There’s a new face in town! Well, maybe not a “new” face — but an old familiar one that has gotten a major facelift this summer thanks to the Homer Foundation and the Cottonwood and Jenson Funds. After a rainy fall prohibited us from being able to paint, the great beginning to summer provided the perfect opportunity for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) to transform the outside of our headquarters building into a cleaner, brighter and more inviting façade. We were also able to do some much needed repairs to the original siding on the building
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the new artistic director at Pier One Theatre, Jennifer Norton, as well as long-time director Lance Petersen, for providing a summer scholarship for Simon to participate in Pier One Youth Theatre. Simon, now 13 years old, has enjoyed Pier One’s youth theatre program since he was 6.
A couple of weeks ago I was excited about taking my new boat out for its first real trial to see how it performed and to see if it could catch fish (halibut on this trip). I launched at the Homer Spit and went out beyond the cliffs. It was a really nice day with the tide coming in. Within the first 15 minutes — “wham” — I catch a nice 35 pounder. Then nothing for the next hour. I start messing around with electronics and other stuff that I need to familiarize myself with on this new boat and not doing what I should be doing, paying attention to my rod.
The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park want to give a big thumbs up to Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs for their continued and generous support. When asked, the owner and management, didn’t hesitate to donate water to be handed out free at the recent Salmonfest. Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs is a great example of a local business supporting local volunteers who in turn, work hard to make Homer and Kachemak Bay so special.
Many thanks to Bill Strutz and the rest of the folks who work with him for continued service to the community.
Homer Events hosted its first “Bonfire On The Beach” last Sunday. As a first-year event it had some weaknesses, and there will be a lot of changes to next year’s party, but in the end — “Holy mackerel!”
Ken Flynn wrote a letter to the Alaska Dispatch News (June 26) suggesting Barack Obama serve two more years as president. The idea seemed far-fetched, but in light of revelations of Democratic National Committee actions to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ campaign, it deserves consideration.
The past few weeks, Kachemak Crane Watch has been receiving reports of Sandhill Cranes walking roads in town that are very busy with speeding cars and near power lines. Callers are asking why cranes are in this part of town in the middle of the street. Many callers are concerned for the cranes and noted people in the area are feeding corn to attract cranes to their homes.
Homer Animal Friends would like to thank Grace Ridge Brewing for hosting the first annual HAF and Kachemak Bay Running Club "Dog Jog".
The event was well attended and the participants enjoyed excellent crafted beer. Following one of the true definitions of grace, the brewery's employees pooled together more than $1,700 in tips and donated them to HAF, which will help our mission to promote animal welfare, safety, and education in our community.
I am writing to thank the Homer Foundation and the Tin Roof Fund for awarding me the Beluga Tale Fiction Writing Scholarship in 2015. The scholarship will help me attend my second year at Swarthmore College. I greatly appreciate that my community supports its youth, and their endeavors in education and the arts.
I was raised strict Republican to think for myself.
I have watched Paul Seaton work diligently with diverse town and state organizations election year or not.. both locally and in the legislature. He is a powerful thinking voice for our community.
If the shoe fits, why change it.
Martha Ellen Anderson
It is not often that I write a letter to the editor, but this is a time I feel compelled to voice strong support for representative Paul Seaton in District 31. He has the courage to actually lead in order to move things forward. He not only represents his district exceedingly well, but Representative Seaton works towards the consideration and benefit of the working people all across the state of Alaska.
I am supporting Representative Paul Seaton for re-election. Alaska is currently pumping $9-10 billion worth of oil per year with zero net benefit to the general fund. We have fields where the State has paid a hefty percentage of development costs that will not yield production taxes until the price exceeds $80. In Cook Inlet we are paying tax credits that make no economic sense what-so -ever and never will. Paul Seaton has worked tirelessly to bring some kind of sanity to our oil tax structure. He has 14 years of seniority and is a committee chair.
Speeches! Meaningless words put together to make someone believe what is being said by someone who does not believe what they said. In other words, what you want to believe. But the speaker does not.
One is a polished politician of many years who knows how to use words in a positive way to make you believe, but the speaker does not. The other is a person who is not politically correct, such as his opponent is, so tells it like it is. Or believes it to be.
It has been a couple years since I wrote about the public restrooms on the Homer Spit; the highly visible, super busy, rundown restrooms at the top of Ramp 2. They continue to be as busy as ever and continue to be a public eyesore. With all the new restrooms in low traffic areas along the harbor rim, the new bike trail and the big new harbor office you would think somewhere hidden in the various budgets there would be enough money to at least give this building a paint job and provide soap in the ladies bathrooms.
Alaskans don’t need Outsiders
telling us how to cast a vote
I’ve been an Alaskan for 49 years and when I first got here Alaskans would never have allowed outsider/carpetbaggers to tell us what to do. We were independent thinkers and for sure didn’t care how “they” did anything anywhere else. It would have been especially preposterous for some outside yahoo to try to tell an old-time Alaskan how to vote.
Legislature needs more like Seaton
I lived in Homer when Paul Seaton was first elected to the Alaska Legislature in 2002. I have been impressed with him ever since. He understands that we live in tough times that require tough decisions, and he has shown that he is not afraid of being part of the solution.
For fun-filled time, wallow in mud
On a recent, sunny, Sunday afternoon, Nature Rocks Homer held its seventh annual Mud Games at the Cottonwood Horse Park. It was such a fun-filled afternoon — we already look forward to next summer and the next round of mud wallowing. The Wallow has now been named “Carmen’s Mud Wallow” in memory of the founder of this tradition, and the person who impacted so many kids and adults to go play outside.
Volunteers enliven CACS day camp
Day Camp with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is in full swing. So far, we’ve had a lot of fun this summer and would like to give a warm thanks to everyone who has played a part. Many people in the community have graciously volunteered their time for our campers. Thanks to these individuals, we’ve been able to make some amazing memories. Below are the names of those superstars who have shared their passion and knowledge throughout these past weeks:
Grant helps Sprout grow
We at Sprout Family Services would like to thank the City of Homer Grants Program, through the Homer Foundation, for their generous grant to our organization. With this gift we were able to improve our outreach to families with children 0-5 years, by increasing our advertising and our publications, as well as creating “Welcome Baby” gifts, including a video on the importance of early literacy, for little ones born at South Peninsula Hospital.
Sandhill crane colts will be fledging (flying) very soon. It takes 60-70 days from hatching to fledging. Some may have already fledged if the pair started nesting earlier than usual.
Please report any crane colts that are now fully flying to Kachemak Crane Watch. Let us know where and when the colts were able to fly off with the adults. Include your specific location. Any other information you care to share is most welcome.