On Tuesday, May 26, there was the first of two readings for Ordinance 15-18 (s) at the Homer City Council meeting. The ordinance amends the FY2015 capital budget by “appropriating $621,500 from the general fund balance to the public safety building project account to fund the new public safety building to 35 percent design.”
The second reading for Ordinance 15-18(s) is June 29. If the city council passes this ordinance, the City of Homer will come close to spending one million dollars toward this monster of a building. I say, make it stop.
This weekend, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and I will kick off a series of conversations about the future of our state.
The essence of these conversations is: What do we want our state to look like? What services do we want our government to provide? How will we pay for those services?
The summer season is upon us and for many Alaskans this means fishing for one of the state’s most prized species — halibut.
During the first week in June, federal fishery managers have an important opportunity to take a stand for those of us in Alaska that value and depend on the halibut resource. At their meeting in Sitka, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will vote on measures to reduce the amount of halibut that can be wasted as bycatch in other fisheries.
he theme for the Homer Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is “Heroes,” and not just the kind with super-powers and capes.
What does the $1.5 million taken from our budget mean to Alaska’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Work?
When Gov. Bill Walker called the Alaska Legislature back into session, the $1.5 million taken out of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s budget for prevention efforts statewide was put back on the table.
The critical question for the Legislature to consider is “What does the $1.5 million pay for today and what does it mean for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention efforts in 2016?”
Despite difficult logistics, rural communities across Kachemak Bay participated in last month’s Electronics Recycling Day with more than 5,000 pounds of e-waste collected and recycled.
Editor’s Note: MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) is a local coalition that aims to foster connections and build on 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.
It seems when people hear or see the word philanthropy they think of huge sums of money. Donating money to an organization is certainly a huge contribution and it provides a critical means for the organization to remain sustainable.
But it seems to me that there are also other ways of giving that can be considered as philanthropy.
A small but formative fraction of my life has been spent gazing out salt-sprayed windows at rugged terrain and open ocean.
My father’s silhouette was always incorporated in the scenery, reflected on the glass that shielded our fragile flesh from the elements. As he sat in the helm seat, occasionally leaning forward to alter our course or to study charts that he had known longer than he knew me, I looked out the window and absorbed what it meant to be a fisherman.
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.”