The 14th-annual Burning Basket enactment of community collaborative art took place at sundown Sept. 10, with hundreds attending and participating in the final personal touches. This was No. 39 in the entire series of basket burning enactments led by Mavis Muller in different communities in and outside of Alaska. - Alisa Mooy

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FYI - News briefs & announcements - Sept. 14

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Kachemak Emergency Service Area to meet today

Kachemak Emergency Service Area will be holding its next regular monthly board meeting on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, which is located at 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Rd.) The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 235-9811.

Kachemak Crane Watch releases new movie

Over the years, sandhill cranes have moved into the Homer area, finding places to nest near homes with friendly humans. These iconic birds have become a favorite subject for local artists who create exquisitely beautiful artistic renditions in a wide variety of media.

Nina Faust, the creator of "Raising Kid Colt," just completed a new 35-minute film examining the relationships between humans and cranes in Homer, as well as the local sandhill crane art scene. The film is an opportunity to meet some of the people who live with cranes and see some of the ways artists use cranes in their work.

"For the Love of Cranes," was four years in the making. The new video is scheduled to be publically released on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Theater. The public is invited to this free event, sponsored by Kachemak Crane Watch, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

For more information, contact Nina Faust at 235-6262 or email

KPBSD seeking Title VI representatives

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Title VI (Indian Education), formerly known as Title VII, is seeking parent, student and staff advisory committee representatives. Committee members must commit to quarterly meetings, usually held at the KPBSD office building in Soldotna. Remote area representatives participate via Skype for Business.

Nominations for membership are due by noon on Sept. 19, and can be submitted to Conrad Woodhead, KPBSD Native Education Coordinator, at For more information, call 907-235-8671.

A Title VI Advisory Committee Meeting will take place Sept. 20, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna.

Koniag's Perry resigns, Unger named interim CEO

Koniag Incorporated CEO Elizabeth Perry will resign effective December 2017. The Koniag Board of Directors reluctantly accepted Perry's resignation. Long-time Board Chairman Ron Unger will serve as Interim CEO upon Perry's resignation and Shauna Hegna has been named Koniag President.

As the Koniag Board wants a smooth transition and continuity in leadership, Unger will serve as Interim CEO for the next two years and remain as Board Chairman. In his role, he will oversee Lower 48 subsidiary operations from his office in North Carolina. Unger is uniquely positioned to continue moving the company forward; he has done the job before - successfully leading Koniag's financial turnaround as interim CEO four years ago. Hegna is the perfect fit to lead Alaska operations as she was born in Port Lions and understands the Koniag Region, as well as the Alaska Native Community.

Koniag has achieved four straight years of increased earnings and developed opportunities to continue that trajectory. Perry leaves Koniag a strong organization with a bright future. She said, "this company is on-track for the coming years and has high expectations. I am proud of what the Koniag team has accomplished together. Leaving Koniag is bittersweet as its employees and shareholders have become my second family over my nearly four years as CEO." Perry has accepted a position leading a non-profit organization in the Southwest, which is closer to her family. She plans to continue spending significant time in Alaska.

"While we are disappointed that Liz is unable to continue as CEO, Koniag's executive team and I, with our diverse board and devoted staff, have made a dynamic and successful team," said Unger. "I'm inspired by our shareholders, our employees and the opportunities ahead of us."

Seaton, Riley to hold meetings in Ninilchik, Homer

State Representative Paul Seaton will host two town hall meetings in District 31, along with Office of Management and Budget director, Pat Pitney, in October. The two will use the meetings to discuss state issues, including finances, new revenue measures and the upcoming fourth special session.

The meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Ninilchik Senior Center. The two will also hold a meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. that evening at the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer.

HFS seeking instructors

Do you have skills in homesteading, arts, crafts, wilderness, herbal medicine or food production? Homer Folk School is accepting instructor applications now until Sept.29 for the fall session.

More information and applications are available at

Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board to meet

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.


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