Homer Folk School opens doors to enrich lives

Sprawled across 80 acres of “back country” at the top of Skyline Drive, the Ageya Wilderness Center served as an ideal location for Homer Folk School organizers to get the word out about the many different traditional arts and trades programs they hope to offer.
Saturday’s open house introduced board members, provided tours of the facility and offered children’s activities and a number of hands-on workshops. Attendees were invited to learn about everything from apple-pressing and indigenous kayaks of the Arctic, to sauerkraut-making, seed-saving, crystal stone properties and wild plant food medicine.

Boldly stepping into the world

Lilli Johnson has an innate curiosity about the world.
“I have a deep desire to travel, to experience other cultures and to make a difference,” she said.
Johnson attributes her desire to live and work among other cultures to the diversity that exists within her own family. Her mother is Norwegian and Italian and was raised in the United States. Her father is Filipino and Guinean and his grandparents immigrated to New York City in the 1970’s.

Pondering the infinite on the Yukon Flats

YUKON FLATS — Out here, in a smooth plain stretching over Alaska’s wrinkled face, water and tree and mud dissolve to fuzz at each horizon. No hills or bumps. An ocean of sky. An observer once said Yukon Flats looks like a place where God forgot to put something.
Garrett Jones and I are camped on a giant island not far from the Yukon River map feature labeled “Halfway Whirlpool.” Surrounded by gritty islands of silt and poplars and leafless willows, we are in the center of a river channel more than three miles wide. We feel like ants twitching for a hill to climb.

Emma Jane McCune

Emma Jane McCune went into the presence of the Lord on Oct. 9.
She was born Feb. 23, 1941 in Colorado Springs to Roy and Eva McCune and came to know Christ as a child. She attended Palmer High School, obtained a BA in Education and then went on to earn a Masters of Education in Library Science in 1969.

Plane crash victims identified

Alaska State Troopers have identified the passenger and two pilots killed recently when the Hageland Aviation Cessna 208B they were in en route from Quinhagak to Togiak slammed into a mountainous area northwest of Togiak.
The passenger has been identified as Manokotak resident Louie John, 49.
Efforts to reach John’s family members last week were unsuccessful.

Forensic nurses identify need for facility

When someone — especially children — experience crime in Homer, they have a long, twisting path to follow to get help. A first stop might be at the Homer Police Station to make a formal report, possibly followed by a trip to South Peninsula Haven House for an interview. Then, if the situation involves physical assault, such as child abuse or domestic violence, the person must make a third trip to an impersonal exam room at South Peninsula Hospital.

Man ends high-speed chase with boatyard crash

Homer area residents don’t often see a high-speed chase, but last Thursday, that was the scene as pedestrians and drivers dodged out of the way of a man careening through the Homer area pursued by Alaska State Troopers and Homer Police Department cars.
On Thursday afternoon, troopers received a report of a red Chevrolet Lumina speeding near Anchor Point. Troopers responded and attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle failed to yield. Troopers pursued and found the vehicle crashed in a ditch. The driver, later identified as Paul Suter, 30, fled into the woods, evading arrest.

Beth Wythe honored for service to city as mayor

Outgoing Homer City Mayor Beth Wythe was honored for her service to the community, receiving praise from many who served with her over the years. Wythe was first elected to the council 12 years ago, serving on the council for eight years before being elected to the mayor’s seat in 2012. She served two terms as mayor, and turned the gavel over to newly elected Mayor Bryan Zak at Monday’s meeting.
Former council member Francie Roberts spoke at the council meeting of Wythe’s ethics and tireless hard work on the city’s behalf.

Community news – Oct. 13

Ready to climb the walls? The Bay Club is looking for climbing instructors. If you are interested in instructing Homer youth in rock climbing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons please attend the climbing instructor round-up on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. Please call Chris Alfiche at 299-5216 or Dana Jaworski at 399-8177 for more […]

Gorgonia ‘Gloria’ Tela-on Sevilliano Scroggs

Gorgonia “Gloria” Tela-on Sevilliano Scroggs peacefully left the earth on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at Soldotna General Hospital at the age of 83. She was a resident of the state of Alaska for more than 60 years. Scroggs grew up in the province of Leyte, and was both strong and tenacious. As a survivor during […]

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