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Parnell proposes king research


ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he will propose $30 million over five years to study king salmon abundance.

Parnell says the first installment will be $10 million in the fiscal year 2014 budget.

Low chinook salmon returns this year resulted in fishing closures or limits. State commerce officials estimate commercial fishermen lost $16.8 million in direct revenue. Subsistence fishermen and the sport fishing industry also saw losses.

Profs present Bristol Bay studies

Catherine Knott and Alan Boraas, Kachemak Bay Campus and Kenai River Campus professors of anthropology, will present a talk at 6:30 p.m. today on their recent research for the Environmental Protection Agency about the cultural importance of salmon to the people of Bristol Bay. The presentation will be given at Kachemak Bay Campus.

Chamber plans events

The Homer Chamber of Commerce has several events planned in the next few weeks:

nThe next chamber mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. today. It is hosted by North Wind Home Collections, 173 W. Pioneer Ave. For more information, contact Debbie Speakman at 235-7740. The public is invited.

SPH adds two new doctors

Welcome to Drs. Carl and Hillary Seger, two recent additions to South Peninsula Hospital. The community is invited to meet the Segers and other new SPH providers at a Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer in January. 

“Dr. Carl Seger is filling a much-needed position in the ER,” said Derotha Ferraro, hospital spokesperson. “The recent departure of both Matt Wise, M.D., and Patrick Brady, M.D., both who took ER call, has put an added scheduling burden on the remaining doctors over the last year.”

Substance abuse cost state more than $1.2 billion in 2010

Substance abuse pervades communities throughout Alaska, and the Kenai Peninsula is no exception. The cost to the state’s economy was estimated at about $1.2 billion in 2010, according to a new report from the McDowell Group research and consulting firm.

The report identifies productivity losses as the most expensive category affecting the state. Lost productivity occurs when individuals do not contribute to the economy through employment earnings or household services like childcare, according to the report.

KRSA plans big changes to fish event

For the first time in its 20-year history, the Kenai River Classic will target silver salmon instead of king salmon.

After two years of catch-and-release chinook salmon fishing, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association changed the annual three-day fishing invitational from July to August in an effort to ease fishing pressure on struggling chinook stocks said Ricky Gease, executive director of KRSA.

The 2013 Classic will be held
Aug. 19-21.

Gease said participants and sponsors were consulted to make sure an August event would fit in with their schedules.

K-Bay Caffe now open on Pioneer

K-Bay Caffe & Roasting, the coffee roasting and drive-through espresso company, opened a new downtown café on Nov. 16 at 397 Pioneer Ave. next to the Refuge Chapel and the Grog Shop.

A grand opening party is at 7 p.m. Friday with live music by Uplift! and complimentary samples of coffee available. 

A reception starts at 6 p.m. 

Owner Michael McGuire said he plans for the downtown K-Bay Caffe to be an entertainment and social alternative that isn’t a bar or a restaurant, especially for teenagers and young adults.

State, UAF host strategic minerals conference

 ANCHORAGE — State officials and the University of Alaska Fairbanks will again host an Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit.

The event is scheduled for Friday in Fairbanks.

The Department of Natural Resources says the focus will be on the state’s strategy for exploring, developing and processing strategic minerals and related activity by business and university officials.

Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan says a goal of the second summit is to stimulate private-sector investment, activity and responsible resource development.

Tutka Bay Lodge recognized in ‘Trip of Lifetime’ category


Tutka Bay Lodge has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards winner in the Trip of a Lifetime category. 

Representing a “complete escape,” Tutka Bay Lodge is located at the southern end of Kachemak Bay. It was chosen from 4,000 nominations based on high style, excellent service and a one-of-a-kind stay for guests, according to a press release.

Task force meets, talks health of salmon in inlet

The first meeting of the Upper Cook Inlet Task Force generated questions about allocation issues, marine mortality, historical catch rates and the overall health of salmon in the inlet.

Board of Fisheries members Tom Kluberton of Talkeetna and Vince Webster of King Salmon co-chaired the meeting that focused on defining the scope of the Upper Cook Inlet king salmon problem and looked for suggestions both from task force members and a room full of affected users.

Chamber plans events


The Homer Chamber of Commerce has several events planned in the next few weeks:

n The next chamber mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 29. It is hosted by North Wind Home Collections, 173 W. Pioneer Ave. For more information, contact Debbie Speakman at 235-7740. The public is invited.

Booksellers, Kobo partner in ‘read freely’ philosophy


The American Booksellers Association is partnering with  Kobo to make ereaders and ebooks available at independent bookstores nationwide, including the Homer Bookstore. Kobo, a leader in ereading, is committed to a “read freely” philosophy so their ebooks also can be read on iPhones and iPads, Androids, Nooks, laptop and desktops computers. 

Currently Kobo has two readers available — the Mini for those who want to read on the go, and the Glo which has a lighted screen.

Miotke joins sales team at Story Real Estate

Amanda Miotke has joined the sales team at Story Real Estate.

While Miotke is a new Realtor, she has a lot of experience in the real estate business having worked for the last six years at Kachemak Bay Title Company.

Chris Story, broker of Story Real Estate, said that he saw Miotke’s “great character, follow through and commitment” in her work at the title company, the same characteristics needed to be a successful Realtor.

CommuKnitty Stash relocates to Main Street


CommuKnitty Stash has moved off the Sterling Highway and onto Main Street — 3581 B Main St., to be exact, between Napa and Homer Hounds. Store hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 1-7 p.m., with an 8:30 p.m. closing on Wednesdays. 

Handknitted and quickly sewn warm items for victims of Hurricane Sandy are currently being gathered to be sent to New York the end of this week. CommuKnitty Stash will pay the shipping.

Healing Hands Massage expands, hosts open house


After almost three years at the East End Village location, Healing Hands Massage owner Jessi Dullinger is expanding the business by partnering with Mary Hayden and adding a second treatment room. Dullinger and Hayden mark their new partnership and a remodel of the space with an open house from 3-7 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to stop in to see the new space, enjoy some snacks and sign up for door prizes totaling $700. 

Winter shopping derby starts today, ends Feb. 10


The first Homer Chamber of Commerce Winter Shopping Derby starts today. Similar to last summer’s shopping derby, participants buy a $10 shopping derby ticket for a chance to win $1,000 in Homer Bucks, the town’s local currency. Each time derby ticket holders spend from $1 to $100 at participating merchants, they get their ticket stamped. Collect four stamps and the ticket holder gets a second chance to win. Each week a new winner will be drawn for prizes donated by local chamber member businesses.

Losses grow in Alaska’s fisheries disasters

ANCHORAGE, — Alaska’s Commerce commissioner says the disaster from poor king salmon returns was worse than first estimated.

In a letter to the state’s congressional delegation, Susan Bell says commercial fishery permit holders lost an estimated $16.8 million in direct revenue.

She says that doesn’t include the economic effect on crew members who help harvest salmon, or processors and support businesses. She says it also doesn’t account for revenue lost by communities from fish and sales tax.

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