Story last updated at 3:33 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2002

Homer skateboarders, Ninilchik teen vie for awards
The Homer Skateboarding Association and a Ninilchik youth will be among finalists gathering Friday at a banquet in Anchorage for the Spirit of Youth awards. The program sponsored by businesses around the state aims to recognize teens for positive things they are doing for their communities.

The skateboarders were nominated for their organized effort last year to seek community support for a safe and approved place to skate in Homer. Their effort included writing letters, a petition drive and testimony at numerous governmental meetings. After considering a city park location late last year, the City Council has tentatively designated a site on city land near the Homer Boys and Girls Club for a skateboard park.

Wells Fargo is sponsoring the skateboarding association in the participation in government and business category.

Brienne Leman, of Ninilchik is sponsored by Frigid North as a finalist in the Service to Peers category because of her efforts to organize a benefit for a friend in need of an organ transplant.

Nominations were received throughout the year and award winners were selected by the Spirit of Youth Teen Advisory Council. Winners will receive $500 in cash, with runners up receiving $100. Friday's banquet will be at the Fourth Avenue Theatre, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

HOMESTEAD RESTAURANT is set to reopen today at Mile 8.2 East End Road in Fritz Creek. Entering its 10th season, the 100-seat restaurant has just completed a 120-square-foot addition, which greatly increased the efficiency of its kitchen, according to co-owner Lisa Nolan. The addition used locally milled logs by Arctic Moon Lumber to provide continuity of design with the 1961 rustic building.

LAND'S END RESORT has expanded its guest services to include a tour operations department managed by Rick Robbins. The new service will provide vacation planning and booking for Homer visitors in cooperation with local tour and charter operators. Businesses interested in offering activities are asked to contact Robbins at 235-0435.

COMPUTER NEEDZ, a computer sale, service, repair and rental business operated by John Rutzebeck has moved to 1213 Ocean Drive. Beginning as a home business in 1999, the operation moved to 520 Bonanza St. last year and is now open at the new Ocean Drive location.

CLEAR VIEW WINDOW WASHING has reopened for the season for its 17th season, according to owner Beverly Vosburgh. The company specializes in new construction windows, but is available for all size jobs.

THE HOMER FARM SERVICE AGENCY is alerting farmers that the deadline to pay service fees to be eligible for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for the 2002 crop year is April 18. The program provides financial assistance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters. Eligible crops include commercial crops, fiber and other agricultural commodities, including livestock, for which crop insurance is not available. For detailed information call 235-8176 extension 2. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making it easier for farmers and especially livestock ranchers to get federal loans through the Farm Service Agency under new rules announced March 28. For more information, contact Charles Thompson, farm load chief, at (907) 761-7700 in Palmer.