Flo Larson

Pay it Forward: a noble profession

It was the fall of 1970 when I took a mushroom identification class from Boyd Schaffer. Boyd was a master in the wilderness. He knew… Continue reading

 

Jessica Golden, director of Hospice of Homer.

Connection is the starting point for hospice services

Above my desk, is a quote by the writer Kurt Vonnegut; “The most daring thing you can do with your life is to create stable… Continue reading

 

Rep. Paul Seaton speaks at a candidate forum Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. Seaton is running for re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives District 31 seat, against Republican candidate and political newcomer Sarah Vance. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Paul Seaton: ‘I care about the future of this great state’

I’ve lived in Alaska for over 43 years. In that time my wife Tina and I have raised two kids, built four houses, run six… Continue reading

 

Sarah Vance, a Republican candidate for the Alaska House of Representatives District 31 seat, speaks at a candidate forum Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. Vance will face incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton in the November election. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sarah Vance: ‘It’s time for a change’

What kind of Alaska do You dream of? My name is Sarah Vance and I want to be your state representative in House district 31.… Continue reading

Sarah Vance, a Republican candidate for the Alaska House of Representatives District 31 seat, speaks at a candidate forum Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. Vance will face incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton in the November election. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Pondering the squandering, laundering of the Fund

Why has a family of four, entitled to $28,000 in Permanent Fund dividends over last three years only received less than $15,000? Why has the… Continue reading

Who gives a hoot? Many of our local owls, that’s who

Following is the latest in a monthly series of articles about birds and birding, celebrating The Year of the Bird, 2018, with authors from Kachemak… Continue reading

Domestic violence is not always visible

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of domestic violence? If you are like most, you probably think of black… Continue reading

Will Runnoe

Understanding Prop 2 and 3

On Oct. 2 there are two Kenai Peninsula Borough propositions on the ballot that could potentially have a significant financial impact on South Peninsula Hospital… Continue reading

Will Runnoe
Charlie Franz

Please read the “Stand for Salmon” proposed statute before you vote

I read with interest Hal Spence’s opinion piece in the Aug. 30 Homer News. I appreciate Hal’s effort to ensure our wonderful salmon are protected.… Continue reading

Charlie Franz
An Anna’s hummingbird. (Photo by Aaron Lang)

Hummers in Homer

The following is the latest in a monthly series of articles about birds and birding, celebrating The Year of the Bird, 2018, with authors from… Continue reading

An Anna’s hummingbird. (Photo by Aaron Lang)
Aves Thompson (Photo provided)

Trucking says No on 1

If you eat anything, build anything, or purchase anything in Alaska, chances are it came on a truck. In fact, 94 percent of all Alaska… Continue reading

Aves Thompson (Photo provided)

Point of View: There can be hope for recovery from addiction — lots of hope

As of Aug. 2, 2018, Megan has been in recovery for five years. We have had our daughter back for 1,821 days. According to our… Continue reading

Don’t be lured by the propaganda

Stand for Alaska - Vote No on Prop. 1, the corporate group spending massively to oppose efforts to protect Alaska’s fish resources, is flooding mailboxes… Continue reading

Karen Shemet, left, and Sue Reynolds, right, of the Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL) program. (Photo provided)

Pay it Forward: Program helps parents raise teens

Parenting is the toughest job you’ll ever love. Because teenagers are sharp, creative and ambitious, they add a whole new level of challenge to the… Continue reading

Karen Shemet, left, and Sue Reynolds, right, of the Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL) program. (Photo provided)
Special bird tape on windows can help reduce collisions of birds flying into the glass. (Photo provided)

What just hit my window?

The following is the latest in a monthly series of articles about birds and birding, celebrating The Year of the Bird, 2018, with authors from… Continue reading

Special bird tape on windows can help reduce collisions of birds flying into the glass. (Photo provided)

Public trails should be protected in Dorothy Drive area

Thanks to the Homer News for reporting on the proposal to vacate a portion of public right of way in the Gruening Vista subdivision off… Continue reading

Flo Larson

Music in our spheres

Recently in my home state, I stood on a butte and looked over the green, green geography of the magnificent Badlands of western North Dakota,… Continue reading

Flo Larson
A cat with a dead bird. (Photo with permission from Clare Nielsen American Bird Conservatory Birds)

Point of View: No cat left outdoors

Birds lead a busy and precarious life. When they aren’t spending their time and energy in search of food, building a nest, defending their territories,… Continue reading

A cat with a dead bird. (Photo with permission from Clare Nielsen American Bird Conservatory Birds)

Point of View: Legislation addresses opioid addiction

Alaska is facing a public health emergency due to opioid-based pain killers. Alaskans are dying and families are suffering. I joined other lawmakers to take… Continue reading

Nonprofit needs for June

Nonprofit needs The Kenai Peninsula Fair needs about 100 pallets for Mary’s Garden. They also are also looking for donations of flower and other starts.… Continue reading