We need a revolution and we have an opportunity.
We’re No. 1. Rape, domestic violence, suicide, child abuse, fetal brain damage from alcohol and alcoholism: For more than 40 years Alaska has the highest rates in the nation. A recent survey of Alaska women found one in three had been raped. Must we endure this?
Given our wealth and small population, we should be the happiest and healthiest bunch of people in the United States. We very much are not.
If the city’s natural gas Special Assessment District proposal survives the ongoing vote of the property owners, a small simple change to the city’s plan could potentially save money for us all, as well as satisfying some opponents: Give neighborhoods — at least those in the second year of planned development — the opportunity to opt out by a majority vote of the properties in the neighborhood.
Residents of Homer, I strongly urge you to not allow heli-skiing in Kachemak State Park and Wilderness Park. Other state lands are available for this kind of activity in the area. Helicopters are extremely invasive machines. They disrupt wildlife and other backcountry users and are dangerous.
I tend to be an optimistic guy. I’m also pretty careful with the little money I make. So, a few years ago as the price of heating oil began to rise, I decided to switch to heating my little house trailer with propane. At the time, propane was a good deal. I had to purchase a rather expensive but efficient Rinnai heater. I was satisfied with how clean, quiet and inexpensive propane heat was.
Beyond arguments of personal benefit versus cost for the proposed gas pipeline, we wish to discuss some long-term consequences.
First is the concern that people who live modestly may be forced to pay for something they can’t afford to use. This would change Homer from a community that champions diversity, to one where people who have enough are subsidized by those who don’t.
To all KBBI listeners and the community of Homer:
As KBBI’s Morning Host/News Reporter for the past four years it has been my privilege to wake you up each weekday morning. Despite the job’s early morning hours, I took comfort in knowing that people were not only listening, but also depending on the information offered up while I navigated through NPR’s Morning Edition, local newscasts, weather, tides, community announcements and, of course, the bushlines.
As the family of Gary Longhenry, who recently passed away, we would like to express our gratitude and admiration to all of you who tried so hard to help him: my neighbor Brian Watry, the Homer Police Department, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department’s ambulance crew, and the emergency room staff at South Peninsula Hospital. If anything could have saved him, it would have happened thanks to your efforts, expertise and dedication.
Kachemak Ski Club sends a big note of thanks to all who came to our recent Warren Miller fundraiser. We also thank Era Alaska and Homer Theatre for their support, and the kids who made such awesome ski and snowboard clips. We’re indebted to Tehben Dean, who put all those clips together. If you missed seeing the video, come to our annual meeting/ potluck at Cook Inletkeeper on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., and thanks again for your interest in Kachemak Ski Club and the Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow.
Hospice of Homer just completed our annual End of Life volunteer training. Hospice would like to welcome the eight newly trained volunteers who will soon be in the community providing compassion in action to those individuals and families who HOH has the privilege to serve. Thank you for bringing your heart and skills to be of service through hospice.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We are so grateful to live in this wonderful place where so many have such giving hearts. We would like to give a short update on the Thanksgiving Basket program. We had so many wonderful volunteers that I can’t even name them all but I want each of you to know how very much we appreciate each of you.
Those of us at the Homer Food Pantry have been blessed with many helping hands as community members bring in canned and dry goods each week and groups help us with their food drives.
We just received 2,200 pounds of food items from the Coast Guard Haunted Hickory annual event which will help us immensely with the holidays. Don’t they do great work? Other food drives from the scouts and churches are always helpful during this season. It’s so great to see their faithful service.
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the Homer Elks for the great service and hospitality during our annual membership meeting that was held at the Homer Elks on Nov. 10. What a great place to hold an event.Thanks so much, Homer Elks.
Homer Foundation has helped sustain creative vibrancy, art education and networking for adults in two more artists residencies this year at Bunnell Street Arts Center.
Last Sunday our students had the opportunity to perform alongside the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra on the Mariner Theater stage. After two months of practice they sang, played recorders and had an experience of a lifetime as part of the concert “The Orchestra Sings.” The program was provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which connects orchestras across the country with schools through their engaging music program, Link Up.
We would like to thank the Homer Foundation’s Homer Community Chest Program for their continued support of Share the Spirit. This spring when our coffers were totally depleted due to an unforeseen problem with the Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative program, the HCC dug deep and found $1,100 for Share the Spirit to continue our outreach with. We and the community members that received assistance truly appreciate these funds.
To those of you who had to wait for your blood draw during the Rotary Health Fair this year, we apologize. In recent years we have eliminated lines with the online pre-registration and pre-draws at the hospital. We were simply caught off guard by the huge number of people that showed up to have their blood drawn without appointments at Saturday’s fair.
Alaskans pay higher prices for fuel, airfare, property taxes and many other personal expenses than most Americans. Our state is one of the most profitable and stable economies in the union.
Airline companies, energy providers and government agencies continue to gouge the Alaskan people with pricing that is not in line with any sense of fair play.
All of us who have come here to live have the expectation that we are part of a bold experiment and should be promoted and not preyed upon.
I would like to express my support for the build-out of the Homer area natural gas distribution system as proposed by the Homer City Council. The council deserves kudos for going after a full build-out as soon as possible.
This is the letter I sent to the State of Alaska in response to a call for public feedback on helicopter skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park:
Helicopters are loud, intrusive aircraft that carry implications of invasion and military occupation.
One of the reasons I left the lower 48 was a dramatic increase in helicopter use by police. Current helicopter traffic here on Kachemak Bay is within reason, ferrying people to boats, firefighting and life-saving.