With the days getting longer and warmer, it’s nearly time for the trowels and tools to come out for gardening season, and green thumbs planning for another year’s bounty from the garden and beautiful bouquets in the flower beds met this past weekend to share their knowledge with each other and those interested in learning how to grow their own.
“Spring is always a time when people start getting incredibly anxious to get their hands in the dirt,” said Marion Nelson, president of the Central Peninsula Garden Club, which held a Get Ready for Spring event at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Saturday, which was attended by several hundred people over the course of the day.
Nelson said the garden group felt something formal was in order to share how-to knowledge with people who become interesting in home gardening each season.
“Each spring it increases by 200 percent,” she said. “So we decided to move to a larger venue where people could take in more information easier.”
Homer Cycling Club held its third-annual Big Fat Bike Festival over the weekend, and had 55 registered participants for Saturday’s “Big Ride.” Icy rocks left over from the outgoing tide added a slippery challenge to the ride, but a prevailing tail wind assisted riders on their way. Sea otters, cormorants and eagles greeted visiting bikers […]
A Homer Electric Association lineman is in Seattle being treated for serious injuries after suffering a severe electric shock working near Diamond Ridge last week.
Jacob Adams, 33, was flown to the Haborview Burn Center in Seattle on Wednesday evening, after receiving initial treatment and stabilization at Homer’s South Peninsula Hospital.
“An accident like this is just heartbreaking for everybody,” said HEA spokesman Joe Gallagher. “Our thoughts and prayers for the last few days have been with Jacob and his family. That’s where all our energy has been focused right now.”
Fresh from the deep water dock to city council chambers, recently collected data has bumped Homer’s Tidal Energy Incubator Project to the next level.
That was the subject of a report presented at Monday’s Homer City Council given by Rep. Paul Seaton and Kris Holderied, a physical oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The two are part of a working group geared toward creating an ocean floor test bed for tidal power projects off of Homer’s deep water dock. These projects generate power from the natural movement of the tides and currents.
“The newest thing is that we just had measurements made by Tom Ravens from UAA right at the deep water dock,” Holderied said. “They use an acoustic doppler current profiler, similar to the ones that are used by NOAA Tides and Currents Office.”
For many, the new year provides an opportunity for new beginnings. For Carmen Field, the new year offers a chance to rekindle a love affair with her former life.
Diagnosed with breast cancer on her 50th birthday last year, Field now feels healthier than ever, and is eager to step back into the life she has always loved.
One of Field’s passions is storytelling.
Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts are mentors in the making. They camp in the winter, clean beaches in the fall, decorate gift tags for Share the Spirit’s Giving Trees, decorate the Elks Club for spaghetti dinner fundraisers and make cookies for the Pratt’s Stocking Stuffer party.
“Girl Scouts is about fun and adventure, but it’s also about learning and respect,” said troop leader Tina Ball. “It is important for young girls to have good role models, and a great way to model respect is to take the girls into the community to volunteer. This gives them an outlet to be creative, thankful and artistic and lets them know they can make a difference in their community and in the world.”
Ball co-leads a local troop with Poppy Benson.
From maintaining outhouses, running rivers and chasing vandals from archaeological sites, to managing the visitor center at one of the largest National Wildlife Refuges in the United States, Poppy Benson has dedicated her life to protecting wild lands.
Pretty Faces is a film about adventure. It’s a ski movie. It’s a sports documentary geared for girls. But it’s more than that.
“Honestly, we hope to transcend skiing, and really make this a message about following your dreams,” said Lynsey Dyer, the professional skier behind “Pretty Faces;” an all girls and women skiing film.
The Alaska Gulf may not be known for its large tracts of ranch land, but it is nonetheless home to a handful of island-bound cattle herds — non-native populations introduced in the 19th century.
Two of those island territories may soon be free of their bovine occupants, however, as the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge begins the process of returning the refuge land back to its natural habitat.
That was the subject of a public meeting last week at Homer’s Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The issue has drawn comment from conservationists, hunters, concerned citizens and livestock producers, to name a few.
Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard again in 2013 to ramp up its message to policy makers, most of whom still tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance to the state and beyond. What is that message?
That “the industry” is made up of thousands of small businesses – the fishing boats that each supports one or several families.
That the seafood companies in coastal towns provide one of the state’s biggest tax bases. And together, fishing and processing provide more jobs in Alaska than oil/gas, mining, tourism and timber combined. Seafood also is Alaska’s top export, far exceeding all other natural resources.
Here are fishing notables from 2013, in no particular order, followed by my annual ‘fish picks and pans’: