The 2013 Lifelong Learner award will be given to Ken Castner, who has helped foster community based education in Homer. A "Celebration of Lifelong Learning" will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the library. Ethan Kizzia will be presented with the Youth Learner Award.
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A Christmas tradition is kicking off Thanksgiving Day in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. As of Thursday, the refuge will open for Christmas tree-cutting. The trees are free for personal use and the limit is one per household.
Halibut fisherman in Homer and the central gulf area will be happy to learn that one of their own has been appointed to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Long-time Homer fisherman Don Lane says he’s very happy to be on the commission.
Federal investigators have made their way to Soldotna to look for a possible cause of the plane crash that happened late Sunday morning. All 10 people on board were killed.
Since his election to the Alaska State Legislature last year, Senator Peter Micciche has found himself neck-deep in oil and gas issues, something he knows about as a long-time employee of Conoco Phillips. Micciche recently spoke about Governor Sean Parnell’s proposal to overhaul oil taxes.
Although the next session of the Alaska State Legislature is still a couple of months away, Homer Representative Paul Seaton is working to raise awareness on an issue that he has championed for a long time.
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.
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.