Heli skiing businesses would degrade area’s quality of life


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.

Community should welcome helicopter skiing operations


My sometimes ski buddy at the Homer Rope Tow Chuck Lindsay, as well as others, voiced their disapproval last week over the new Kenai Heli ski operation based in Seldovia.

They voiced concerns that its use is not in line with the spirit of wilderness areas. I can see their point and appreciate their views. However, I believe that helicopter skiing will change the wilderness value of the park minimally from what it already is.

Two Sisters Bakery appreciated

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic would like to share our heartfelt thanks to Two Sisters Bakery for their generous and ongoing support for women’s health. Two Sisters graciously donates to KBFPC’s Tel-a-Friend and breast cancer outreach projects — and we are proud to partner with such a caring, community-minded business. Thanks to all the staff at Two Sisters Bakery — we appreciate your hard work and all the wonderful warmth you bring to the southern peninsula. 

Christine Fontaine, outreach project manager

Help needed now for basket program


We are again appealing to our community for help with the Thanksgiving Basket program. 

Donations are not coming in yet but the requests for help are. If you can donate any amount, it would be greatly appreciated. We do understand that times are tough but even small amounts would help if every one could send something.

Swim/dive meet huge success

More than 250 athletes, coaches and parents filled the Homer High School pool area the last weekend in October for the Regions III Swim/Dive meet. 

I had the privilege to watch and be part of this meet. At times, the races were so exciting and records broken, that I had an inkling of what it must feel like at the Olympics. 

Thanks for help with carnival


I would personally like to thank everyone that helped with the Chapman School Halloween Carnival this year. There are so many names to mention, but if you helped organize, ordered prizes, donated prizes, sold raffle tickets, set up, worked at the carnival Saturday night or helped take down after all the fun, I am writing this for you. Thank you. We have an amazingly generous community and I am so grateful to be part of it.

Tanya Shafer 

Cougar Football says thanks

The Head-of-the-Bay football team would like to express our gratitude to the Sons of the American Legion. The Cougars are greatly appreciative of your donation for a new football sled. The addition of this sled will greatly benefit the young men of Voznesenka, Kachemak Selo and Razdolna as we prepare for our first full season as a member of the Greatland Conference. 

Thank you for your support.

Cougar Football

Justin Zank, head football/wrestling coach

Voznesenka School

Haunted Hickory spooky good time


The crew of USCGC Hickory would like to thank everyone that helped us ensure that Haunted Hickory was once again a great success for the community. Moore and Moore Services provided porta potties (at no charge), M/V Tustumena's Engineering Division donated a couple hundred pounds of food, and the local Coast Guard Auxiliary donated manpower to ensure this year's Haunted Hickory was successful. 

A buccaneer’s dream


During an Oct. 25th public meeting at McNeil Canyon School, Buccaneer Alaska’s Mark Landt shared his dream for coming years. Strike it rich offshore and onshore. Drill more wells. Build roads and other infrastructure all over the West Eagle leases. Run a pipeline across the Anchor River toward Nikolaevsk. Keep East End Road busy with related truck traffic. 

It was the single heartfelt response to questions during two nights of long overdo public meetings.

Buccaneer is not the enemy

Buccaneer is not well liked by some community members.  

 I sensed at the recent Bidarka Inn public information meeting a definite hostility, a visceral hatred, even, that rolled like successive crashing waves threatening to engulf and sweep-away the hapless Mr. Landt, Buccaneer's spokesman, had he not, figuratively, been lashed to his lectern.  

‘Flow State’ comes to Homer

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the latest Warren Miller film will be playing at the Homer Theater. Miller’s 63rd feature film, “Flow State,” “brings audiences to a place only recently identified by scientists; a place they now understand skiers and snowboarders achieve where, the faster they go physically, the slower things appear to them mentally. ... If this is the first time you’ve heard of it, it’s probably not the first time you’ve been near the ‘Flow State.’ It exists anywhere crisp winter air shocks your lungs and sunlight refracts off snowflakes.”

GMOs aren’t good for you

Mary Miner wrote a letter advocating banning GMOs from Homer’s school lunches, and I agree. 
GMO means genetically modified organisms, combinations of plant-animal-virus corporately designed to survive herbicides.
Since 2008, all rice, wheat, corn, soy and canola products raised in the USA are genetically modified, unless marked non-GMO. Since all animal feeds (except organic feeds) are GMO, all American animal protein — pork, beef, chicken, eggs, and dairy — are GMO.

Walking the talk

The Buccaneer public meeting at McNeil Canyon Elementary School illustrated wide gaps in perception between the Australian company and local residents. The meeting started with a local resident noting that “Responsibility” was pasted in large letters on the gym wall.  It ended with the unanswered question, “who will go to jail?”
In-between was a lot of saccharin-laced sweet talk by company representatives repeating usual oil company mantra.

Students debate plastic bag ban

This quarter the second through sixth graders researched the plastic bag ban issue (Ordinance 12-36) and then held a class debate. We read past community newspaper articles and Internet articles about plastic bag bans elsewhere and paper versus plastic articles. We looked for pros and cons and voted. Our class vote was 11 pro (in support of the ordinance) and 15 con (against the ordinance).  


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