The availability of appointments for the first round of vaccinations for the general public were announced -- which quickly filled up, and students returned to in-person learning.
    On Thursday morning’s Covid Brief, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said school principals she’s spoken to were thrilled with the return to classes. Middle and high school students are attending in-person classes half-time, taking turns on Monday and Tuesdays, and again on Thursdays and Fridays, with all students attending remotely on Wednesdays.

AK State Legislature

Alaska House District 31 Representative Sarah Vance, a Homer republican, has pre-filed a bill that would declare the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery to be an allowed activity in Kachemak Bay State Park.
    A new management plan that is set for adoption soon by the Dunleavy Administration removes permission for the hatchery to operate, something it’s done for decades, first under the the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and more recently the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association.
    Vance discussed her plans with the Homer City Council at a recent work session.

Emilie Springer: On buoyancy

Jan 15, 2021
Emilie Springer

After a holiday break, commentator Emilie Springer contemplates the greater meaning of floats, corks and buoys at the Pratt Museum.

    Emilie Springer regularly brings us observations on people, places and things in Homer.

Weekly Covid-19 Brief: January 14th, 2021

Jan 14, 2021

A lot is happening in the world of Covid-19 response this week. On the Covid Brief, we hear from KPBSD spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff about the return to in-person classes for students, SPH spokesperson Derotha Ferraro tells us about the vaccination clinic beginning tomorrow, we hear details of the City of Homer's participation from Jenny Carroll, and we get a look at contract tracing from Public Health Nurse III Lorne Carroll.

Univ. Utah

    A Homer High School senior has signed to swim for the University of Utah Utes.

    As first reported by Swim Swam Magazine, Madison Story will begin her college swimming career this fall.

In November 2019, as a junior, Story won the Alaska High School State Championship in the 200 Individual Medley and finished 2nd in the 100 breaststroke. She also led off Homer’s 3rd-place 200 freestyle relay with a split of 24.72 seconds.

First public inoculation list filled quickly

Jan 13, 2021

During Monday night's Homer City Council meeting, South Peninsula Hospital spokesperson Derotha Ferraro announced that all the available appointments for this week’s inoculation against Covid-19 have been filled.
    There were 600 announced appointments available for vaccinations for those 65-years-of-age or older, to be administered on Friday and Saturday.
    Ferraro said the appointment spots filled up quickly after reservations were opened at noon.

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The Homer City Council Monday night moved forward an approximately $20,000 expenditure to figure out which solution would be best for solving an on-going issue with the lone sewer pump-station that serves the Homer Spit.
    “So that particular lift station happens to collect all the sewage that comes off the spit.”
    Public Works Director Jan Keiser addressed the city council during its Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. She said the lower volume of sewer in the wintertime has been causing serious problems for years.

Classes re-open to students -- half-at-a-time

Jan 11, 2021
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There will be a larger number of students attending school starting today in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
    In an effort to keep the spread of Covid-19 down, each grade at Homer Middle and Homer High schools will be split in two, each of which will attend on alternating days, with 100 percent remote learning on Wednesdays. Principal Keri Denderent explained on Thursday’s Covid Brief.


    South Peninsula Hospital has announced it is expecting 600 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to be available by Friday for public distribution to those 65-years-of-age or older.


   Appointments are required and limited in number, and they can be made online at SPHOSP.org starting at noon Monday.

    SPH spokesperson Derotha Ferraro addressed the vaccines on Thursday’s Covid Brief.

Rep. Vance decries rioters' attack on Capitol

Jan 8, 2021
State of Alaska

Elected officials across the nation have been weighing in on the attempted coup by supporters of President Trump in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. While District 31 Representative Sarah Vance declined to comment for a story by public radio KDLL Kenai, she was asked about the riot during a work session with the Homer City Council Thursday afternoon.
    The question came from Councilmember Rachel Lord.


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