Point of View: Salmonfest should be about more than drugs, alcohol

What is the point of Salmonfest? To celebrate salmon, enjoy live music, delicious food and tasty drinks in the company of friends and family? To… Continue reading

 

Philip Licht, Executive Director of Set Free Alaska in a 2017 photo. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Set Free Alaska wants to work better with Homer

For the last seven months Set Free Alaska has been pursuing the development and launch of a residential treatment center for men in Homer. During… Continue reading

 

Living ‘Pay It Forward’

Learning to ride a horse takes time and patience. Years ago to earn money to pay for college, I worked as a female counselor at… Continue reading

 

Homer Mayor Ken Castner in a photo taken on Aug. 13, 2019, in Homer, Alaska (Photo provided)

Point of View: Vow to not break tie votes means ‘Getting to Yes’

Back in 1981, two members of the Harvard Negotiation Project, Roger Fisher and William Ury, published a small book called “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement… Continue reading

Homer Mayor Ken Castner in a photo taken on Aug. 13, 2019, in Homer, Alaska (Photo provided)

A Welcome from Superintendent O’Brien

The 2019 - 2020 school year is here and we are ready. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District team is thrilled to welcome back students,… Continue reading

Sandhill cranes feed off a gravel trail on Aug. 5, 2019, in Beluga Slough, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Nina Faust)

Point of View: Protect Beluga Slough and its incredible sandhill crane viewing

As co-founder and lead educator for Kachemak Crane Watch, I enjoy writing articles and producing films for public education about sandhill crane behavior; facilitate citizen… Continue reading

Sandhill cranes feed off a gravel trail on Aug. 5, 2019, in Beluga Slough, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Nina Faust)
Fran Zwonitzer

Point of View: In upcoming election, make an effort to understand the truth

Editor’s note: Due to a typesetting error, the words “for government” were left out in this Adolf Hitler quote in the second-to-last paragraph, “What great… Continue reading

Fran Zwonitzer

Point of View: Dunleavy must be recalled

An Open Letter to the People of Alaska Dear friends and neighbors, We take seriously our obligation to build and sustain communities so that Alaskans… Continue reading

Katarina Hockema

Point of View: Long journey applying to college pays off in scholarship

Senior year of high school is a whirlwind blur of deadlines, grades, and most importantly, applications. After all, the best way to tell someone about… Continue reading

Katarina Hockema
Rob Lund, right, shows a beehive to children on a Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies field trip on June 30, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Homer is a great place for people — and bees

Over the last couple of years, Homer has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of honey bee colonies kept in the city, providing Homer… Continue reading

Rob Lund, right, shows a beehive to children on a Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies field trip on June 30, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Use fat PFDs to pay it forward for arts, other cut programs

Last week, Gov. Mike Dunleavy abruptly vetoed all of the Alaska Legislature’s approved funding for the arts and culture in Alaska, cut the University of… Continue reading

Point of View: Arts organizations, other nonprofits build on state stewardship

Correction: This opinion piece has been changed to indiciate that Asia Freeman is the Artistic Director of Bunnell Street Arts Center and Adele Person is… Continue reading

Homer Foundation Executive Director Mike Miller. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Be informed: governor’s vetoes will affect local nonprofit services

After the State Legislature approved a budget with some very deep cuts, Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his veto pen to cut another $444 Million. These… Continue reading

Homer Foundation Executive Director Mike Miller. (Photo provided)
Grace Allan, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve technician, collects a phytoplankton sample on June 7, 2017, in Seldovia, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Point of View: Harvest at your own risk – warmer ocean temperatures tied to toxic phytoplankton blooms

This July 4th coincides with the lowest tide of the month. At a -4.9, the 10:27 a.m. tide offers opportunities to examine rocky subtidal creatures… Continue reading

Grace Allan, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve technician, collects a phytoplankton sample on June 7, 2017, in Seldovia, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Point of View: July 4, 1959 — A Remembrance of Alaska’s 49-Star Flag

July 4, 2019, marks the 60th anniversary of the first raising of the 49-star flag at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. “J’you know the capital… Continue reading

Point of View: You can make a difference at the border; July 11 fundraiser will help you know how

Today Americans are celebrating freedom. It’s a day when political differences, racial divides, gender identities and other things that too often drive a wedge between… Continue reading

Pioneer Hall at the Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchoarge, as seen on July 2, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Point of View: Governor’s budget cut threatens KPC and postsecondary education on Peninsula

It’s pure and simple: the University of Alaska (UA) is facing a fiscal crisis unlike any it has ever seen in its 100-plus year existence,… Continue reading

Pioneer Hall at the Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchoarge, as seen on July 2, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Greg Loudon

Point of View: Working towards private sector solutions for Alaska’s health care woes

When it comes to health care costs in Alaska, it is all about dollars and cents. Continuing to study and discuss a government-run Health Care… Continue reading

Greg Loudon

Point of View: Pay it Forward — The Mariner mat room has changed in 20 years

When I started wrestling, girls on the mat were few and far between. In middle school, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Disitrict Board of Education… Continue reading

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

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