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Big Brothers & Big Sisters needs big brother and big sister volunteers; office supplies; a photo copy card; fuel cards for Bigs; volunteers to help plan events, hang up posters, etc.; volunteers to help pick up and sort clothing donations; free or discounted office space for one staff.

Jenny Martin at 235-8391 
or jenny.martin@bbsak.org

Time for Alaska to rise as one

Across Alaska, front yards, car bumpers and jacket lapels are shedding campaign signs, stickers and pins. Air waves, newspapers and social media are focusing again on other aspects of our diverse but connected lives. 

The heated partisan rhetoric and rancorous debate that dominated these long months should now truly end. The theme, “Rise As One,” of the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention held this year in Anchorage is a fitting aspiration for all Alaskans. It is time for Alaskans to rise as one.

Homer’s spirit of giving pulls residents together in unique, powerful way


y husband and I moved to Homer a year ago. The breathtaking (almost literally) beauty, clean air, and laid-back atmosphere enticed us, and as we’ve become more involved in the community we’ve been especially impressed by the level of support for nonprofits and how Homerites rally around almost anyone in need. Nearly everyone we know is involved with some sort of nonprofit or volunteer activity. 

Let’s celebrate: Grump Month passes

I’m not sure what it is about this time of year that puts me into a mood that my wife refers to as my “Grump Month” but it has happened every year since I spotted my first gray nose hair.

It’s not an aging thing, trust me.

I’ve accepted that aggravating process with the grace of a moderately constipated grizzly.

November is a turning point where annoying things that I’ve let slide throughout the year finally overload my laid-back psyche and my dark side starts firing snarks at the butts of the pseudo intellectual clueless.

Affordable health care system imperfect, but beats no system

Dick Stingley wrote an interesting response to a letter I wrote in which I was extremely thankful for having signed up for affordable health care. I think maybe he got a little confused. I didn’t really take a few trips a year for the last 40 years because of Obama Care, I only signed up for it a year ago. I had been fortunate to have been healthy enough that I went without health insurance and saved some money so that I could do fun trips. 

Let’s improve on HERC, build ARC

In light of our community’s tremendous need for indoor recreational space and the city’s recent decision to designate the HERC (Homer Education and Recreation Complex) building as the site for a new Public Safety Building, it’s time to think outside the HERC, Homer. Let’s collectively go for something better. 

Community takes steps to foster resiliency, well-being in families

Editor’s Note: MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) is a local process 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.  


Wake up, Alaskans: Your rights are disappearing quickly

I’ve been an Alaskan resident for 47 years and I’m very worried about our beautiful state and its citizens. Rights of Alaska citizens have been seriously eroded by Gov. Sean Parnell and his administration. They are systematically reducing and eliminating public involvement in major governmental decisions. Public input is ignored. Secrecy has been the main thrust of this administration, and has resulted in greatly increased power for the governor and his appointed commissioners. Citizens have been left with little or no recourse over decisions affecting their lives.

Please Vote Fish

If the smell of a fresh caught Salmon 

in the last moments of its focused taking 

registered, and returned, 

in memory and senses as you read this 

Please Vote Fish 


If the act of catching Salmon, 

however the method 

leaves you with a certain, and active joy 

Intrinsic and unmeasured in value 

caught, killed, and eaten 

Foundation helps SPH accomplish its mission, funds several programs

South Peninsula Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable and fund-raising institution established in 2003 to benefit the welfare of the people of the southern Kenai Peninsula by supporting the community health care mission of South Peninsula Hospital.


Our purpose, among other things, is to:

• Support and assist South Peninsula Hospital in accomplishing its mission.

• Conduct and sponsor a wide range of educational programs, with the goal of training health care personnel.

Cook Inlet navigation: Is it really safe as can be?

Most people don’t think about the safety of marine navigation in Cook Inlet. They didn’t before the Exxon Valdez, and they still don’t, because it’s not an issue that normally comes up at the family breakfast table or the local coffee shop.

Oil spill prevention is complicated, distant stuff. But when a spill occurs, it’s everybody’s business.

I’d like to share my thoughts about the safety of navigation in Cook Inlet from my experience with more than 48 years at sea, and 27 years as a chief engineer.

Everyone can do something to help promote well-being of all families in community

Editor’s Note: MAPP, or Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, is a local process 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, environmental, mental, physical, and spiritual health.  


Much has been done to reduce spill risk in Inlet

Frank Mullen (Are we better prepared for a big Cook Inlet spill? in the Sept. 25 Homer News) accuses Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC), regulatory agencies and the Cook Inlet community of complacency in oil spill prevention and response, ironically, within the context of a multi-year effort to assess risks to navigational safety in Cook Inlet. 

Timing is everything

Last week’s Monday Homer City Council meeting was an interesting one, with more discussion about the HERC building and the question of whether to lift or not lift deed restrictions as well as a “heads up” from the City Manager’s report that the Public Safety Building Review Commitee is honing in on the HERC site as the number one choice for the new $25 million public safety Building.
Phew. It’s all so layered and inter-related, it makes my head spin.

Orderly, lawful election is what matters to Alaskans

Steve Strait’s lawsuit against the state of Alaska’s approval of the Walker-Mallott no-party gubernatorial ticket will backfire on the Alaska Republican Party, or ARP.

Strait and Frank McQueary, a financial supporter of the lawsuit, are among the chairman-appointees to the ARP executive committee. Party regulars whisper the appointees are the character assassination-litigation hit squad. These facts don’t matter. Proceeding with an orderly, lawful election is what matters.


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