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Comments sought on heli-skiing in state parks

In summer, thousands of visitors hike, raft, fish and camp in Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay Wilderness State Park. Many of them make their own way there by private boat, but others arrive through water taxis, air taxis and guides, all permitted under Alaska State Parks regulations.

In the winter, though, the bay quiets down, with only a few water taxi operators running. Local backcountry skiers have long known that the slopes of the Kenai Mountains offer awesome runs — runs earned the hard way, through muscling up mountains.

Statistics: Homer High students good kids

Editor's Note: How rigorously do Homer High School officials enforce rules against drinking by students and student athletes? Are those rules enforced fairly? How does Homer High compare in overall disciplinary incidents to other Kenai Peninsula Borough School District high schools? In this two-part series, the Homer News examines those issues. This week's story looks at how Homer High enforces its rules and how it compares to other schools. Next week, we'll look at recent investigations, punishments, reactions and suggestions for change.

More pieces of peninsula’s puzzling past fall into place

A find here and a find there is one thing. Put all those finds together and a picture starts to take shape. Such has been the case with evidence of creatures that once made their home on the southern Kenai Peninsula. 

The 2011 radiocarbon dating of two remains — an ankle bone and a tusk — indicated woolly mammoths roamed the area between 60,000-25,000 years ago. More pieces have surfaced and been dated since then, thanks to the effort to gather these pieces together by local author and historian Janet Klein and Soldotna geologist Dick Reger.

Health fair exhibitors

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska

Information about healthy aging vs. Alzheimer’s and free memory screenings

Baha’i Faith of Homer

Messages of well being and the benefits of prayer and meditation for adults and children

Bay Club LLC

Updated information about the benefits of exercise in every component of health

Best Beginnings Homer

Information on early childhood education and helping families live healthy lives 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Homer

An ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure

Ask Mike Gracz about the Rotary Health Fair and he’ll tell you it and the comprehensive blood analysis offered through the fair saved his life.

“I hardly even knew I was getting a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test, but it was at the health fair and I just checked the box,” said Gracz, who was 39 at the time he had the screening done in 2000. “I’d always heard about the health fair and thought it was a good idea to get the blood work done.”

Rotary Health Fair gets bigger, better

Hard to imagine, but in its 29th year the Rotary Health Fair just keeps improving.

“We are full, we are excited, we have new exhibitors,” said fair coordinator Sharon Minsch of Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary.

This year’s theme is “It’s Your Life — Take a Day To Be Well.” More than 60 exhibitors will be on hand with information and screenings to help area residents do just that. The fair is at the Homer High School commons between 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Kachemak Ski Club shows ‘Flow State’ at 7 p.m. today

 

The Kachemak Ski Club will show the latest Warren Miller film, “Flow State,” beginning at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theater. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. 

This is Miller’s 63rd feature film; it “brings audiences to a place only recently identified by scientists; a place they now understand skiers and snowboarders achieve where, the faster they go physically, the slower things appear to them mentally,” according to information about the film.

Meetings on water trail scheduled


The Kachemak Bay Water Trail Steering Committee will hold open house meetings Nov. 13-16.  The purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for organizations, agencies and the general public to look at maps and suggest locations around Kachemak Bay suitable as “Water Trail Sites.”

Participants also will be asked to identify sensitive areas that should not be considered for a water trail site for wildlife, bird, plant or cultural concerns.  Recommendations for seasonal closures especially related to wildlife are being sought.

Annual ski and winter gear swap set for Nov. 14

The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and the city’s Community Recreation office will sponsor the annual Ski and Winter Gear Swap beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the commons of Homer High School.

The swap is an opportunity to barter, trade, sell or give away winter-fun equipment such as skis, snowboards, skates, boots and clothing. Tables are free. No private business sales or early birds please.The Homer High ski team will wax your skis for a donation.

For more information, call Mike at 235-6090.

Police continue to investigate Oct. 29 boat fire

A 58-year-old Homer area man last week suffered burn injuries in a suicide attempt when he tried to kill himself by burning a fishing boat in dry dock at Northern Enterprise Boatyard. Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treated the man about 10 minutes after the boat, the Slava II, exploded on fire and he came out of the burning boat. Because of fears that the man might be armed, EMTs and firefighters were delayed in fighting the fire until Homer Police could secure the scene, said Homer Fire Chief Bob Painter.

Veterans Day activities scheduled for Sunday

Beginning with a musical “Tribute to Veterans” performed last Saturday and continuing with the ceremonies and parade planned for this weekend, area residents are calling to mind the contributions of the nation’s veterans.

The Anchorage Concert Chorus, University of Alaska Anchorage Wind Ensemble and University Singers performed before a Mariner Theatre audience Saturday afternoon, under the direction of UAA Professor of Music Mark Wolbers and Assistant Professor Grant Cochran.

Seaton re-elected to sixth term in House

BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
STAFF WRITER
Coming off a tough Republican Party primary challenge in August, Rep. Paul Seaton easily won election to a sixth term, beating Democratic Party opponent Liz Diament 71 percent to 28 percent in unofficial results. Unlike the primary race against Homer businessman Jon Faulkner, where Faulkner won some precincts, in the general election Seaton won every District 30 precinct. It was the first test in a general election of Seaton’s popularity in a redrawn district that included new voters in precincts that had not been in the former District 35.

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Wind kicks up old volcano ash

 

JUNEAU (AP) — A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska’s Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption — 100 years ago.

The National Weather Service says strong winds and a lack of snow Tuesday helped stir up ash from the 1912 eruption of Novarupta, the largest volcanic blast of the 20th century.

This week, ash from the volcano drifted to about 4,000 feet. It traveled over the Shelikof Strait and across Kodiak Island, prompting an aviation alert. 

The news was first reported by KMXT radio.

Hearing continued until Nov. 21


An Oct. 25 preliminary hearing for Anthony Resetarits, 20, and Joseph Resetarits, 18, each charged with sexual assault following a Sept. 8 East End Road teen drinking party, has been continued until Nov. 21, to allow the Alaska State Troopers time to complete reports in the case.
The brothers also were in court Tuesday.
An additional third-party custodian was approved for Anthony Resetarits to ensure 24-hour custody while a previously court-approved third-party custodian travels out of town for work.

Bear sign spotted near Roger’s Loop trailhead

It may feel like winter, but bears in the area are still active, according to area trails advocate Dave Brann who keeps a close watch on local trail conditions.
Tracks for a brown bear and a black bear have been spotted from the Roger’s Loop trailhead, throughout the lower Baycrest area, from the waste transfer site to Diamond Ridge and east.
“I think it’s one fairly large brown bear — probably the female that’s been there for three or four years; in the past she’s had a yearling with her, but I haven’t seen one this year— and a black bear,” said Brann.  

Q & A with candidates for House District 30 incumbent Paul Seaton, challenger Liz Diament

Editor’s Note: When Alaskans go to the polls Tuesday, not only will they be voting for president of the United States and Alaska’s representative in Congress, but they also will be filling several Alaska House and Senate seats, including the one for House District 30, which includes Homer. In that race, Democrat Liz Diament is challenging Republican incumbent Paul Seaton. The Peninsula Clarion and Homer News asked the two candidates the following questions as Election Day approaches.

1.   What will be your top legislative priorities during the upcoming session?

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