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

Point of View: RCA failed to save consumers from Enstar excesses

When the State of Alaska granted Enstar Natural Gas Company the exclusive rights to deliver gas to Homer, they did so with the promise that… Continue reading

Point of View: The Earring Man — Paying it forward

My father makes earrings from rocks. He has a philosophy about it, too. He cuts the rocks with a rock saw, then grinds the pieces… Continue reading

A rock sandpiper forages among ice on the Homer Spit in February 2012 in Homer, Alaska (Photo by George Matz)

Point of View: Rock sandpipers: the contrarian shorebird

Correction: The caption in the photo gave the wrong date. The caption should read “a rock sandpiper forages among ice on the Homer Spit in… Continue reading

A rock sandpiper forages among ice on the Homer Spit in February 2012 in Homer, Alaska (Photo by George Matz)

Point of View: ERA is still necessary

Men and women should be treated equally under the law. It seems pretty basic, right? As we approach the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it… Continue reading

Ken Landfield (Photo provided)
                                Ken Landfield (Photo provided)

Point of View: A letter to my daughter — Have hope

My daughter sent me the hour-plus long video clip of the interactions on the National Mall earlier this week with the comment, “This video scares… Continue reading

Ken Landfield (Photo provided)
                                Ken Landfield (Photo provided)
Sue Mauger.

Point of View: Gov. Dunleavy leaves Alaskans in a ditch

When our new governor took down the “Climate Action for Alaska” webpage as one of the first acts of his administration, he left us in… Continue reading

Sue Mauger.
The HERC Building as seen in a 2010 file photo from the upper parking lot at Woodside Avenue. At the time the Kachemak Bay Campus used the building as temporary office and classroom space while the Pioneer Avenue building was being remodeled, one of several uses of the HERC since the city acquired it from the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 2000. (Homer News file photo)
                                The HERC Building as seen in a 2010 file photo from the upper parking lot at Woodside Avenue. At the time the Kachemak Bay Campus used the building as temporary office and classroom space while the Pioneer Avenue building was being remodeled, one of several uses of the HERC since the city acquired it from the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 2000. (Homer News file photo)

Point of View: HERC has history worth preserving

In reading the Dec. 13, 2018 article on recommendations of the Homer Educational and Recreational Complex Task Force, some thoughts and memories came up for… Continue reading

The HERC Building as seen in a 2010 file photo from the upper parking lot at Woodside Avenue. At the time the Kachemak Bay Campus used the building as temporary office and classroom space while the Pioneer Avenue building was being remodeled, one of several uses of the HERC since the city acquired it from the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 2000. (Homer News file photo)
                                The HERC Building as seen in a 2010 file photo from the upper parking lot at Woodside Avenue. At the time the Kachemak Bay Campus used the building as temporary office and classroom space while the Pioneer Avenue building was being remodeled, one of several uses of the HERC since the city acquired it from the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 2000. (Homer News file photo)

Point of View: Pass Peace Forward; Creating a more peaceful world starts with intercultural understanding

In 1972, at the age of 17, I took the biggest risk of my life and went to live in Finland as an AFS foreign… Continue reading

Birders find a record 71 species for Christmas bird count

One never knows in the wee hours before a Christmas Bird Count what will occur that day. The birds, the weather, the ice, the tides,… Continue reading

Point of View: Creating a culture of gratitude

As 2018 comes to a close, it is a time when many reflect on the past year. Looking back on 2018 I realize that there… Continue reading

Unhinged Alaska: A different kind of gift

Dec. 11, 2018 nearly slowed my Christmas spirit roll to a complete stop when Old Man Winter suddenly showed up flinging copious quantities of freezing… Continue reading

Point of View: A Christmas Homecoming

During her busy and too-brief life, my wife helped in many nonprofit organizations. I never did. As a working journalist, I kept my distance from… Continue reading

Point of View: Discover the American dipper

The American Dipper, (Cinclus mexicanus) or “Water Ouzel,” as many affectionately call this hardy year-round resident of the Kenai Peninsula, can also be found as… Continue reading

Rob and Annie Wiard

Point of View: Grief is a real aspect of addiction recovery

Parents of a child suffering from addiction, also suffer from intense grief, most often unacknowledged grief. As parents of a child who suffers from the… Continue reading

Rob and Annie Wiard
A red poll feeds at a Homer, Alaska, house in February 2018. (Photo by BJ Hitchcock)

Winter is a great time to feed the birds

If you enjoy watching birds, you may want to put up some bird feeders. Feeders will draw birds in for closer and longer viewing. They… Continue reading

A red poll feeds at a Homer, Alaska, house in February 2018. (Photo by BJ Hitchcock)

Stretching the Tape: what is an individual’s responsibility in upholding hunting ethics?

This hunting season I was confronted on a personal level with an ethical issue that is more prevalent in our community than I ever would… Continue reading

We’re building the ship as we’re sailing it

Three weeks ago, Anna Meredith and Connor Schmidt represented Kachemak Bay Family Planning’s R.E.C. Room at Action to Access, the 2018 ACEs Conference and Pediatric… Continue reading

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

Flo Larson