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Tutka Bay net pens come loose, now back in lagoon

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association pink salmon rearing net pens placed at the head of Tutka Bay — but in an area not allowed by Alaska State Parks — last week got an unintended assist from a spring storm toward the permitted location. Following the incident, on Monday afternoon, May 14, CIAA moved its two net pens into Tutka Bay Lagoon, where CIAA has a hatchery, resolving for now a technical permit violation.

Big pulse of shorebirds hints at what’s to come during festival

A dramatic pulse of about 20,000 shorebirds that dazzled local birders on Sunday night gave a preview of what could be expected with the 26th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, which started Wednesday. Running through Sunday, the festival is timed to happen when migrating shorebirds pass through the bay.

Local woman turns the big 100

When it comes to strong women, Homer has a former Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly president, city council members, scientists, business owners and teachers. They fly our planes, captain our boats and keep us physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. They cook our meals and make our morning coffee. They guide our lives and the lives of coming generations.

Writers’ conference approaches

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the early bird registration deadline for the conference.

It’s that time of year again — the deadline for early registration for the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference is approaching.

The conference will be held June 8-12 at Lands End Resort, presented by Kachemak Bay Campus.

This year’s keynote speaker is Anthony Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his latest novel, “All the Light We Cannot See,” according to a press release from KBC Director Carol Swartz.

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