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'Viva Vaquita!' comes to Homer

Homer participates in “Viva Vaquita!”, an international series of events held July 7 to support the critically endangered Vaquita porpoise in Mexico. First known and discovered to science in 1958, because the Vaquita gets caught in illegal gillnets, the world population may be less thant 30 and it could be on the verge of complete extinction. Held at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Viva Vaquita runs 3 to 5 p.m. next Saturday, July 7, and includes a film, lectures, a panel discussion on porpoise and small whale conservation, raffle prizes, refreshments, and activities for children.

Feds seek info on destroyed AP eagle nests

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered a $2,500 for information on the cutting of three trees with bald eagle nests near Anchor Point. In USFWS discovered the downed trees and nests during an aerial survey of the area, the agency said in a press release. Subsequent investigation revealed the trees appeared to have been felled during the spring of 2018 and were all located within a one-half mile area. No other trees were found to have been recently cut. USFWS said investigators are optimistic that someone in the local community will assist authorities in finding those responsible.

Pride Month recognition causes controversy in Homer

Right after Call to Order, the Pledge of Allegiance and Agenda Approval on the Homer City Council agenda comes the item of “Mayoral Proclamations and Recognitions” — a time to honor new firefighters, medics and police officers, winning sports teams and distinguished citizens, and support causes like breast cancer or domestic violence awareness. On Monday, a proposed mayoral recognition ballooned into controversy that caused the meeting to be canceled for lack of a quorum.

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