Staff report

Elks holds holiday party for local Coast Guard

The Homer Elks Lodge #2127 on Dec. 14, 2017, held its second annual U.S. Coast Guard Holiday Appreciation Dinner for personnel and families of the U.S.C.G. vessels Naushon and Hickory. Adults enjoyed a prime rib dinner and music by Burnt Down House while a pizza party with games and movies was held for children. Attendign were 80 audlts and 35 children. . The event played host to 80 adults and 35 children. “Special thanks to Fat Olives and Homer Emblem Club #350 for their respective roles in making this event a success,” said Elks Lodge #2127 Exalted Leader Tom Stroozas.

Chamber unveils new tourism guide cover

A full house of members attended the annual meeting of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center held Tuesday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Chamber director Debbie Speakman introduced new and returning board members and announced the winners of the chamber’s photo contest. Board President Kari Ann Baker also unveiled the cover of the 2018 tourism and recreation guide, with an image of a soaring eagle by photographer Collin Walker.

KBFPC gets $10,000 Pride grant

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC) recently received a $10,000 Community Grant from the Pride Foundation to provide support services for LGBTQ youth, adults, and families through clinic, school, and community-based programs on the lower Kenai Peninsula, KBFPC announced in a press release.

Pioneer Avenue pavement project delayed to 2019

Construction on the Pioneer Avenue pavement restoration project has been delayed to 2019. According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, construction will be pushed forward to 2019 while the department obtains the necessary right-of-way. The existing roadway alignment has areas located outside the public right-of-way that must be corrected before construction.

AWIB seeks nominations for Stone award

The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) is soliciting nominations in three categories for the David G. Stone Award, the board said in a press release. The award was established to recognize outstanding partners in workforce development and was named in recognition of Stone’s dedication to workforce development and Alaska hire.

Goat Hunts Open Nov. 1

The Kenai Peninsula late-season registration goat hunt opens Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 14. Healthy mountain goat numbers on the Kenai Peninsula and low draw-hunt harvests earlier this fall have led to the late-season registration hunt opportunities in Game Management Units 7 and 15. Permits will be available at 8 a.m. today, Oct. 26 at http://hunt.alaska.gov, or in person at department offices in Anchorage, Palmer, Homer and Soldotna.

Scribner wins Elks Winter King Derby

Rough seas didn’t keep anglers from braving Kachemak Bay for a chance to win the 2017 Homer Elks Lodge #2127 Winter King Salmon Derby. Ed Scribner caught the top king with a 24.60-pound beauty fishing on the F/V Sea Wolf. Ron Johnson took second with a 22.20-pound king on the F/V Oly John and Patrick Hankins was third with a 20.40-pound king on the F/V Sound Escape. Bethany Casey had a 20.30-pound king on the F/V Misty, winning first place for the lady angler division.

‘Bending the Arc’ wins Doc Fest audience award

Following the close of the 14th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival, last month, Homer Theatre owner Jamie Sutton announced the winners of its annual Doc Fest awards. Based on anonymous voting from about 400 ballots, “Bending the Arc,” a documentary about innovative health care methods in developing nations, won the Forget Me Not Audience Favorite Award. Comments were encouraged from movie viewers and will be shared with the filmmakers. As one ballot submission said of “Being the Arc”: “So impressive! An important story showing once again how key leaders who have a vision and persistence can indeed bend the arc of the world towards justice and health!” Another ballot read, “Wow! I mean, WOW! This is what you go to the Doc Fest for. An inspiring, magnificent story, well told. I left with such a feeling of joy and inspiration.”

EPA seeks comment to withdraw Pebble Mine from Clean Water Act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes to withdraw its July 2014 Clean Water Act Proposed Determination that would, if finalized, have imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with the potential Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, EPA said in a press release.

Corps seeks comments on China Poot dock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks comments on a proposed 125-foot long floating dock, a 100-foot long aluminum gangway and a 607-foot long timber boardwalk to be built below the mean high water mark on the north shore of China Poot Bay. The applicant, Gail Fisher of China Bay LLC, Santa Barbara, Calif., seeks a permit for the projects as part of a development of a commercial lodge and private home for the owners. Fisher proposes construction of the dock to start in October. However, the date for comments was extended from Oct. 3 to a new date of Nov. 2.

Seaton holds budget town hall meetings

Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, sponsors Town Hall meetings on Oct. 5 to discuss the state budget. Joining Seaton is Officer of Budget and Management Director Pat Pitney. Seaton also will take questions and comments on the budget, District 31 issues and the upcoming special session. For more information, contact Seaton’s office at 235-2921. The meetings are:

Te`arama group visits peninsula

Between Aug. 14 and 19, Seattle-based Tahitian performance group Te`arama conducted cultural exchanges with communities around the lower Kenai Peninsula. Coordinated by the Pratt Museum, Te’arama performed for and alongside members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Ninilchik Traditional Council, Nanwalek Village and Port Graham Village. In each community, they presented short workshops on traditional drumming and dancing styles from Tahiti. Among the opportunities offered by generous Kenai communities, Te’arama members were invited to the Ninilchik Traditional Council’s setnet site, enjoyed extended stays and travel by skiff between Nanwalek and Port Graham, and visited the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s K’Beq Heritage Site. In addition to pickup basketball games and riding four wheelers in the woods, conversations overheard spanned the importance of language preservation, contemporary music, the impact of colonialism in urban and village settings and cultural pride.

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