2014 was a big year for peninsula news. From wildfires to elections to unbelievable adventures, the Kenai was buzzing with hot stories from January to December. Here's a look at 2014, the year in review!
Recent News Stories
The National Marine Fisheries Service held outreach meetings in Kodiak and Homer in December. Fishermen and NMFS representatives discussed the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer program including upcoming changes for 2015 and feedback from fishermen.
The Homer icon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, had its grand opening under new owners on Solstice weekend. The classic bar and eatery was packed from opening to closing. Visitors to the "new" Alice's were happy to see the old bar back in business, but with some marked improvements.
The City of Homer will say farewell to long time City Manager Walt Wrede this month. Wrede’s replacement hasn’t been hired yet, but the city has taken on a temporary replacement. Recently, incoming Interim City Manager Marvin Yoder sat with KBBI to discuss his qualifications, his thoughts on the transition, and his plans to serve Homer as a temporary city manager.
An Anchor Point girl is in stable condition after losing both of her legs in a traffic accident on Christmas Day. By Monday afternoon, the online campaign had raised more than $41,000 from about 600 donors, including local residents, peninsula businesses, and area emergency services. Angelica Haakenson is a sixth-grader at Chapman Elementary School in Anchor Point. You can find out more at http://www.gofundme.com/angelicahaakenson.
This weekend the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge sponsored Homer’s contribution to the 115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Groups of divided up areas of Homer to survey. Their goal was to count each bird they saw and categorize them by species. The information they gathered will be compiled with similar bird counts conducted across America. Researchers will be able to study the data to discover population trends.
The Homer icon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, will open for the first time under new management on December 19th. Both the bar and the restaurant will be open. Owners say there’s a new menu featuring locally-sourced dishes, rather than typical bar fare. The new palace will still feature live music and dancing. And, owners say it will try to live up to its reputation as “Homer’s Living Room.”
Bretwood “Hig” Higman and Erin McKittrick are well known in Alaska for taking daring expeditions with their two young children, Katmai and Lituya. They’ve spent months living on a glacier, trekked 300 miles along the Chukchi Sea, and traveled the bluffs and valleys of Alaska’s coal country. Now, a Homer filmmaker is making a documentary about one of their most adventurous trips to date.