Film captures adventure, Alaska’s wishes for future

As Alaska walks into new territory predicated by climate change coupled with a statewide fiscal crunch, a new movie documents a Seldovia family’s adventurous 800-mile journey around Cook Inlet while asking Alaskans where they want to see their state 50 years from now.
“Heart of Alaska,” a feature film by Homer’s Bjorn Olson, follows Erin McKittrick and Bretwood “Hig” Higman and their two young children Katmai and Lituya as they navigated the coast of the Cook Inlet in packrafts and on foot.

Whales hit Bay in record numbers

It started in late June. A few pods of whales came into Kachemak Bay, then a few more. By late August, anyone walking on the Homer Spit could see flukes and spouts aplenty.
Olga von Ziegesar, director of Eye of the Whale Research, has worked with whales in Prince William Sound for more than 20 years, but calls Homer home. She has never seen anything like it. Neither have others who have monitored the bay for decades.

Farmers Market to expand services with grant money

Since 1999 the Homer Farmers Market has been a staple of both the Homer community and Kachemak Bay area by providing consumers with the opportunity to buy locally grown and sourced produce and products as well as contributing to the economic growth and development of the community. With the recently awarded USDA grant of $81,345 by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmer’s Market Promotion Program, the Homer Farmers Market plans to continue that success and will provide additional educational training, marketing, and outreach to the growers, farmers and community it serves.
With the additional funds, the market will not only be able to continue to promote local food, but also provide training to vendors and growers that will garner new ideas on growing techniques, business-planning and business skills.

Assistance available to help navigate through open enrollment

“Medicaid is the real shining star in this Open Enrollment,” said Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic Manager Catriona Reynolds.
Open Enrollment or OE3, for the Affordable Care Act for the 2016 coverage year began Nov. 1, 2015 and ends Jan. 31, 2016. Open enrollment is the only time during the year to select a new health insurance plan for the following year.
Navigating the enrollment websites can prove daunting, confusing and difficult to decipher, making it tough to find the best fit for income and coverage needs.

Bunting nominated for 2016 Presidential Scholar Award

Homer High School senior Nolan Bunting first became interested in technical education during his junior year, when he took a small engine class taught by Cameron Wyatt. Under Wyatt’s guidance and encouragement, Bunting flourished, passing all of the coursework and exams required to receive a Master Service Technician certificate — the highest industry rating that Briggs and Stratton offers. He continued his coursework to pass the authorized dealer competency exam.
Last month, Bunting became one of the first nominees in the Career and Technical Education Scholars Award Program; part of the Presidential Scholar Awards Program established in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson. In June, President Barack Obama signed an executive order expanding the program to include students who have achieved outstanding scholarship in career and technical education.

News Briefs and Announcements – Nov. 4

Rasmuson announces Tier 1 Awards In the third quarter of 2015, the Rasmuson Foundation made Tier 1 awards for a total of $826,634. The Tier 1 program is a cornerstone of Rasmuson Foundation’s grantmaking and provides grants up to $25,000 for capital projects, technology upgrades, capacity building, program expansion and creative works. Applications are accepted year-round. Examples of […]

Homer’s 32nd Annual Health Fair Nov. 7

“The Health Fair is an all volunteer effort; no one is here to sell anything. This is a from-the-heart client service. That’s why I love this thing,” said Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Health Fair Coordinator Sharon Minsch. “When I joined Rotary in 2006, I did not know what a health fair was. Now I am one.”
Rotary partners with South Peninsula Hospital to put on the fair. According to SPH Public Relations Director Derotha Ferraro, the fair started in 1983, taking blood tests in a hallway at the hospital. By 1994 the fair had moved to the high school, with more and more informational and testing booths being included.

Community News – Nov. 4

Landen to lecture on Bhutan Join Dr. Paul Landen, KRC-KPC associate professor of psychology and eastern religion, for his travelogue presentation, “Bhutan: The Hidden Kingdom”. Bhutan, land of the dragon, famous for measuring its gross national happiness, is the only Mahayana Buddhist country in the world. In the foothills of the Himalayas, it is bordered […]

Public Safety – Nov. 4

FIRE        Oct. 26-Nov. 1 Anchor Point Fire & EMS responded to seven medical calls and five fire calls. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to four EMS calls. POLICE Oct. 28 Welfare Check: A caller reported a male slumped over inside a vehicle parked at gas pumps on Homer Bypass Rd. Disturbance: A 911 caller reported […]

For the Record – Nov. 4

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 Dean Ryan Jackson, 47, application of game regulations; unlawful possession or transportation of game. Jesse Lee Sherwood, 38, unlawful taking of big game. Bailley Mae Crocker, 29, violating conditions of […]

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