By McKibben Jackinsky

Rowe, Daigle take first in Candy Cane Scramble

Lack of snow for training early in the season hasn’t slowed down Homer Mariner cross country skiers Brian Rowe and Aspen Daigle. In the Candy Cane Scramble Dec. 19, with skiers from Kenai Central, Skyview, Soldotna and Homer competing, Rowe took first in the boys competition and Daigle took first in the girls race.

“(Daigle) and (Rowe) are very hard-workers and super fit,” said Homer Head Coach Eric Groth. “They skied great, smart races.”

Mariners overpowered by Crimson Bears

Back on the road after claiming first place in the three-day Christmas Round Robin at Big Lake last weekend, the Homer Mariners hockey team found the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears to be doing anything but hibernating.

Playing at Juneau’s Treadwell Arena, the Crimson Bears claimed a 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday.

Runners, walkers support Boston

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

Shock from the bombings at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon has swept around the world. Homer is no exception.

A 26.2-minute run-walk, one minute for each mile of the marathon, will be held at Homer High School at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign of support for the victims, families, spectators and volunteers impacted by the tragedy. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts or medals from events in which they have participated.

NOMAR adds opportunities with cutting system

Anyone who works with patterns knows it’s an exact science. Metal, wood, fabric, it’s all the same. A slip of a cutting tool here, an incorrect measurement there and headaches begin mounting, projects back up, scrap piles grow and costs go through the ceiling.

Since she began cutting patterns in a remodeled school bus in 1978, Kate Mitchell has continued to face those challenges with her business. NOMAR has grown beyond the bus and work now requires a staff of 16, but those same challenges remain.

Salmon lessons not by the book

When it comes to salmon, southern Kenai Peninsula students get an opportunity to set aside textbooks in favor of some hands-on learning, thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

“Awesome,” was the one-word evaluation of the project from Fireweed Academy fifth-grader Zach Condon.

The study actually began last fall with the collection of coho salmon eggs from a Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association hatchery on a lake near Seward.

Community reaches out to homeless teens

When Marlaina Thiel, the liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program, and Jan O’Rourke of TUFF, Teens United for a Future, planned Sunday’s stocking stuffer party, they scheduled two and a half hours at the upstairs of Alice’s Champagne Palace.

So many people showed up, however, that stockings were stuffed and presents were wrapped for the 37 homeless young students in Thiel’s program so quickly that the task was done by 2 p.m.

Local youth offer proposals at global peace forum

It may be cold and dark in wintry Alaska, but at the Dec. 5 meeting of the Homer Downtown Rotary Club, four local teens spoke about their upcoming trip to tropical Honolulu, Hawaii.

The trip isn’t about sun and surf, however. These four were practicing presentations they and two others will give at the Rotary Global Peace Forum, Jan. 25-27.

Taylor Ellison of Anchor Point gave a presentation she and Katherine Dolma of Homer developed to bring peace through an outdoor camp for children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. 

HALLOWEEN: SOME SCARY FUN HEADED THIS WAY


Jumping jack-o-lanterns, it’s that time of year. Whether you call it harvest season, fall or Halloween, it’s time to put on a costume and have a good time. From little tricksters in baby-carriers to excited school students to mask-wearing senior citizens, there is plenty to do to celebrate in the coming week.

Some events are fundraisers. Some are hair-raisers. Some are toned down a wee bit in consideration of varying fear factors. All of them look like fun. The hardest part is picking and choosing what to wear and where to go.

Police respond to 3 unrelated deaths

The Homer Police Department responded to three unrelated deaths this week.

On Sunday, a Homer man checking on his friend, from whom he had not heard in awhile, entered the friend’s home and found him laying facedown. Ryan Brown, 40, of Homer was dead of unknown causes. 

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said there were no signs of foul play. Brown’s body has been transported to the Alaska Medical Examiner in Anchorage for an autopsy.

Anchor Point Girl Scout visits Peru

Colleen McDougal’s experience in Girl Scouts began when she was a Brownie, a level of scouting reserved for young women in grades 2-3. Now a 14-year-old Homer High School freshman, Colleen has taken the experience to a new level. In July she traveled to Peru with nine other scouts from across the United States through Girl Scouts Destinations program.

Through travel, the program participants meet other scouts, develop leadership skills, build self-confidence and experience valuable learning opportunities. 

Candidates meet in chamber-sponsored debate

With the general election quickly approaching, the two candidates for House District 30 met Tuesday in a debate sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

Before an audience of about 30 people, incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and opponent Liz Diament, Democrat, addressed eight questions prepared by HCOC Executive Director Monte Davis, HCOC members and the evening’s moderator, Aaron Selbig, KBBI news director. The candidates were supplied copies of the questions on Friday.

Parnell joins community discussion


Gov. Sean Parnell offered his support and community members young and old came up with an action plan at the “Voices Over Violence” meeting sponsored by South Peninsula Haven House on Oct. 17. It was the second meeting organized by Haven House following the Sept. 8 teen drinking party that resulted in three being charged with second-degree sexual assault of a 17-year-old boy.

Friends join forces to create new business



Having known each other for at least a decade and after operating businesses practically next door to each other, Lynne Sergeant and Cindy Smith are joining forces. On Saturday, the two women are opening Halo Hair Design and Emporium.

The under-one-roof enterprise will showcase the hair-styling talent of Sergeant, who formerly owned Halo Hair Design, and vintage and antique items Smith became known for when she operated Winter Cache.

Homer seniors score high in National Merit Scholarship program

For scoring in the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million high school students who took the PSAT, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, in October 2011, Homer High School student Dylan Faulkner, a junior at the time he took the test, has been named a National Merit semi-finalists.  

Semi-finalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Maura’s Cafe adds new ingredient: Melissa Josephs



It’s been just about 10 years since Maura Brenin opened Maura’s Café next to Bunnell Street Art Center in Homer’s Old Town. Now, after a decade of serving delicious sandwiches on fresh-baked baguettes, tasty soups to warm the chilliest of days, salads that draw upon locally grown produce, a selection of European cheeses and deli meat and a varied catering menu, Brenin is making some changes.

For starters, she’s joined forces with Melissa Josephs, former chef of Café Cups. 

Storm-caused bluff erosion threatens homes

After 11 years living in the 2,000-square-foot, post-and-beam house Gary Stevenson built for himself and his wife, Grace, Stevenson woke up on a recent September morning anticipating the view he has enjoyed since they moved in: an unobstructed look at Cook Inlet, the distant string of mountains and, best of all, an eagle nest at the top of a cottonwood tree.

The tree’s position on the tree- and alder-covered slope stretching between the couple’s Anchor Point house and the beach below placed the nest even with the Stevensons’ 70-feet of inlet-facing windows.

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