An Alaska Air Transit charter flight with one pilot and seven passengers landed with wheels up late Saturday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident, said director of operations Dan Owen. The Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded, but did not treat or transport anyone.
The incident closed down the Homer Airport until about 7 p.m. The 7:30 p.m. Ravn flight from Homer to Anchorage was cancelled and the inbound Ravn plane did not land. However, by 7 p.m. other planes were taking off.
While current educators and support staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District kept their jobs this year, it is unlikely to happen next year.
To renew its employment contracts the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education approved cuts to existing programs and services, about $1.8 million in total. It also raised the pupil-teacher ratio, which is a pattern that is likely to continue, said Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones.
It was all about money during a four-hour meeting at which Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members heard about funding schools, flooding and animal control.
Ask birders to list their top-10 favorite shorebirds and quickly their picks diverge. You might find five birds in common, like the popular and common western sandpipers, but then birders start throwing in birds like turnstones and snipes. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival guide lists 38 shorebirds that can possibly be seen, including some rare and unusual species like godwits.
JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law legislation creating a new board to regulate the legal marijuana industry in Alaska.
Voters last November approved an initiative legalizing recreational use of pot for those 21 years of age and older. The initiative delegated rulemaking for the industry to the Alcoholic Beverage Control
Board unless the Legislature created a new Marijuana Control Board. Walker this week signed into law a bill he introduced creating the new board.
Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Paul Seaton will host a town hall meeting at Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday.
They will be addressing Alaska’s cur- rent fiscal situation and are interested in hearing comments and concerns from con-
stituents regarding state government issues. All are welcome.
Now in its 23rd year, the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival has settled into a weekend- long wildlife festival that goes like this:
• Spring arrives, and birds start showing up;
• In late April and early May, dozens of species and thousands of shorebirds ar- rive in Kachemak Bay;
• Homer, Alaska, Lower 48 and even for- eign birders dust off their binoculars and start watching the birds;
Sixteen million men and women served in World War II. Of those, 2 million remain alive. As that generation ages, organizations around the country work to make sure they get one last hurrah: an all-expense paid trip from their homes to Washington, D.C., to see war memorials and other sites.
“We feel a sense of urgency. These guys are going away 600 a day,” said Ron Travis, orga-
Spring has come, and with it a possible 40 species of shorebirds that have arrived in Homer during their annual migration. While the shorebirds can be seen whirling in great flocks over Mud Bay or feeding alone at nearby sloughs, for the novice birder, identifying them can be tricky. They aren’t the most colorful of birds, and most have subtle variations of tan, white and brown, which can make them hard to distinguish from each other, particularly against the beach or sky.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District dropout rates have steadily declined for the past five years.
At the end of the 2013-14 school year, 2.8 percent of students in grades 7-12 dropped out district wide, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The average between the end of the 2007 and 2010 school years was 4.3 percent.
The rate is also declining nationwide, and hit a record low at 7 percent, according to a 2014 report by the Pew Research Center.
In two actions on Monday night, the Homer City Council loosened up restrictions for a West Hill Road area subdivision and put up for sale several lots in the city’s inventory, including some parcels in that subdivision, the Lillian Walli subdivision.
The sign at 34020 North Fork Road, just east of Coastal Realty at the corner of North Fork Road and the Sterling Highway, says it all: The Anchor Point Public Library is open for business at its new location.
Even better: the location is permanent, thanks to Bob Craig, the library board president, and his wife, Lora, the librarian.
The Craigs purchased the building — including two apartments, a 2,800-square-foot space formerly occupied by the New Image Salon and 29 storage units — in September.
One, two, three, four…
Step after step. Step after step. Thousands of steps are adding up into millions of steps all in one tiny town across Kachemak Bay.
Despite the odd spring weather, the roads and beaches of Seldovia have had a little extra traffic — not from vehicles, but pedestrians.
In March of this year, the Seldovia Village Tribe, or SVT, launched a nine-week walking challenge. Participants were given free pedometers and asked to log their steps each day.
As spring bursts around the state, Alaskans note the changing of the season in many ways. Sandhill cranes arrive. The first float plane lands on Beluga Lake. Crocuses pop up.
Earlier this month, for some local agricultural producers, the buzz — pun very much intended — was all about the tiniest critter Alaskans raise.
At Linda Gorman’s home on McLay Road off East End Road, on a sunny Saturday, Homer’s beekeepers came together to pick up deliveries of bees.