DOT&PF projects in the works

Though capital projects have slowed down in Alaska because of the tight state budget, several state road and airport projects are under construction this summer or planned for the 2018 building season. Last week, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held a workshop last Tuesday for two 2018 road projects and then another workshop last Friday for two current jobs. Homer area residents can expect to see work done on these improvements over the next two years:

Market coins fun to collect

I’m not typically one to collect things, but there is one item I track down to get every new version. It’s not only a beautiful item, it’s always worth at least $20. That’s because I’m enamored with the Homer Farmers Market coins.

Opening for season

If you head out to the Homer Farmers Market site this weekend, you will see those tents popping up, gravel spread out on the paths, stripes painted on the parking lot. Vendors are getting ready for market season to start on Saturday, May 27, of Memorial Day Weekend.

Many of us can’t wait. The Market is beloved for the jolly atmosphere and community connections it provides. But if you strip away all that you will see a core objective of local food promotion, of creating a supportive place for local producers to sell food and products, of giving customers a way to access that food.

Tustumena return delayed until July 18

Rusted or pitted steel discovered during the M/V Tustumena’s overhaul will mean another delay in the 53-year-old state ferry’s return to service — this time to 5 p.m. July 18, when the Tustumena returns to Homer. Now undergoing work at the Vigor Ketchikan shipyard, workers discovered the rusted or pitted steel, called steel wastage, in the engine room. The ferry went in for its overhaul on March 13.

Homer gets 11 cruise ship visits this summer

The M/S Amsterdam returns to Homer this summer for nine visits, one of three ships to call on town at the Deep Water Dock on the Homer Spit. The Silversea cruise ship M/S Silver Shadow makes the first cruise ship visit of the season, arriving about 8 a.m. May 17 on its transit from Tokyo, Japan, to Seward. At about 8 a.m. May 24, the Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship M/S Europa calls on Homer on a Vancouver, B.C., Canada round-trip tour. Those will be the only visits of the Silver Shadow and Europa.

New generation builds on Ulmer’s family traditions

When it comes to marking milestones, it’s a fairly safe bet that Monica and Patrick Mede will have a hard time topping the first six months of 2016: they moved back to Alaska from Texas in January, immediately bought a house in Homer and started the process of buying a business, got a puppy in May, officially became the new owners of Ulmer’s Drug &Hardware on June 1, got married on June 4 and flew out for a week-long honeymoon on June 5.


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