South Peninsula Hospital welcomes a new husband-and-wife medical team to the medical staff. Joining the staff and Homer community are radiologist Edson Knapp, M.D., and gynecologist Renda Knapp, M.D. Both received their medical degree at University of South Florida, Tampa, and practiced medicine in Florida and most recently in Tennessee.
What is a farmer to do when the end of the Market rolls around and there are veggies left over? I have the feeling that farmers eat a lot of pickles and sauerkraut.
I have a neighbor who pickles everything that gets ahead of her in her garden: turnips, peas, beans, you name it. Pickling can be sweet or savory (sweet ginger pumpkin pickles are my favorite) and need nothing more than fresh veggies, vinegar and spices.
Deadlines have passed for proposals to the 2017 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.
The proposal book, now under review, is stuffed with 499 pages that largely carry over the battles fought in the 2014 meeting, when the two-week Board of Fisheries marathon gave way to new rules for the Kenai River management plans that added fuel to the so-called Cook Inlet “fish wars.”
The book is currently under review for the 166 proposals submitted.
The cutest day of the summer is upon us. The Homer Farmers Market Zucchini Festival will be this weekend. This silly festival of fun is perfect for the whole family and even celebrates one of the most maligned vegetables around.
Tutka Bay Lodge, located across the bay from Homer, attracts their employees with the same ingredients that bring in guests from around the world — thoughtful, anticipatory service and pristine Alaska wilderness.
Kirsten and Carl Dixon, who own Tutka Bay Lodge and Winterlake Lodge in partnership with their daughters Mandy Dixon and Carly Potgeter, bought the lodge in 2009. They later purchased additional property adjacent to their lodge, placed a renovated crabbing vessel called the Widgin II on it, and turned it into the Tutka Bay Cooking School.
Gov. Bill Walker has removed Bruce Schulte from the Marijuana Control Board.
Walker’s letter gives little explanation for Schulte’s removal.
“While I have appreciated your willingness to serve on the Marijuana Control Board, I have determined that your continued representation on this board is not in the best interest of Alaska,” stated the letter signed by Walker and dated July 29.
The Homestead Restaurant and wine director Sharlene Cline have once again been honored by Wine Spectator as one of 3,595 world restaurants to receive the Award of Excellence in the magazine’s 2016 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant also made the 2015 list.
The program honors restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.
KBBI Public Radio AM 890 welcomed two new hires and said good-bye to a departing staff member at a meet-and-greet July 28 at the station on Kachemak Way.
Leaving was development director Rose Grech, who plans to move to Colorado and travel abroad in the fall and winter. Replacing her is Alder Seaman. A Homer native, Seaman recently worked at the Homer News and brings experience in grant writing, advertising, membership and communication to KBBI.
Organizing the Arctic Winter Games first brought Tim Dillon to the Kenai Peninsula, and a decade later, he will take another regional role as executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District.
The boundaries of the Kenai Peninsula’s hospital service areas will stay where they are for now.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly struck down a proposed ordinance at its July 26 meeting that would have moved the common boundary between the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area about 12 miles to the south. The move would have shifted a number of residents into the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area, which has a significantly lower mill rate.
This is the season for all kinds of Alaskan berries, but it is definitely the time for raspberries. Picking (and eating) in our garden the other day I realized that raspberries are the perfect food to showcase the state of our food system.
First of all, just like I wonder why everyone doesn’t grow as much of their own food as possible, I wonder why everyone doesn’t grow raspberries. I’m kind of an idealist in this area — I would love to see everyone’s food security handled at the local level so that no family is at the whim of economic fluctuations or market factors.
Residents of Anchor Point, Homer and Seldovia could see drilling rigs off their coasts in the future if the federal Department of the Interior gives it the green light.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf, has issued a draft environmental impact statement for oil and gas exploratory leases in Lower Cook Inlet. The proposed leasing area stretches from approximately Ninilchik to just north of Augustine Island, not including Kachemak Bay.
This season is moving fast. Summer always does, but never like this. There are already beans and peas and, yes, pumpkins down at the Homer Farmers Market.
Our early season caught Bob Durr by surprise. He planted hundreds of pumpkins this year figuring that they would be ready for decorating for Halloween, but they are already getting ripe on the vine. Between the pumpkins and butternut squash he planted in three greenhouses, he has more than 1,000 plants producing like they are growing in California.
In a small town like Homer, it’s important to have niche businesses, which both fill a need in the community and contribute to its economy. One of these niche businesses, which opened this month, is The Dragon’s Den, the go-to store in Homer for any and all involved in gaming.
Abe Alborn, owner of The Dragon’s Den and also of the local construction business Excalibur, says Homer has been without a gaming store for 14 years, and that it is something the community has needed.
EPA fines BP, Hilcorp
for North Slope spills
JUNEAU (AP) — BP Exploration Alaska and Hilcorp Alaska have agreed to pay fines imposed by the federal government for spilling oil and waste on the state’s North Slope.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement with the companies Monday. Hilcorp will pay $100,000 in federal penalties, while BP Exploration Alaska has been fined $30,000 for federal penalties and $100,000 for state violations, KTOO-FM reported.
Pollution reduction settlement reached
By PHUONG LE
The Associated Press
SEATTLE — The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West.
The agreement with Tesoro Corp. and Par Hawaii Refining resolves alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act and requires installment of new equipment to control emissions.
Walker creates new Cabinet position for oil-gas advisor
By Elwood Brehmer
Morris News Service - Alaska
Gov. Bill Walker’s Cabinet is changing again, this time by way of addition.
Walker announced Monday longtime oil industry professional John Hendrix has been appointed as his chief oil and gas advisor, which is a newly created Cabinet level position. He introduced Hendrix during a luncheon held by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
The Alaska LNG Project is moving forward with an aquifer pump test on its land in Nikiski this summer.
The project, a collaborative effort between ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, BP and the state of Alaska to bring natural gas on the state’s North Slope to market, has conducted geophysical and geotechnical work on the proposed site of its plant in Nikiski since 2013. As part of this year’s approximately $230 million fieldwork season, the project engineers will drill test and observation wells on its property in Nikiski in preparation for water testing.
What really matters? Is it your mortgage? Your kids? Your job? Your health?
They say it’s the little things that count. What are the little things that effect all of these big things in our lives? What matters most?
Food. I haven’t met a person yet who didn’t eat. Hopefully three times a day. Or more.
Do you consider food a habit, something you do unconsciously like rubbing your nose? Or do you partake in meals like they are an important conversation with a loved one? Or is it a daily burden like tax added onto the bill?
Rattling along the deep ruts of the sand on the Kenai River’s south beach in a side-by-side, Jason Floyd took orders for mochas.
He wheeled the vehicle expertly among dipnets, dipnetters, coolers and tents on the beach Monday — this crowd, though still thick, was nothing compared to the crowd the weekend before, he said. A cooler full of ice rides in the back of the side-by-side beneath an Alaska flag and the signature yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” Gadsden flag.