The Alberta-based fertilizer producer Agrium has applied for an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit for waste discharge from its Kenai Nitrogen Operations facility in Nikiski, a plant that closed in 2007 due to a dwindling local supply of the natural gas it uses as raw material.
The days are getting shorter. That simply means that there is more to try to cram into smaller days, right?
One thing you need to cram into these shorter days is the last official Homer Farmers Market and its Harvest Meal Potluck.
The Harvest Meal gives you the chance to knock out several things on your list of to-dos at the same time. You get to:
1. Eat a great meal;
2. Celebrate another year of bountiful harvest;
3. Celebrate community with friends;
4. Enjoy live music by the String Alongs;
On Friday, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers released a report about its annual dredging of approximately 9,000 cubic yards of material from Ninilchik’s small boat harbor, finding no expectations that it will impact the local environment.
Presentation to help chamber members
find new partners
The Homer Chamber of Commerce is hosting U.S. Commercial Service to introduce members to federal government services available that help small businesses succeed and grow.
The program will be from 3-4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the chamber office, 201 Sterling Highway.
Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Sept. 21 by calling the chamber at 235-7740.
Walker to attend LNG conference in Japan
Gov. Bill Walker has plans for one overseas trip, but not two.
The governor is headed to the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference in Tokyo later this year. Originally scheduled for Nov. 30, the single-day meeting is now planned for Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day.
“Thanksgiving will be with chopsticks this year, which is fine. I’m happy with that,” Walker said in a Sept. 6 interview with the Alaska Journal of Commerce.
Marijuana board issues first retail, manufacturing licenses
By DJ Summers
Morris news Service - Alaska
Retail stores, cupcakes, caramels, cookies and candies replaced enforcement talks at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Marijuana Control Board.
The meeting marked the first issuance of both manufacturing and retail licenses, moving the industry to the final phases before growers have an outlet for their cannabis. Held up for most of the day by manufacturing license discussions, retail stores breezed through by the end of the meeting.
KENAI — Gov. Bill Walker reiterated a call Monday for a fix to Alaska’s budget deficit while also signing into law a tax credit designed to encourage fertilizer company Agrium to reopen its Nikiski plant.
With the sponsor, Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, looking on, Walker signed the bill after speaking at a joint Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce luncheon in Kenai on Monday.
If you are also a big fan of the Homer Farmers Market, you probably get their e-newsletter and see that there are recipes in it every week. Some folks just know food and flavor so well that they make amazing dishes without recipes. Some, like me, only make good taste testers.
But I get brave when there is a recipe. Let me tell you from experience, however, that not all recipes are created equal. So I will definitely go for one a friend gives me from a long family lineage long before I get one off the Internet.
Several organizations, including the Kenai Peninsula Borough, are opposing the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ selected route for a highway bypass around Cooper Landing.
JUNEAU — You can grow a 20-pound cucumber in Soldotna, but pay $5.79 for a one-pound bag of imported carrots in Kotzebue.
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, Alaska varies region by region. Areas like the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Tanana Valley are great for growing, where outside farming in Arctic communities just isn’t a possibility. Some communities have regularly occurring farmers markets, while others are lucky to have fresh produce stocked in the grocery store at all.
After a bidding battle between a chain of two Pacific Northwest commercial fishing supply stores, LFS of Bellingham, Wash., made the top offer in a receivership sale and has purchased Redden Marine, including its Homer store, Kachemak Gear Shed.
Englund Marine & Industrial Supply Co. of Astoria, Ore., initially appeared to have the best offer, but LFS made a late and better offer two weeks ago. The sale was final Aug. 31.
Visitor center extends hours
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is extending its hours through September to meet increased demand, staying open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The move to stay open longer, later into the season will ensure that the Visitor Center is able to refer the stream of tourists Homer is still seeing this September to local businesses, said HCOC marketing and events coordinator Bridget Maryott.
Anchor Point has a new dentist.
Dr. Brandon Astin began working with Dr. Ryan Abbott, at the dental clinic at 34115 Sterling Highway, earlier this summer. He began seeing patients full time Sept. 1.
Abbott is leaving the area for specialty training in dental prosthetics, or prosthodontics. The change means Abbott will study out of Alaska for the next three years “learning more about helping people who have missing, badly worn, and diseased teeth,” he said in a letter to his patients.
Maritime apprenticeship offers job opportunities
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is revitalizing a job training initiative to place Alaskans in credentialed positions in the U.S.-flag commercial maritime fleet.
The U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with revisions to its management plan for the Chugach National Forest.
The plan outlines strategies for managing the approximately 5.4 million-acre Chugach National Forest, which occupies the eastern part of the Kenai Peninsula and stretches eastward toward the Copper River Delta on Prince William Sound. Last updated in 2002, the U.S. Forest Service began a revision process in 2012, combining research on current use and environmental conditions with public input before developing an assessment on which to base any changes.
I take inventory of the kinds of veggies being sold at the Homer Farmers Market every week. This means that I walk around with a clip board and look official even though I am not doing a doggone thing to help organize or set up the Market.
But it does give me a chance to wander around to all the stalls and listen to what people are saying, see what vendors have, chat with everyone on the planet (it seems) and get a good idea of the pulse of the Market.
The Permanent Fund unofficially grew a modest 1.35 percent on a $52.8 billion portfolio in fiscal year 2016, the result of a volatile 12 months for public financial markets, according to Fund leadership.
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Executive Director Angela Rodell said during an Aug. 18 meeting of the policy study group Commonwealth North in Anchorage that market fluctuations followed oil’s wintertime foray to less than $30 per barrel, the first time the dominant commodity had been that cheap for that long since the early 2000s.
Who genuinely wants to be in an ambulance? When one is necessary, however, having the most reliable form of medical transport is critical, especially for rural communities.
“This is a mobile emergency room,” said Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Painter. “No one wants to break down or have a rough ride on the way.”
Painter, an EMS professional for 25 years, presented the new vehicle for the City of Homer at a U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development announcement held Monday outside the Peterson Tower in Downtown Anchorage.
Issues around health-care delivery, cost and quality are frequent topics of discussion in our community, yet many people living in the area may not be aware that SVT Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), or know what this designation means.
I’m just going to brag. The Homer Farmers Market is the best. I certainly haven’t been to many other markets around, but I guess others think so, too, since it gets so much attention.
The Daily Meal ranks the best farmers markets in America annually. This year Homer Farmers Market made that list. Delish.com picked the best market for each state and, yes, our market was the Alaska representative.