A new preschool in Homer approaches early childhood education by giving kids the freedom to learn through play. Founded by certified kindergarten-third grade teacher and Lifeways early childhood teacher Hanna Young, Tiny Trees: Homer’s Forest School’s two play-based programs give kids a chance to build academic and life skills outside of the classroom.
It’s that time again to watch vegetables fly. It’s time for zucchinis with wheels. Zucchinis with glitter. Zucchinis with wings, horns, and various action figures attached.
Construction finished last month for Homer’s newest street, Eric Lane, a 1,200-foot side street off the lower end of West Hill Road. Built by Herndon Construction of Homer, the $925,000 project includes a sewer line as well a paved street, gutters and a sidewalk.
HEA plans fuse work in Anchor Point, Ninilchik
SPH welcomes Whittaker
HMC offers new therapy
My own visual memories of Togiak are not much more than a slate of wide, open grey sky that merged into open grey water. In the early 2000s, I flew out from Homer with a spotter pilot, landed on the beach in the community and then probably took a skiff from the beach to go out to meet my dad’s boat, F/V Agave. At the time, I was certainly not taking notes or paying attention to location details but what I do remember is bleak, grey, bland, flat land. The landscape was nothing like the mountains in south central and south east Alaska, I just recall bleakness. I never had the opportunity to explore the magic features of seeking out glass floats washed from across the Pacific, looking for ivory, exploring the shorelines. I went out to simply fish and retrieve my own juvenile income, not to recall anything else. That was not enough to provide a credible nostalgia of what it was like to fish out there in the peak of the alluring, crazy, chaotic competition combined with a visual recollection of stoic, stark, rural Alaska.
This last weekend was crazy busy. Hundreds of people were in town touring farms. There was the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour here to witness our peony farmers first hand. There was the Homer Garden Club’s Gardeners Weekend tours and activities. And I got to be the tour guide for Lainie Kertesz, the western regional sales representative from Johnny’s Seeds.
Alaska’s Let’s Ride Alaska Act, House Bill 132, the bill that allows ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, does not apply to waterways, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release.
Two new hires have joined the Homer News staff. Megan Pacer, 24, started July 17 as staff writer. Office coordinator Bridget Maryott, 42, started July 24.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting
The Homer Farmers Market started back in 1999. That first season had just a handful of vendors selling outside on tables in the parking lot. My, how it’s grown!
After its May decision to stop seeking permits, Delaware-based PacRim Coal is giving up what had been a key piece of property in its plans to strip mine coal from the west Cook Inlet’s Chuitna River region.
A proposal that would allow on-site consumption of marijuana will go out for public comment after the Alaska Marijuana Control Board endorsed a measure opening the way July 14 during its meeting in Fairbanks.
Voters may get to decide whether Kenai Peninsula Borough hotels and bed-and-breakfasts should have to charge a bed tax in the fall election.
Railbelt utility leaders want the Alaska Energy Authority to approve a $46.4 million expansion of the Bradley Lake hydroelectric plant.
Two words — “Oh, yeah!” — are all it takes for Ruth Babcock to know the importance of what she does.
A little over a year ago I took a trip to visit a friend in Japan. The culture around food there was so different, so deep and so ancient. What impressed me the most wasn’t just their complete awareness and understanding of the seasonality of food, but also their complete dedication to the regionality of food. Different places were famous for different foods and people would travel miles to get that specific food, like a specific chestunut sweet or a specific fish sauce made a certain way with a regional fish.
Debbie Speakman has accepted the position of Executive Director for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Speakman is already working part time for the chamber and will join the team full time starting Aug. 1.
The Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education offers student loan refinancing at 4.95 percent. Qualifying borrowers can use Alaska Refi to consolidate private, state and federal education loans; release co-signers; or transfer parent loans to the student’s name.