LFS of Bellinghma buys Redden, Gear Shed

After a bidding battle between a chain of two Pacific Northwest commercial fishing supply stores, LFS of Bellingham, Wash., made the top offer in a receivership sale and has purchased Redden Marine, including its Homer store, Kachemak Gear Shed.

Englund Marine & Industrial Supply Co. of Astoria, Ore., initially appeared to have the best offer, but LFS made a late and better offer two weeks ago. The sale was final Aug. 31.

Once again we enter our usual fall topsy-turvy universe. Some things seem to be going as planned. At the end of Labor Day, half the shops on the Spit closed. On the other hand, on Tuesday, the cruise ship Maasdam visited — and she’ll be back Sept. 20 for a final visit.

Out on Beluga Slough, for the past week more than 100 sandhill cranes have been massing together ready to fly south. Getting together to leave doesn’t seem out of the ordinary, though conventional wisdom has it the cranes leave about the fall equinox. Also ganging up are robins and varied thrushes. Stay tuned.

Gallery director gives
talk on Cuban art scene

Wilfredo Benitez, executive director of Fundación Ludwig Gallery, Havana, Cuba, gives a slide talk on Cuba’s contemporary art scene at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The Ludwig Foundation is an autonomous and nongovernmental institution promoting contemporary Cuban artists and culture. Its programs include performances, festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, lectures, seminars, academic courses, workshops, conferences, scholarships and grants.

Quilters find inspiration by reading

As Alaskans turn inward with the change of the season and the declining daylight hours, they sometimes ward off the darkness with two time tested hobbies: reading and art. Last winter, a group of central Kenai Peninsula artists came up with a twist on that plan. They would read for pleasure, discuss books in a book club and create quilts based on those books.

Fall hours at the Homer Visitor Center

Visitor center extends hours

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is extending its hours through September to meet increased demand, staying open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The move to stay open longer, later into the season will ensure that the Visitor Center is able to refer the stream of tourists Homer is still seeing this September to local businesses, said HCOC marketing and events coordinator Bridget Maryott.

School district works to prevent suicide

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, from Sept. 5-11. World Suicide Prevention Day is Saturday.

Alaska has a high rate of suicide. In 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control, our state was ranked second in the nation for death by suicide. In that same year, Alaska was rated the highest in the nation for youth ages 15-24 to die by suicide.

Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die, and they just want to end the pain they are experiencing. Experts also know that suicidal crises tend to be brief.

Homer schools gain students at start of year

Homer area schools are seeing an unexpected increase in enrollment from previous years at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

McNeil Canyon Elementary started the first day of school with 127 students enrolled, 20 children more than the 107 projected enrollment for the year, said McNeil Canyon Principal Pete Swanson. This is an uptick for the school which has experienced declining enrollment in the last few years.

School Briefs

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy

Sept. 8: Fireweed Harvest Festival, 5 p.m., and Meet ‘n Greet Open House, 6 p.m. at Big Fireweed in room 105.

Sept. 12: APC meeting at Big Fireweed in room 104, 4:30 p.m.

Little Fireweed

Sept. 9: Field trip to community build of the Burning Basket

Sept. 15: Anchor Point Beach Trip

Big Fireweed

Sept. 15-16: Anchor Point Campout

Homer High School

Sept. 9: Varsity volleyball leaves for Kotzebue, 8:30 a.m. Games at 7, 8:30 p.m.

Reeling 'Em In wraps up another season

Well, it’s that time again. The sunset of summer is beginning to slide further into the expanding dusk of fall. The raucous calls of gathering cranes will soon disappear as they embark on their southern journeys to warmer climes deepening the silence left behind by the erstwhile departures of the birds of song.

It is also time again to close out Reeling ’Em In for the season.

It has been another great ride and I want to thank all of you who have provided tips, tales and the multifarious inputs that are so important in making a light-hearted fishing column like this work.

Don't be afraid to move your plants around

I went to a friends garden this week because she is frustrated with what she has going on. I truly think being overwhelmed by your garden is one of the main reasons people give up.


But this friend is ready to dig in (literally) and get things under control. She has very specific needs from her perennial bed and really all I had to do was listen. Sometimes saying things out loud is all it takes. Once she heard herself telling me what she really wanted it all started falling into place.

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

A Minnesota angler won the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 379-pound halibut. Jerry Meinders was visiting his son stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks and had never been halibut fishing before. On his fourth day of fishing, he reeled in the fish that ended up winning about $25,000.

— From the issue of Sept. 5, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News

Upcoming youth sports events

Upcoming events

Swim and dive hold the Homer Invite on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10. Dive starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and swim begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Varsity volleyball travels to Kotzebue on Friday, Sept. 9.

Varsity cross-country running travels to Kodiak for a meet on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Voznesenka football plays Valdez on the Homer turf on Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases.

Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Services

Aug. 29-Sept. 5

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to six medical calls and three fire calls.

Homer Fire

Aug. 29-Sept. 5

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to 12 medical calls.

Emergency Services

Aug. 29-Sept. 5

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to three medical calls and three fire calls.


Terry J. Greenwald

Jan. 17, 1953-Aug. 25, 2016

Terry James Greenwald, aged 63, of Homer died on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital.

Terry was born Saturday, Jan. 17, 1953, in Fairfield, Calif., to Harold Jacob and Wanda (DuBois) Greenwald.

His family stated, “Terry fell in love with Homer, Alaska, and spent 14 happy years living his dream. He often said that he was lucky to live in the most beautiful place on earth.”

Terry was an avid photographer and chef and spent his free time pursuing his hobbies.


Silver Rose Schilling was born at 7:13 a.m. Aug. 31, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Jaime and Patrick Schilling. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounces. Her grandparents are Kelly Clapp and Bob and Arlyee Schilling.

The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend. The agenda is posted at the fire station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex building at 206 E. Pioneer Ave.

Anchor Point gets new dentist

Anchor Point has a new dentist.

Dr. Brandon Astin began working with Dr. Ryan Abbott, at the dental clinic at 34115 Sterling Highway, earlier this summer. He began seeing patients full time Sept. 1.

Abbott is leaving the area for specialty training in dental prosthetics, or prosthodontics. The change means Abbott will study out of Alaska for the next three years “learning more about helping people who have missing, badly worn, and diseased teeth,” he said in a letter to his patients.


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