It’s been a slow and frustrating start for Homer Nordic skiers this year. We’ve only had a couple of snowfalls, and even though the groomers have been doing their best, there’s only so much you can do before 6 inches of snow is compacted to ice. Add a week of balmy weather and a few sprinkles, and you’re almost back to bare ground.
Point of View
As a long-time Alaskan who has lived in Alaska since 1969, I will not be silenced by House Bill 77. I firmly believe in the responsibility of citizens to engage in governmental decisions because we are part of the checks and balances on government.
HB 77 is a corporate giveaway of citizens’ rights to participate in the permitting process under the guise of making the permitting process better. Who will benefit? Large corporate mining companies, not citizens, not habitat and not wildlife.
In recent years we have seen a troubling pattern of near record low returns of both early and late run Kenai River chinook salmon. We believe the declines in statewide chinook fisheries are largely due to marine survival issues, however, we also feel that part of our Kenai River decline can be linked to in-river harvest patterns, fishing on middle river mainstem spawning fish throughout July, insufficient spawning area protections, selective harvest of our larger age-class fish, and multiple years of over-harvest of the population due to biased high sonar counts.
I would first like to thank Sen. Peter Micciche for scheduling hearings in Soldotna and Homer, Dec. 9 and 10, on the controversial House Bill 77, especially after the Department of Natural Resources canceled its own hearings, in what many see as a deliberate attempt to keep the public in the dark and at bay.
I wanted to bounce a few ideas off of you all regarding House Bill 77. Seems to me it is another attempt by the wrecking crew down there in Juneau to take away some of our 1959 Alaska state constitutional rights. Article 8 of the Alaska Constitution states that all citizens are guaranteed fish and water rights.
Gov. Sean Parnell’s decision not to expand Medicaid and not accept millions of federal dollars to pay for it is short sighted.
Homer has played an important role in Alaska’s environmental history because we have long believed that we can “think globally while acting locally.”
Indeed as the world gets still smaller, we realize that most of what we learned about ourselves and the world was learned in the last decade. New information and technology can empower us as we strive for a sustainable future for our grandchildren.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner my thoughts turn to community and the meaning of it. Maybe it’s because I find myself feeling sentimental, having given birth to and raised my two daughters right here in Homer.
Those of us born before the Kennedy administration do not consider 50 years monumental. The half-century between 1963 and 2013 seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. We half-centurions remember favorite songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Blue Velvet,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” For us, these songs recall a time when the country was united in the belief that Mom, apple pie and the flag were our foundation. Little did we know that major cultural shifts, political assassinations and racial strife were looming on our peaceful horizon.
Protecting Alaskans and their wildlife resources is the mission of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. This mission is executed fairly and equally with no discrimination to any group. I wish to respond to the letter to the editor signed by Fred Basargin, Dennis Basargin and others alleging “not all fishermen treated equally.”
It’s amazing what a difference a few decades make. In the 1970s Homer considered becoming a home rule city. A charter commission was elected, a home rule charter was drafted and presented to the voters.
The realty association president’s smackdown of city officials and zoning regulations is unfair and misleading.
In her Oct. 17 Point of View article, Debra Leisek shared her frustration and opinions about city administrators, elected and appointed officials and the zoning issues involved with the Bay View Inn property owned by the late Dennis Novak.
It’s time for the Freedom Show because the corporate takeover of these united states has finally overreached to the level of angering America’s European allies: The National Security Agency monitors German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.
It’s time for the Freedom Show because the deliberately sinful, ethics-free corporate takeover of America, like any operation without principles, is subject to dissolution by the free will choice of its participants, as they wake up to the charm of honest life.
Alaska needs better permitting. Resource development project permitting in Alaska is at the proverbial fork in the road. For years the state of Alaska followed a rocky road filled with potholes — a landscape now littered with blown-out tires.
With the arrival of Halloween, an old familiar monster rises from the grave like Freddy Krueger in “Nightmare on Elm Street.”
But, unlike the famous fictional character, this beast is real and threatens to choke off our children’s future, consigning our great grandchildren to lifetimes of bondage. The 142-trillion-pound monster in the room is America’s mushrooming national debt, and the October surprise is that Congress must once again raise the debt limit only six months after raising it to $17.3 trillion.
Lurking in medicine cabinets and jumbled bathroom drawers, unused and expired pharmaceuticals are a common item in today’s households.
Pharmaceuticals encompass a range of familiar items such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medicines, personal care products, fragrances and vitamins. While beneficial to humans when used properly, accumulations of pharmaceutical waste and improper disposal methods raise valid concerns for the safety of our loved ones and the environment.
As was the case for so many of us, I came to Homer on a whim, and stayed. That summer of 1992, it was a tenting-in-the-rain routine on Ohlson Mountain. All the years since have been equally engaging; nothing to disappoint. My gratitude goes wholeheartedly to the countless, magnificent friends, patients, students, colleagues, community members and housesit critters. My appreciation for each of you is beyond words.
Bay View Inn, a true part of Homer’s history in this beautiful place we call the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea, is being eradicated by city of Homer officials. These officials want to get rid of places like the Bay View Inn. They call it “non-conforming.” It just doesn’t fit in their plans.
This summer has been a challenge for many Alaskans who rely on a particular link in the Alaska Marine Highway System. The M/V Tustumena has been out of service all summer, causing serious disruptions for residents and small businesses of Seldovia, Kodiak Island and the Aleutian Chain.
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, DOT&PF, is committed to returning the Tustumena to service as quickly and safely as possible.
Last month I came before the Homer City Council to highlight the needs of the Homer Public Library. I prefaced my remarks by acknowledging that the lack of current nonfiction books and the void in the library collection was not this council’s doing.