Zayden L. Ostler

Zayden L. Ostler was born at 11:02 a.m. on June 8, 2018 to Rachel and Kyle Ostler at Homer Birth and Wellness Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. He is welcomed by his big brothers Zeke and Hayes. His grandparents are Brad and the late Shelley Ostler of Hooper, Utah, Daniel and Cara Long of Eagle Mountain, Utah, and Lynn Wardell of Bristow, Virginia.

Jeriah James Hughes

Jeriah James Hughes was born at 8:43 p.m. on June 23, 2018 to Tracy and Patrick Hughes at Homer Birth &Wellness Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. He is welcomed by his big brother Maes. His grandparents are Jim and Sherry Dunn and David Hughes of Greenville, South Carolina.

Lucía Belén Ruiz Romero

Lucía Belén Ruiz Romero was born at 5:29 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona at Tucson Medical Center to Lillian and Fernando Ruiz Romero of Homer. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Her grandparents are Eric and Stephanie Sloth of Homer, Alaska and José Ruiz Cortés and Esperanza Romero María of Zapotitlán de Vadillo, Jalisco, Mexico.

Town Crier

Democratic Primary U.S. House of Representatives Debate will be held in Homer from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10. CAN (Citizen’s AKtion Network) and The District 31 Democrats are sponsoring and hosting a debate at the Pioneer Hall at Kachemak Bay Campus between undeclared candidate Alyse Galvin and Democratic candidate Dimitri Shein, who are running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Democratic primary. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the formal moderated debate will be held at 6 p.m. and is to be followed by one hour of questions and answers with both candidates answering questions from both the on site and online audiences. Use the following link to attend the debate online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1228175770621236993

Stars align for rhubarb and halibut

There are only two things besides seeing the sandhill cranes arrive and the baby moose following their mommas on wobbly legs that I wait all winter for: these two favorite summer ingredients, fresh picked rhubarb and fresh caught halibut. This last week, my stars aligned and I was able to enjoy both.

The Community built the SPARC; the SPARC builds Community

In the spring of 2015, Homer parents Lisa and Daniel Zatz were frustrated that no place was available for their son and his friends to play soccer. Unlike many of us who simply bemoaned the lack of playing spaces, Daniel and Lisa assessed the situation, dreamed of a solution and put their funds, time and energy into realizing that dream. Steered by the Soccer Association of Homer, their philanthropy inspired and leveraged a range of resources and efforts from every sector of our community to build the South Peninsula Athletic &Recreation Center. From securing a site in June 2016, to the open house for the public the following April, it seems like the SPARC rose from the ground over night. Consider, however, the complexities of the project and the breadth of materials, equipment, expertise and work involved, and you’ll get a sense of the legions of persons and entities that were needed to complete it.

'Viva Vaquita!' comes to Homer

Homer participates in “Viva Vaquita!”, an international series of events held July 7 to support the critically endangered Vaquita porpoise in Mexico. First known and discovered to science in 1958, because the Vaquita gets caught in illegal gillnets, the world population may be less thant 30 and it could be on the verge of complete extinction. Held at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Viva Vaquita runs 3 to 5 p.m. next Saturday, July 7, and includes a film, lectures, a panel discussion on porpoise and small whale conservation, raffle prizes, refreshments, and activities for children.

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. Thursday, 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.

Cook Inlet Energy fined over well pressure at Osprey platform

Cook Inlet Energy has received fines totaling $50,000 from the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) — $25,000 for failing to test a new injection well from its Osprey oil platform and another $25,000 for failing to notify AOGCC when that well later showed “significant pressure anomalies,” according to AOGCC’s Monday order issuing the fines.

Best Bets

According to a press release from WalletHub that popped up in the Betster’s email, the top-10 beach towns include Lahaina and Kihei, Hawaii, a whole mess of Florida beaches, and Westport, Connecticutt — but not one Alaska town. Holy sociology, Betsteroids!

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