A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that occurred Tuesday around 6:30 p.m had its epicenter on the west side of Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park, 58.8 miles northwest of Homer and approximately 44 miles southwest of Mount Redoubt Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazard webpage.
The University of Alaska’s Earthquake Information Center tweeted that the quake was “felt from Kodiak to Fairbanks.”
In 1966, when Daisy Lee Bitter, then a middle school science teacher in Anchorage, first brought a school group down to Homer for a daylong marine science field trip on the Spit, the group came by chartered DC-3 twin-prop airplane.
Bitter was eager to show her students the incredible diversity of marine invertebrates you could find along the Spit, a place she had by then been visiting for about a decade.
At life’s most difficult times, hospice caregivers offer valuable help. Yet hospice relies on the community for help in return. Volunteers and donors make it work.
In a meeting with an 8-page agenda and 26 items, the Homer City Council on Monday met until 10:10 p.m. — “my longest city council meeting yet,” first-term member Catriona Reynolds described it.
Most area moths are small, with wingspans of about an inch. But catching them with a digital camera macro lens gives us an opportunity to see their intricate, beautiful and sometimes bizarre details up close. Little is known about Alaska’s moths, so this area may harbor some biological rarities.
A year ago, Junie Rose regained consciousness to find her head in the lap of a stranger, her motorcycle smashed, traffic stopped around her and an ambulance arriving. She began to cry. Not, she said, for the pain, but out of the frustration that she could not continue on her quest to ride across the continent from Key West to Homer.
On the anniversary of that crash, July 16, she arrived triumphant at the end of the Homer Spit after 11 days and nights on the road, mostly alone. On the third try, she had reached her goal.
Alaska’s path to financial stability will be neither short nor easy, and local residents will have the chance to weigh in on the issue before the state forms its final plan of action.
Randall Hoffbeck, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, addressed area residents in a presentation called “A Sustainable Future for Alaska” during a combined Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce luncheon Tuesday afternoon.
You can’t venture onto the Homer Spit without noticing something new and interesting — totes of beautiful red rockfish just unloaded at the Fish Dock; dark gray seabirds, shearwaters, among the scores of kittiwakes and gulls off the tip of the Spit; the 90-year-old wooden halibut schooner, the Grant, back in the Homer harbor after a longlining trip; a cooler careening down a steep harbor ramp, flinging its lid into the water.
This week’s Spit story provides a few updates about things you may have noticed.
Eighteen riders and horses practice their jumps at Mariner Beach Friday. It was the wrap-up to a five-day clinic in which instructor Jim Briggs of Washington taught dressage, show jumping and cross-country jumping.
Driving in downtown Homer traffic can be a hassle. Is it better to drive all the way around to avoid turning left? Residents and the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) have pondered upgrades for years.
The city of Homer convened a town-hall meeting Monday evening. Part of agenda was to discuss the city budget. But the focus was on a bigger issue: What services does the city need to provide and how will it pay for them over the long term?
The crux of the matter is that the public, based on past votes, wants services but does not want to pay for them.
After news of the Iranian nuclear deal was announced, members of Alaska’s Congressional delegation released announcements with their opinions. Each item is taken from an email sent by that delegate:
Gorgeous weather and a great turnout made the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust’s Anchor River Celebration, “Take Me to the River,” a success. At least 250 people flocked to the Coho Campground at the Anchor River State Recreation Area for the July 9 event, the first of its kind. The land trust held the event to celebrate and publicize conservation efforts in the Anchor River drainage, which include identifying and acquiring key areas for salmon habitat.
When you pull over Baycrest Hill and catch a glimpse of the Spit, it almost looks like a hook dangling in the gaping mouth of Kachemak Bay.
And then you pass the sign proclaiming Homer to be the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” Last year, 2.8 million pounds of halibut came over the Homer dock. That was 18 percent of total commercial halibut landings in the United States, and the most poundage of any Alaska port.
Which makes the Homer dock a busy place.
Safe kids, healthy families, peaceful communities – and bargain shopping. Homer Thrift strives to provide all those things, although not all are tangibly available off the shelf.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Voznesenka Community Council Inc. have not yet reached a lease agreement for the upcoming school year for the buildings that house the village school’s students. Changes in the assessed fair market value and summer fish runs have postponed mutual approval of a new contract.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is starting the budget process four months early for the 2016-2017 school year.
Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones is asking program directors to begin reviewing department expenditures and potential internal cuts.
The concern is how those reductions may translate to education in the classroom, said school district spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff. Cuts will likely need to be made in the areas of salaries and benefits, she said.
In the Buccaneer Oil bankruptcy case, some local businesses have been hit with a double whammy. Not only does Buccaneer still owe them money, a Houston, Texas, law firm has now sent them dunning letters asking back money Buccaneer had paid. The city of Homer and Homer Electric Association also have received letters for what’s called a “demand for recovery of preference payments.”
The upcoming subsistence gillnet fishery on the Kenai River can target sockeye, but kings are off limits.