A woman in a wheelchair uses the Homer Harbor boardwalk in an undated photo taken in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provide/Independent Living Center)

Point of View: Accessibility could bring new visitor market to Homer

“Accessible Homer” has a nice ring to it. For Homer, it could have a nice monetary ring to it too. A 2015 national survey by… Continue reading

 

Point of View: Fisheries management is the answer to the PFD battle

Maybe the answer is fish.

 

Point of View: Measles vaccine prevents illness, saves lives

In 1989, I spent two months working in a hospital in Tanzania, Africa. While I worked in that small village, where no vaccines were available… Continue reading

 

Point of View: Hatchery fish benefit many fishermen

Last July I saw some beautiful bright sockeye coming off of small boats and being cared for at the cleaning tables in the Homer Harbor,… Continue reading

Pay it Forward: Pulling together in tough budget times

With anxiety rising these days about future state and municipal budgets, we all wonder how much our community will be thrown back on its own… Continue reading

Harmful species coordinator Rosie Masui takes samples at the Homer Harbor in July 2017 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Point of View: What we stand to lose

Every year, during budget negotiations at the state and federal level, staff at the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR) wait nervously for news.… Continue reading

Harmful species coordinator Rosie Masui takes samples at the Homer Harbor in July 2017 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
A western sandpiper feeds in this undated photo. (Photo by Aaron Lang)

Shorebird migration stories

Following is the latest in a series of articles about birds and birding, celebrating The Year of the Bird, with authors from Kachemak Bay Birders.… Continue reading

A western sandpiper feeds in this undated photo. (Photo by Aaron Lang)

Point of View: Socialist ideas stepping stone to ruin

Our country is in more jeopardy than it has since World War II, only this time the threat is from within. It is the socialist… Continue reading

‘Gag rule’ would restrict KBFPC ability to inform clients

In 1983 a group of inspired and motivated volunteers recognized a need for low-cost and informative reproductive health care in our community. Kachemak Bay Family… Continue reading

A rufous hummingbird sips nectar from a feeder in this undated photograph. (Photo by Carla Stanley)

Point of View: Bird-Friendly in Homer

Following is the latest in a monthly series of articles about birds and birding, celebrating The Year of the Bird, with authors from Kachemak Bay… Continue reading

A rufous hummingbird sips nectar from a feeder in this undated photograph. (Photo by Carla Stanley)

Point of View: Martin will offer ‘boots on the ground’ experience to HEA board

My primary goal as a Homer Electric Association board member will be to work with the other board members and management to construct and facilitate… Continue reading

Point of View: Time to prepare for new energy future

Editor’s note: The Homer News offered the District 3 Homer Electric Association Board candidates the opportunity to express their views. On April 1, Homer Electric… Continue reading

Point of View: Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis is a Mindset

Alaska’s fiscal crisis is mostly in the mind and ideology of Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his transplanted cohorts, who appear to be disciples of Ayn… Continue reading

Pay it Forward: Sometimes philanthropy starts with simple assistance

I often prefer to tackle jobs during the winter months. The snow pack can be much easier to travel upon than the veggie covered terrain… Continue reading

Point of View: Dunlevy asks fishing communities to subsidize the oil and gas industry

In order to “balance” the budget Dunleavy wants to redirect local fish landing taxes from fishing towns, large and small across the state, to help… Continue reading

Artword by Conrad Field.

Point of View: Quantifying nearshore fish communities in Kachemak Bay

Alaska’s forage fish species, like Pacific herring, saffron cod, and Pacific sand lance, play a crucial role as food for adult salmon and other fish… Continue reading

Artword by Conrad Field.
Bjørn Olson. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Point of View: Carbon offsets offer market-based solution to impact of fuel consumption

In early March, Alaskans Know Climate Change purchased carbon offsets for the Kachemak Bay Conservation Center. This is an inexpensive market-based solution to address the… Continue reading

Bjørn Olson. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Pay it Forward: How to live forever

How to live forever

Staff of the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve celebrate its 20th anniversary last month on Feb. 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jim Schloemer, Steve Baird, Syverine Bentz, Jessica Shepherd, Chris Guo, Grace Allan and Coowe Walker. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Twenty Years of Coastal Science in Kachemak Bay’s Living Laboratory

In February the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR) celebrated 20 years of place-based research and education, including long-term monitoring of coastal and estuarine… Continue reading

Staff of the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve celebrate its 20th anniversary last month on Feb. 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jim Schloemer, Steve Baird, Syverine Bentz, Jessica Shepherd, Chris Guo, Grace Allan and Coowe Walker. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Not By Accident

Despite its universal usage, safety experts do not like the term “accident.” Colloquially, the word has come to imply an incident that “just happens” and… Continue reading