Story last updated at 2:06 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002

Chamber tagging halibut for annual derby
THE HOMER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is moving into high gear for the coming busy season. The chamber will be coordinating several boats full of halibut derby sponsors and volunteers today to catch, tag and release 105 halibut as prizes for this season's halibut derby which begins Wednesday. The tagged fish will be valued at $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 to lucky anglers who buy a derby ticket during spring and summer derby.

Volunteers are also needed at the chamber's Visitor Center and offices on the Sterling Highway in Homer to help with mailings, telephone inquiries and other seasonal business. Anyone interested should call the office at 235-7740.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer is expected to be at the chamber offices from 1:30-2 p.m. Friday to meet with local business operators. Ulmer, a Democratic candidate for governor, will be making several stops in Homer Friday while on a campaign swing. Her itinerary includes the chamber mixer at Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery and Cafe, near the corner of Ocean Drive and Douglas Street. The May mixer will be hosted by Central Charters and Kachemak Bay Ferry Service from 5-7 p.m.

COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY is set for Saturday, May 4 in Homer. More than $400 in cash prizes will be awarded to groups and individuals collecting the most trash. Bags are available now at the Chamber of Commerce, the Homer fire hall, Homer High School and City Hall. All trash must be entered at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center parking lot by 3 p.m. May 4 to be eligible for prizes. Clean Up Day is sponsored by the chamber and Kachemak Bay Rotary, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kachemak Bay Lions Club and Peninsula Sanitation. For more information call the chamber at 235-7740.

THE SPRING FLING WINE TASTING at the Visitors Center on Saturday, May 4 from 5-7 p.m. will be a fund-raiser for the chamber's scholarship program. Scholarship applications are due Friday, April 26. Winners will be announced at graduation ceremonies. The wine tasting is co-sponsored by the chamber and the Homestead Restaurant.

THE ALASKA RECREATIONAL PARK Association will hold its annual state conference in Homer this fall at Land's End Resort. The Parks and Recreation Commission is sponsoring the Oct. 2-5 conference, but Homer commissioners are asked to let section head Bob Robertson know now what training subjects or issues should be addressed. Questions, issues or ideas should be given to conference director Daryl Farrens by this Tuesday. Farrens can be reached at the Community Schools Office in the Homer High School Commons, or by calling 235-6090.