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Hallo Bay guide wins international award

Simyra Taback-Hlebechuk

A lot of miles separate London from the remote stretch of beach known as Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park. Brown bear guide Simyra Taback-Hlebechuk of Hallo Bay Bear Camp has bridged that gap and then some.

As proof, at an Oct. 4 awards ceremony of the Royal Geographic Society in London, Taback-Hlebechuk, who also serves on the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council’s board of directors, received the silver 2012 Wanderlust World Guide award. 

Zak wins recognition for work with SBDC

Bryan Zak

Bryan Zak, southwest regional director of the Alaska Small Business Development Center, has been awarded the “State Star,” the highest honor for the state in America’s Small Business Development Centers. The Alaska SBDC is part of the nationwide association.

“I cannot tell you how proud we are, how grateful we are and how fortunate we feel that Bryan decided to work with the SBDC,” said Debi Fowler, director of the Alaska SBDC.

Alaska Airlines flights return to normal

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines said flights were running close to normal late Monday after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for more than four hours, causing the airline and its regional carrier to cancel 78 flights, affecting nearly 7,000 customers.

More than 130 other flights departed during the disruption, but some were delayed for as long as four hours, the airline said.

“Flights are running real close to schedule right now in all major cities. We expect tomorrow to be back on track completely,” airline spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey said Monday evening.

Business conference set for Oct. 15-16 at Land’s End


Land’s End will host its fourth annual Business, Marketing and Technology Conference Oct. 15-16 at Land’s End Resort. The conference is co-sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District.

Tickets are $99 for businesses and $79 for nonprofit organizations. Those bringing a second person from the same office will receive 50 percent off the second ticket.

Lunch is included for both days.

Farmers' Market

What a beautiful Saturday to have the Harvest Party. The crisp air filled with sun, the vendors’ booths overflowing with veggies, music from the stage, a line of people getting a taste of the Homer Farmers’ Market minestrone, stew, salads, breads and desserts.  And Westley Newcomb announced as the turkey raffle winner.

The market is now officially transitioning. Though the craft vendors, kids’ activities and music won’t be around anymore, harvest is still in full swing.  

Researchers leave Pebble mine review

 

 

JUNEAU — One researcher has withdrawn and another has been excused from participation in the upcoming review of studies released by the group behind a massive mine project in southwest Alaska.

Both David Montgomery's withdrawal and Daniel Schindler's dismissal came last month, just weeks before the start of what has been touted as an independent, objective look at the science put forth by the Pebble Limited Partnership.

Sobriety is message of new video from Ahtna

Driving to the funeral of a Copper Center teenage girl whose death was alcohol-related, Ken Johns, of the Glennallen area wondered what he could do to curb the use of alcohol among young people.

"The song 'Staying Alive' came on the Anchorage radio and I thought maybe I would try to use that song to put it in perspective," said Johns, a current board member and former president of Ahtna Inc., one of 13 Alaska Native regional corporations established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971.

Court temporarily halts Alaska rail extension

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JUNEAU — A federal appeals court panel has halted work on a railroad extension project in southcentral Alaska, pending a full hearing on the case.

Monday's decision is a win for conservationists, who argued that they — and the natural environment — would suffer irreparable harm without an emergency stay on construction of the Port MacKenzie rail extension.

Chef Dixon serves all-Alaska meal

 

The University of Alaska Anchorage Culinary Arts Department hosted the 20th annual Celebrity Chef Invitational Sept. 19 at the Lucy Cuddy Hall.

This year, for the first time, an Alaska chef — Chef Kirsten Dixon — created the menu featuring all Alaska ingredients. Ten UAA Culinary Arts graduates assisted current students in preparing the menu. For the past 20 years, the event has been used to benefit the school's scholarship program. 

Homer Recorders Office will be closed temporarily

 

The state of Alaska Homer Recorders Office will be temporarily closed beginning Monday and reopening Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m.

Alternate recording will be done in Anchorage. Mail recordings to:

Anchorage Recorders Office

Attn: Homer/Seldovia Districts 

550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1200

Anchorage, AK 99501

For more information, call (907) 269-8872.

Chamber schedules October luncheon, mixer

 

Jerry Rombach, director of administration and public outreach for the Cook Inlet  Regional Citizens Advisory Council, will be the guest speaker at the next Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The luncheon meeting will be at noon Oct. 16 at Don Jose's Restaurant. The public is invited.

Lunch is $14 for chamber members and $16 for nonmembers. RSVP to 235-7740.

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