Downed power line causes outage in downtown Homer

A downed pole and power line on Heath Street caused a power outage at about 2:50 p.m. today, June 21. Bruce Shelley, director of member relations, said the outage caused about 430 members to lose power. Homer Police and HEA crews blocked off Heath Street from Pioneer Avenue to Bonanza Avenue. The outage affected homes and businesses in downtown Homer and parts of Old Town. Power was restored at about 3:50 p.m.

Writers’ Conference another successful production

Since 2002, the nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has aimed at bringing together people of similar talents in order to teach them, challenge them, and provide a venue for creativity, ingenuity and camaraderie to flow amongst them. For 17 years, this writers’ conference, organized by Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz and facilitated by a roster of annually-rotating faculty, has achieved and exceeded that goal.

Local authors go on tour

A group of Alaska authors visits communities in Southcentral Alaska this summer to meet with readers, discuss the wide range of topics on which they’re written and share the writing experience. Touring are authors Mike Chihuly of Ninilchik, McKibben Jackinsky of Homer, George Harbeson of Homer, Kelly Marre of Kasilof and Wasilla, Mary Perry of Anchor Point, Bill Richardson of Anchor Point, Marianne Schlegelmilch of Homer and Care Tuk of Wasilla.

Sutton James Miller

Sutton James Miller was born at 2:56 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital to Rachel Virginia Miller and Vernan Scott Miller of Homer. He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. His grandparents are Inez and Robert Hubbard of Symsonia, Kentucky, Julie and Andrew Curvin of Mayfield, Kentucky, and John Miller of Fairbanks.

Sloan Marie Bishop

Sloan Marie Bishop was born at 4:48 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital to Samantha and Huckleberry Bishop of Homer. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Her grandparents are Susan and Tim Smith of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Pat and Rick Flaherty of LaOtto, Indiana. She joins a big brother, Basil Bishop.

Town Crier

A Kachemak Bay Birders’ road trip up to the Captain Cook Recreation Area (north of Nikiski) will be Saturday, June 23. Meet at the Stormy Lake boat ramp parking area up there at 10 a.m. or at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center parking lot to car pool at 7 a.m.

Chapman School kids get up close look at LifeMed helicopter

Have you ever peered into the sky as a helicopter went by, trying to discern whether it was from the Alaska Division of Forestry, LifeMed, or just a group of tourists on their way to see some bears? Ever wondered what exactly goes on in those winged machines? The students of Chapman School in Anchor Point can now tell you the details of a LifeMed helicopter, after getting a tour of one last month.

Best Bets

Forget Stonehenge, Homer is the place to be for the summer Solstice, my friends! Well, maybe not Homer per se, but Alaska has some of the best Solstice celebrations around, if you ask the Betster.

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