Environment

Everyone can play role in greener economy

Everyone can play role in greener economy

The ability to recycle electronics helps families, businesses, governments, tribes, and non-profits make responsible waste disposal decisions.  It also puts our dollars to work supporting… Continue reading

Everyone can play role in greener economy

Consumers deserve to have GMOs labeled

Editor’s Note:  The following letters about GMOs, genetically modified organisms, were submitted by students at Homer High School. The shelves in our grocery stores are… Continue reading

Using a piece of plywood and oil that washed up on the beach at Mars Cove for “ink,” Homer artist Mavis Muller created this sign to encourage cleanup volunteers at the cove.-Photos courtesy of Mavis Muller

Exxon Valdez oil spill response spurs area residents into action

Editor’s note: With 2014 marking the Homer News’ 50th anniversary, it’s the perfect time to look at Homer’s past. This month marks the 25th anniversary… Continue reading

Using a piece of plywood and oil that washed up on the beach at Mars Cove for “ink,” Homer artist Mavis Muller created this sign to encourage cleanup volunteers at the cove.-Photos courtesy of Mavis Muller
Participants in last weekend’s Big Fat Bike Fest enjoy a ride and camaraderie at Bishop’s Beach. Funds raised from the festival will go into an educational bike safety campaign.-Photo by Aryn Young

Sloppy weather proves mettle of fat bikes

Cold temperatures and wet sand didn’t stop the cyclists at Bishop’s Beach last Friday as they celebrated 2014’s Big Fat Bike Festival.  Whipping their large… Continue reading

Participants in last weekend’s Big Fat Bike Fest enjoy a ride and camaraderie at Bishop’s Beach. Funds raised from the festival will go into an educational bike safety campaign.-Photo by Aryn Young
Federal fishing act getting attention

Federal fishing act getting attention

Commercial and recreational fishermen in the United States are hoping that an amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Act will address a misnaming issue that has unjustly… Continue reading

Federal fishing act getting attention
ASMI fights rumors of tainted Alaska fish

ASMI fights rumors of tainted Alaska fish

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is waging an informational campaign against persistent rumors online and in social media that Alaska seafood is tainted by radiation… Continue reading

ASMI fights rumors of tainted Alaska fish

Quiet Creek plat to be reconsidered

After the Homer Advisory Planning Commission on Jan. 2 approved recommending a preliminary plat for a 71-lot subdivision near Homer High School, one of the… Continue reading

Matthew Myer reads a poem he wrote inspired by Douglas Dean’s photo, “The Forgotten Piece,” shown projected next to him, at the First Friday opening of the PhotoVoice exhibit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Young photographers explore issue of teen alcohol use

Whether it’s looking at the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the impact of climate change or living with the tides, Homer artists have long used a… Continue reading

Matthew Myer reads a poem he wrote inspired by Douglas Dean’s photo, “The Forgotten Piece,” shown projected next to him, at the First Friday opening of the PhotoVoice exhibit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Joe Edwards of Houston, Texas, watches as his king salmon weights in at 16.2 pounds at the Douglas Harbor for the Golden North Salmon Derby in August of 2011. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Juneau said the 28-inch size limit for chinook salmon, while intended as a conservation measure, may be removing fast-growing fish from the population over time.

A king without a crown: Chinook vulnerable to ocean forces

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king… Continue reading

Joe Edwards of Houston, Texas, watches as his king salmon weights in at 16.2 pounds at the Douglas Harbor for the Golden North Salmon Derby in August of 2011. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Juneau said the 28-inch size limit for chinook salmon, while intended as a conservation measure, may be removing fast-growing fish from the population over time.

Law governing federal fisheries getting public comment as it gets updated

Re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, governing federal fisheries, is slowly making its way through the system, with House Committee on Natural Resources Chair… Continue reading

Mr. Walsworth goes to Washington

Homer High School senior John Walsworth has been selected as one of 104 student delegates to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program and… Continue reading

State, feds to close three area waste wells

In an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will close 55 motor-vehicle waste disposal wells across… Continue reading

NOAA marine debris art contest is open

The National Atmospheric and Oceans Administration’s Marine Debris Program’s annual “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” Art Contest for grades K-8 is now open. Students… Continue reading

In this photo, Michael is showing the leader of the Kapoyo people of the Brazilian Amazon, Tesla Yawanawa, how to tie a monkey fist knot.-Photo provided

World Wilderness Congress offers chance to help solve global issues

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… Continue reading

In this photo, Michael is showing the leader of the Kapoyo people of the Brazilian Amazon, Tesla Yawanawa, how to tie a monkey fist knot.-Photo provided

Marine Debris workshops continue

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies community marine debris workshops continue with regular hours 3:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the workshop space, 2416 Clover… Continue reading

HEA holds energy fair in Homer on Saturday

Homer Electric Association holds its fifth annual Energy and Conservation Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at West Homer Elementary School.  The fair… Continue reading

Trick or Treat: 142-trillion-pound  debt monster returns from grave

Trick or Treat: 142-trillion-pound debt monster returns from grave

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… Continue reading

Trick or Treat: 142-trillion-pound  debt monster returns from grave
Got drugs? Lots of reasons to safely dispose of old meds

Got drugs? Lots of reasons to safely dispose of old meds

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… Continue reading

Got drugs? Lots of reasons to safely dispose of old meds

Government should run on compromise

When it comes to how government operates, the past couple of weeks have offered plenty of good news-bad news examples. The bad news has dominated… Continue reading

VanDyke wins council seat; other race too close too call

VanDyke wins council seat; other race too close too call

Homer businessman Gus VanDyke leads the Homer City Council election with 544 votes. One of two candidates endorsed by Homer Voice for Business, the other… Continue reading

VanDyke wins council seat; other race too close too call
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