclaimed it a beautiful but vulnerable sight, an obvious “signpost” of climate change.
“We want to make sure that our grandkids can see this,” he said then during a Kenai Fjords National Park tour that was part of the unprecedented presidential trip to Alaska.
Now Exit Glacier is even farther away from the spot where the president stood.

Caught fish are not the only measure of a day, or life

A few weeks ago, I was stacking nets extra far from the shoreline, preparing to head “down states” as we say, to California to attend a reunion of folks who used to live on the Kobuk River. Unfortunately the gathering was held during the commercial salmon season, which I hold dear — but those people are dear to me, too.
All those folks — that big extended family of mine: the Jones, Wiks, Schiros and others — have been gone from the Northwest Arctic for decades, and so I took along local food to remind them of their long-ago lives spent here in far-flung cabins and sod igloos. Leaving Kotzebue, my checked baggage was stuffed with caribou and muskox meat, blueberries, cranberries, smoked salmon, dried whitefish, beluga and bowhead muktuk and other things. I brought fresh salmon, too, of course.

Aleutian tern numbers take dive

For decades, the elusive Aleutian tern has flown to Kachemak Bay and nested in several locations in modest but predictable numbers. This relatively rare tern had one nesting location that was even viewable from one’s car in Homer, much to the joy of visiting shorebird enthusiasts. But those days may be over and those who study the Aleutian tern say it may be in trouble.
Martin Renner, a bird expert who runs Tern Again Consulting out of Homer, is one of several bird biologists who have been studying the Aleutian Tern in recent years. Last year, they published a paper documenting the bird population’s apparent decline. Renner very little is known about the Aleutian tern, which nests in remote areas and is difficult to count. But researchers started to notice nesting sites were abandoned in many areas, including one in Homer, and a study was launched to get more definitive numbers.

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