Sacred Sound as medicine

Play a familiar childhood song for Alzheimers patients who can’t remember their own daughters’ names, and they’ll light up and sing along to every word — music is that powerful. Numerous studies indicate that music lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and boosts natural opiates.

Cook Inlet fisheries management plan proving tricky to work out

The United Cook Inlet Drift Association, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the National Marine Fisheries Service and its overlying organization, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are having trouble coming to agreement on a U.S. Supreme Court order to work out a Fisheries Management Plan to regulate salmon fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet.

Alaska Perfect Peony selected as American Small Business Champion

Homer flower farm Alaska Perfect Peony has been selected as one of two Alaska winners of the American Small Business Championship. Now in its fifth year, the contest rewards the best American small businesses in their community. Alaska Perfect Peony owner Rita Jo Shoultz will receive an all-expense paid trip this month to Reno, Nevada, where she will meet other business owners for networking and get training from SCORE, a nonprofit organization that helps mentor small business owners.

Alaska House votes to boost access to birth control

After three years of work, the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday voted 21-17 to approve a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe up to a year’s worth of birth control on a single script. Currently, doctors may prescribe only three months of contraceptives. The bill also requires health insurers to cover birth control, including devices such as IUDs and implants.

KBC English professor earns PhD

After years of dedication and hard work, Lia Calhoun, assistant professor of English and communications at Kachemak Bay Campus, earned her doctorate on March 23 when she successfully defended her dissertation in front of a committee from the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts.

Josephine Bryer Adams

Josephine Bryer Adams was born 11:09 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 to Brianna Allen and Rob Adams at Homer Birth and Wellness Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. She is welcomed by her grandparents Bill and the late Barbara Adams of Scarborough, Maine and Carmen Hayford Livermore Falls, Maine, James and Rhonda Allen of Auburn, Maine and great-grandparents Mary and Arthur Hayford of Livermore Falls, Maine.

Emerald Agnes Diamond

Emerald Agnes Diamond was born at 5:57 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital to Heidi and Jesy J. Diamond of Nikiski. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Her grandparents are Julie Ana and Norbert L. Hart, and Dana Cochran and Kenneth A. Diamond.

Town Crier

A Conflict Resolution Skills/Alternatives to Violence basic workshop will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at 59835 Tern Court in Homer. The workshop is presented by the Alaska Training Cooperative and Alaska Hands of Peace. This workshop presents skills to help reduce conflicts in work and everyday settings. It costs $75 to attend all three days. For more information or to register, contact Karen Cauble at 907-235-3832 or, or Lisa Cauble at 907-264-6276 or


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