Homer scientists who have sustained a program tracking and cataloging humpback whales in Prince William Sound for the past 35 years are attempting to publish the results of their research. They say their data shows humpback whales have strong social bonds that will endure through long years of life.
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The City of Homer is taking its first step towards a long planned expansion of the city’s deep water dock. On Monday night the Homer City Council chose to award R&M Consultants of Anchorage the contract for a study to evaluate the project’s merits. The way forward is not clear but there seem to be clear benefits tied to a dock expansion.
The Kenai Peninsula CASA program is looking for volunteers to work with children in need going through the legal system. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. CASA is a nationwide program with a local partnership between the Office of Public Advocacy and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe.
South Peninsula Hospital will launch a full scale emergency drill this month to prepare its staff for a potential disaster. The idea is that if a worst case scenario ever plays out in Homer the hospital’s staff will have a strategy for a competent response. The drill will span three days and will utilize around 80 community volunteers.
The Legislature is considering halving the amount of funding available for public broadcasting. Between operations and infrastructure, public radio and television were granted $5 million in state funds in the last budget. With the proposal offered by the House Finance subcommittee, funding would be reduced to $2.5 million.
As the Alaska Legislature struggles to balance the state budget in light of the multi-billion-dollar revenue shortfall, everyone is trying to keep the cuts to education from going too deep. Governor Walker said as much in his State of the State Address, and it's true in the Senate Education Committee, on which Senator Gary Stevens sits.
The Alaska State House passed a resolution seeking to designate a week in January as "Alaska School Choice Week.” But, the discussion turned into a floor debate over public schools and vouchers to use public money to pay for private schools.
Authorities are seeking information about the disappearance two weeks ago of a 27-year-old Homer fisherman in Kodiak. Mihay Kalugin is a crewman aboard the fishing vessel Competition. He was last seen in downtown Kodiak in the early morning hours of February 22nd.