While much of the airways and newspapers focus on the national debate and election, let’s remember our local election day is Tuesday, Oct. 4. A variety of important and serious issues will be on the ballot for your consideration.
Dear HEA grid members,
Our electric supplier has recently begun a drive to remove itself from regulatory oversight of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, whose job has been to review rates and some other policies of HEA and other utilities in the state.
I don’t know all the issues yet, other than RCA requires a vote, scheduled for next month. I do remember reading a piece in the paper in which Bob Shavelson was quoted with several arguments against the idea.
Without angel’s help, landlord’s
requirement forces a move
To My Dear Friends around Kachemak Bay,
Lindianne’s Music Garden has served Homer for three years now. Spoonguy and I are grateful to the many Homeranians who studied music, rehearsed, and worked on law and justice at these premises.
Many helped ‘hustle’ soar
The Halibut Hustle 5K may have missed out on the sunny Saturday weather but with a brave field of participants who were undaunted by the Sunday morning forecast along with the support from the City of Homer Port and Harbor staff, we had a fantastic event.
Sherry Bess has made a difference
A huge, heartfelt thank you to Sherry Bess with the Homer Animal Shelter for all that she has done to help the animals, and people, in our community. Sherry, your kindness, passion and years of dedication are so very appreciated and you will be greatly missed. I hope you know how much of a difference you have made here, one kitten, cat, puppy, dog, bird, rabbit, hamster — and all those who love them — at a time. Wishing you the best as you move on to other adventures.
In art we find our best selves
Some people believe the school year is a marathon, but I liken it to a 400-meter run — the toughest race to run. We have precious hours, minutes, and seconds with students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Our nearly 8,800 students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs require parents, support staff, teachers, and administrators to maintain focus while moving briskly to meet their varied needs. We do this to keep students on track to achieve success and a meaningful high school diploma.
Annie Koskovich, my friend of many years, is with her angels. I have a heavy heart, I miss her and it has been a joy to have been a part of her life here on earth.
Acts of kindness, funny antics, honesty and always looking out for other people, myself included, are only a few of her accomplishments.
Rest in peace, my friend! Until we meet again!
In love and fond memories,
Dear Community of Homer,
A person really can’t know what a day will hold, but there’s one thing for sure, it seems the community of Homer, Alaska, can be counted on to do the best thing possible — whatever it may be.
Thank you, community, for responding to my invitation to help me celebrate my 90th birthday.
From the beginning to the end, there was a feeling of love and anticipation. Thank you, again, for celebrating my 90th birthday with me. I feel blessed of God and each one of you is a part of that blessing. Thank you.
I would like to give an honored and blessed thank you to the Homer Foundation for the Bill and Liz Johnson Teacher Education Scholarship. I would also like to give thanks to the Homer Emblem Club No. 350. I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who considered me for these scholarships. Thank you for your investment into the youth of Homer and in my future.
I was surprised to read in the paper the astounding news of the new dog seatbelt law put in affect by the Homer City Council. In disbelief I checked to see if I really had an Alaska paper, instead of a provincial New England rag.
Was this a case of the city fathers (and mothers) feeling the need to create more regulation and restriction so the public will know that even our city government is out to protect us and our dogs from ourselves. Is this really Alaska?
Late of Homer
It has been my privilege to care for the animals at the Homer Animal Shelter for 26 years now. During that time I, and a dedicated group of volunteers, have tried our best to provide quality of life and a nurturing environment for the animals in our care; make the very best adoption matches possible for each and every animal; and address the animal control needs of this community.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for oil and gas leasing in lower Cook Inlet. On Aug. 17, they held a meeting in Homer and several folks attended to air their concerns.
The fact that at this time of climate change, ocean acidification, countless seabirds mysteriously dying, whales dying, we find it difficult to understand how the BOEM could even consider the prospect of more oil and gas production in our Cook Inlet waters!
The Lost Lake Breath of Life Run is a fundraiser to benefit those suffering from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that limits the ability to breathe over time. The race, 16+ miles in the mountains outside Seward, was held Saturday, Aug. 27, with runners from all over Alaska. Eight runners from Homer formed team “End of the Road” Runners and raised $2,800 with the generous support of the community.
There’s a new face in town! Well, maybe not a “new” face — but an old familiar one that has gotten a major facelift this summer thanks to the Homer Foundation and the Cottonwood and Jenson Funds. After a rainy fall prohibited us from being able to paint, the great beginning to summer provided the perfect opportunity for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) to transform the outside of our headquarters building into a cleaner, brighter and more inviting façade. We were also able to do some much needed repairs to the original siding on the building
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the new artistic director at Pier One Theatre, Jennifer Norton, as well as long-time director Lance Petersen, for providing a summer scholarship for Simon to participate in Pier One Youth Theatre. Simon, now 13 years old, has enjoyed Pier One’s youth theatre program since he was 6.
A couple of weeks ago I was excited about taking my new boat out for its first real trial to see how it performed and to see if it could catch fish (halibut on this trip). I launched at the Homer Spit and went out beyond the cliffs. It was a really nice day with the tide coming in. Within the first 15 minutes — “wham” — I catch a nice 35 pounder. Then nothing for the next hour. I start messing around with electronics and other stuff that I need to familiarize myself with on this new boat and not doing what I should be doing, paying attention to my rod.
The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park want to give a big thumbs up to Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs for their continued and generous support. When asked, the owner and management, didn’t hesitate to donate water to be handed out free at the recent Salmonfest. Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs is a great example of a local business supporting local volunteers who in turn, work hard to make Homer and Kachemak Bay so special.
Many thanks to Bill Strutz and the rest of the folks who work with him for continued service to the community.
Homer Events hosted its first “Bonfire On The Beach” last Sunday. As a first-year event it had some weaknesses, and there will be a lot of changes to next year’s party, but in the end — “Holy mackerel!”
Ken Flynn wrote a letter to the Alaska Dispatch News (June 26) suggesting Barack Obama serve two more years as president. The idea seemed far-fetched, but in light of revelations of Democratic National Committee actions to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ campaign, it deserves consideration.