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.
As someone who fashions himself a natural born anthropologist, my goodness, in the current affairs of our culture, these appear to be the most grave and serious times. Our penchant, anymore, for cultural suicide, of which founding father, John Adams, pessimistically forewarned, seems, sadly, to be bearing out before our very eyes.
I like Chris Story. He’s funny, he raises his family here, and he drives dollars into our local economy. But I like him for another reason: He has the passion of his convictions to not only speak his mind, but also to act on it. I wish there were more like him in our community.
Becoming a Hospice of Homer volunteer is a perfect opportunity to share a precious part of you with people who are in need. As I have moved through my life, I wanted my efforts and energy to be used for what I felt was important.
Like many residents of the Lower Kenai Peninsula, I have sat in disbelieving anguish, as I read or talked with community members regarding the party last fall that left a young man victimized by his peers.
Recently Michael Armstrong of the Homer News wrote a piece asking the question: Is our community better off a year later? His question is a valid one; however the answers he found left me even more concerned.
The water was tranquil, with hardly a ripple as far as the eye could see.
Dad had gone around the corner in the boat while the rest of us stayed on the long gray gravel beach. He returned a short while later with the floating dock from our cabin in tow. He anchored it off shore about 20 feet. From it, my brother and cousins and I could use it as a diving platform into the icy clear waters.
Here, in the Juneau Empire newsroom, we all remember where we were 12 years ago when the World Trade Center was attacked.
Some were trudging across a college campus, only to find their classes empty and classmates huddled around television screens. Others were roused early out of bed, then off to work having to cover the incident in their own newsrooms. Many remember the exact moments of that day, what clothes they wore, how information unfolded and how the images on the television looked more like Hollywood fantasy than reality.
Did you notice? The city’s wish list has a gaping hole. For the last four years a Homer Education and Recreational Center has made it onto Homer’s Capital Improvements Projects list. Where is it this year? What are we doing about this?
When speaking to Homer City Council members and city employees, they somewhat agree. Their response is that they have not heard from the people of Homer, the citizens who live here.
We often hear about climate warming and melting arctic sea ice in the news, but have you ever wondered what effect climate change is having on our oceans?
We almost moved out of Alaska. This would make us part of “The Leavers.” You know, the super close friends that become like family. They move away and take a gigantic piece of your heart with them. The ones you think of during dark February nights, the ones you wish you could join across the bay for a hike, the ones you miss.
We question The Leavers. Was it the winter? Too hard to make a living? Aging family? Some reasons we understand, others we judge. Winter — ha, learn to ski.
Dear editor and most honorable citizens dancing on the Wheel of Karma in our beautiful cosmic hamlet by the sea!
No, this is not Brother Asaiah, nor his ghost writing, and, yes, I think I’ve got your attention now, even if it is to growl indignantly: “How dare he?”
It is part of what makes our state and community distinctive: Alaska’s wild salmon runs. They differentiate us from almost all other coastal regions in the world. Fishing is part of our heritage, whether sport, commercial, subsistence or personal use.
Last week, the Parnell Administration ruled a wild salmon stream in Cook Inlet was “suitable” for large-scale coal strip mining.
You read that right. In response to a petition from local Alaskans looking to protect salmon habitat from the proposed Chuitna coal strip mine, the Parnell Administration said “no.” This wasn’t an attempt to stop the coal mine; it simply asked the governor to prevent mining through salmon streams. For most Alaskans, that’s a no-brainer.
A keystone in architectural terms is the very last piece put in place by the mason at the apex of an arch. It is the last stone and the most important.
Without the keystone the arch wouldn’t stand at all; and yet the keystone experiences the least amount of pressure due to its location.
We now face a great civic task: deciding the referendum on whether to strike down Senate Bill 21, which slashes state revenues from the oil industry by about a billion dollars a year. Which side do you believe?
I am honored to be a member of the board of directors and part of the exciting work we are doing to write the next chapter in the Pratt Museum’s story. I want to share this exciting work with you today.
Imagine a dedicated gathering space to share stories and learn from each other.
Imagine a place where a person in a wheelchair will find no barriers.