Many of the folks who choose to live in Alaska are here for quality of life opportunities, especially the opportunity to hunt and fish.
More than half of all Alaskans live in the Cook Inlet region where the Kenai River supports the state’s largest sport and personal use fisheries. This one magnificent river puts food in family freezers and cash in hundreds of registers and creates life-long memories for hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors.
hy does it make sense to take on Medicaid expansion in these times of fiscal challenges and diminished budgets? Aren’t we supposed to be tightening our belts right about now, boring new holes for the buckle so we can draw them even tighter in years to come? Why would we take money from the feds, with all those strings attached?
What a thin line there is between “civilized” human behavior and the behavior of animals. And how easily that line is erased with the over consumption of alcohol which can result in despicable mob behavior. I’m referring to the uncivilized, irresponsible, insensitive action at a teenage party of two and a half years ago.
Especially troubling as I see it is that responsibility for the occurrence has been directed at the two Resetarits brothers. It seems to me that there is a far wider circle of people who share that responsibility.
Editor’s Note: MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family, and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.
Youth, do you have at least one adult besides your parents that you can go to for help if you had an important question affecting your life?
You may have noticed that the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank (KPFB) is sending out donation requests of late. Homer Community Food Pantry (HCFP) has received several calls asking, “How does this donation benefit you?”
We receive no money from them. Donating to them is your decision. As dues-paying members of KPFB, our only benefit is purchasing food, when they have it, at a reduced cost.
With the settling of the Resetarits case, our community and our court system have sent a message that what happened that night in Septemberr 2012 was unacceptable. Whether or not we all agree that the message was strong enough or came soon enough, whether we think, as the mother of the victim said, “the system is broken,” or believe that justice has been served, I think we can all agree that we don’t want something like this ever to happen in our community again.
o, here’s the deal. You can’t take it with you. None of it. Nothing. Naught. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. As important as your money, real estate, mutual funds, IRAs, stock, cars, trucks, 4-wheelers and fishing poles may be to you in this life, they will be useless in the next.
So, what’s a prospective decedent to do?
Much of estate planning is driven by the stage of life the person is in at the time the planning is conducted.
Don’t take it personally?
That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency.
In other words, take closed government personally. Please!
• Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council meeting so members can hold an illegal or unnecessary executive session.
• Take it personally when public access to government records is refused, limited or attached to excessive fees.
I write on March 16, 2015, 20 days since Alaska’s prohibition ended. As a Christian I am pondering biblical references to cannabis and persecution. After a persecution ends, a nation asks: What happened? Was I complicit? Did I cause harm? Was I harmed?
Almost 40 years ago, without regard for the conservation of our fisheries or the needs of the Alaskan people, foreign fishing fleets dominated the waters off Alaska’s shores and took anything and everything in their reach. Ask anyone familiar with the times, deck lights of foreign vessels — dozens if not more — could be seen just miles off the coast of Kodiak and other coastal communities.
Recognizing the need for change, countless Alaskan fishermen came to Congress to ask for help in pushing the foreign fleets out.
wish I had a picture of Sadie. But even if I had a photo to go from I don’t think I’d be able to properly describe her.
I remember a weatherworn face and a missing tooth. I remember her layers of clothes, faded and worn to a color similar to that of her skin. I remember the way her odor — distinct and offensive, but impossible to describe — lingered for a long time after she’d come inside to borrow our phone.
And I remember her adamant warning that came every year in March: “Beware the spring equinoxal.”
Homer’s citizens and visitors encompass a wide spectrum of beach users: dog walkers, quiet seekers, coal collectors, off-road vehicle drivers, kayakers, paddle boarders, fat-tire bikers, picnickers, wave-watchers, painters, tide-poolers, birders, educational and recreational class attendees, and the many other user groups I likely forgot.
he Kachemak Bay Science Conference held last week in Homer was a valuable opportunity for those who attended to gain perspective in scientific endeavors that effect all of us in a very local way.
Many experts gave presentations on everything from phytoplankton to elodea to marine vertebrates. I attended part of the conference, but was particularly interested in the presentation given regarding East Side Cook Inlet Razor Clam Stock and Fishery Assessment.
Tens of thousands of people came to Selma, Ala., this week to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, remembering the march 50 years ago in the struggle for voting rights.
I was one of them.
Editor’s Note: MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships) is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family, and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.
(Editor’s Note: The following recently was presented as Kachemak Bay Birders’ testimony to the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and submitted as a Point of View piece.)
The Kachemak Bay Birders appreciates the recognition that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission is giving to ongoing user problems at Bishop’s Beach and Beluga Slough. These problems impact the quality of these sites as well as the enjoyment and safety of the many area residents and visitors that use Bishop’s Beach and Beluga Slough.
The good news is that the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Music offers high quality degree programs that are meeting the employment and artistic needs of Alaska. The faculty are outstanding performers, scholars, and teachers. All three of our degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and our undergraduate degree to prepare music teachers is considered a model program nationally.
About five years ago, I moved back to my hometown. I wasn’t exactly sure why, or how it was going to work. I hadn’t quite reconciled my adolescent memories of leaving Homer with the persistent and growing feeling that I needed to go back, needed Kachemak Bay and its beaches and its people. I just went.
I like my political leaders to be one-quarter aspirational and three-quarters grounded in reality. Mayors, like business leaders, need to look out for good opportunities, adapt to changing environments and set the course with long-range planning. Mostly we ask them to be predictable, conservative in a sense and follow reasonable plans.
The Latin name for the hemp plant is cannabis. Hemp is the English word.