HEA lineman seriously injured

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.”

Tidal energy project progresses toward market goals

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.”

Carmen Field: stepping back into life after cancer

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.

Girl Scouts – growing strong leaders

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.

Poppy Benson: One woman’s legacy of wilderness conservation

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.

Film aims to inspire young women

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.

Ranchers aim to preserve, study genetics of island herds

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.

Famous fish retro and fish picks and pans!

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’:

Volunteers step up to clear ice for skaters

As local kids enjoy their time away from school this holiday season, they can add one more thing to that very important to do list: head for Beluga Lake and strap on some skates.
Several local snowplow contractors have volunteered to keep a space on the northwest side of the lake clear for skaters this winter.
For the Lowe family, this is good news indeed.
“I would love to have an outdoor space for skating,” said Vicki Lowe, a member of the Homer women’s hockey team. “While the rink provides great opportunities to skate, Beluga Lake provides the added benefits of fresh air and sun.”
The younger Lowe skaters second that.

Halibut plan would restrict 1 of 2-fish limit to under 30 inches

Charter skippers say adopting a limit of one fish of any size and one fish 30 inches or less is the only way to maintain a two-fish limit in the state’s largest and most popular sport fishery.

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