Fisheries-related jobs still employ more Alaskans than any other sector and offer a rosy outlook for at least the next decade. Employers say one thing is lacking, however, when it comes to hiring the next generation of fish experts – education.
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Another winter storm dropped as much as two feet of snow in some spots around Homer Thursday. The surprise snowstorm began late Wednesday evening and by early Thursday morning, some residents were reporting additional accumulation between six inches in town and two feet in areas by Diamond Ridge and East End Road.
Students at Homer’s Paul Banks Elementary School were reading almost non-stop over the last several weeks to solve the mystery of the missing books. The school’s annual read-a-thon had the kids on the hunt for Iditarod-themed clues.
The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, ended Saturday night at 9 p.m., leaving a California fisherman $10,000 richer. And his bounty will have a direct impact on the community.
Runners and walkers are encouraged to come out for Friday’s K-Bay 5K for Leo. All the proceeds will go toward funding research to help find treatments or a cure for Neurofibromatosis.
A major improvement project at Homer’s Deepwater Dock is forcing Buccaneer Energy to move its jack-up rig Endeavor out of the harbor. The original deadline to move the Endeavor rig was March 20th but that deadline has now been moved back by a week.
As modern development speeds toward some of the last truly subsistence-based economies and tribes in the world, researchers are working to better understand this way of life. Two anthropologists from Kenai Peninsula College have been working on a project just like that for the past two years.
Planning for the new Homer Harbormaster’s office could be delayed slightly. The cost of the project is a little more than the city originally thought. The current design has a price tag of a little more than $2.3 million.