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Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

After the Homer Mariners hockey team faced Bartlett on Nov. 4, four players did more than just get some food after the game.

Team captain Charlie Menke, Douglas Dean, Tucker Weston and his little brother Phinny Weston were walking across Benson Boulevard in Anchorage when they came across a homeless man bleeding profusely from his hand.

They immediately began talking to him, and the man, who was clearly intoxicated, told the boys he had been robbed at a nearby Fred Meyers. Menke says they wanted to make sure he was able to get help.

Courtesy of Andrew McDonnell

Scientists have been trying to find ways to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions for decades, but the scientific community has also been studying natural ways the earth stores carbon, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere. The largest natural storage container for carbon is the ocean, and new details are emerging on how waters near the equator are sending carbon-rich material into the deep ocean and diverting it from the atmosphere.

Scientists have known for some time that the ocean stores a lot of carbon, essentially acting as the world’s thermostat.

Courtesy of Jean Aspen and Tom Irons

A locally produced documentary about life in the Brooks Mountain Range will be screened at the Anchorage International Film Festival next month. Homer-based artist, author and film producer Jean Aspen strung together photos and film from several lengthy stints in Alaska’s northern mountains to make “Arctic Daughter: A Lifetime of Wilderness.”

Aspen directed the 90-minute feature with her husband Tom Irons. It tells the story of her life in Alaska’s northern most mountain range and her spiritual connection to it.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

As the Legislature debates criminal justice reform, pieces from last year’s major reform bill, Senate Bill 91, are still being put into place. The Alaska Department of Corrections is working to launch its pretrial enforcement division by next year, which will shift Alaska’s protocol for releasing defendants before trial to a risk-based system, rather than releasing only those who can afford bail.

The DOC is looking to contract local police departments to provide pretrial services, but some police departments are reluctant to sign onto the program.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The digital divide, the gap between those who have access to internet and technology and those who don’t, is more present in Alaska than most of the country. Along with that divide comes a lack of computer education, but some in Homer are trying to fill that gap. The Homer Public Library was one of 28 libraries across the U.S. to receive a grant from Google and the American Library Association aimed at teaching kids computer code, to build apps and learn more about computer science.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

A small Alaska-based hotel chain is looking to build its next location in Homer. Aspen Hotels wants to build a 72-room hotel across the Sterling Highway from Safeway.

The Homer Planning Advisory Commission approved a conditional use permit for construction of the 43,000-square-foot facility Wednesday. City code requires approval of any building larger than 8,000 square feet.

Local members of Alcoholics Anonymous are the guests on this week's Coffee Table.
They drop in to the studio once a year to reach out to folks with information about 12 step recovery.

A couple of other 12 step resources:
Alanon meets in Homer on Tuesdays at noon and Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Homer Methodist Church.

Overeaters Anonymous meets Fridays at noon
at Homer Methodist Church
770 East End Road in Homer.

 

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Oct. 30, 2017

Nov 2, 2017
Creative Commons

Egiiyaq - Jam

Egiiyarki ukut gguani atsat.

Translation:
Make jam out of these blueberries.

Courtesy of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration

Last month, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates groundfish in Alaska and other federal fisheries, received some shocking news. Pacific cod stocks in the Gulf of Alaska may have declined as much as 70 percent over the past two years. That estimate is a preliminary figure, but it leaves plenty of questions about the future of cod fishing in Gulf of Alaska.

The first question that comes to mind when you hear the number of Pacific cod in the Gulf dropped by about two-thirds is what happened?

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council got its first look at preliminary design plans for a new police station Monday. The council contracted Stantec to design a rough $6 million layout in August, but the design firm came back with both an $8 million and $6 million option.

A task force recommended building a $6 million or $9 million dollar building at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue earlier this summer, but the council has focused on the cheaper option due to concerns over the cost of maintaining a larger building.

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