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Tutka Bay net pens come loose, now back in lagoon

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association pink salmon rearing net pens placed at the head of Tutka Bay — but in an area not allowed by Alaska State Parks — last week got an unintended assist from a spring storm toward the permitted location. Following the incident, on Monday afternoon, May 14, CIAA moved its two net pens into Tutka Bay Lagoon, where CIAA has a hatchery, resolving for now a technical permit violation.

Local woman turns the big 100

When it comes to strong women, Homer has a former Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly president, city council members, scientists, business owners and teachers. They fly our planes, captain our boats and keep us physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. They cook our meals and make our morning coffee. They guide our lives and the lives of coming generations.

Writers’ conference approaches

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the early bird registration deadline for the conference.

It’s that time of year again — the deadline for early registration for the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference is approaching.

The conference will be held June 8-12 at Lands End Resort, presented by Kachemak Bay Campus.

This year’s keynote speaker is Anthony Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his latest novel, “All the Light We Cannot See,” according to a press release from KBC Director Carol Swartz.

Below are just a few well wishes from prominent Alaska residents for Wilma Gregory, local Homer resident, on her 100th birthday:

Homer residents get up close look at oil spill response training

If Homer residents have ever wondered just what a bunch of fishing vessels are doing roaming around Kachemak Bay every spring with brightly colored equipment, they’ll get the chance to see it firsthand every six years. The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council sponsored Homer’s first public tour of annual oil spill response training in the bay on Saturday.

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