Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz has won a Meritorious Service Award from the University of Alaska. In a news release Friday, university officials said that Swartz received the award for her contributions to the literary community and to the public.
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Homer Head Start is involved in “Growing up Tobacco Free,” a three-year program aimed at helping youth avoid tobacco use through various means. Homer is one of the final 10 communities added to the program.
Officials with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have been holding meetings to discuss next year’s spending plan. During the meeting in Homer Tuesday night, one parent expressed concern over her lack of involvement in the district’s discussion of next year’s budget.
Although it was a Chinese heavy-lift vessel that brought the “Endeavour” jack-up rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, the rig might have carried its own unique cargo. In a press release Friday, the EPA noted the violations identified in a 2009 inspection, which involved a failure to determine if the waste being handled was hazardous and improper labeling of some substances.
Homer’s new transfer facility building is up and running. Design and construction took about two-and-a-half years and cost roughly $10 million.
The sinking of two commercial fishing vessels in Jakalof Bay near Homer has local oyster growers concerned about possible environmental effects. A Coast Guard spokesperson says the F/V Leading Lady is reported to have about 50 gallons of diesel fuel and an unknown quantity of hydraulic oil on board.
The committee tasked with exploring the option of a vessel haul-out and repair facility at the Homer Harbor has started meeting. Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins has said making the facility a reality could be a few years out.
Another drilling rig is has arrived in Cook Inlet. Apache Corporation announced Tuesday that a rig for their on shore location near Tyonek has arrived with plans to begin drilling in the fourth quarter.